Homeopathy Explained – Gentle Healing or Reckless Fraud?

  • Published: 22 February 2018
  • What are the principles behind Homeopathy and does it work?

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    Main principles of homeopathy:



    Information Network Homeopathy Germany:

    Homeopedia – German Online Encyclopedia:

    List of homeopathic remedies:

    Information regarding different homeopathic potencies:



    Physical examination of dilution


    Hahnemanns explanation for the efficacy of homeopathy despite dilution:

    § 270 Sixth edition

    18th century medicine


    Hahnemanns rules for taking homeopathic remedies, Organon of medicine §260 Sixth edition:


    Studies about the lacking efficacy of homeopathic products:

    Statement of the European Academies Science Advisory Council September 2017:

    Australian Study from the National and Medical Health Council, 2015:

    Systematic reviews from Mathie et al, employees of the Homeopathy Research Institutebit.ly/2GaWI7x

    Statement from the FDA demanding homeopathic companies must prove efficacy of their products:

    Statement from the FDA regarding their approach towards homeopathic remedies
    Quote: There are no drug products labeled as homeopathic that are approved by FDA.


    The Placebo and Nocebo Phenomena: Their Clinical Management and Impact on Treatment Outcomes

    Placebo interventions for all clinical conditions

    Components of placebo effect: randomised controlled trial in patients with irritable bowel syndrome


    Placeboeffect on children and animals

    Caregiver placebo effect in analgesic clinical trials for cats with naturally occurring degenerative joint disease-associated pain.



    Homeopathy is big pharma:



    Homeopathic anamnesis/ initial interview:

    Exemplary questionnaire for initial interview:

    Marketshare and market development for homeopathy


    Further reading:

    Blog beweisaufnahme-homoeopathie.de (German, some articles in English)

    ORGANON OF MEDICINE by Hahnemann Samuel (Original text)

    Free ebooks on „Materiae Medicae” (German and English)bit.ly/2DtjNQW

    Deutsches Informationsnetzwerk Homöopathie
    (Short english version)

    US Department of Health: Information overview about homeopathy

    Homepathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States
    (Official Compendium of Homeopathic ingredients)

    List of over 5000 homeopathic ingredients A-Z

    FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels


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    JESUSisGODourSAVIOUR  1 hours back

    Sorry....... not buying your DEVIL FILLED LIES BIG PHARMA........ The Truth still REMAINS..... you are of SATAN and you are not out to HEAL NO ONE but only MAKE THEM SICK and KEEP THEM SICK so you can keep making your EVIL PROFIT........ AGENDA 21.... GEORGIA GUIDESTONES........ Pharmacy comes from the Greek Word Pharmakeia....it means Sorcery, Casting Spells, Making magic potions and WITCHCRAFT...... The HOLY BIBLE warns us about EVIL BIG SORCERY PHARMA......It says many will be DECEIVED by their EVIL SORCERY ...Read Revelation 18:23

    • shivangi shah
      shivangi shah  12 hours back

      Maybe it can cure small problems like pimples and hair loss, but really serious diseases, i dont think so.

      • egg dog
        egg dog  1 days back

        can you do translate kilometers to miles or like say “ *number* kilometers orrrrrr *number* miles

        • 白君德
          白君德  1 days back

          Great video

          • dr hanif mughal
            dr hanif mughal  1 days back

            it is very helful for patients.

            • dr hanif mughal
              dr hanif mughal  1 days back

              very great information

              • venkateswara t
                venkateswara t  1 days back

                I am a homeopathy medico

                • nikon12x42
                  nikon12x42  2 days back

                  cdc: every vaccine can cause death and serious injury

                  pro vax parent: time for vaccines children, if you do get harmed we can apply for vaccine damage payment.

                  • Chicken Bread
                    Chicken Bread  2 days back

                    No the homeopathy is BIG homo

                    • Thomas McCleod
                      Thomas McCleod  2 days back

                      0:40 _this is fine_

                      • lucas holtkamp
                        lucas holtkamp  2 days back

                        My dad is a homeopath and he also has bipolar and Schizophrenia and he is very obsessive about homeopathy to the point that he thinks the founder of homeopathy is his spirit guide or bullshit.

                        • Andres Rivera
                          Andres Rivera  4 days back

                          Homeopathy is for kooks.

                          • F ormula
                            F ormula  4 days back

                            My anti-vaxx cousin decided to try homeopathy and other alt meds after he was diagnosed with lymphoid cancer. The funeral was cheaper than the treatment.

                            • JESUSisGODourSAVIOUR
                              JESUSisGODourSAVIOUR  1 hours back

                              Some of My Pro Poison Trust Witchcraft Big Pharma family and friends decided to trust evil big pharma drug dealer doctors, nurses and pharmacists and they DIED PRETTY FAST while in GREAT PAIN ..... But of course the PHARMA MAFIA was happy because they made a lot of money while doing this SORCERY WITCHCRAFT EVILNESS............ Pharmacy comes the Greek Work Pharmakeia...... it means SORCERY, WITCHCRAFT, CASTING SPELLS, MAKING POISON POTIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .... DON'T TRUST PHARMA they are not out to HEAL but to KILL !

                          • Lost in Atlantic
                            Lost in Atlantic  4 days back

                            homeopathy is not fake science. anyone who came here just bcoz they want to try it but are skeptical, don't read negative comments about it. homeopathy stimulates our vital force like acupuncture stimulates it with needles. really, its a careful slap to ou vital force which then reacts to it by countering its effect and in this process, it heals our health issue homeopathy introduce disease in the body just like a vaccine introduce dead bacteria so that our immunity can react to it. so if you are battling with any chronic or acute disease and not finding your solution in allopathy,try homeopathy but the only thing is that there are very few genuine homeopaths left. finding a good homeopath is more difficult than finding the cure. good luck.

                            • KR P
                              KR P  3 days back

                              Yep, "vital forces" and mystical "energies" are totally real -I'm currently studying under Master Roshi.
                              He said that if I continue to train hard; I should be able to transform into a super saiyan within the year.

                          • Leonardo Restrepo
                            Leonardo Restrepo  4 days back

                            You should also talk about medical bias with regards to gender and race; homeopathy and alternative medicine is shit, but it makes women and non-white patients feel listened to when it comes to painful symptoms.

                            • Prismate
                              Prismate  4 days back

                              there's some white on the book

                              *THERE'S SOME WHITE ON THE BOOK*

                              • Burn Angel
                                Burn Angel  3 days back

                                Gross. At least it's on the cover and not in the pages.

                            • Zoltan 89
                              Zoltan 89  4 days back

                              In my personal environment are people, who believe in homeopathy, they are all women.

                              • Acke Brocke
                                Acke Brocke  5 days back

                                5:41 dhmis?

                                • Xander
                                  Xander  6 days back

                                  The first homeopath poured too much water in their lemonade one time and noticed it still tasted lemony

                                  • Patch Moulton
                                    Patch Moulton  7 days back

                                    I have a whole cart of snake oil and I need some mooks to sell it to.

                                    • Jujuu Michelle
                                      Jujuu Michelle  7 days back

                                      5:39 thanks, Kurzgesagt, i hate it.

                                      • Falco 64
                                        Falco 64  7 days back

                                        that dont hug me im scared cameo

                                        • Miguel Angel Yomona Roca

                                          1:18 Yes I want than you make videos un spanish because I'm a person who live in Lima Peru AND I speake spanish

                                          • Pierpaolo Mercurio
                                            Pierpaolo Mercurio  1 weeks back

                                            very polite video. but very sincere and accurate too. nicely done

                                            • Elijah Ho
                                              Elijah Ho  1 weeks back

                                              When you see DHMIS in the video

                                              • Ervis
                                                Ervis  1 weeks back

                                                Before i ever heard about homepathy i always seen something that work instantly and here is the proof. When u cut onions it make u tear down,now eat alittle onion before u cut it or just put over ur head,u wont have a single tear,ur eyes will not hurt at all.
                                                So simply test right? Try it out all u need is a onion :)

                                                • I Love Lea Thompson
                                                  I Love Lea Thompson  1 weeks back

                                                  5:39 time is a tool you can put on a wall

                                                  • arsee khanam
                                                    arsee khanam  1 weeks back

                                                    if even after infinite dilution the medicine leaves its essence in water than by going by this logic we must not drink any water either because it might be possible that the water came from a sewage treatment plant after being purified

                                                  • Daniel
                                                    Daniel  1 weeks back

                                                    So people will spend an ungodly amounts of money on water and the idea that there was medicine in it once upon a time? I am quitting my job and starting a homeopathy business!

                                                    • Fluffy Avalanche
                                                      Fluffy Avalanche  1 weeks back

                                                      Dhmis ref

                                                      • Mandrake Fernflower
                                                        Mandrake Fernflower  1 weeks back

                                                        Don't mix up this shit with herbal medicine as that often has some active chemicals within the pills but still - most times normal medicine has a similar compound with less toxicity
                                                        (E.g willow bark vs aspirin)

                                                        • Joseph Robles
                                                          Joseph Robles  1 weeks back

                                                          Taking sugar water a day would be feeding the cancer .... so yea it wouldn’t cure cancer

                                                          • Joseph Robles
                                                            Joseph Robles  1 days back

                                                            egg dog cancer is when the cells refuse to kill itself, it “multiplies” itself buy caused the other cells to refuse to kill itself as well, and that’s how cancer forms. Sugar feeds the cancer cells as cancer loves and is advised to avoid sugar

                                                          • egg dog
                                                            egg dog  1 days back

                                                            Joseph Robles how do you feed cancer? its when cells in your body replicate and mutate, not when you decide its a good idea to eat the dirt in your garden and get a disease and have no idea why

                                                        • Kingston Bennitt
                                                          Kingston Bennitt  1 weeks back

                                                          0:40 IT'S THE QUESTION HOUND!

                                                          y'know, "this is fine"...

                                                          How come only I knew his name?

                                                          • SuperMaDBrothers
                                                            SuperMaDBrothers  1 weeks back

                                                            1:24 shouldn’t they be taking the drops from the 1X test tube??

                                                            • Avidan bhujbal
                                                              Avidan bhujbal  1 weeks back

                                                              Pls do not stop English video s

                                                              • Gene Reyva
                                                                Gene Reyva  1 weeks back

                                                                Ah yes. Homeopathy. The most expensive and most lucrative placebo. A fool and their money are soon parted.

                                                                • JESUSisGODourSAVIOUR
                                                                  JESUSisGODourSAVIOUR  1 hours back

                                                                  Ah yes. Allahpathetic. The most evil and most destructive to health procedure. A fool and their soul is soon departed...into the LAKE OF FIRE FOR ETERNITY !!
                                                                  Pharmacy comes greek word Pharmakeia.....it means SORCERY, WITCHCRAFT, CASTING SPELLS, MAKING POISON POTIONS.

                                                                  Revelation 9: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their SORCERIES , nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

                                                                  Revelation 18:23 ...........for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy SORCERIES were all nations deceived.

                                                                  Revelation 21:8 but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and SORCERERS , and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

                                                              • I cannot change my name For another 90 days :D

                                                                Why is that clock in this video...

                                                                • Marcelo Comar
                                                                  Marcelo Comar  2 weeks back

                                                                  Ok, so heal children and animals with others placebo effect its a thing? Must be professor Xavier then...

                                                                  • Dylan Ray
                                                                    Dylan Ray  2 weeks back

                                                                    Just watch this before school to study

                                                                    • Axiom Unknown
                                                                      Axiom Unknown  2 weeks back

                                                                      0:37 Look in the window. "This is fine"

                                                                      • Halv Gud
                                                                        Halv Gud  2 weeks back

                                                                        Or you can just take a few water drops..

                                                                        • The Monacle
                                                                          The Monacle  2 weeks back

                                                                          "Shaking the mixture after every dilution leaves behind a spirit like essence."

                                                                          *Karen has entered the chat*

                                                                          • Burn Angel
                                                                            Burn Angel  3 days back

                                                                            I _demmand_ that you give my son your sugar water, he's got high grades and is a good kid.

                                                                        • Almyrigan Hero
                                                                          Almyrigan Hero  2 weeks back

                                                                          So it's not even snake oil, it's literally just water.

                                                                          • HypnoPants
                                                                            HypnoPants  2 weeks back

                                                                            Yeah... maybe if it didn't cost your own organs to get a medical degree... we might have enough doctors to give time to each patient :D

                                                                          • krishna shankar
                                                                            krishna shankar  2 weeks back

                                                                            3.5k people r in placebo effect!!!

                                                                            • Kyouko Toshino
                                                                              Kyouko Toshino  2 weeks back

                                                                              Next up, is too much salt bad for you?

                                                                              • Kings Design
                                                                                Kings Design  2 weeks back

                                                                                Just a thought over the hermes caduceus you guys used on this animation (hermes is for comerce), the right image for medicine is the Esculapio's caduceus, that is made of one stick an one sanke on it, just ofr acurracy. :)