The 200-year-old healing practice of homeopathy has millions of followers worldwide.
Its use is exploding in Europe, India, and South America.
Americans spend over 1.5 billion dollars each year on homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathy is undoubtedly popular but has many detractors.
Homeopathic remedies are made from extremely dilute concentrations of therapeutic substances, usually plants and sometimes minerals.
Skeptics claim there is no way homeopathy can work since barely a trace of the original substance remains.
But the scientific evidence paints a different picture.
A meta analysis of 118 homeopathic trials concluded homeopathic remedies are more effective than a placebo.
One study done at Duke University Medical Center found that 58% of those using homeopathy for mild to severe anxiety cited improvement.
This number looks even more impressive when you realize that only 25% of anxiety patients respond to medications prescribed by their doctor.
Another common sentiment among detractors is that we shouldn’t use homeopathy since we don’t understand how it works.
But if we were to follow this logic, we should not use many drugs including antidepressants or Tylenol, since it’s not fully understood how they work either.