Originally Posted by texaspeach
and for holothuroidea, my understanding is that with homeopathic drugs, there is not one whole molecule of the substance present in a given quantity. They are not as herbal medicines, which certainly can be deadly and dangerous (nightshade anyone?). A properly diluted homeopathic treatment is no more dangerous than the water with which it is diluted. There is even some regulation of homeopathics (read this
). I'm still not sold that it works, after all there isn't even an entire molecule of the active substance in a dose (or even a whole bottle for that matter). Modern science has not been able to explain away homeopathy working by simply the placebo effect either, so who knows. I just wanted to clear up that homeopathics are not the same as herbal medicine or a dietary supplement.
There are many whole molecules in given quantities in herbal medicines. You can say, for example, that when you use peppermint for an upset stomach, that the active ingredient is Menthol, and it is present in whatever quantity you measure per dose.
Modern science knows why herbal medicines work. Most modern medicines are made from compounds isolated from herbs, or variations of those isolated molecules.
I was not talking about "homeopathic remedies." Who said anything about homeopathic medicine?
Anyway, A homeopathic medicine properly diluted is only as dangerous as the quantity of solute that is dissolved, not the water that it's dissolved in.
If we respect the fact that herbal and homeopathic remedies are powerful and they work, we need to also respect the fact that they are just as dangerous as other powerful medicines. They are not inherently safe because they are natural, any more than pharmaceuticals are inherently dangerous because they are synthetic.