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 Institutehttp://bit.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)http://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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    • ElPayasoMalo
      ElPayasoMalo  3 weeks back

      If you decide to do these videos in Klingon, I'll help.

    • An valuable rational viewer
      An valuable rational viewer  1 months back

      +Blue Demon do you even Science bro?

    • Kelvin Broder
      Kelvin Broder  1 months back

      But, since every atom in me was once in stars I have no worries of catching a nasty case of the supernovas! SEE! it does work.

  • DreamLandBuds
    DreamLandBuds  17 hours back

    5:38 DHMIS?

    • sam3d
      sam3d  19 hours back

      This video is bullshit

      • Sristi Banerjee
        Sristi Banerjee  20 hours back

        homeopathy cured my asthma....

        • Sentient #6
          Sentient #6  22 hours back

          Homeopathy is rubbish doesn't matter how you sugar-coat it.

          • szonja kiss
            szonja kiss  1 days back

            Homeopathy got my eczema so under control that I don't have physical symptoms anymore. When I forget to take the "booster" it's 6 months apart now so I forget occasionally, then a little bit of symptoms show up but it's gone again once I take it. Maybe it is just the placebo effect, but I mean as long as it tricks my mind into keeping it under control I'm fine with that, plus I'd rather spend a couple bucks on it every few years, than spent a fortune on modern medicine. Of course if I had like cancer or broke my leg I'd still go to the doctor since I trust and use modern medicine. People just have to know the line when homeopathy works or when it doesn't. I mean hey, if jedi mind tricking is cheaper then why not use that in less severe cases, then go to the doctors when it's serious.🤷‍♀️

            • Elena
              Elena  2 days back

              what is that white spot on the book at 4:03?

              • Crazy Head
                Crazy Head  2 days back

                3:21 049 WTF?!

                • Zali Becquerel
                  Zali Becquerel  2 days back

                  Did I hear someone say "Belladonna"?
                  Did I hear Steve Harvey in the background yell out "CALLI COX"?
                  SURVEY SAYS...

                  • Zali Becquerel
                    Zali Becquerel  2 days back

                    "Lord Mercy!" - The other Steve Harvey

                  • Zali Becquerel
                    Zali Becquerel  2 days back

                    "Belladonna and Calli cox are OK by me" - Steve Harvey

                • Karolis Ramanauskas
                  Karolis Ramanauskas  2 days back

                  Noooooo!!! Please do English only! I can't understand german and your videos are freakin amazing!

                  • Detectiv L
                    Detectiv L  2 days back

                    Funny that everything higher than B24 or C12 is just water or sugar pills 😂🤣😂

                    There is not even one molecule of medicine in it...

                    • ZK612
                      ZK612  2 days back

                      0:36 looks like you forgot your Spanish lesson

                      • I made this just to comment

                        This is a scam, everyone who makes money from this should be done for fraud

                        • Zach B
                          Zach B  2 days back

                          I made this just to comment it’s not fraud or a scam. It doesn’t harm anyone except the most stupid

                      • Antti
                        Antti  3 days back

                        Kurzgesagt: "But many are more extreme like 30C."
                        Oscillococcinum (200C): "Hold my beer"

                        • all out
                          all out  3 days back

                          there is absolutely no education for children or people wanting to learn about holistic care this is a very one sided video we know who paid for this video

                          • LustyBear
                            LustyBear  3 days back

                            I am so confused about homeopathy, I went to my vet because my dog has allergies and he injected my dog with two supposedly "homeopathic drugs", this is Germany and Homeopathy is very much baked into traditional medicine so it is not unusual. But this has me wonder if the idea of "homeopathy" is different in Germany, and if not, why isn't it regulated.

                            My dog has a weak immune system so I am glad if antibiotics can be avoided, PROVIDED that it works of course.

                            • Marc Sergio G. Ilagan
                              Marc Sergio G. Ilagan  3 days back

                              6:20 Just watched this and as i search the meaning for the staff with two snakes, it seems that it's meaning doesn't match with the theme of this video which is medicine/ health care.
                              The staff with TWO snakes symbolizes commerce. The correct one is a staff with ONE snake, the staff is named rod of Asclepius, which symbolizes healing and medicinal arts.
                              Anyway, I explained this simply because I enjoy your videos and want to show my support.

                              • _ShadowShot _
                                _ShadowShot _  3 days back

                                IT WAS TIME!

                                • Yuka Granger
                                  Yuka Granger  3 days back

                                  why do you keep using DHMIS things in your vids? Im i the only one who sees this?

                                  • Hnter Gustafson
                                    Hnter Gustafson  3 days back

                                    Lol, this explains why the homeopathic allergy pills my parents gave me didn't do anything

                                    • Martin Vignolo
                                      Martin Vignolo  3 days back


                                      • Dewayne Johnson
                                        Dewayne Johnson  3 days back

                                        5:53 dhmis reference

                                        • Егор Петухов

                                          Савватеев мимо тут не пробегал?

                                          • Cyrus Xiang
                                            Cyrus Xiang  4 days back

                                            Faith can move mountains...hmmmm, sounds like the Chinese folk story Yu Gong Yi Shan

                                            • di mention
                                              di mention  4 days back

                                              3:44-4:04 Think I would rather die

                                              • Js Yall
                                                Js Yall  4 days back

                                                I need homeopathy pills for my diabetes but they're sugar pills

                                                • Loletta Saunders
                                                  Loletta Saunders  4 days back


                                                  • DrEsquizoide
                                                    DrEsquizoide  5 days back

                                                    Alternative medicine can be harmful, like the repeated studies that have linked Herbalife products to hepatic insufficiency

                                                    Funnily enough I got an ad for some bullshit alt medicine at the end of the video

                                                    • Hey Eaglet
                                                      Hey Eaglet  5 days back

                                                      can this video be related with antivaxxers' essential oils?

                                                      • EdgyDuck - Productions

                                                        6:30 Homeopathy dilutes the stuff that makes you sick, in hopes of making that thing that gives you the symptoms, cure you. Hmmm... Sound awfully similiar to something esle I know about... Ah YES! Vaccines! The things that do exactly that, but properly, and there for they work. But remember, vaccines are bad... These people annoy me so much. How can you not believe in actual medicine.

                                                        • Zach B
                                                          Zach B  2 days back

                                                          EdgyDuck - Productions vaccines don’t inject dangerous *substances* rather *bacteria*

                                                      • BitterVoid
                                                        BitterVoid  5 days back

                                                        English>trash unvevolved languages

                                                        • Michael St-Onge
                                                          Michael St-Onge  5 days back

                                                          NO NOT THE CLOCK

                                                          PLEASE NO

                                                          • Baobá Marcopolo
                                                            Baobá Marcopolo  6 days back

                                                            Holy shit...
                                                            Like, yesterday I went to a psychologist because I have symptoms of depression. And after answering all his questions about me and my life he prescribed me the use of homeopathic medicine.
                                                            I had never heard of the term homeopathy before so he briefly explained what it was: I didn't understand a thing, but I accepted trying anyway.
                                                            So my dad bought me the medicine the doctor prescribed: a thing called "NATRUM MURIATICUM 500CH"
                                                            I was suspicious of what it was so I started reading the label of the pill bottle to see if I could find their components.
                                                            There was nothing indincating very clear what those pills were made of... but looking closer between the "how to use" of that pill bottle was written "sucrose".
                                                            "BUT WAIT, ISN'T THAT JUST SUGAR???"
                                                            So today I googled both sucrose and homeopathy, and yes:
                                                            Sucrose is just sugar.
                                                            Homeopathy is a pseudoscience.
                                                            The worst thing is that the package of pill bottles costed 164BRL (40USD), so we paid 40 USD for some bottles of diluted sugar.
                                                            And then I curiously found this kurzgesagt video.
                                                            And now I'm here.

                                                            • eeeaten
                                                              eeeaten  3 days back

                                                              Baobá Marcopolo what kind of psychologist prescribes homeopathy pills? Maybe psychologists are the only people who should - I mean their effect is psychological rather than physiological.

                                                          • jessidraws
                                                            jessidraws  6 days back

                                                            tImE iS a ThInG yOu CaN pUt On ThE wAlL

                                                            • delektris
                                                              delektris  6 days back

                                                              Very informative!

                                                              • Kremit
                                                                Kremit  6 days back

                                                                I love the DHMIS clock easter egg XD

                                                                • Iván Kindle
                                                                  Iván Kindle  6 days back

                                                                  There are people studying 4~5 years in the university for this.

                                                                  • PANDURANG KOTHEWAR
                                                                    PANDURANG KOTHEWAR  7 days back

                                                                    Totally biased and one sided view. Homeopathy helped me stay healthy all my life with minimal intrusion. Now I also use it on my farm animals successfully.

                                                                    • eeeaten
                                                                      eeeaten  3 days back

                                                                      PANDURANG KOTHEWAR XD but it doesn’t (and can’t) actually work XD
                                                                      Dude look up confirmation bias and observer bias regarding placebo.
                                                                      I hope you’re not paying for this rubbish.

                                                                  • Annabella Patton
                                                                    Annabella Patton  1 weeks back

                                                                    8:07 OH NO I'M ONLY ENGLISH NOT GERMAN! I wont understand TwT

                                                                    • Annabella Patton
                                                                      Annabella Patton  1 weeks back

                                                                      nvm mind the comment xD

                                                                      • Annabella Patton
                                                                        Annabella Patton  1 weeks back

                                                                        placebo? THAT MEANS THE FREAKING B WORD D:

                                                                        • Arpit Monga
                                                                          Arpit Monga  1 weeks back

                                                                          Brian david josephson(nobel laureate physics):Simple-minded analysis may suggest that water, being a fluid, cannot have a structure of the kind that such a picture would demand. But cases such as that of liquid crystals, which while flowing like an ordinary fluid can maintain an ordered structure over macroscopic distances, show the limitations of such ways of thinking.

                                                                          There have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any refutations of homeopathy that remain valid after this particular point is taken into account

                                                                          • Dr. Rejit Kumar
                                                                            Dr. Rejit Kumar  1 weeks back

                                                                            This message is a fraud one and mislead the wrong information.l challenge to bring a case of allergic cough that allopathic medicine is inactive and on the other hand Homoeopathy can do wonders.These U- tube videos are produced by some people out of their ignorance.

                                                                            • eeeaten
                                                                              eeeaten  3 days back

                                                                              Itzpayday 123 I’m assuming you’re talking to “dr” Kumar. I watched the video, and know homeopathy is a con.

                                                                            • Itzpayday 123
                                                                              Itzpayday 123  4 days back

                                                                              +eeeaten im assuming you did not watch the video

                                                                            • Itzpayday 123
                                                                              Itzpayday 123  4 days back

                                                                              Yes, because sugar pills with 0 atoms of the original substance will do things

                                                                            • eeeaten
                                                                              eeeaten  1 weeks back


                                                                          • Erik
                                                                            Erik  1 weeks back

                                                                            Do you know what we call alternative medicine that works?

                                                                            We call it medicine.

                                                                            • 뇌호
                                                                              뇌호  1 weeks back

                                                                              일반인들이 이해하기 어려운 내용들을 귀여운 그림체랑 알기 쉬운 말들로 설명해줘서 좋은듯

                                                                              • Dragonfire
                                                                                Dragonfire  1 weeks back

                                                                                So, is nobody gonna talk about the thumbnail?

                                                                                • Autistic Beverage
                                                                                  Autistic Beverage  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Homeopathy is a scam. Fuck off, Karen.

                                                                                  • Vincent Pareren
                                                                                    Vincent Pareren  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I always had a plan to get some homeopathic medicine, dilute it with 10x water and sell all those 10 as the stronger version.

                                                                                    • Itzpayday 123
                                                                                      Itzpayday 123  4 days back

                                                                                      I would get some, put a drop of it in lake michigan, go the other side of the lake, take a drop, and sell it as the god cure