I have used a number of home remedies that actually worked. I have tried homeopathic remedies for stuff like colds and had them not make a bit of difference. What is the difference between the two?
For example, I have used Listerine to cure athlete's foot. Is this homeopathy or a home remedy? It did actually get rid of the athlete's foot with no harmful side effects and I could use it while pregnant.
I tried Japanese facial massage to get rid of wrinkles and it worked some. I recently using straight olive oil for the same thing and got faster results. Which is a home remedy and which is homeopathy? I suppose the true "scientific" way to get rid of wrinkles would be expensive creams, botox or a trip to the dermatologist's office.
I often use home remedies for simple things I don't want to pay big bucks to go to the doctor for. Sometimes they work (normally they do for me, because I do a ton of research trying to find the least harmful and best working ones) and sometimes they don't.
I wouldn't use a home remedy for something serious like a stroke, but I might for canker sores. So what's the difference between a home remedy and homeopathy? Because they seem a lot alike.
Homeopathy was invented in the late 1700s. The major concept of homeopathy is, "Like cures like." This means that whatever symptoms are caused by a substance, at full strength, will be cured by the same substance when greatly diluted in water and shaken appropriately. The dilution factor is such that some of the doses may not contain any active ingredient. At the time homeopathy was invented, there was no scientific medicine - - "surgeons" were still bleeding people as a treatment for a variety of ills. Homeopathy has made NO progress or improvement since then.
Home remedies, herbs, and other folk medicine may have real, active ingredients. As long as your home remedies do not require you to ingest a known toxin, I say, Go for it.
Homeopathic remedies are 100% bunk.
Here are some excellent links regarding homeopathy http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/homeo.html and What's the Harm of certain "benign" practices http://whatstheharm.net
"We may be descending into a new age of unreason."
That sentiment, or ones like it, always makes me think of one of my favorite SF short stories, The Marching Morons [PDF] by Cyril Kornbluth.
Kerry, You must have missed my first comment with the link. There's no way to explain it other than homeopathic medicines are pure, 100% bunk. False. Nothing. A complete waste of money. They can also be very dangerous in a subtle way in that a person could be using them, or worse, giving them to a child when they should really be seeking medical attention from a doctor. Please click on this link. It's informative and entertaining. Then do some research for yourself. Here's James Randi to explain it.