It's taken me a while but I've finally bidden farewell to my fling with homoeopathy.
Last week I took my homoeopathic textbooks and deposited them in the Olney Oxfam bookshop. I wish them well but my conscience wouldn't allow me to keep them any longer.
In the late 1980s I developed a real interest and did some formal training at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital just next door to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. I found it fascinating and intriguing since it offered such a wholistic approach to patients, treating the person and his or her peculiar mix of symptoms and traits, rather than a focus on conditions.It was pointed out however that homoeopathy in its original form is purely a system of treatment and has nothing to say about causation of disease or even diagnosis (a point not often apparent to many of its adherents who just like the sound of it's 'natural' basis).
However over the years I have accepted that there is just no evidence for it's efficacy, and that despite serious efforts to find some (see the work of Professor Edzard Ernst at Exeter in his Trick or treatment), it really is just a placebo effect. Largely but not entirely harmless but no more likely to help than a placebo.