I can readily understand the skepticism and incredulity in the eyes of my patients after the long interview, when I put a little bit of “fairy dust” on their tongue and ask them to come back six weeks later. What we call the “Law of Similars” has never attained general acceptance in medicine, and even those of us who use it every day regard it as a mystery; nor has anybody ever satisfactorily explained how a medicinal substance diluted beyond the molecular limit of Avogadro’s number could possibly have any effect on a patient, let alone a curative one. But the standard argument that homeopathic remedies are merely placebos cuts both ways. For quite apart from how they do it, the extent to which people are able to heal themselves without drugs or surgery, whether through acupuncture, homeopathy, placebos, faith healing, or the laying‐on of hands, correspondingly reduces the need for costlier and more drastic methods and deflates the extravagant promotional claims made for them.
I do not believe and have never taught that homeopathy is the only way to heal people or the best way for everyone. By no means a panacea for all ills, it has substantial limitations of its own, some of them inherent and others that will need to be reassessed in the light of a new science of energy medicine that is still in its infancy. I practice it mainly because it is the philosophy and method best suited to my own history and personal style. Even when it is better understood, I doubt that it will ever become the dominant mode of treatment for this or any other society; and indeed if it did, I might possibly lose interest in it. What I mean is that nobody has all the answers, that everybody has some of them, and that it makes the most sense for all of us to work together, discovering our several truths wherever we find them, and celebrating beauty for its own sake.