Is Homeopathy Just an Expensive Placebo?
or maybe an inexpensive placebo?
Quite possibly homeopathy is no more effective for many complaints than a placebo. From Lancet, courtesy of J:
Biases are present in placebo-controlled trials of both homoeopathy and conventional medicine. When account was taken for these biases in the analysis, there was weak evidence for a specific effect of homoeopathic remedies, but strong evidence for specific effects of conventional interventions. This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homoeopathy are placebo effects.
I realize that traditional physician/practitioners have a strong incentive to find that homeopathy is no (or not much) more effective than a placebo, but suppose they're right.... Suppose homeopathy is just a different form of placebo.
If that is the case, which is more efficient? Expensive placebo-like drugs or homeopathy?