Herbalists and Homeopaths - Allies or intrinsically different?
Occasionally we see suggestions in this forum that homeopathy is a respectable branch of herbalism, and that homeopathic herbal remedies work for various conditions. Naturopaths are among those practitioners with a foot in both camps.
It may be surprising then, to hear that there are herbalists who object to being lumped in with what they feel is the pseudoscience of homeopathy.
"Herbal medicine is NOT homeopathy. Herbal medicine and the use of pure chemical constituents from plants still subscribe to dose-response pharmacology: that the biological response varies in direct proportion to the dose or concentration of the remedy. While some medicinal plants are used as a source for homeopathic treatments, the rationale for dosing in medicine vs. homeopathy are diammetrically opposed. Lumping together herbal medicine with homeopathy gives the former practice the same air of impossibility and detracts from the demonstrated benefits and future promise of using plants as a source of novel therapeutic molecules."
Does embracing the idea of homeopathic herbal medicines detract from herbalism's credibility and promise?