The philosophy of homeopathy is probably its own worst enemy, so we need waste no further time on that aspect. The important thing is that people treated by homeopathy mostly fare better than they would have done under orthodox treatment. How can we reconcile this with the physical nonsense of homeopathic drugs? The answer lies partly in the fact that no treatment at all often produces better results than medical or surgical interference—a fact which even an occasional doctor or surgeon acknowledges. In many cases, the faith of the patient and of the practitioner in the remedy is an important factor, and it may even be the only positive one. Faith is important if any treatment is to be successful. But there is a world of difference between blind, unreasoning faith in a drug—or practitioner—and the faith which results from an intellectual understanding of the situation. But the most important factor, in the cases which do show lasting benefit, is the advice or treatment given in addition to the homeopathic remedy. "What else did you do?" can often bring revealing information from one who believes that he or she has been cured by a wonder-drug—be it homeopathic, herbal, or a laboratory synthetic. Many who claim to be homeopaths are really giving Nature Cure advice and treatment—with varying degrees of understanding and success—and are using the stuff in the bottle solely as a symbol upon which the patient can concentrate his faith. (The practitioner himself may unconsciously do the same thing. He may have neither the training nor the self-confidence to rely on natural methods, and must have the support of what appears to him to be a tried and tested preparation.) Such treatment is based on deceit: the patient is not made aware of the real causes of his disease or of the source of healing—the organised forces of his body. It is therefore only to be expected that once he feels that he is "cured" he will revert to his former way of living. His body will once more fall into disrepair and, some time later, he will again have to seek external assistance from the magic symbol.

Putting the best complexion on homeopathy, it may be described as a halfway house between allopathy (orthodox drugging) and Nature Cure. It does less positive harm to the patient than allopathy, but it does not comprehend and acknowledge the true causes of health and disease.