For a long time, homeopathic medicines have not been subject to FDA approval. Now the FDA says homeopathic treatments must follow the same rules as typical drugs. This includes the tens of millions of dollars to run clinical trials to get FDA approval.
The main problem the FDA has is the unproven claims that homeopathic treatments make. They say that claiming without proof that a certain remedy can treat a disease gives someone false hope. They may put their trust and money into something that doesn't end up helping. Or worse, they might not spend their money on FDA approved drugs!
The FDA approved treatments could never give you false hope or waste your money… right?
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicines are not the same as natural medicine.
Homeopathy is based on the idea that "like cures like." That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body's normal healing and self-regulatory processes.