This is the definition of Homoeopathy which appears on the website of The British Homeopathic Association:
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if taken in large amounts.
The only issue I have with that definition is that it doesn’t sufficiently emphasise the smallness of the small amounts!
Homoeopathic pills, powders, etc. are often so dilute as to be unlikely to contain a single molecule of the substance they are based on.
Whether or not we believe in homoeopathy, I think the above is a fair start.
The confusion I see is that non-homoeopathic treatments are often referred to as being homoeopathic. Mostly obviously, numerous herbal preparations are called homoeopathic despite containing very significant amounts of the herbal ingredients.
Even if a homeopath suggests you take some such treatment, it doesn’t suddenly change into a homoeopathic treatment.
When people are sceptical about homoeopathy, and express that, they are sometimes told of all sorts of “alternative” treatments that work.
I just want to make sure that when we discuss things, we use terms which make sense.
[ Personal Point of View
I do not believe in homoeopathy at all. I cannot think of any way in which it could work. Even the world of homoeopathy is riven by differing viewpoints. ]