This excellent article Homeopathy does not work beyond a placebo effect - The Irish Times - Thu, Sep 20, 2012 in today's Irish Times lays to rest the debate about homeopathy. In essence, it is a placebo. Similarly, 'therapies' such as Reiki and Reflexology have no proven efficacy. That's fine, but the danger for many people is that alternative 'medicine' such as homeopathy encourages people to ignore conventional medicine thus depriving sick people of potential cures for their illnesses. This site What's The Harm? lists many deaths directly attributable to quackery. This section deals with deaths due to homeopathy http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html.
Given this danger, is it time to ban what is simply sugar and water 'medicine'?