traditionally, a philosophy of therapy in which medical conditions are treated by preparing a solution of a substance which produces symptoms similar to those produced by the condition, diluting it until no molecules of the active ingredient remain in the solution, and then drinking it. The term is often applied to any solution so prepared, and irrespective of whether the homeopathic solution is intended to cure or cause a particular reaction, it is an expensive technique for consuming small quantities of water. While it is not obvious why one would wish to do this, it does have the advantage of relatively few side effects.