When I lived in India, I had lots of family and friends who were big proponents of both Homeopathic medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. I was never sick enough while living there that I ever had to see a doctor, but there were often times when I was sick as a dog. In many of those cases, someone or the other would recommend homeopathic medicines and/or ayurvedic medicines when other drugs/medicines weren't working quickly. I've had both and in the 5 years I spent there, I can say this about myself, my mother and my sister:
- Ayurvedic medicine worked
- Homeopathic medicine did nothing
Some ayurvedics were surprisingly effective and some were easier to stomach too. I have a slight fear of swallowing large tablets so I often found it much easier to swallow smaller ayurvedic tablets than larger Nyquil/Dayquil gel tablets. And they worked just as well! Ever time I go back to India or someone I know does, I have them bring back a large supply of a specific med (Tribhuvankirti) because to date, it has been the most effective medicine I have ever used for getting over colds and flu-like symptoms quickly (I distribute them at work every now and then when someone complains that nothing else is working, and have a few colleagues who also swear by them now).
Homeopathic meds on the other hand, left me feeling just as lousy after taking them as they did before. As a result, I don't subscribe to homeopathy at all.