actually vacines are different. WHile getting into "Like Treats Like" Vaccines don't treat anything. They prevent a future disease.
Homeopathy is supposedly treating something current.
Actually it isnt really the chemical doing the treatment. It is diluted to the point of almost non present. The "Spirit" soul, or energy of the chemical is imprinted on the carrier. This energy mirror image is remembered by the water (evidently water remembers things, who knew )used to dilute the compound and (seriously I'm not making this up) this mirror image when ingested cancels out the affliction.
This is starting to sound like a South Park episode on scientology.
Now I know man doesnt know everything. We will constantly come up with new procedures but this one has never been shown to do anything in any kinda of trial or study.
As for vaccines, they work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies against a pathogen. A very small dose of the pathogen, live or killed, is used to stimulate the antibody reaction. After antibody production, the body then has defense against the pathogen when exposed to it. Think of the antibodies as soldiers to fight off the pathogen when it presents itself. Vaccines are to prevent disease caused by pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, although vacccines for viruses are not always dependable because of the high rate of mutation of viruses.
The theory behind homeopathy is that the entire body system is sick, and then more susceptible to disease. The "remedies" are used to stimulate the body to strengthen itself against the disease by functioning at an "energy level" more essential (basic) than cellular or molecular. The disease therefore is worsened for a period of time while the body begins to heal. Healing involves healing the entire body system, rather than treating symptoms which is typical of allopathic medicine.
If anyone is still following this thread, there are much better descriptions out there than what I can give, but just wanted to at least get back with the book title for anyone who is interested.