I might be crazy but I remember homeopathic drugs having advertisements on TV and being sold in drug stores as legit drugs. Goes to show how great our medical industry is. So yeah, when I was a teenager of course I knew it was shit diluted in water, but all this mainstream visibility lent it the credibility of something that was socially acceptable to be sold as medication. It's been years so I don't know if this is still the case as I don't even own a television.There have been some FDA crackdowns on supplements and homeopathic products that actually claim to treat or cure specific conditions, but as long as you're careful about the language you use, you can sell pretty much anything as a bullshit health product in the U.S.
My first job when I was 14 was at the second co-operative grocery store to open in the USA and that shit was RAMPANT when I was working there (early to mid 90s because I'm old). There was one guy there who followed the Butthole Surfers on tour like a Deadhead except for the Butthole Surfers, and sometimes he would take expired herbal tinctures (which are mostly grain alcohol) off the shelf, mix them with water and get drunk on them. Homeopathic stuff isn't even good for that.