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Ultra high dilution – the state of research

19 May 2016

The October 2015 issue of ‘Homeopathy’ is dedicated to a special review of the status quo of research into ultra high dilutions.

This work is vital as critics of homeopathy point to the fact that homeopathic medicines are so highly diluted that you would not expect any molecules of the original substance to remain. ‘Ultra-high dilutions’ (homeopathic medicines above 12c or 30x potency) attract controversy, because they clearly cannot work in the same way as conventional medical drugs i.e. through molecules interacting directly with the body’s biochemistry. The new papers show how researchers around the world are investigating the mechanism of action, that is the principles behind the effect of homeopathic medicines.

This issue of the scientific journal marks the 21st anniversary of the 1994 publication of the book ‘Ultra High Dilution – Physiology and Physics’ (Endler, Schulte, Eds), the first multi-disciplinary work to address the how and why of the actions of ultra high dilutions. It includes an editorial by Peter Fisher, ‘Ultra High Dilution – Physiology and Physics comes of age,’ on the state of follow-up research since 1994, and a comprehensive selection of some 20 papers by leading scientists on basic research in homeopathy. Together these summarise and discuss the state of research in this field including physical research, in-vivo or plant and animal test models and provings.

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