Homeopathy

Homeopathy has been used consistently for the past 200 years and has stood the test of time, over and over again, through its own intrinsic value. Millions of people use it daily and it has transformed countless lives. However, the scientific world doesn’t sympathise with homeopathy; only glancing on a simple google search might make you discard it without a second’s thought.

The core of this controversy stems from the fact that we do not currently have a scientific system to fully explain how homeopathic remedies work at a molecular/sub-molecular level.

Homeopathic remedies are made by taking a substance from nature such as a mineral or a plant and successively diluting and ‘succusing’ (shaking) over and over, sometimes over a thousand times to obtain a remedy. There is a problem with that. Since the late 18th century, chemistry has understood that a given amount of substance is made from a finite number of small particles, called molecules. Which also means that if you keep diluting a substance over and over again you find that at some point there is no single molecule of the original substance left (this is called the law of Avogadro). Homeopathic remedies are diluted well beyond the limit where you would expect find a single molecule of the original substance left. So, there it is: it cannot work, because there is nothing in it: ‘it’s just water’.

However, since the times of Avogadro, physics has progressed immensely, and we now know that the idea that the physical world is made of solid matter is obsolete. Molecules are made of atoms and inside the atoms there are electrons and neutrons and when you go deeper it comes down to quarks and leptons – particles which have no substance as such – all they have is spin and energy. To put it another way, matter is made of energetic units.

Although these concepts are proven and incontrovertible in physics, they are not easy to grasp in our day to day understanding of the world. Current medicine still operates within models of Newtonian physics.

Until physics progresses further and brings more understanding about ultramolecular dilutions, favouring homeopathy involves a mindset which understands that this world is much more dynamic and plastic than we have thought so far. It means accepting that the world we live in has levels of existence that we cannot currently measure or perceive.