Homeopathy: From Hahnemann To Nanotechnology
Over 200 years ago, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann presented to the world a new way to heal disease – homeopathy. The term means ‘similar suffering’ and Dr. Hahnemann used the principle of ‘like curing like’ in order to treat any form of ill health. Very much what vaccines do except that vaccines act as prophylactics while homeopathy acts as a curative.
Homeopathy, like most alternative treatments, has never really been mainstream but in its own, quiet, behind-the-scenes way, it has grown and spread all over the world. Some have absolute faith in these little white pills, some brush the whole thing aside like a joke and some will only acknowledge that it works – but like a placebo.
Then came the British Medical Association rubbishing it and questioning its efficacy. The British Parliament echoed its views and dismissed these pills as being totally ineffective. Unfortunately, no homeopath could quite explain to any scientist’s satisfaction just why homeopathy worked. How could something so diluted carry anything at all of the original medication? Now comes proof from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Chemical engineering students from this prestigious Institute went out and bought a few homeopathic remedies from the stores. Then they dissolved them and diluted them even more and they checked this very diluted solution with powerful instruments. When it was seen under an extremely powerful electron microscope …..Eureka! They found particles of the original in it. The solutions used were 1 part in 10 raised to 400 parts and even then, the original particles were clearly present. The paper outlining these findings has been published in the latest issue of the journal ‘Homeopathy’, published by Elsevier, the premier medical publishing company.
In the normal course of things, if you were to empty a cup of milk into a lake, there could be no traces of the milk once it got diluted. However, metals are different and they are seen to retain their properties even through extreme dilutions. Why or how this is so is still a matter of conjecture and a lot more research will have to be done before we know that for sure. One theory is that nanobubbles form in the solution and come to the surface and these nanoparticles help the solution retain the properties of the original. In homeopathy it is believed that the greater the dilution, the greater the potency. Could it be that with each dilution, the nanoparticles just get more potent and therefore more effective? Questions, questions.
So often, the truth lies before us or is revealed to us but we don’t want to accept it simply because we can’t see the road that leads to it.