Homeopathy – The Science of Sciences
A response from ECCH to recent press articles.
The recent attack on the inclusion of the study of homeopathy in degree courses in universities in the UK raised the question of whether homeopathy is a scientific subject.
The science of homeopathic practice
Homeopathy bases its methodology on the matching of two sets of data. The first is detailed data collected on the mineral, vegetable and animal sources of homeopathic medicines through the study of the characteristics of the source substance itself, from homeopathic provings on human subjects and from clinical use. The second is the data collected from each patient following a lengthy and detailed case-taking of every aspect of their symptom picture by an educated and experienced homeopath.
These two sets of data are then compared in order to find the remedy whose symptom picture best matches that of the patient. Such is the data-based nature of this practice that it lends itself perfectly to computerization and most modern homeopaths use a computer with sophisticated software to do the required cross-referencing and remedy selection process.
The science of homeopathic study
Homeopathy involves the student in the study of a wide range of science subjects. Starting with the philosophy and history of medicine and healing, it includes human anatomy, physiology, psychology and pathology, the study of homeopathic, philosophy and methodology and embraces the study of remedy sources from the three kingdoms of zoology, botany and mineralogy.
The scientific challenge of homeopathy
The one area where homeopathy is constantly challenged for its scientific basis is in the area of the chemistry and physics of its potentized medicines and on the specific point on whether the imprint of the energy field of a physical source substance can be maintained and strengthened through homeopathy’s unique medicinal potentization process.
The answer to identifying the effect of homeopathic medicines lies at the interface of physics and chemistry, an area which only now is being investigated and understood. Benveniste’s experiments were savagely attacked, those of Belon, Ennis et al * in 2004 were conspicuously ignored because they confidingly presented very similar results to Benveniste’s again.
While the reactionaries of the scientific and medical world continue to make their obsessive attacks on homeopathy, partly perhaps, to protect certain interests that lie behind them, true scientists will take the experiments of Belon, Ennis et al. and repeat them so that eventually the breakthrough in understanding that homeopathy has heralded for 200 years will be made i.e. that human and animal systems are whole systems unified and organized by an energetic field which is disturbed when ill but which can be re-balanced through applying energetic remedies found and applied using the similia principle.
In a multi-centre study including four research centers in Europe the effect of high dilutions of histamine (10-30 – 10-38 M) were confirmed. Researchers were able to document that high dilutions of histamine inhibit human basophil degranulation. Results cannot be explained through molecular theories.
Belon P, Cumps J, Ennis M, Mannaioni PF, Roberfroid M, Sainte-Laudy J, Wiegant FAC. Histamine dilutions modulate basophil activation. Inflamm. Res. 2004; 53: 181-188.