How does homeopathy work?
The working mechanism of homeopathy has long been a matter of scientific debate. This is particularly so because science has never fully explained how the high dilution of substances, used for most homeopathic remedies, actually work. In the past most homeopaths have not been too concerned about this lack of explanation, as their main focus has been to support sick patients, and they regularly see proof that highly diluted remedies do work with patients.
However in recent years a number of scientists, such as Jacques Benveniste, Rostrum Roy, and many others, have been adding to our understanding about how homeopathy works. More recently, Nobel Prize winning scientist, Luc Montagnier, has been conducting a scientific investigation, and has come to these conclusions:
“I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions are right”. “High dilutions are something, not nothing” (critics of homeopathy have said for years that homeopathy cannot work, that ‘there is nothing’ in the remedies). “They are water structures which mimic the original molecules. We find that with DNA we cannot work at extremely high dilutions used in homeopathy; we cannot go further than a 10/10th dilution or we lose the signal. But even at 10/10th dilution you can calculate that there is not a single molecule of DNA left. And yet we detected a signal”.
What Montagnier’s work, and the work of other scientists, is doing is to overcome that oft-repeated criticism of homeopathy – that it cannot work – and so it does not work. Clearly, what science is now beginning to understand and explain is that homeopathy is more than placebo.
Homeopathy has been used by many millions of people during the last 200 years – as a safe and effective medical therapy. Now, it would appear, there is an emerging science that is beginning to understand, and explain, the working mechanism of homeopathy.