Dr. Diderik Finne, RSHom LAc

About homeopathy

Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural sources according to a process called "potentization." To illustrate, let's say we were going to make a homeopathic medicine from Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel).

  1. The fresh leaves are ground and dissolved in alcohol. This solution is termed the "mother tincture."
  2. One drop of mother tincture is added to 99 drops of pure water in a new bottle. The bottle is shaken 10-20 times. This bottle is the "first dilution."
  3. One drop of the first dilution is added to 99 drops of water in a new bottle. The bottle is shaken 10-20 times. This is the "second dilution."
  4. The process continues until the desired level of dilution is reached. The number of dilutions equals the potency. A 30C potency, for example, is the thirtieth dilution of the mother tincture. If the medicine is delivered in pill form, the pills have been moistened with this solution.

According to the laws of chemistry, however, the last molecule of the original plant material disappears with the twelfth dilution! So what's left in the bottle?

In the 1990s, physicist Shui-Yin Lo discovered that ice crystals form spontaneously around the few remaining molecules of the original substance at high dilutions, due to electromagnetic forces. He named these crystals "Ie crystals" ("I" for ice, "e" for electromagnetic). The crystals remain stable at room temperature, and they replicate themselves when the solution is shaken.

Water Crystal
(photo: M. Emoto)

In 2009, Nobel laureate Dr. Luc Montagner published measurements of Ie crystal electromagnetic activity. In a 2010 interview, he observed, "High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules."

The active ingredient in homeopathic medicine, then, is Ie crystals. The original source serves as a template for the production of these crystals. Thus, homeopathic medicines can be thought of simply as information-not digital, but analogue. Each medicine has a specific frequency that will resonate with certain individuals and stimulate self-healing.

Since they are made of water, Ie crystals are guaranteed to be 100% nontoxic. Another advantage of potentization is that a large quantity of medicine is produced from a very small sample. Many medicinal plants and animals are endangered species, so protecting them is an important concern.

How does homeopathic medicine work? In a nutshell homeopathy is based on the understanding that a human being is a living oneness that cannot be reduced to a sum of its parts. One of the basic properties of life is self-healing. When disease occurs it is the result of something blocking or inhibiting the self-healing mechanism. The homeopath seeks to identify the cause of blockage and confront it with the appropriate medicine.

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Last update March 16, 2016