Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The Supramolecular Chemistry of Homeopathy

I would implore anyone who is interested in homeopathy as a safe medical therapy, but concerned that "it has no scientific basis" as many of our critics constantly state, to listen to this lecture on the 'supramolecular chemistry of homeopathy'. Even as a homeopath I had no idea that there was so much science already in existence for explain why it works. This lecture was given recently by John Benneth at Cambridge University, in which he reviews the attempts that have already been made to model the 'memory of water' - one of the proposed explanations for why homeopathic remedies works. This is how John introduces his lecture, which you can access at http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1074586

In the 200 years since its invention, homeopathy has been the subject of much controversy. The major feature of opposition has been the lack of a rational explanation for the action of its pharmaceuticals. The question of "what is it?" is what in part has made the effects of homeopathic treatment difficult to understand and homeopathy impossible to rationally accept in the occidental corpus of science. I propose here that homeopathic remedies are actually supramolecular chemicals, which may well be the missing link between homeopathy and modern science. A supramolecule is an organization of two or more molecules that are held together by intermolecular forces. Citing recent studies, I propose that aqueous structures and their electromagnetic (EM) signals are what give homeopathic remedies their reportedly unique biological action.

Supramolecular chemistry is a non-traditional branch of chemistry that examines these intermolecular forces, the weaker and reversible non-covalent interactions between molecules. It is used here to explain how liquid aqueous structuring is created by the unique linking characteristics of water molecules, how the biological action of the solution is maintained in the absence of the original molecule, and what provides the homeopathic remedy with its specific EM properties. Novel proposals are supported by the orthodox literature in this controversial presentation.