A review of Basic Research on Homoeopathy from a physicist’s point of view


Cuprums arsAbstract:  Homoeopathic medicine has been one of the world’s most widely practiced alternative therapies. However, that the potency of a homoeopathic medicine increases with dilution followed by succussion (together termed as potentization) has thrown challenges to the scientific community at large. A recent hypothesis, advanced by us and others, is that due to the process of potentization, the size of the constituent particles decreases and eventually reaches nanodimension. This decrease in size with increase in potency has been verified by scanning electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering studies. The increase in potency is manifested in its increased effect on membrane fluidity. The change in potency also leaves its signature on Ultraviolet–Visible spectra, Fourier transform infrared radiation spectra and Raman spectra. We have taken one step further to carry this nano‑dimensional property of homoeopathic medicine and put it into several technical applications. And in so doing, we have connected the important, old, un‑quantifiable effects with the latest quantifiable technology and opened up an era of applications with more possibilities.



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Prof. (Dr.) Papiya Nandy was the Emeritus Fellow of Jadavpur University and was the Director of JBNSTS, of which she is a scholar from the first batch in 1960. Here her objective is to make JBNSTS a vibrant and dynamic institute to motivate, identify and nurture young talented science students and establish the base of Scientific enquiry and culture of tomorrow. She received her Masters degrees in Physics from University of Calcutta and University of California at Santa Barbara and Ph.D. on Liquid Crystals from Kent State University, USA. Her post-doctoral work was in Experimental Biophysics from Max Planck Institute, Gottingen, Germany. Later she was Associate Professor of Physics in University of Ulm, Germany. She joined Physics department in Jadavpur University and besides teaching for more than 35 years in the Science and Engineering faculties, she was and still is in charge of several research projects. Her field of research encompasses membrane biophysics, numerical analysis of DNA and protein sequences and application of Nanomaterials in ceramics and bio systems. She has more than hundred research publications in peer reviewed journals and 3 patent awards. She has guided several Ph.D. and Masters Thesis. As Director of JBNSTS, Dr. Nandy has been giving shape to the current activities by increasing the number of program on awareness of science among young school children in urban as well as in remotest villages, introducing wide ranging discussions on the importance of basic science and generating programs of new dimensions. Her attempt is to establish collaboration with national and international organizations with similar objectives at making JBNSTS a part of the worldwide network of talent identification.

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