Homeopathy 2002; 91(04): 221-224
DOI: 10.1054/homp.2002.0052
Original Paper
Copyright ©The Faculty of Homeopathy 2002

On the physical basis of succussion

J-L Torres

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Publication History

Received06 March 2002
revised29 April 2002

accepted20 May 2002

Publication Date:
04 January 2018 (online)


It is argued that succussion drives the homeopathic tincture undergoing potentisation to a turbulent regime, where vortices continually form and disappear, ranging in size from the linear extent of the container to a minimum scale determined by viscosity and the rate of energy dissipation. Input mechanical energy cascades down this population of eddies and becomes available at the microscopic level to perform work (chemical, electrical, etc). A structure generated in the tincture would be rupted by vortices smaller than it, and this sets definite limits on the strength of succussion, so the power input leads to larger vortices than the structures one is trying to create and preserve through potentisation. An experimental procedure to test this proposal is suggested, based on Rayleigh scattering.