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Homeopathy and Environmental Challenges
05 February 2020 (online)
Homeopathy is growing in areas beyond human medicine because of its capacity to act on all living systems. In agriculture and cattle farms, especially those oriented to organic production, homeopathy has been a very useful tool and works in harmony with the concept of sustainability, including its application in biodynamic agriculture and agro-forestry.
In Brazil, more than 15 companies are established to manufacture homeopathic products for animal and vegetal use. The use of homeopathy has been present in zoos and protective organizations for wild animals, mainly in epidemic situations. This new perspective points towards a putative ecological role of homeopathy.
In a recent study, we verified the protective role of isotherapy in Artemia salina exposed to pesticides and heavy metals, highlighting that this crustacean is a known experimental model of eco-toxicology. The treatment of Artemia cysts exposed to glyphosate and lead with the respective isotherapeutic, induced better adaptation of these animals to the harmful medium, reducing the level of egg hatching and the incidence of malformations in the newborn nauplii.
Other parameters, like motility and general activity, also improved after the treatment. Physicochemical analyses of the water are still in progress, to provide some understanding about the mechanisms involved in this protection. In another set of experiments performed in vitro, the correspondence between changes in the dipole moment of homeopathic medicines and of the culture medium of responsive single cells could also be observed, using solvatochromic dyes. This suggests that electric resonance could be a possible mechanism involved in the homeopathic treatment of an aqueous medium.
Under this hypothesis, another field study was set up, using the same method. The treatment of a natural water source with Phos 30 cH produced significant changes of the dipole moment in water samples harvested from different and distant locales of the same environment. That was similar to those effects observed in the medicine itself. The samples were taken before, and at different times after, water treatment. The same signals could be measured, even in distant points of the water flow, up to 72 hours after the immersion of Phos 30 cH into the source.
These studies show the importance of knowing how far the homeopathic signal can reach in nature, mainly in water, and unveils the putative role of homeopathy in recovering environmental disturbances.
Keywords: Environmental sciences, basic research, physicochemical models, high dilutions technology