Sierra Clinic ~ Oriental Medicine

Functional medicine and integrative health care

Dennis R Tucker, Ph.D., L.Ac.

What is Homeopathy?

Herbal medicine and homeopathic medicine differ in that homeopathy uses very high dilutions in its preparation as opposed to concentrated herbal ingredients. Both forms of treatment are used in our clinic and although they are often used together, they function quite differently. Many of the effects of herbs are now understood biologically and chemically and, to some degree, can be understood within the standard pharmaceutical model. Homeopathy, on the hand, is so dilute that it is not possible to explain in the same way. So, even though homeopathy is the leading alternative treatment by European Physicians and is supported by a significant body of clinical and scientific research, it remains an enigma to conventional science. In fact, as you will see, it is the dilution process itself which alters the structure of the water molecules that is responsible for its therapeutic effects.

As Luc Montagnier, who is a Nobel laureate and founder and president of the World Foundation for Aids Research and Prevention states; “High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.” Although it is common for modern-day scientists to assume that none of the original molecules remains in solution after they have been prepared and diluted homeopathically, Montagnier’s research (and that of many others) has verified that electromagnetic signals of the original medicine remains in the water and has dramatic biological effects. This imprinting or “memory effect” on water can produce a host of biologic effects as evidenced by a significant body of research.

Most clinical research conducted on homeopathic medicines that has been published in peer-review journals have shown positive clinical results, including but not limited to: respiratory illness, attention deficit , influenza, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, childhood diarrhea, reduction of side effects of conventional cancer therapy, inhalant allergies…etc. High quality studies have been published in many of the most prestigious medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet, British Medical Journal, Pediatrics, Infectious Disease Journal, Chest and many others. Although some of these same journals have also published research with negative results, most of the research studies demonstrate a positive rather than a negative effect.

Reporting in The New Scientist, Brain Josephson, Ph.D., who is also a Nobel laureate, stated that once the effect of homeopathic dilution on the modification of waters structure is taken into account, “…there have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any refutations of homeopathy that remain valid after this particular point is taken into account.”

Like acupuncture, homeopathy can stimulate a targeted regulatory response in the body that allows for the natural healing mechanisms to effectively aid in the recovery of a wide variety of illness. And, again like acupuncture, it does so without inducing serious side effects. By using electro-dermal testing as a means of stress testing the acupuncture measurement points, the selection of the homeopathic formulae is individualized to the specific regulatory imbalances in each patient and is intended to not only aid in the specific issue that is being treated, but to assist in optimizing health generally.