November 2005 | Vol 2 | Issue 11



Homoeopathic Medicine : A Nanopharmacology

Dana Ullman


    Dana Ullman, MPH, is one of the widely recognised, leading advocates for homoeopathy in america. He has authored many books and founded U.S.A's largest publisher and distributor of homoeopathic books “Homoeopathic Educational Services” mirrored in online '' He also serves as a consultant of the advisory board to alternative medicine institutes at Harvard, Columbia, and University of Arizona.


    Here we place some excerpts from his writings on “Nanopharmacology and Homoeopathic Medicine ’ and invite you to think of how homoeopathy as medicine at ultra-small doses acts. Dr. Neal Lane, former director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) also stress the saying, “If I were asked for an area of science and engineering that will most likely produce the breakthrough of tomorrow, I would point to nanoscale science and engineering.”

Homoeopathic Medicine: A Nanopharmacology

    Homoeopathic medicine presents a significantly different pharmacological approach to treating sick people. Instead of using strong and powerful doses of medicinal agents that have a broad-spectrum effect on a wide variety of people with a similar disease, homoeopaths use extremely small doses of medicinal substances that are highly individualized to a person’s physical and psychological syndrome of disease, not simply an assumed localized pathology.

    Homoeopathic medicines are so small in dose that it is appropriate to refer to them as a part of a newly defined field of nanopharmacology. To understand the nature and the degree of homoeopathy’s nanopharmacology, it is important to know the following characteristics of how homoeopathic medicines are made.

  1. Most homoeopathic medicines are made by diluting a medicinal substance in a double-distilled water. It should be noted that physicists who study the properties of water commonly acknowledge that water has many mysterious properties. Because homoeopaths use a double-distilled water, it is highly purified, enabling the medicinal substance to solely infiltrate the water. The medicinal solution is usually preserved in an 87% water/alcohol solution. Each substance is diluted, most commonly, 1 part of the original medicinal agent to 9 or 99 parts double-distilled water. The mixture is then vigorously stirred or shaken. The solution is then diluted again 1:9 or 1:99 and vigorously stirred. This process of diluting and stirring is repeated 3, 6, 12, 30, 200, 1,000, or even 1,000,000 times.
  2. It is inaccurate to say that homoeopathic medicines are just extremely diluted; they are extremely “potentized.” Potentization refers to the specific process of sequential dilution with vigorous stirring. The theory is that each consecutive dilution in conjunction with the process of shaking/stirring infiltrates the new double-distilled water and imprints upon it the fractal form of the original substance used (fractal refers to the specific consecutively smaller pattern or form within a larger pattern).

Nano Particales

    Some highly respected basic scientific research has begun to verify the claims that homoeopaths have made for 200 years, and that various extremely low concentrations of biological agents can exhibit powerful biochemical effects. Beta-endorphins are known to modulate natural killer cell activity in dilutions of 10-18. Interleukin-1, an important agent in our immune system, has been found to increase T-cell clone proliferation at 10-19.

    And pheromones, which are externally emitted hormones that various animals and insects are known to create, will result in hypersensitive reaction when as little as a single molecule is received (scientists have no way at present to assess the effects of less than a molecule).

    It is commonly observed that organisms experience a biphasic response to various chemicals, that is, extremely small doses of a substance exhibit different and sometimes opposite effects than what they cause in high concentrations. For instance, it is widely recognized that normal medical doses of atropine block the parasympathetic nerves, causing mucous membranes to dry up, while exceedingly small doses of atropine causes increased secretions to mucous membranes.

    In fact, many medical and scientific dictionaries refer to “hormesis” or “the Arndt-Schulz law” (listed under “law”) as the observations that weak concentrations of biological agents stimulate physiological activity, medium concentrations of agents depress physiological activity, and large concentrations halt physiological activity.

     There is also a significant body of research on hormesis (hundreds of studies) conducted by conventional scientists, none of whom even mention homoeopathy. The journal, Health Physics devoted an entire issue to this subject in May, 1987.

     Despite this body of research on hormesis, none of it was devoted to investigating the ultra-molecular doses used in some homoeopathic medicines. What is interesting to note is that researchers find that the hormetic effects of small doses only seems to influence biological systems when there is repeated dosages of the noxious (or medicinal) agent, while homoeopathic clinicians find that the even smaller homoeopathic doses have longer lasting effects, and do not require repetition of dosages.

Dana Ullman
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