The use of the homeopathic method in agriculture was introduced with Agro-homeopathy, which allows one to influence biological processes of plants to either accelerate or delay growth. Moreover, it can contribute to the control of plagues and diseases, directly promoting increased production.
In agriculture, homeopathic nosodes and autonosodes can assist in controlling plagues and diseases by use of the same disease of the plant, the plant damaged by the plague, or even the actual plague. Nosodes used in humans and animals are defined as homeopathic remedies prepared from diseased tissue or the product of disease, but are not defined chemically. Nosodes can be derived from animal, human or plant products. They can be complex compounds (of pathological secretions or excretions, infected tissues or causal organisms) or simple compounds (such as pure microbial or viral cultures).
Possibilities in agriculture
Utilizing homeopathic dynamizations on plants guarantees non-toxicity, because their mode of preparation assures that plants will in no way be contaminated. Agro-homeopathy is a win- win solution for farmers. They can use this method with confidence that it will neither damage the organism, the soil nor the plants.
Autonosodes represent the most immediate way to extend the use of homeopathy to farmers. They only require the plant damaged by the disease or plague, along with bottles and alcohol with which to prepare the dynamization. It is an easy, uncomplicated and immediate process that counters the damage caused by the plague or disease.
Agro-homeopathy has enormous potential as it covers the majority of crops and enables crop abundance and nutritive yields. Therefore further investigations must be performed to strengthen the advances already achieved in developing this science.
Important benefits of agrohomeopathy include economic savings and preservation of the natural ecology. Agro-homeopathy can reduce costs from agrochemicals, and it will not damage the organism, the ground under the plant or its surrounding area and the water that serves as the solvent in the dynamizations.
To elaborate further , the mother tincture is generally produced in an hydro-alcoholic solution of 87%. Dynamizations use 87% alcohol as a solvent, which if applied to the plant as is, would be toxic. That is why in agrohomeopathy we use distilled, boiled, tap or irrigation water in the two last dynamizations. This helps guarantee that there is no toxicity to the plant. The therapeutic effect is due to the initial substance of the mother tincture and the process of dynamization. This also reduces the costs.
Summarizing, the low costs of homeopathic potencies are represented by the following aspects:
The initial substance can be from the same disease of the plant, or from insects which attack the plant when an autonosode is produced. This minimizes costs because the farmer usually has the disease plant on his parcel of land. Dynamizations are generally produced in 87% alcohol, which is used to conserve the characteristics of the substance from which the dynamizations are prepared, but they can also be produced in water (with the exception of the mother tincture, when it is used immediately and if no further dynamizations are required).
The preparations can also be made in pure cane alcohol of 96%, expediting the production. The effect is the same whether produced in pure cane alcohol (96%) or in an hydro-alcoholic solution of 87%. Homeopathic dynamizations are not limited to the potency of 12CH. In general, low dynamizations (6CH), medium (12CH and 30CH) and high potencies (200CH, 1000CH, 10000CH) are used in humans, and are available commercially. Therefore, if a high dynamization is required, the producer will only be limited by the costs of commercial potencies. A tangential link to the savings is the increase in production volume due to the diminished damage caused by plagues and diseases.
The peculiarities of homeopathy and agro-homeopathy are: the theoretical foundation based upon natural therapeutic principles and the procedure that is in accordance with these principles. Prepared on these principles and with this procedure, homeopathy is able to heal diseases in humans, as well as solve health and nutrition problems in plants.
If there exists a certain analogy between the response of plants and of humans to dynamizations, then it must be considered that low potencies (6CH, 9CH) are to be applied for acute symptoms and damages in plants, medium potencies (12CH, 30CH) for problems with the tendency to a certain chronicity, especially in fruit trees. In some cases, these analogies can be applied; however, the zigzag effect requires more investigation into recognizing which dynamizations act most energetically. Thus, achieving the biological optimum does not necessarily correspond with the application of how low or high potencies are used in humans.
Agro-homeopathy in the ecological environment is harmless for the user. This is important, due to the fact that the use of agrochemicals and especially pesticides, frequently causes injury and sometimes death of farm workers. It is inhumane to use these chemicals if it is known that a poison can be inhibited by the same poison when it has been prepared homeopathically, and therefore, one can avoid injury and death of many humans. Agro-homeopathy and homeopathic potencies do not contaminate land or people and help support the regeneration of the ecosystem. The ground on which the potencies are applied is not at risk of increasing its salinity; the potencies do not injure micro flora and fauna, or the aquifer mantles.
Agrohomeopathy can also reverse damage already present in the ground because of the use of fertilizers or pesticides, or excessive salinity. There is already scientifically verified evidence supporting the relevancy of applying dynamizations to plants before and during sowing, or directly on the ground.