It is important to understand that the science of homeopathy is NOT the same as the science of nanotechnology. Wikipedia defines nanotechnology as the following:
Nanotechnology (“nanotech”) is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology. A more generalized description of nanotechnology was subsequently established by the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers.
The intention of nanotechnology is to manipulate particles from 1 to 100 nanometers in size with the goal of manufacturing materials. As a professional homeopath, it is not my intention to manipulate particles in order to fabricate some other material. My intention is to heal my clients using potentised substances – i.e. diluted and succussed (shaken vigorously) substances.
It is important to understand the difference between nanotechnology and homeopathic substances (and I agree that the difference is a subtle one!). Nanotechnology deals with very tiny particles – i.e. nanometer size. Homeopathy deals with potentised (i.e. succussed and diluted) substances where the molecular size does not change. In nanotechnology, the nanoparticles are not succussed and diluted. In my personal opinion, it is important for the general public to know that homeopathic medicines are not classified under the heading of nanotechnology. I believe that the particles within homeopathic medicine are not nanoparticles, but rather the same sized molecules as the original substance. These molecules are sequentially diluted until such time as the dilution rate reaches a point that there is no molecule of the originating substance present – i.e. Avogadro’s number or 12C potency.
In homeopathic substances, the ratio of molecular substance to water becomes increasingly smaller with each subsequent level of potentisation. The level of dilution of a substance is an entirely different process from having nanometer sized particles in the solution. This does not occur in homeopathy – there is merely a decrease in the NUMBER of molecules but there is no decrease in the SIZE of the molecule in homeopathic substances. In this regard, I assert that homeopathic medicine does not fall under the category of nanotechnology. Here is a diagram showing how a homeopathic medicine of 6X potency is prepared:[i]
Figure 1 – Succussion and dilution process of 6X potency
I am writing to clarify the difference between the science of homeopathy and the science of nanotechnology and to ensure that the science and art of homeopathy is not labelled incorrectly in the public’s eyes. The public are already confused enough about our healing medicine, and it is important to continue to educate the public with information that is scientifically accurate.
[i] Lockie, Dr Andrew, Homeopathy Handbook, Dorling Kindersley, London, 2001