Examination of specific effects of different homeopathic preparations on cress seedlings with a CuCl2-biocrystallization assay

  • Anezka Marie Sokol Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
  • Paul Doesburg Crystal Lab, Landgoed Roepaen, Ottersum, The Netherlands

  • Claudia Scherr Hiscia institute, Society for Cancer Research, Arlesheim, Switzerland
  • Tim Jäger Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
  • Annekathrin Ücker Center for Complementary Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Stephan Baumgartner Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

Abstract

The effect of six different homeopathic remedies on cress (Lepidium sativum L.) has been examined by CuCl2-biocrystallization. The method was based on the protocols of [1] and a follow up study (not yet published). Cress seeds germinated and grew for four days in vitro in a 30x potentization of Stannum metallicum, Arsenic Album, Mercurius metallicum, Sulphur, Silicea or Lactose (control) in a blinded and fully randomized assignment. Each remedy was prepared sterile and divided into 20 bottles used in 10 experiments. CuCl2-biocrystallization of seedlings extracted in the homeopathic preparations was performed on circular glass plates. Resulting biocrystallograms were analysed by digital textural image analysis. Texture analysis variables analysed yielded significant results between the control and some of the homeopathic treatments, as well as between a number of the different treatments. As the texture of the biocrystallograms of homeopathically treated cress exhibited effects depending on the remedies, the CuCl2-biocrystallization method will be further applied to a larger study investigating specific effects of different homeopathic preparations.

Author Biographies

Anezka Marie Sokol, Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
M.Sc. Ph.D. student at Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
Paul Doesburg, Crystal Lab, Landgoed Roepaen, Ottersum, The Netherlands

B.Sc. Crystal Lab, Landgoed Roepaen, Ottersum, The Netherlands

Claudia Scherr, Hiscia institute, Society for Cancer Research, Arlesheim, Switzerland
Dr. Hiscia institute, Society for Cancer Research, Arlesheim, Switzerland
Tim Jäger, Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
Dr. 1. Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany 2. Center for Complementary Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Germany 3. Institute of Complementary Medicine IKOM, University of Bern, Switzerland
Annekathrin Ücker, Center for Complementary Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Germany
M.Sc. Ph.D. at Center for Complementary Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Germany
Stephan Baumgartner, Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany
Dr. 1. Institute of Integrative Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany 2. Hiscia institute, Society for Cancer Research, Arlesheim, Switzerland 3. Institute of Complementary Medicine IKOM, University of Bern, Switzerland
Published
2016-10-06
How to Cite
SOKOL, Anezka Marie et al. Examination of specific effects of different homeopathic preparations on cress seedlings with a CuCl2-biocrystallization assay. International Journal of High Dilution Research, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 4, p. 10-10, oct. 2016. ISSN 19826206. Available at: <http://highdilution.org/index.php/ijhdr/article/view/838>. Date accessed: 20 june 2018.

Keywords

Homeopathy, bioassay, biocrystallization, cress, specificity, specific effects