Creating Waves of Awareness
Evidence is mounting in physics that the resonances associated with homeopathic remedies are extremely low, perhaps often below 1 Hz (one cycle per second).
One fascinating observation that adds validity to this notion is that a series of mechanical blows is all that is necessary to increase the potency of a remedy tincture or solution. Let's visit the notion of a mechanical blow.
A mechanical blow such as occurs by tapping a bottle on a hard cover book or a wooden blank might be thought of as a rapid decelleration. Perhaps the bottle is traveling at several meters per second when it hits the hard surface. In a time frame on the order of perhaps 1/100 sec., the bottle comes to rest. We may think of the blow as a high force acting through a short distance during which the book or wood comopresses slightly, or we might think of the decelleration as an momentum impulse.
In eithe regard, from an accoustic perspective it is an approximate impulse function--that is a very sharply rising and falling sound energy pulse of very narrow width. The width is approximately that of the decelleration time. By use of the princles of Fourier analysis, if the actual acustic action is seen as an impulse function in time, its energy content is known by Fourier Transform to be uniform over some range of frequencies. If the impulse were infintely narrow, equal energy would be present at every frequency.
If an impulse function is applied to a fine crystal goblet, the goblet will begin to ring at its natural resonance frequency. Picture the operat singer producing a high note which breaks such a glass. She breaks it because she is singing a tone very close to the resonant frequency of the glass. The glass absorbs sound energy and vibrates increasingly until the internal vibration strain in the glass exceeds the yield strength and glass explodes.
When an impulse is used, the glass will ring at its resonance frequency and slowly become quiet again due to frictional losses in the glass and its support structure. Using a hammer to hit a bell will do the same sort of thing. the bell will ring at its own natural resonance.
So what happens to the liquid in a bottle tapped on piece of wood? For one thing, the impulse function is not infinitely narrow, and for this reason, there is an upper limit to the energy spectrum that is imparted to the fluid. The frequency content is limited mainly to the audio region of the spectrum. it does not extend to millions of cycles per second.
It is the relatively low frequency limit on the energy response that offers a convincing argument for two hypotheses:
1. The homeopathic resonance of interest is in the audio frequency range or below, not above.
2. This resonance will be excited by an impulse regardless of whet the precise resonance is--in other words, the tapping is a clever way of exciting a resonance regardless of its frequency. The opera singer has to hit the right note or the glass does not vibrate and brake. With potentizing action, we are kind of using a shotgun approach to stimulating resoances in the liquid.
Not long ago, I watched a video of sound waves being applied to water. All kinds of curious patterns of motion were stimulated. I do not know if we are organizing the water itself into some kind of shape structures or actually dealing with the physics of the subatomic particles. But I do know that the tapping can excite resonances and will if they are present.
This brings up another point. Suppose one rapps many more times than five? Does the energy in the liquid continue to increase. is it the actual dilution process with potentizing that increases potency or simply the tapping. Woudl we get the same effect by tapping one hundred times instead of diluting twenty times with five taps each?
Food for thought . .
Most interesting viewpoint! Thanks for that!
As to your last question, there is an interesting anecdote about Jenichen, the horse dealer of Hahnemann's time, who was also a good veterinarian, although he was never trained in the science. He knew more than most of the veterinarians of his time and was also an accomplished veterinary homoeopath.
He decided that all this dilution stuff was not necessary and proceeded to succuss a Mother Tincture 50.000 times!
Upon administering 10 drops of this highly potentised substance in a full bucket of water to one of his horses, the poor animal dropped dead within the span of 10 minutes. That shows us that dilution is certainly necessary.
Von Boenninghausen, who mentions this episode in his "Lesser Writings", concluded that all that Jenichen achieved was "developing a very strong right arm."
Hahnemann himself used to succuss his remedies 100 times in the beginning, but soon found that they acquired too much power from such vigorous shaking and reduced it first to 50, then to 30, 20 and finally 10 succussions for the centisemal and decimal scales. He only employed 100 succussion for the LM potencies, but advised only 2 succussions when a remedy was "plussed" for consumption in daily doses by the patient.
Thank you. One question is answered. Now let's turn the question a different way. suppose one has a highly diluted remedy, say 200C and then potentizes it with 100 taps. Besides a strong right arm, is the potency of the remedy increased?