Transdisciplinarity and Translationality in High Dilution Research – Book on Latest Research in Homeopathy

Transdisciplinarity and Translationality in High Dilution Research

Its a matter of privilege to share with readers and colleagues regarding the latest Book on Scientific Research in Homeopathy titled Transdisciplinarity and Translationality in High Dilution Research: Signals and Images by GIRI. The chapter Recent research on high dilutions in India has been contributed by Dr Saurav Arora. It was a challenge as well as motivation to write about contributions of Indian scientists and researchers in the field of research in homeopathy and high dilution. For readers interest, the introduction of the contributed chapter is as follows:

“Although trained with strict academic standards, researchers have already realized that there is a natural, poorly described and still unexplained phenomenon that involves high dilutions” (Zacharias, 2015). The biomedical community remains critically sceptic to the therapeutic action of homoeopathic medicines, which are highly diluted. High dilutions (HDs) are the preferred target of critics, as it is assumed that no molecules remain in a solution beyond Avogadro’s number. The term HD here is a relative term used for any substance subjected to serial dilution and rigorous agitation / shaking (potentization), also commonly known as ultrahigh dilution (UHD). HDs are used since the inception of homoeopathy, when Christian F. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of the homeopathic system of medicine, began experimenting with various substances of different origin, diluted and applied to induce a therapeutic response. He soon realized that these substances in diluted form could be applied to similar clinical conditions (similitude principle). This is how the homeopathic system of medicine came into existence. From that time onward, the use of HDs has gone beyond clinical application. HD research is needed due to three compelling reasons: (1) how a substance diluted beyond the Avogadro number might have therapeutic actions (dose–effect relationship); (2) if  HDs have some effect at all, it is only due to placebo effect; and (3) substantial research in HDs is lacking globally.”

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The book is edited by Leoni Bonamin and Silvia Waisse, Brazil, and is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2019). ISBN (10): 1-5275-3252-6 | ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-3252-6. The book covers important aspects of research in homeopathy and high dilution and is divided in four parts as follows:

 

Part One: An overview of homeopathic research

  • Chapter One: Explanatory models for homeopathy part 2: state of the art by Silvia Waisse & Leoni B. Bonamin
  • Chapter Two: Recent research on high dilutions in India by Saurav Arora

Part Two: Physical properties of high dilutions

  • Chapter Three: Is homeopathy really that implausible? by Alexander L. Tournier
  • Chapter Four: The theory of vibrational imprints by Igor Jerman & Vesna Periček Krapež
  • Chapter Five: Exploration of the physical basis of high dilutions by Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy and calorimetry by Nirmal C. Sukul & Anirban Sukul
  • Chapter Six: Differentiation of homeopathic potencies by electronic, vibrational and NMR spectroscopy by Anirban Sukul & Nirmal C. Sukul
  • Chapter Seven: Using the unique spectroscopic properties of push-pull molecular systems to investigate homeopathic potencies by Stephen J. Cartwright

Part Three: High dilutions and cell biology

  • Chapter Eight: High dilutions: changing the future of infections? by Tania A. Passeti, Cideli P. Coelho & Leoni V. Bonamin
  • Chapter Nine: Epigenetics and homeopathy: perspectives and experimental evidence by Anisur R. Khuda-Bukhsh

Part Four: From experimental models to public health

  • Chapter Ten: Plant tissue culture techniques and fundamental research in high dilutions and homeopathy: possible contributions to the development of a novel plant-based model by Carolina S. Barreto, Fortune Homsani, Carla Holandino & Nina C.B. Silva
  • Chapter Eleven: Homeopathy in early and elderly life: animal models and clinical possibilities by Cideli de P. Coelho & Maria Martha Bernardi
  • Chapter Twelve: Homeopathy and tropical diseases: exploring the effects of homeopathy on murine infection with Trypanosoma cruzi by Fabiana N. Ferraz, Larissa Ciupa, Denise L. Aleixo & Silvana M. de Araujo
  • Chapter Thirteen: Combination of homeopathic potencies, immune response and tumour microenvironment by Leoni V. Bonamin, Aloisio C. Carvalho, Juliana Amaral, Thayna N. Cardoso, Elizabeth C. Perez & Giovani B. Peres
  • Chapter Fourteen: Therapeutic potential of nosodes: challenges, translationality and perspectives by Carla Holandino, Camila M. Siqueira, Fortune Homsani, Juliana P. de Paiva, Venicio D. da Veiga & Adriana P. Oliveira
  • Chapter Fifteen: Challenges of a double-blind placebo-controlled homeopathic clinical trial in a cholera epidemic by Catherine Gaucher

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