Homeopathy 2018; 107(S 01): 55-78
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1632416
Oral Abstracts
The Faculty of Homeopathy

Understanding the Nature of the Interaction between Potencies and Solvatochromic Dyes: Recent Advances

Steven J. Cartwright
1  Cherwell Innovation Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom
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Publication Date:
05 February 2018 (online)


Solvatochromic dyes are providing a wealth of fascinating data and insights into the physico-chemical nature of homeopathic potencies. This presentation will look at recent discoveries using a range of related dyes, in particular dyes that are water soluble. By synthesising dyes with analogous structures, it is possible to understand what molecular features are needed to maximise spectral responses to potencies as well as provide insights into the fundamental nature of the dye–potency interaction. In turn, this allows hypotheses to be formulated and predictions tested, both essential cornerstones of any scientific enquiry into potencies. Based on discoveries made so far, a proposal will be presented as to the possible identity of homeopathic potencies, and why they interact with solvatochromic dyes.

Keywords: Homeopathic potencies, solvatochromic dyes, uv-vis/fluorescence spectroscopy