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. 2016 May;105(2):173-9.
doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2015.10.002. Epub 2015 Nov 12.

Polycrystalline Structures Formed in Evaporating Droplets as a Parameter to Test the Action of Zincum Metallicum 30c in a Wheat Seed Model

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Polycrystalline Structures Formed in Evaporating Droplets as a Parameter to Test the Action of Zincum Metallicum 30c in a Wheat Seed Model

Maria Olga Kokornaczyk et al. Homeopathy. .

Abstract

Background: Polycrystalline structures formed inside evaporating droplets of different biological fluids have been shown sensitive towards various influences, including ultra high dilutions (UHDs), representing so a new approach potentially useful for basic research in homeopathy. In the present study we tested on a wheat seed model Zincum metallicum 30c efficacy versus lactose 30c and water.

Materials and methods: Stressed and non-stressed wheat seeds were watered with the three treatments. Seed-leakage droplets were evaporated and the polycrystalline structures formed inside the droplet residues were analyzed for their local connected fractal dimensions (LCFDs) (measure of complexity) using the software ImageJ.

Results: We have found significant differences in LCFD values of polycrystalline structures obtained from stressed seeds following the treatments (p<0.0001); Zincum metallicum 30c lowered the structures' complexity compared to lactose 30c and water. In non-stressed seeds no significant differences were found.

Conclusions: The droplet evaporation method (DEM) might represent a potentially useful tool in basic research in homeopathy. Furthermore our results suggest a sensitization of the stressed model towards the treatment action, which is conforming to previous findings.

Keywords: Crystallization; Droplet evaporation method (DEM); Ultra high dilutions (UHDs); Wheat seeds; Zincum metallicum.

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