Magic of signs: a non-local interpretation of homeopathy.

@article{Walach2000MagicOS,
  title={Magic of signs: a non-local interpretation of homeopathy.},
  author={Harald Walach},
  journal={The British homoeopathic journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={89 3},
  pages={
          127-40
        }
}
  • H. Walach
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine
  • The British homoeopathic journal
Among homeopaths the common idea about a working hypothesis for homeopathic effects seems to be that, during the potentization process, 'information' or 'energy' is being preserved or even enhanced in homeopathic remedies. The organism is said to be able to pick up this information, which in turn will stimulate the organism into a self-healing response. According to this view the decisive element of homeopathic therapy is the remedy which locally contains and conveys this information. I… Expand

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