Since the beginning of practice of homeopathy, over 200 years ago, it was observed that dilutions are capable of stimulating the healing processes of the body and of inducing remarkable changes, very different from the usual therapies of the time. Yet it was not quite clear how and why. With advances in science and technology, we can now understand this process much better. What does dilution do? In homeopathic remedies, the material substance and toxic properties are left behind through dilution, while its subtle element is captured in the water through repeated succussions, i.e. vigorous shaking. According to some research, this process is thought to be responsible for making the final product biologically active. While other research reveals the properties of water as it captures the information of the original substance.
In fact, diluted preparations are subtle in comparison to the gross form of material substance. As such, they have the capacity to stimulate the vital force, which is also subtle in comparison to gross level where chemical reactions happen. In homeopathic science, life force, or vital force refers to the subtle level of organization of the entire body-mind; it is that which sustains and nourishes all our physical and thought processes in their interconnected wholeness. It is on this level that homeopathy is observed to act upon. It assists the vital energy caught in the disturbance so that it can be liberated and utilized in the service of well-being. It helps the body and mind to come back to a state of equilibrium, or homeostasis. The results include improved hormonal functioning, stronger immune system, better mental state.
Homeopathy continues its development as a science in its own right, bringing new insights into the understanding of health and disease, offering its unique holistic view. If you are looking for more research on homeopathy, you can find a lot of valuable information at Homeopathy Research Institute.