Background: Efficacy of higher homeopathic potencies is
controversial. Universally accepted specific detection assays
for homeopathic dilutions do not exist. Basic research has to
develop a spectrum of standardized tools to investigate the
mode of action and nature of homeopathic potencies. Objective:
Can the shoot growth reaction of dwarf peas (gibberellin-
deficient mutants) be regarded as evidence of treatment
with homeopathic potencies of plant growth substances?
Materials and Methods: Pea seed (Pisum sativum
L. cv. Früher Zwerg) is immersed for 24 hours in homeopathic
potency or control solutions for soaking. Plants germinate
and grow in a standard cultivation substrate under
controlled environmental conditions. Shoot length is measured
14 days after planting. Results: A screening of homeopathic
potencies (12x-30x) of four different plant growth
substances revealed biological activity of certain potency
levels of gibberellin and kinetin (p < 0.05). Growth stimulation
through gibberellin 17x (5 × 10-18 M
) was assessed in
six independent replications; results confirmed those of the
screening (p < 0.05). The effect of gibberellin 17x seemed to
weaken during the course of the experiments. Conclusion:
The results back the hypothesis that homeopathic potencies
of plant growth substances affect pea shoot growth. Dwarf
peas might thus be an interesting system model for studying
the action of homeopathic potencies. Further work is required
to identify all boundary conditions modulating the
reactivity of this system.
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