The effect of Viscum album 2CH, 200CH and 1M on the growth rate of germinating Zea mays seeds
A comparative study of the effects of homoeopathically potentised Argentum nitricum on the growth rate of germinating Zea mays seeds
- Authors: Jordi, Marie L.
- Date: 2014-05-13
- Subjects: Homeopathy - Research , Argentum nitricum , Zea mays , Corn
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:11007 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/10580
- Description: M.Tech. (Homeopathy) , The aim of this study was to evaluate the growth rate of germinating Zea mays seeds treated with homeopathically prepared Argentum nitricum in the potencies 3CH. 6CH and 9CH. The purpose was to prove that homeopathy does not work according to the "placebo effect" as suggested by some researchers. This was done by showing that homeopathic remedies have therapeutic effects on living plant matter, thereby giving credibility to homeopathy as a science. Another aspect of the study was to determine whether there is specificity in relation to selected remedy and dose. Six hundred Zea mays seeds were selected and planted in germination paper rolls. In each of the three test groups as well as the control group, there were ISO seeds each. The control group was treated with distilled water only, while the test groups were treated with varied potencies ofArgentum nitricum, which were prepared indistilled water. The germination rolls were incubated at 2SoC for a total of J3S hours. After 39 hours the germinating seeds were replanted onto fresh germination rolls. The process was repeated after a further 48 hours and thus at 87 hours the first measurement was taken and recorded. The final measurement was taken and recorded at J3S hours. Measurements comprised of the lengths of the mesocoleoptile and coleoptile ofthe Zea mays shoots. At 87 hours there was no significant difference between any of the groups. At J3S hours there were significant differences between the Argentum nitrlcum 3eH and the control, Argentum nitricum 3CH and Argentum nitricum 6CH, Argentum nitricum 3CH and Argentum nitricum 9CH. This study therefore showed that homeopathic Argentum nitricum had significant influence on the growth of germinating Zea mays seeds. The theory that homeopathy is merely due to "placebo effect" was disproved, and it was shown that there is definitely specificity with respect to homeopathic potencies.
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A comparative study of the effects of homoeopathically prepared Avena Sativa on the growth of Zea mays
- Authors: Van Es, Sonya
- Date: 2014-05-13
- Subjects: Homeopathy , Avena Sativa , Zea mays , Corn
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:11018 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/10591
- Description: M.Tech. (Homoeopathy) , The aim of this study was to produce evidence that homoeopathic medicines stimulate biological activity, that it is not psychosomatic healing, and that it has therapeutic benefits by creating an effect on living tissue, thereby providing the validity and credibility of homoeopathy as a healing science in practice. As well as to give the medical profession scientific evidence that homoeopathic medicine stimulates biological activity and has an effect on living tissue. Hypothesis one was concerned with the homoeopathically prepared Avena Sativa having an effect on the growth rate of the Zea Mays seeds. Hypothesis two was concerned with the different potencies of homoeopathically prepared Avena Sativa, namely the six x, nine x and twelve x potencies, having different effects on the growth rates of the Zea Mays seeds. A trial experiment was conducted to perfect the technique of the methodology that was to be used in the experiment. The experiment consisted of twelve groups of Zea Mays seeds (three control groups, three six x groups, three nine x groups and three twelve x groups) of the seed lot number SNK2943 SPM which were randomly selected. Throughout the experiment it was made certain that no cross contamination of the different potencies took place. Germination rolls were incubated at twenty five degrees Celsius for twenty four hours. The Zea Mays seeds, fifty per roll, were then placed on the germination rolls and placed in the incubation chamber for thirty nine hours. Twenty four hours before replant, fresh germination rolls were prepared and incubated. Seeds were then replanted on the fresh germination rolls and placed in the incubation chamber for a further forty eight hours. Twenty four hours before measurement and replant, fresh germination rolls were prepared and incubated. The length of the coelioptile and the mesocoelioptile respectively were determined with a digitiser, then replanted and placed back in the incubation chamber for a further forty eight hours. At the time of forty eight hours the length of the coelioptile and the mesocoelioptile respectively were determined with the digitiser. All data was recorded and the results were statistically analysed. The mean and standard deviations were determined for all the groups of the experiment. The correlation between the different groups was determined by the testing of a one-way analysis of variance. The average growth rate of the control group was compared with that of the different experimental groups, by means of a one-way anova. There was found to be a statistical significant difference between the control group and the six x group. The six x potency had an initial detrimental effect on the growth rate of the Zea Mays seeds, the six x group however, completely recovered from this initial detrimental effect at the time that the second measurement was taken. The average growth rate of the control group was then compared with that of the nine x and twelve x potency groups respectively, no statistical difference could be determined between these three groups. It was concluded that further research is necessary using a larger sample size, a larger number of consecutive potencies and that more measurements be taken of the seeds at closer time intervals.
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