“Water memory” is the idea that water may remember things that have been dissolved in it in the past, even after any number of successive dilutions.

Although there is no scientific evidence for the theory, it was put up by Jacques Benveniste to explain the mechanism by which homeopathic remedies function even when they are so diluted that not a single molecule of the original material is left.

While some studies, such as Benveniste’s, have mentioned such an effect, other re-examinations of the relevant experiments have been unable to replicate the finding. The scientific community does not embrace the idea since it conflicts with recognized scientific laws.

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Liquid water cannot sustain ordered networks of molecules for more than a fraction of a nanosecond. According to the research teams, biological effects on solutes that are subjected to physical processing and dilution in succession differ from those that are seen when using only the water used for the dilutions.

The experimental data suggest that these changes are predominantly caused by solute and surface changes that occur during this processing, even though there is substantial evidence in favour of water having features that depend on its earlier processing (i.e., water having a memory effect).

Most scientists do not believe that the “memory of water” merits serious attention; the only supporting evidence is the flawed Benveniste work. Homeopaths however, have taken the idea of “memory of water” seriously. It appeared to them to be a component of an explanation for why some of their remedies would be effective. Nevertheless, homeopaths have not made an effort to demonstrate the existence of water memory.


The learned argue whether homeopathic remedies work or not. It is fascinating that homeopathic agents affect animals. They become healthy without knowing whether they received homeopathic or pharmaceutical agents. Water carries various messages and substances, such as oxygen. Water that flows through water-tangled from the tap, is more oxygenated than water without a water guzzler. A test with two water glasses shows that plant roots grow faster and better with water from the water-tangled tap, than the plant roots with normal water.

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