top of page

Water Memory

James Odell, OMD, ND, L.Ac

Water has long been known to be the essential matrix of life. In recent times, a huge number of findings have been collected regarding the role of water in living dynamics. It has been discovered that water can change its molecular structure and recently, a surge of interest has arisen concerning the property of water in becoming “structured” which allows the emergence of complex biodynamics possible, such as holding information or exhibiting “memory”. Structured water is also known as coherent or exclusion zone (EZ) water. Recently the structure and energetic properties of water have been widely investigated by a long list of researchers: Jacques Benveniste, Martin Chaplin, Masaru Emoto, Emilio del Giudice, Marc Henry, Konstantin Korotkov, Luc Montagnier, Elena Napoli, Gerald Pollack, Enzo Tiezzi, Vladimir Giuseppe, Vitiello Voeikov, among several others.

The properties of liquid water are quite different from most other liquids, with many anomalies and unusual traits being identified. These properties are due partially to water being a small and highly polar molecule, but mainly due to water’s capacity to form ordered tetrahedrally-placed cooperative intermolecular hydrogen bonding.

Water seems, at first sight, to be an amazingly simple molecule, consisting of two hydrogen atoms attached to an oxygen atom, and indeed, few molecules are smaller. Its size, however, belies the complexity of its properties, and these properties seem to fit ideally into the requirements for carbon-based life as no other molecule can.

Water also has an interesting property regarding the density of ice. Its solid form is less dense than its liquid form. For many molecules, the solid has a higher density than the liquid. So, for most molecules, the solid would sink in the liquid. But this is not the case with water. For water, ice is less dense than liquid water. This is why ice floats! If this did not happen, then all of the organisms that live in the bottoms of lakes in the wintertime would be completely frozen. But, even worse, during times in our planet’s history when the world has become very cold (causing what we call Snowball Earth), if frozen water sank, then all of Earth’s ocean life would have become frozen and maybe died. Thus, its peculiar density profile prevents oceans and lakes from freezing solid all the way to the bottom, allowing fish to survive the winter.

It can absorb a large amount of heat, which is carried long distances by ocean currents and has a profound impact on climate. It expands when cooled. The range of temperatures at which water stays liquid is rather large compared to most other common solvents. For instance, at sea level methane freezes at -182 Celsius © and boils at -162 C (a range of 21 C) and ammonia freezes at -78 C and boils at -34 C (a range of 44 C), meanwhile water freezes at 0 C and boils at 100 C (a range of 100 C). This means that the range of temperatures where water is liquid is more than twice that of ammonia and almost five times more than that of methane.

Water is an excellent solvent due to its polarity, high dielectric constant, and small size, particularly for polar and ionic compounds and salts. Its solvation properties are so impressive that it is difficult to obtain truly pure water. Water ionizes and allows easy proton exchange between molecules, so contributing to the richness of the ionic interactions in biology.

Water has a high surface tension. This means that that the molecules at the surface of a body of water are attracted to each other and hold each other together. You can see this yourself by filling a glass with water to the very tip-top and then seeing how many more drops of water you can get into it. You will be surprised to find that you can get a good bit more water into the glass! The high surface tension of water is also why some insects, like water striders, can move around on top of water without sinking into it. It also is related to something called “capillary action”, which is used by many plants to draw water up from the ground against gravity.

Even more remarkable than these properties are that water is capable of “remembering” what it comes into contact with. It holds that information in an ‘electromagnetic imprint’. Thus, the structured crystalline quality of water allows it to store information, much like a computer chip. By examining individual drops of water at an incredibly high magnification, scientists can physically see that each droplet of water has its own individual microscopic pattern, each distinguishable from the next and uniquely beautiful.

Dr. Masaru Emoto (July 22, 1943 – October 17, 2014)

“Water is the mirror that has the ability to show us what we cannot see. It is a blueprint for our reality, which can change with a single, positive thought. All it takes is faith if you’re open to it.”

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Research

The late great Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, and water researcher, extensively studied, photographed, and wrote numerous papers and books on the memory properties of water. His life was dedicated to researching the memory properties of water and demonstrated how thoughts and vibratory frequencies affect the molecular structure of water. Dr. Emoto’s experiments suggest that water does not just have memory, but its structure could be greatly affected by non-physical events such as sounds, music, thoughts, words, and intention. According to Dr. Emoto, water molecules restructure their position when they interact with the information they are exposed to. Over decades he applied music, thoughts, and emotions with mental intention to water, then froze it, and photographed it with a dark field microscope. Thus, taking snapshots of the different formations of ice crystals to demonstrate how the application of different intentions and sounds affected water’s physical structure.

Dr. Emoto’s research results were nothing short of phenomenal. It turns out that just as tone and intention affect human-to-human communication, he proved that tone and intention are received as communication by water. Just as plants are now understood to be self-conscious and somewhat self-aware, Dr. Emoto’s studies suggest that water also exhibits signs of consciousness and intelligence.

His research also demonstrated how polluted and toxic water, when exposed to prayer and intention can be altered and restored to beautifully formed geometric crystals as found in clean, healthy water. The following photos are images of photographs of the water in the Fujiwara Dam before and after Kato Hoki, chief priest of Buddhist Jyuhouin Temple offered an hour-long prayer over it.

(All the following photographs are from Dr. Emoto’s book Message From Water)

This original photo shows the water sample to be dark, ugly, and unable to crystallize


After the prayers, another photo was taken of the new water sample showing bright and fully developed crystals appearing like a hexagon within a hexagon. This phenomenon is reproducible.

The following are photographs of water from different sources and springs.

Water crystal from Fountain in Lourdes, France.

The location of the spring was described to Bernadette Soubirous by an apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858. Since that time, thousands of pilgrims travel to drink and bathe in the spring.

Our Lady of Lourdes Fountain


Water Crystal from Spring of Saijo, Japan

The spring water of old Saijo city is considered as one of Japan’s most famous sources of health benefiting spring water. People travel great distances to drink its water.


Water Crystal from Horobetsu River, Hokkaido, known for its Healing Water


Water Crystal from Metori Yusui Spring, Japan


Contaminated Water Yodo River, Osaka, Japan – No Crystal Formations


Dr. Emoto also extensively photographed crystals of water exposed to different types of music

Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Bach’s “Air for the G String”


Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”


Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Chopin’s Farewell Song


Crystal of Water Exposed with a Playing of Kawachi Folk Dance Song


Water Exposed to Heavy Metal Music – No Crystal Formations


Dr. Emoto also exposed water to different thoughts and emotions. The water crystal formations clearly show the effects of good and bad intentions.

Water Exposed to the words “Thank You”


Water Exposed to the Feelings of Love and Appreciation


Water Exposed to the Words “You Make Me Sick, I Will Kill You”


According to Dr. Emoto, thoughts and words have unique ‘magnetic codes or energetic frequencies which can interact with water. In response to critics who claim that Dr. Emoto’s research is ‘pseudoscience’ and doubt the process behind it, he responds:

“Current science exists in a 3-dimensional world, but a world of water is multidimensional, and I believe water crystals that I research on is in the world of 4th and 5th dimension. So, they can say my research is pseudoscience in the lower dimension, but I hope it to be called parascience.”

Many other researchers have demonstrated water’s unique ability to hold information.

One of the first scientists to speak about water possessing memory was Jacques Benveniste (1935 – 2004), a French immunologist. Unfortunately, this new narrative was met with heavy criticism and bias and his theory concerning water memory essentially ended his academic career. His experiments were published in the prestigious magazine Nature in June 1988, concerning the activity of high dilutions of histamine. Following homeopathic principles, Benveniste and his collaborators mixed a dose of histamine with water, then diluted this solution, according to the process of decimal dilution, up to the 12th decimal. At this point, the solution should no longer retain an original molecule of histamine. They then introduced this highly diluted histamine water into test tubes containing basophilic white blood cells and then added classic doses of anti–IgE, intended to trigger the degranulation of the basophils. They noted that the high dilution histamine inhibited the degranulation of the basophils. Considering the theoretical absence of the histamine molecules, this effect should not have existed. This experiment demonstrates, of course, that high dilutions of a product (as used in homeopathy) have an indisputable biological effect.

Jacques Benveniste carried out hundreds of similar experiments and dozens of new experiments on high dilutions of substances in water. He noted that the activity of solutions of highly diluted histamine was suppressed by ultrasounds, or by heating these solutions to 70°. He asked for these experiments to be performed in three other research laboratories in Toronto, Canada, Milan, Italy, and Marseille, and they all arrived at the same results. Despite all his efforts to earn recognition for his work, he was accused of having presented false results. Benveniste’s research had nonetheless awoken the curiosity of some scientists. Even though Benveniste’s experiments were venomously attacked, they have now been vindicated by many other scientists worldwide.

For those unfamiliar with homeopathy, it was founded by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s and became the dominant form of medicine up until the early 1900s as it was much gentler and bioregulatory in its approach to healing. Hahnemann is regarded as the father of homeopathy and was the first to test remedies on healthy (as well as sick) people, as individuals requiring different treatment dosages. At the time, many toxic substances were being employed by the medical establishment to cure the sick. As Hahnemann believed that large doses of drugs that caused similar symptoms would only aggravate illness, he advocated for extreme dilutions. A technique was devised for making dilutions that Hahnemann claimed would preserve the substance's therapeutic properties while removing its harmful effect. Through experimentation, Hahnemann discovered that the more dilute the solution, the more potent it appeared to be in its effect on healing the body.

For more information on homeopathy and Samuel Hahnemann see the links here.

The theoretical physicist Emilio del Giudice at the University of Milano, Italy, has written numerous papers on water’s ability to store information over long periods.

According to Guidice:

Quantum Field Theory has produced a vision of liquid water as a medium, which for a peculiarity of the molecule electron spectrum reveals as an essential tool for long-range communications, being able to change its supramolecular organization according to the interaction with the environment. The electromagnetic fields trapped in the coherence domains and in their coherent arrays produce electromag