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Homeopathy 101: Potencies & How Remedies Are Made

Entry 2 in my baby steps blog posts about homeopathy as well as how to use it for self-care.  [Entry 1:  How Homeopathy Started.]    Maybe I should call it my Homeopathic Empowerment Series.

Medicating Potency, Unmedicated Granules, Vial of Remedy

For me, homeopathy is empowering.  Even knowing how remedies are made is empowering:  If you understand how remedies gain potency, you are able to better understand and fine-tune dosing for yourself and your family.

Homeopathic remedies are made by first grinding up a substance, then serially diluting it and succussing it.  Succussing [pounding] also is referred to as “potentizing” because it is here that the remedy gains its potency.

This results in a liquid sometimes called the medicating potency.  The medicating potency is then applied to various kinds of sugar pillules or into a liquid formula.

Tip:  Because there is no additional protective coating [such as one might find on Advil], we typically pour the requisite pillules into the remedy’s vial cap, then directly under the tongue.  This reduces the likelihood that some of the remedy will rub-off on your hand, etc.  It also means that this rule is not rigid–it is only an optimization technique!

More details ….

A mortar and pestle often is used to triturate a remedy.
A mortar and pestle often is used to triturate a remedy.

The grinding process is called trituration, and it’s much like grinding spices or grains with a mortar-and-pestel.

How often a remedy is serially diluted and succussed determines its potency.  The more dilution-succussions a remedy undergoes, the more potent it becomes.  So, the higher a remedy’s potency, the more diluted it is.

Tip:  In a pinch, when you need a higher potency but only have a lower potency, you can recall this information to increase the potency by putting the remedy in water and then pounding it to increase potency.

Potencies are given using a number and a letter [or letters].  The number represents the number of dilution-succussions, and the letter represents the potency scale used.

A few centesimal potencies of Arnica
A few centesimal potencies of Arnica

The potency scale is determined by how much a remedy is diluted in each dilution-succussion.  Three potency scales are employed in homeopathic practice, though the most typical scale is the centesimal scale.  The centesimal scale is represented by potencies that are followed by a c/C, ck/CK, CH, or M [M being 1000C and above]. In the centesimal scale, the dilution is a 1:100 ratio.

Typical potencies in self-care are 6c, 30c, and 200c.

Thus, a remedy such as Arnica 30c would be made by taking the whole Arnica plant, grinding it up [typically with milk sugar], then diluting it 1:100 and pounding 10 times.  This dilution-succussion process would be employed 30 times for a 30c.

A side-note:  although homeopathic remedies reach Avogadro’s Number by the 30c potency [meaning none of the original substance exists in it], newer technology is now able to recognize energetic imprints of the original substance in higher potencies.

So, a little background helps us understand why many people refer to homeopathy as a form of energy medicine–it is essentially the energetic imprint of the original substance which offers itself in a homeopathic remedy and brings our vital force one step closer to full health.

2 thoughts on “Homeopathy 101: Potencies & How Remedies Are Made

  1. Nicely explained.

    1. Thank you!

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