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.
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!
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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.
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.