The layman’s guide to dilutions in Homeopathy
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What are Homeopathic Dilutions?
As the word denotes, these are homeopathic medicines diluted to a certain degree of the original substance which may be a crushed plant, animal, or mineral substance. After crushing the raw material it is put into a solvent such as grain alcohol and diluted in a mixture of alcohol and water. A therapeutic dilution is arrived at by repeating the process many times, after each dilution the mixture is vigorously disturbed in a machine or by hand to deliver a measured amount of shaking. This method (called succession) is to assuring the therapeutic effect of the drug. All Homeopathic medicines are derived from a precise and controlled process of successive homeopathic dilutions.
Potency is usually used to refer to the extent or degree of dilution that a homeopathic remedy has undergone in its manufacturing process. This is indicated by the number and letter listed after the name of the remedy. For example, Pulsatilla 30C has undergone 30 steps of dilution, each step having been a one-to-one-hundred dilution (indicated by the letter “C” meaning centesimal).
The usual convention in homeopathy is to refer to the higher dilutions, indicated by the larger numbers, as higher potencies and the lower dilutions, indicated by smaller numbers, as lower potencies. The more commonly available and used potencies are the 6C (and sometimes 9C or 12C), 30C, 200C, 1,000C (abbreviated 1M), and 10,000C (abbreviated 10M). In most of the homeopathic world, potencies up to 30 are often referred to as low potencies and those of 200 and up are referred to as high
X dilutions are decimal dilutions prepared similarly to C dilutions, but the factor of dilution is only 1/10 from one dilution to the next.
The K refers to a method of manufacturing known as the Korsakovian method. The Korsakovian method dilutes the homeopathic preparation of the substance at the rate of 1 part of the previous dilution with 99 parts of solvent
Which homeopathic dilution should I choose? How do you decide what potency to give and how often to repeat it?
It is going to depend on the patient, the type of illness they have, and the way they are reacting to this illness. Common or over the counter remedies tend to come in 6c and 30c potencies. 6c potency is typically used for long standing conditions, such as rheumatic pain. 30c (or higher) potency is typically used for first aid or acute situations, such as bruising after a knock or fall or the onset of a cold.
Does selection of dilution still depend on the level of vitality or the level of pathology? So how does one decide which potency to use?
Homeopaths often use higher potencies (1M and above), for mental health issues and lower potencies (6C-12C) for physical ailments. The “vitality” of the person’s immune system to ward off disease is taken into account, so as to not over overwhelm or stress the individual’s constitutional strength
Is there any easy guide? Yes The following is a brief overview of how these factors are used in potency selection based on individuals vitality and response to the illness.
Consider higher potencies if:
• Patients with good strength and vitality
• Patients not overly sensitive to medicines
• Patients with a history of positive responses to remedies
• When the illness is acute or sudden
• When the patient is responding energetically or strongly to the illness.
Consider lower potencies if:
• Patients who are unhealthy, prone to illness and with poor vitality
• Patients who are over-sensitive and become ill with every medicine they take
• Patients with a history of difficult responses to remedies (such as easy aggravations)
• When the illness is chronic or slow
• When the patient has a inactive or lazy response to the illness.
|Low potencies for chronic illnesses (i.e. those that you’ve had for a long time)||6x or 6C|
|High potencies for acute conditions that are relatively new||30x – 200C|
|There may be cases where you may start with high potency & then go for lower potencies||start with 200c (in small doses) and then go lower|
|If you are not 100% sure which remedy to take, usually a low potency, such as 6X, should be taken before a high potency and the patient observed carefully. If symptoms improve, but not fully, the same remedy should be taken in a higher potency (such as 30C). If, after taking the low potency remedy, relief is not felt, or the condition changes, a different remedy should be taken in a low potency||Really high potencies, such as 200C, are normally taken in very low doses (typically once per week) whereas lower potencies are taken every few hours for a few days. It is generally considered to be a bad idea to take high potencies often.|
|The X, C, and LM refer to the number of parts it is diluted. So for example, 6x = 1 part in 10, 6 times||remedies get more effective as they get more diluted.|
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