Homeopathic Dilutions

Once you have chosen the right homeopathic remedy, the selection of the right potency and the administration in the appropriate interval is crucial for the most successful use of homeopathy. The problems that one must face are the choice of the right potency, direction at right intervals and decision making about the cessation of dosing or changing to another treatment.

Choice of Potency

Homeopathic remedies are available in wide range of strengths or potencies from 1X (drug concentration 1/10) to CM (equivalent to a 100,000 C, drug concentration 1 x 10 -200,000). For practical purposes, the selection of potencies used by consumers is from a 3X to a 3OX or 30C. For ease of use, we can call 3X and 6X "low potencies" and 3OX and 30C "high potencies". The choice of potencies can be done according to an easy rule of thumb. The surer that one is that the right remedy has been chosen, the higher the potency that should be taken or used.

So, the more certain, the higher you go. On the other hand, the less certain of the treatment choice, the lower potency should be selected. For instance, if a case shows signs of fever, with red-faced skin, thirsty for small sips, right sided sore throat and allergy to light and noise, one can be relatively sure that the right remedy is Belladonna. Since there is relative certainty, a 3OX can be taken. Likewise, if the case features a headache with very few other prominent signs, the treatment choice is less clear. A 6X might be chosen.

Many people that is new to the homeopathy, mistake potency or dilution with strength. There is actually no association between potency and the strength of a homeopathic treatment. A homeopathic medicine at 30C potency is notstronger than the same medicine at 6C or 3C. The variance is in their action. While a 6C potency is better right for a local symptom, a 30C or higher potency is more right for general ailments such as allergy, stress or sleep disorders.

A two parts, number and letter designation describe homeopathic medicine potency in the U.S.A. You will see the potencies referred to as, 12X, 6C, 30C, 10M or 6LM. The number part refers the number of times the source substance has been homeopathically diluted. The Letter portion indicates the dilution rate. X being the roman numeral 10, is the slowest dilution rate of 1/10 and LM is the fastest dilution rate of 1/50,000.

Dilution debate

Not all homeopaths recommendvery high dilutions. Many of the early homeopaths were originally health doctors and generally used lower dilutions such as "3X" or "6X", rarely going beyond "12X"; these dilution ("tritration") levels were still popular in the late 20th Century with advocates of Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler's 12 biochemic tissue salts, for instance. The split between lower and higher dilutions followed conceptual lines. Those favoring low dilutions stressed pathology and a strong link to traditional medicine, while those favoring high dilutions emphasized vital force, miasms and a spiritual understanding of disease. Some products with both low and high dilutions continue to be marketed, but like their counterparts, they have not been decisively demonstrated to have any effect beyond the placebo effect.