How Are Homeopathic Remedies Prepared?

Homeopathic medicines are essentially nano-medicines. The original drug substance is used in very minute quantities to prepare a given homeopathic medicine. The method of making homeopathic medicines is called potentization; in this method, one part of the original drug substance (say, 0.1 mg of a plant extract) is combined with 99 parts (9.9 mg) of a suitable carrier (say alcohol) and shaken forcefully by a special device that changes the preparation into the 1c effectiveness. One part (0.1 mg) of the 1c preparation is then combined with 99 parts (9.9 mg) of the carrier and the process of potentization is repeated to make the 2c effectiveness. This process is nonstop until the required potency is achieved. Homeopathic medicines are available in certain standard effectiveness such as 30c, 100c, 200c, 1000c, 10K, and 50K.

The more homeopathic remediesare diluted and shakenthe more effective they become. Chemically, the substance becomes more and more watery. Clinically, however, Hahnemann discovered that the more a substance potentized, the less often it needed to be administered to the patient to create a remedial action and the deeper was its result. About 150 years after Hahnemann's death, homeopaths continue to confirm this study and treat patients with what seem to be infinitesimally small amounts of natural substances.

The grade of dilution of homeopathic treatments may seem surprising. Imagine one drop of ink dissolved in ten drops of water. Only 1/10 of the ink would be present. If you diluted it again, only 1/100 of the ink would stay. Barely any color would still be noticeable. Now, you have to repeat this process until you have made six dilutions. Only one part per million of the original drop of ink would stay in the solution, and the combination would appear colorless. This 6x potency is one of the least watery, or weakest, potencies commonly used in homeopathic practice. Think of how dilute that drop of ink would be after being diluted one thousand, ten thousand or even one million times!

The prevalently held belief, when it comes to medicine, is "more is better." Homeopaths have discovered just the opposite to be true. It is this idea of using infinitesimal dosages that has caused many people, including most proponents of traditionalmedicine, to dismiss homeopathy categorically without further observation and study. Nevertheless, successful daily clinical experience allows homeopaths to take this seemingly paradoxical proposition as correct.


The dilutions of the original substance are called potencies. There are two commonly used dilution scales, X or decimal, and C or centesimal. X potencies are diluted 1 to 9 and C potencies are diluted 1 to 99. To make X potency, 1 part of the original substance is added to 9 parts of solvent. To make a C potency, 1 part of the original substance is added to 99 parts of solvent. The 6C potency is 10 times as dilute as the 6X. The most common potencies prepared by drugstores in the United States range from 6C (6 dilutions) to CM (100,000 dilutions). Many homeopaths refer to potencies below 200C as low potencies and potencies of 200C or above as high potencies.


The Importance of Succussion

Shaking each dilution is a very important factor in the preparation of homeopathic remedies. It allowsto remaineffective past the point where none of the original molecules of the substance remains in the dilution. This potent shaking is called as succussion.