Homeopathy – potency and dose and how to prescribe homeopathy at home.
I get lots of questions about homeopathic potency and dose. What homeopathic potency to use? What is the dose? How many pills to take?
Well, let’s have a look together and see if we can understand more about this subject.
What is homeopathic potency?
Potency is an indication of how many times the homeopathic remedy was diluted and potentized.
Dilution depending on the scale used might be 1:10 for X (D) potency and 1:100 for C potency.
Potentising is done after each dilution and each dilution changes the potency by 1, meaning if you want to achieve potency 6C you need six steps from the Mother tincture (extract of the original substance) to make it. At each step, you are potentizing the remedy by banging it on the resilient surface. You can watch the video on What is homeopathic potency here?
Common centesimal and decimal potencies are:
Low: 3X, 6X, 12X, 30X, 5C or 6C, 9C, 12C or 15C
Medium: 30C, 200C
High: 1M and higher like 10M, 50M. Also LM potency.
Potency is best described by comparison. If you can compare potency to a stone thrown into the water well.
The lower potencies are like smaller stones which will give a shorter and weaker sound when reaching the water’s surface. They have a short effect and therefore need to be repeated.
Continuing this comparison high potencies is like bigger stones that have a more significant and longer sound when reaching the water’s surface. This creates a longer effect and no need for a quick repetition.
How deep we want to get into the patient’s symptoms also determines potency choice. If we treat more physical symptoms we want to use lower potencies. How low? It all depends on how long the symptoms present and if try to support them on the organ level.
In the case of emotional and mental symptoms, we want to go higher in the potency, especially if the trauma which caused the symptoms happened a while back.
Other things to take into consideration are the energy of a patient, and how intense are the symptoms presented by the patient. If they penetrate the physical body or emotional state too? Maybe the patient has dreams associated with trauma which indicates that symptoms went deep into unconsciousness and quite high potency is needed to penetrate them.
What’s a dose in homeopathy? A dose is one pill, one tablet, or 1-2 drops of liquid remedy at a time. That’s when you buy remedies in a homeopathic pharmacy because the remedies have potency manually put on.
Other manufacturers often use something called a spraying technique. That means some of the pellets/tablets may not have potency on their surface so it’s better to follow whatever the manufacturer recommends.
So, what potency to choose when you prescribe at home?
It is safe to say that 30C or lower is good potency to start from. There is a rule in homeopathy that you can always increase the potency if that’s needed. Most of the homeopathic essential kits come in 30C potency. It’s worth having some remedies in 200C too.
A great example is when you have an acute accident. In case it happens that your finger got caught between the doors and you feel like screaming from pain then definitely taking 200C potency is very appropriate. An acute accident produces a lot of energy and to match this energy it’s important to choose the potency which resonates the closest.
Another example is where remedies in 200C potency are recommended is to support child delivery and newborns. Newborns present with the high energy of vital force so higher potencies often resonate better.
Frequency of dose
In an acute state, remedies are given quite often. If an accident with a finger between the doors just happened, you want to give remedy even every 15 minutes for 3-4 doses.
Then you reduce the frequency according to the intensity of the symptoms. In acute states frequency of 3-4 times is often needed. You can watch the video How to take homeopathic remedies here.
Homeopathy to the rescue.
If you tried home prescribing and the symptoms do not change or improve after 24-48 hours is worth changing a remedy or seeking advice from a homeopath who can look at the symptoms from a different angle. You can read a blog about what to tell a homeopath here.
In acute state symptoms often change quickly and remedies also may need to be changed. The chronic states are deeper and slower in resolution, and they require time to see improvement. You may low and high potencies in chronic conditions while working with a homeopath who can support a fine-tuning of your vital force. You can find a blog about homeopathy in different states here.
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