Homeopathy remedies are made from a variety of substances and organisms. Of
course the most commonly used things are plants, including the roots, flowers, bark
and leaves. Minerals, metals, even insects and some poisons.
Homeopaths use the very diluted essences of these substances to achieve an effect.
The more a remedy is diluted the more effective it is according to followers. This in
spite of the fact that at commonly used dilutions it is very difficult to detect any of the
The process involved in preparing a homeopathy remedy is often called
"potentisation". The first step in this process is to make an extract from the substance
to be used. The carrier is usually distilled water or a mixture of distilled water and
The exact amounts at this stage are not critical, but still a very small amount is used.
The ingredient(s) are placed into a container and shaken vigorously. This is called
"succussion". This shaking takes place at every stage of preparing homeopathy
remedies. The resulting mixture is known as the mother tincture. This exract is now
diluted to the required potency.
Potency in homeopathy remedies is classified as x; c; and m. An x potency would
mean that the remedy has been diluted one part to nine, that is one part mother
tincture to nine parts carrier. A c potency would mean the remedy being diluted one
part mother tincture to ninety-nine parts carrier. An m potency would be one part
mother tincture to nine hundred and ninety-nine parts carrier. For parts we usually
mean drops, as the dilution is so great.
So a 1c potency is one part mother tincture to ninety-nine parts carrier, as we have
seen. In homeopathy remedies we go even furthur. So we can have a 2c potency,
which means we take one part of the previously diluted remedy and mix it with
ninety-nine parts carrier. A 3c potency would be one part 2c remedy diluted again
with ninety-nine parts carrier, and so on, until the required potency is reached.
The most usual potencies used in homeopathy remedies are 6c; 12c; and 30c. From
this we can easily see that these remedies are indeed extremely diluted. Which is why
even substances usually regarded as poisonous can be used. Of course it would be
most unwise to use these substances untrained. But it would be very difficult to make
a harmful remedy using the more common ingredients.
The most common method of taking homeopathy remedies once the required potency
is determined is to place a few drops of the remedy onto a glucose or lactose tablet.
The remedy may also be taken as a few drops in a small glass of water. This would
represent a minimal dilution of the remedy at the already extremely diluted state.
The frequency of taking homeopathic remedies varies, but depending upon the
condition it could be one tablet every couple of hours for an acute condition, or twice
a day for a chronic condition. The difference with homeopathy as opposed to
traditional medical practise is that you cease the treatment as soon as the condition
improves. There is no furthur benefit to be gained by continuing the treatment.