|HOMEOPATHY-ALL ABOUT POTENCY|
Homeopathic remedies are dispensed in different strengths referred to as 'potencies'. The dynamic process by which homeopathic medicines are pharmaceutically prepared is one of the key differences between homeopathic medicines and allopathic drugs. The process of serial dilution and succussion is what creates potency. The number and letter that follow the name of the medicine indicate different potencies. For example-Sulphur 30c, Sulphur 12x, and Sulphur LM1-these are all different potencies of the same remedy. Why use one potency over another and what is the difference?
Homeopathic medicines, made from animal, vegetable, mineral, and intangible substances, start from a solution of standardized chemical strength. To make a C potency one part of such a solution is added to 99 parts of the diluent (water and alcohol) and the dilution is thoroughly succussed (vigorously agitated by shaking). It is called the 1C potency because it is a 1:100 dilution of the original solution (C for centesimal). Then 1 part of the 1C potency is added to 99 parts of diluent. Again the solution is succussed. This new dilution is the 2C potency because it has been prepared by a 1:100 dilution performed 2 times. The strength of the 2C potency is 1/10,000 of the original solution (1/100 of 1/100). Sequential potencies are made similarly, 3C from 2C, 4C from 3C, etc. A 200C potency means this process of dilution and succussion has occurred 200 times, a 1M potency means that this process has occurred one thousand times.
The X or decimal potency is prepared in a similar manner except a dilution factor of 1:10 applies. In other words, one part of the original material is diluted in 10 parts diluent and then succussed to make the 1X potency. Then 1 part of the 1X potency is added to 10 parts diluent and succussed to make the 2X potency, and so on.
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