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Homeopathy: remedy overview

Contributor(s): Richard Allport, Tim Couzens

Production of remedies

  • The combined process of dilution and succussion is called 'potentization', the resulting remedy dilutions termed 'potencies'.
  • All remedies start from the undiluted original substance, a form known as the mother tincture denoted by the suffix O with an oblique line placed though it. From this, the decimal potencies (denoted by the roman numeral suffix X) are produced by dilutions of 1:10, and centesimal potencies (denoted by suffix C) are produced by dilutions of 1:100. Additionally, M potencies denote one in a hundred 1,000 times.
  • For example, Arnica 30c (a remedy used in the treatment of injuries and shock) is produced by adding one part Arnica (in mother tincture form) to 99 parts alcohol and water mixture. It is then succussed (shaken vigorously), to give a centesimal potency of 1c. In turn, one part of this solution is added to another 99 parts alcohol and water mixture to give a potency of 2c. This is repeated 28 times until the 30c potency is achieved.

Care and storage of remedies

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Sources of remedies

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Possible indications

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Davies C (2000) Pony with skin allergy. Br Homeopath J 89(1), 41-42.
  • Osborne C A (1996) Management of feline lower urinary tract disease by homeopathy. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 26(3), 643-650.
  • Thompson F, Ashton C, Flaherty C & Crisp T (1996) Do alternative therapies (acupuncture, herbalism, homeopathy, etc) have a role in your practice? Aust Vet J 74(6), 426-427.


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