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Homeopathic Strength and Potency

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, May 22, 2008 @ 06:01 PM

Tags: homeopathic remedies, Homeopathic potency, homeopathic medicine

I don't understand potency with regard to 6x, 12x, C, M, etc. is what David asked us in our Hmedicine.com forums. We referred him to our single remedies guide but we are going to attempt to answer this question in a little more detail.

The more dilute a homeopathy remedy is, the stronger it is and the higher the number or potency. A less dilute remedy is not as strong and has a lower number or potency.

To answer David's question, a list is below from the least strong homeopathic remedy to the most strong homeoapthic remedy.

Remedies from least strong to most potent

1X would be the least strong remedy.

3X

3C

6X

6C

12X

12C

30X Middle Strength

30C

200C

1M

LM

CM+ Strongest remedy

X verus C - This question often confuses the novice to homeopathy. An "X" potency is a remedy diluted 1 to 9. 1 part remedy to 9 parts alcohol. The "C" potency is 1 go 99, 1 part remedy to 99 parts alcohol. X and C are fairly interchangeable since both have been potenized the same number of times. If you can not find a 6X of a homeopathic remedy, the 6C would be an okay substitute.

Low potency homeopathic remedies(1X-30C) are generally used to treat acute illness, whereas higher potencies homeopathic medicines(200C-CM+) are used to treat chronic complaints.

Most people treating acute illness should generally start with a 6X potency. If they feel that potency is not strong enough, they may move up to a 12X or 12C. They may also decide to move up to a 30X or 30C for even more strength.

Most chronic complaints should be treated with a licensed homeopathic physician. 200C remedies and upwards should generally not be self prescribed. Homeopathic physicians for chronic compliants may not necessarily prescribe a 200C or higher remedy. Starting with a high potency may overshoot the problem. The homeopath may start the patient on a 6X. The homeopath may move up to the 200C or higher potency if they feel more strength is necessary in treating the chronic condition. 200C, 1M and higher are rarely taken as often as low strength homeopathic remedies.

 

References

A Guide For Taking Homeopathic Remedies Washington Homeopathic Products.

Complete Guide to Homeopathy. Dr. Andrew Lockie and Dr. Nicola Geedes.

Homeopathy Links for the week

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, May 16, 2008 @ 01:11 AM

Tags: Poison Ivy, Homeopathy, Allergy, Homeopathic Remedy Finder, Homeopathic Links

Here are some interesting links that I have found through out the week.

 

Brand New Homeopathic Remedy Finder

The homeopathic remedy software seems much more advanced than other homeopathic remedy software that I have seen. Keep in mind this software is not a replacement for a doctor. It just helps people get a general idea of where to start when they have a symptom and are looking for homeopathic solution.

News articles in the news on homeopathy

Consumer Reports

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2008/03/homeopathic-rem.html

The article pretty much just states that the remedy Zicam is not really labeled homeopathic. It is pretty much put besides other hay fever relef medicine. The homeopathic label is on the medicine. Interesting that consumer report shows only one large unsuccessful homeopathic trial with in this article that was fundamentally flawed to begin with as you can read below.

http://www.trusthomeopathy.org/csArticles/articles/000000/000060.htm

European Journal of Pediatrics

www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/154/1/Homeopathy-Proven-Successful-for-ADHD -

This article states that homeopathy was successful in treating kids wth ADHD. Critics point to the fact that the size of these trials are too small to state the homeopathy is effective in treating kids with ADHD. A larger study needs to be completed.

Seasonal Articles

Allergies

This article is how to deal with allergies as they come on.

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880509003

The homeopathic treatments are toward the bottom of the article. No specific homeopathic allergy remedies are listed due to the fact homeopathic remedies can vary depending on the region you live in

Poison Ivy

This article tells people how to deal with Poison Ivy. Best suggestion is do not get it in the first place.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008805070327

The article states the best homeopathic poison ivy remedy is Rhus toxicodendron 12C or 30C. Dosage is three pellets dissolved under the tongue every 30 minutes until the symptoms subside, and then every two to four hours until symptoms are gone.

Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend.

 

Homeopathic Remedies For Motion Sickness

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, May 08, 2008 @ 01:54 AM

Tags: homeopathic remedies, motion sickness

Motion sickness often needs immediate attention, both to relieve the person’s misery and to prevent disruption of a trip. Sometimes, as in the case of sea or air sickness, it is impossible to leave the vehicle—so bringing along a kit of remedies can be a good idea. (If vomiting is extreme or a person shows signs of dehydration, a physician should be consulted.)

For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance.”

Argentum nitricum: Indications for this homeopathic remedy include dizziness, faintness, nausea, retching, and possibly balance or perception problems. The person may feel claustrophobic or be extremely anxious and excitable. Eating too much sweet or salty food may have contributed to the problem.

Arsenicum album: A person who needs this homeopathic remedy is likely to be very anxious and feel both restless and exhausted. Nausea and vomiting can be accompanied by burning pain. The sight and smell of food, or odors of any kind, may make the nausea unbearable. The person may feel a burning sensation in the throat or stomach and want frequent sips of water.

Borax: Indications for this homeopathic remedy include nausea, gas, and possibly diarrhea. The person has a fear of any downward motion (as is felt on a plane or roller coaster) and can be made sick by it. The person may also be very sensitive to noise, warm temperatures, and cigarette smoke.

Bryonia: A person needing this homeopathic remedy usually wants to stay completely still and not be talked to or touched. Nausea and vomiting, with pain and pressure in the stomach, can be worse from even minor movements. The person may have a dry mouth and want cold drinks.

Cocculus: Indications for this homeopathic remedy include dizziness, palpitations, headache, numbness, and an empty or hollow feeling in various parts of the body. The person may talk nervously, yawn, or tremble, and is likely to feel extremely weak. Problems are often worse after getting cold, and from not getting enough sleep.

Kali bichromicum: This homeopathic remedy is indicated when vertigo and nausea are intense, and bright yellow fluid is vomited. The person feels worse from standing up, and can be very weak. Aching may be felt in facial bones or in small spots on the head. This remedy is often helpful during seasickness.

Petroleum: A feeling of empty nausea in the stomach, accompaned by cold sweat and excessive salivation can indicate this remedy. An ache in the back of the head and neck may be present. Food and warmth may bring some mild relief.

Sepia: This homeopathic remedy is indicated when the person (often a woman or child) feels dizzy and irritable, and the nausea is made worse by lying on one side. A headache will often accompany these problems. The sight of food can intensify the nausea, although the person may still want sour things.

Tabacum: Indications for this homeopathic remedy include violent nausea and vomiting with a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach, pale face, cold sweat, and icy feet and hands. Some relief may come from breathing cold, fresh air.

Homeopathy Dosage Directions

Select the homeopathic remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

Many homeopathic physicians suggest that homeopathic remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

Using Homeopathy with Professional Guidance

Homeopathic remedies can also be helpful in complex or even serious conditions—although self-prescribing is not appropriate in such cases. To correctly select the homeopathic remedy and monitor the healing process, an experienced physician who is trained in homeopathy should be involved, for the following reasons:

  • Medical knowledge is needed to assess complex or serious conditions. Professional diagnostic tests may be necessary, as well.
  • Using a homeopathic remedy that covers isolated symptoms superficially, but does not fit the person on deeper levels, may change or suppress the symptoms, yet not be deeply curative.
  • Even with a correctly-chosen remedy, a temporary aggravation of symptoms may occur as part of the healing process. Training and experience are required to distinguish a helpful aggravation from an intensification of symptoms that occurs because a remedy has not acted and the illness is progressing.
  • An inexperienced or impatient person might be tempted to repeat theh homeopathic remedy unnecessarily, or change to other remedies at times when waiting is appropriate.

If an illness or condition is chronic or deep-seated, it is best to consult an experienced homeopathic practitioner, for a “constitutional” remedy that fits the characteristic symptoms of the case and considers the person’s physical condition and individual nature in a more comprehensive way. A typical first visit, a homeopath interviews a patient for at least an hour—to take a careful history and elicit information about many aspects of the person’s state of health—before choosing a remedy.

Article is written by

Michael T. Smith, ND
Naturopathic Physician
Carolinas Natural Health Center
1212 Mann Dr., Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105
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