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Homeopathic medicine is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body can heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health. It is based on the idea that "like cures like."

What is the Chemical Composition of Homeopathic Medicines?

Homeopathy cannot be understood as a substance-based method, such as drug medicine or herbalism, where any healing effect is due to chemical reactions. A simple calculation shows that in higher potencies, not a single molecule of the original substance will be present. But these high potencies are often more effective than low potencies. Therefore, homeopathy can only be understood as working with energy remedies.

The explanation is that every natural substance has an etheric field around its molecular structure. The shaking action or potentizing used in homeopathy separates the etheric fields from their material substance. The latter is then discarded and the former concentrated. These concentrated etheric fields are much more potent in this way than when they were combined with the matter. Similar etheric concentrates can be produced with radionics instruments. The healing effect of such concentrates depends on their vibrational frequency. The power of homeopathy lies in the fact that water has a memory, and secondly, when water is rotated in a circular motion, it creates a vortex which in turn structures the water. So if there is a substance in the water, it would store its qualities in its memory.

Due to their energetic nature, homeopathic remedies are stored in the dark, away from magnetic, electronic, and electrical equipment.

How Homeopathic Medicines are prepared

The first step in the preparation of homeopathic medicine is the 'mother tincture' (Ø) which is obtained from the cold maceration of fresh or dry plant material in a solution based on distilled water and another solvent (usually alcohol). Mother Tincture can be a liquid dilution with ethanol/water or a solid dilution (a 'trituration') with lactose.

The second step is a process of systematic serial dilution and 'succussion' (vigorous, rhythmic shaking with impact) known as 'potentization,' during which the most concentrated homeopathic preparation is 'potentized' with a dilution agent (usually ethanol, water, or lactose). e.g.

  • 1C is obtained by mixing 1 part of the Mother Tincture with 9 parts of ethanol in a new vial and then vigorously shaking the solution (succussion). The result is a 1/100 dilution of the plant (the Mother Tincture being a 1/10 dilution of the plant itself). 
  • 2C is obtained by mixing 1 part of the 1C with 99 parts of ethanol in a new vial and succussing. It means that the substance has been homeopathically diluted 2 times at the rate of 1 to 100.
  • 3C is obtained by mixing 1 part of the 2C with 99 parts of ethanol in a new vial and succussing. It means that the substance has been homeopathically diluted 3 times at the rate of 1 to 100.
  • ... and so on, 200C means that the substance has been homeopathically diluted 200 times at the rate of 1 to 100.

Why Suffixes are used in Potencies

Usually, the homeopathic remedies are tagged as 1C/1X/1M and sometimes as 1CH/1CK, etc. These suffixes represent the different dilution ratios and the method used to create the remedy.

Dilution Ratio

  • Decimal scale (D or X): [1:10]: 1 drop of mother tincture is added to 10 drops of dilution agent.
  • Centesimal (C): [1:100]: 1 drop of mother tincture is added to 100 drops of dilution agent.
  • Millesimal (M): [1:1000]: 1 drop of mother tincture is added to 1000 drops of dilution agent.
  • 50 Millesimal (LM or Q): [1:50,000]: 1 drop of mother tincture is added to 50,000 drops of dilution agent.

Method used

Sometimes H or K is appended to X/C/M/Q potencies to indicate the method used to create the remedy.

  • H indicates that the medicine was prepared according to the Hahnemann method. The Hahnemannian process uses 1 part of the homeopathic potency to 99 parts of alcohol in a new flask and succussed in making the next higher potency on the Centesimal scale.
  • K indicates that the medicine was prepared according to the Korsakovian Method. The Korsakovian method is more straightforward, quicker, and often employed to produce higher potencies of 200C and above. In the Korsakovian process, the same container is used for each succession of the dilution step.

General Potencies

  • 3X/6X/12X: These are the Scaffolding Builders often sold as cell salts. They work to support the organs and repair and restore cellular deficiencies. It can be repeated frequently.
  • 6C/12C/18C: These potencies act directly on the physical body with less effect at the emotional level. Use when the picture is unclear. These can be repeated frequently.
  • 30C: These potencies are considered middle-of-the-road potency 30C, which works well on the physical level with enough depth to access the mind and emotions.
  • 200C: Often called for in acute situations, this Cannon-Fire potency is used where symptoms move with speed and intensity with direct action on the physical but will also the psyche.
  • Potencies of 1000C and above are usually labeled with the Roman numeral M and with the centesimal 'C' indicator implied (since all such high potencies are centesimal dilutions): 1M = 1000C; 10M = 10,000C; CM = 100,000C; LM (which would indicate 50,000C) is typically not used because of confusion with the LM potency scale.

Different branches of Homeopathic Remedies

Cell Salts

In the late nineteenth century, Dr. W. H. Schuessler originated a therapeutic system he called biochemical medicine, based on 12 essential cell salts or tissue salts; these are homeopathic preparations of mineral salts usually present in the body. These cell salts may be used individually or in combination.


Sometimes a product of a disease is used in potentized form for treating the same condition; this is called isopathy.


A nosode is a homeopathic preparation made from matter from a sick animal or person. Substances such as respiratory discharges or diseased tissues are used. It sounds repulsive, but the practice of using alcohol and repeated dilution and succussion essentially renders the substances harmless while producing a powerful remedy.


Organ therapy / Organotherapy / Sarcodes - refer to the homeopathic potency of organs or glands to support and regulate the organs and glands of the body. Organ therapy is effective in helping the body function in a healthy balanced manner. This therapy supports the organ's function by improving the absorption of enzymes and certain nucleic acids lacking in the organ.  Organ therapy is known for helping to regulate body organs to function in a normal and healthy way. Organotherapy uses organs, glands, and tissues obtained from healthy animals. e.g., Lungs, Liver, Pancreas, etc. 

Organotherapy, the use of Sarcodes, works on the premise that:

  1. A homeopathic gland acts upon its corresponding gland.
  2. Low Potencies such as 6X or 12X stimulate corresponding gland or organ function and are used for a low-functioning gland or organ.
  3. Medium potency 6C is the most frequently used because it balances, supports, and regulates corresponding gland or organ function.
  4. Medium-high potencies such as 30C or 200C help with over functioning of the gland or organ.

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Further Reading:
  • Facial Diagnosis Of Cell Salt Deficiencies By David R Card
  • Biochemic System Of Medicine By Dr George W Carey
  • Zodiac And Salts Of Salvation By George W Carey
  • The Four Elements in Homeopathy By Misha Norland