Homoeopathy is not a herbal medicine and homoeopathic remedies are not all
based on natural substances. They come from different sources, most from plants,
but as well from minerals, metals, even poisonous substances which have been used
medicinally for generations.
Important to the homoeopath is not only the
choice of the right remedy but the choice of its right 'potency'.
raw material becomes a homoeopathic potency by dilution and succussion (vigorous
shaking) in a solution of alcohol and water. E.g. to get a C1-potency, one part
of the original substance and 99 parts of alcohol and water get succussed hundred
times. For a C2-potency one part of the C1-dilution get succussed hundred times...........This
can be done up to a C50000 or higher.
Homoeopaths have found, in fact,
that generally the more a substance is potentized (=diluted and succussed) the
deeper it acts, the longer it acts and the fewer number of doses is required in
treatment. Although the higher potencies -those that have been diluted and succussed
more- are generally more powerful than the lower potencies, all have a place in
clinical practice. Lower potencies are more often used in acute physical condition
in first aid. The higher a potency gets, the more effect it has on the patients
mental and emotional conditions. They should only be taken when prescribed by
Potentization is probably the most controversal part in
the homoeopathic method. Many scientists believe thatthat no medicine diluted
more than a C12-potency could have any biochemical effect, since it is improbable
that any molecules of the original substance remain.
Many observers suggest
that, in fact, the benefits of homoeopathic medicines are due to the placebo-effect.
Evidence to the contrary are the impressive clinical successes homoeopaths have
had treating serious infectious illnesses, such as cholera, yellow-fever or whooping
cough; as well as seriously ill infants,also unconscious people and all sorts
of animals, who are presumably not responsive to the 'placebo-effect'.