How are Homeopathic Remedies Made?
Roughly 80% of homeopathic remedies are made from the crude material of specific plants. However, others are made from specific minerals, salts, and insects. A very few are made from animal, and even disease material itself. All remedies start with the basic crude material of which the remedy is made. However, most remedies have very little or none of the original crude material left by the end of its processing. This is the process we use.
Creating a Mother Tincture
First, we’ll use the example of remedies made from plant sources. The first step is to create what is called a mother tincture out of gathered crude material from a specific plant. A mother tincture made from a specific plant source is processed by macerating the plant, or a particular part of a plant then letting it soak in an alcohol water solution for quite some time. (Just to note, a specific plant is gathered very carefully at a particular time of year in a specific location and in its appropriate state.) This macerated plant, alcohol, and water mixture is stored in a dark place to prevent light from changing the chemical properties.
This soaking lasts long enough to fully draw the properties of the plant into the water and alcohol. The water leeches into itself the chemical properties from the crushed plant material over time. The alcohol is primarily used as an astringent to help draw substances out of the plant and as a preservative so the plant material doesn’t rot or breed bacteria. When ready, this mixture is strained of the course residual plant material (pulp) leaving a tinctured solution saturated with the chemical properties of the original plant. This tinctured solution is now called the mother tincture.
Once we’ve created the mother tincture. We then process this tincture (potentize it) to the desired strength we are going to use. This is how.
Potentiation By Succussion
The mother tincture is put through the basic process of being potentised. Quite simply, one drop of the mother tincture is put into a vial and then nine drops of a diluting material is added (again an alcohol and water solution). This mixture is succussed (shaken with impact).
Succussion is essential. It has been proven that just diluting the material is ineffectual for making homeopathic remedies. Each dilution must be shaken violently with impact in order to become an effective remedy.
Succussion can be as simple as holding the vile containing the solution and pounding it against a book on a desk (with a lid on, of-course). This is now a 1X potency. X stands for ten in Roman numerals. To make a 2X potency you take one part of the 1X potency again adding it to nine parts of the diluting solution (alcohol, and water) in a vile with a lid, and then succus it. Seccussion is done at a minimum of 100 times per each level of dilution starting from the very beginning. This process continues until the desired potency (strength) of the remedy is attained.
Common Potencies And Their Lack Of Toxicity
Common potencies used in homeopathic remedies usually begin around 6X. The dilution ratio of 6X is one part of the original mother tincture to one million parts of the diluting material. So, only one part of the original mother tincture is in every million parts of the diluting material. This is what makes remedies extremely safe. Now watch.
6X is already extremely dilute, but considered a low potency. More frequently used potencies are, 12X which is one part to 1,000,000,000,000 (whatever that number is), 30X which is one part to this astrological number: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Get the point?(!!!) These are infinitesimal doses. They can not toxicologically harm anyone. Yet they are effective, at times acting stronger and faster then common drugs. What is acting however, is not the remedy. It’s the persons immune system their energy and body processes which are responding. A dilution that small can not push your body to do anything. It can only suggest, which gives your body the choice to change or not.
(Warning: I’ve had clients infrequently be warned by uneducated medical doctors concerning the safety of homeopathic remedies. Literally, a client of mine was told how homeopathic remedies could cause liver damage by her medical practitioner. Now where would that come from? We’re talking about far less toxicity then the water you drink, or the air you breathe. Please understand, concerning homeopathic remedies by reading this article you are far more educated then a standard western medical practitioner concerning their use. Responsibility for your health is always up to you. They can only practice what they know. Now, many pharmaceutical drugs do cause liver damage. And, I‘m sure this medical doctor had a legitimate concern, but was just a little confused as to whose remedies are toxic.)
It has been proven that our bodies produce, use, and communicate with infinitesimal amounts of chemicals and organic compounds (consider pheromones as an example). In using micro-doses, homeopathy is a science working in conjunction with your body’s own chemical and immune processes. And, homeopathy does this without fear of toxic side-effects.
Common C Potencies
C Potencies are also quite common. Commonly denoted as 6C, 12C, or 30C. C is 100, again in Roman Numerals. So, the one big difference in C Potencies is one part of the Mother Tincture is added to 99 parts of diluting solution (water, and alcohol) and succussed for a 1C potency, and so on, until the desired potency. C potencies are more diluted then X potencies, but not less effective.
Potentiation By Trituration
Trituration is the beginning process used for solid substances which cannot be macerated like plant material. We could not macerate gold and expect it to mix readily into a water alcohol solution. Trituration is quite simply a grinding and pounding of the crude substance together with it’s diluting material (this time powdered sugar) in a mortar and pestle. This trituration process is done for these hard substances up to an 8X, or 9C dilution and from there it is considered small enough to be succussed from that point on. There is an extreme amount of pounding and grinding in order to make the hard substance fine enough to be used in solution. The same dilution process applies for each potency, 1 part to 9 for X potencies, and 1part to 99 for C potencies.
Liquids, Creams, Gels, Pellets, or Tablets
Homeopathic remedies in their final products come in liquids, creams, gels, pellets, or tablet form. The remedy is already in its liquid form when processed as above. For creams and gels the remedy can easily be added to any cream or gel base. But, pellets and tablets are a little different.
Pellets are made of hard sucrose, which is sugar. The sugar makes homeopathic remedies sweet and desirable to take (keep out of reach from children, or you‘ll loose your remedy). The remedy in its liquid form has to be at least 87% alcohol in order to be sprayed onto the sugar pellet without dissolving it. Too much water and we’re back to liquid. The tablet forms of remedies are usually softer and made of lactose (milk sugar) and the remedy is actually impacted into the tablet and not just covering the outside as with pellets.
If a remedy is in pellet form, traditionally, we do not touch it because the remedy was sprayed on the outside and it could easily be rubbed off. If taken in tablet form they can be touched, because the remedy has been impacted into the tablet.
Of-course we touch creams or gels they are used for local application on the exterior. Creams and gels can be in lower potencies usually just a 1X and have crude substance. They are definitely not recommended for internal use. Don’t eat them.
Sugar pellets or tablets are meant for oral use, again traditionally under the tongue. More of how to use the remedies is written in the, “Administering Homeopathic Remedies,” article.