The substances used in homeopathy are
drawn from plant, animal and mineral sources. The remedies are prepared
by dilution and succession of these substances. There are two main
scales of dilution:
If for instance we are looking at a centesimal medicine the first
dilution is known as 1C, the second as 2C and so on up to the required
strength. If you have the medicine Chamomilla 12C it means that the
medicine was diluted by a factor of 100 twelve times. You will see the
dilution factor written on the label of each medicine you purchase.
In the Homeopathic Materia Medica you will find that a number of
potencies are suggested for each medicine. These are considered to be
most suitable for use in the home and medicines of much higher or lower
potency should only be prescribed by the qualified homoeopath. The
tissue salts are usually given in the supplied 6X potency.
You should purchase homoeopathic medicines in pillule (small pills)
form. These pillules are based on lactose or cane sugar. They can be
given dry on the tongue or, if necessary dissolved in a teaspoon of
water. They are available from all reputable suppliers of homoeopathic.