In homeopathy, the higher the potency of a remedy, the deeper and more profound it becomes. But it is not that simple when it comes down to it!
It should be noted that homeopathy is a complete holistic approach so the potency should always match the energy of the individual taking that remedy – best to work with a homeopath when using higher potencies. Some individuals are better with lower potencies whilst others might thrive with a higher potency, even though they might present with similar symptoms.
Higher potencies can be on a more subtle and energetic level, and as homeopathy addresses the root cause of an illness rather than just treating its symptoms, the chosen potency can be important.
In homeopathy, there are several different potencies or strengths of remedies, each with its own specific use and application. Some of the most commonly used potencies include:
- 6C, 30C, 200C: These are considered low to medium potencies and are often used for acute everyday complaints such as coughs, sore throats, teething, injuries or flu. They can also be used for chronic conditions, depending on the individual, so it is very case dependent. Other lower C potencies are available such as 3c, 9c, 12c, 15c, 18c, 24c.
- 1M, 10M, 50M: These are considered medium to high potencies and are often used for chronic conditions that have been present for some time. They can also be used for conditions that are not responding well to lower potencies. These should only be taken under the direction of an experienced homeopath.
- CM: This is considered the highest potency and is used for very specific issues which are often deep-seated or constitutional. It is not prescribed as often as the lower potencies.
- LM (also known as Q or Quintamillesimal): LMs are made differently to C potencies so homeopaths use them when looking for a continual daily approach. LM potencies are made by diluting a substance one part in 50,000 parts of diluent and succussing it at each stage of dilution. LM potencies act on a very subtle, energetic level and can be used to address chronic, deep-seated conditions that have been present for a long time. They are also used for constitutional issues which are related to an individual’s unique characteristics and tendencies. Should only be taken if professionally prescribed.
- X: This is considered low potency and are made by a process similar to that of standard potencies, but with one difference – they are made using a higher dilution factor. They are usually prescribed alongside other remedies and potencies to zone in on something specific. Tissue salts / Cell salts use X potency.
It’s important to note that the choice of potency depends on the individual case, and should be decided by an experienced homeopath after a detailed case taking. Homeopaths use different potencies according to the individual’s unique case, susceptibility, and their own characteristics and traits.
Acute vs Chronic Potencies
When home prescribing for acute everyday complaints, using a 30c is best. There are times when 200c is needed but, if you are stocking up your remedy cabinet for prescribing at home, 30c should cover most acute complaints.
Homeopaths use lots of potencies for chronic or constitutional issues and it always depends on each individual case. Individuality is huge in homeopathy and, as a homeopath, we never assume anything until we have all the details xx