Preperation & Potency

Common man relates Homoeopathy to herbal medicines. This is perhaps due to the reason that herbal & homoeopathic medicines have almost a common source of origin & they also share the "NO SIDE EFFECTS" theory. However this misconception needs to be removed from the mind of the common man. Homoeopathic medicines are prepared from three kingdoms of nature i.e. Plant, Animal & Mineral Kingdoms. Their mode of preparation is very scientific.
It involves making " MOTHER TINCTURES" from the original substance by taking the alkaloid extract from the natural source. One would be surprised to know that we use snake venoms & poisons like Arsenic -- which are otherwise known to be deadly substances, for making medicines. The active principle is extracted from these poisonous substances & they are then POTENTISED for making medicines which cure innumerable diseases.

Special procedures are followed so that they can be prepared under controlled { Zero-Pollution } environment. Further potencies are developed from the prepared Mother Tincture by giving SUCCUSSIONS ( it is defined as measured, controlled shaking done for a specific no. of times ) Potency are made on DECIMAL & CENTESIMAL scales. In centesimal scale - To raise the potency from 0 to 1, one part of Mother Tincture is taken & 99 parts of alcohol added & succussions are given. Then to raise it from 1 to 2 potency, one part of potency no. 1 is added to 99 parts of alcohol & succussions are given. Thus we get potencies 3, 6, 30, 200 & so on. BUT THE EXTRAORDINARY THING IS that as the medicinal part decreases, its power increases, though the exact mechanism is not very clear. It is somewhat similar to the ATOMIC THEORY where breaking up the atom releases unimaginable power.

After final preparation, the medicines have to be protected from strong smelling substances and direct sunlight & are therefore kept in tightly corked bottles in a dry, airy place.

Homoeopathic medicines are usually dispensed in the form of WHITE SWEET PILLS, but are also given as liquids ( mother tinctures/dilutions ) & ( now rarely ) in powder form.

These sweet pills are made of sugar of milk & are basically the carriers of the medicinal substance -- which is in liquid form & is poured into these pills which absorb & preserve them. Therefore, though all medicines look alike, they are actually different medicines dispensed in the same form of white pills.

These pills are to be placed on the tongue & the medicine is absorbed through the oral mucosa. That is the reason why it is advisable not to eat or drink anything for 10 minutes before & after taking the medicine -- so that way the tongue is clean & the medicine is absorbed without any hindrance. These tiny, innocuous looking pills -- so easy & tasty to take -- do they actually have the power to heal?

These medicines are strong IMMUNO-MODULATORS working on the basic immune mechanism of the sick individual, enhancing & strengthening it, which in turn overpowers & eliminates the disease, without causing any side-effects.
Besides humans, Homoeopathy is also very effective in treating animals. We can use these medicines safely on our pet dogs & cats with marvelous results.

Calendula officinalis, marigold

The common, or pot, marigold is hardy annual bush which grows in southern Europe. It should not be confused with the African marigold, tagetes, which is toxic. Calendula has bright orange or yellow daisy-like flowers and narrow pale green leaves, and it grows to a height of about 2ft. (70cm.). The plant has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It is a popular herbal medicine, and is used for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities in conditions ranging from skin complaints to cancer. It is a common first-aid treatment for cuts, grazes, and scalds in both herbal and homoeopathic medicine. Homoeopathically, the fresh leaves and flowers of the plant are used to make the remedy and a cream for external use.

• Cuts, grazes, minor wounds
• Perineal tears, after childbirth
• Mouth ulcers

An excellent first-aid treatment for small cuts, grazes, and scalds to help control bleeding, for its cleaning antiseptic qualities, and to promote healing by aiding clotting.
  Also, after childbirth it is used by midwives in baths or lotions to aid perineal tears. After tooth extraction profuse bleeding can be controlled by gargling with calendula in cooled boiled water. Other conditions which can be helped by calendula include fever accompanied by agitation; jaundice.

Which type of person?
• No particular type


» None in particular, although patient may be irritable and frightened

» Cuts, grazes, scalds
» Perineal tears
» Bleeding after tooth extraction
Symptoms improve when lying still or walking, and worsen in damp, cloudy weather, in draughts, and after eating.

It is the fine, woolly hair on the underside of the rosemary plant which give it its Greek name, ledos, meaning woolly robe. Wild rosemary has been used for its antiseptic qualities for centuries, and was used more than 700 years ago by the Finns to deter vermin. In the U.S. colonies it was first used in 1773 as a substitute for tea when the tea taxes were introduced. It grows in Ireland, Scandinavia, the U.S., and Canada. Homoeopathically, Ledum is made from the whole fresh plant in flower, which is dried and powered.


• Cuts, grazes, stings
• Pain that moves about
• Prevents wounds becoming infected

Ledum is a useful first-aid remedy and helps prevent infection in cuts and wounds. Complaints that need immediate treatment such as stings, cuts, grazes, eye injuries, and puncture wounds respond well,
  and Ledum is effective if there is accompanying bruising and the area becomes painful, swollen, and puffy. It can also help to alleviate rheumatic pain which starts in the feet and moves up; painful or injured joints which may look pale or bluish; and where the affected part feels cold to the touch, but the person feels hot inside.

Which type of person?
• No particular type



» Timid, but impatient
» Morose and want to be left alone
» Get extremely angry
» Hate others
» Stiff joints
» Puffy, bluish skin
» Night sweats
» Black eyes
Symptoms improve when cold compresses are applied to the affected part, and if the area is left uncovered, and worsen if warm, touched, when in bed, and at night.

Hypericum perforatum, St. John’s wort
The St. John’s wort shrub is native to Asia and Europe, but is now grown worldwide. Its glandular leaves and yellow flowers secrete a blood-red juice, which led it to be used for cuts and wounds in the past its name comes from John the Baptist, and the black marks on the leaves were said to be a symbol of his beheading at the insistence of Herod’s daughter, Salome. It is commonly used in herbal medicine, where, as in homoeopathy, the whole fresh plant is used when in flower, and it is most often given to treat nerve pain following injury, due to its effective action on the central nervous system. Hypercicum was “proved” by Dr. G.F. Mueller.

• Relieves
• Nerve pain after injury
• Head injuries
• Shooting pains

Hypericum works well on any area affected by nerve pain and injury, but particularly on injuries to parts of the body where there are many nerve endings, such as the spine, head, fingers, toes, and lips.
  It can also help concussion, neuralgia, back pain, pain that shoots upward, pain after dentistry, small wounds such as bites or splinters, nausea, asthma which worsens in fag, painful piles, and rectal nerve pain. In women, late menstruation accompanied by headaches can also be alleviated.

Which type of person?
• No particular type



» Depression
» Sleepiness
» Neuralgia
» Concussion
» Toothache
» Serve shooting pains that travel upward
» Cravings for hot drinks, wine
Symptoms improve when the head is tilted backward, but worsen in warm, stuffy rooms, in damp, cold, or foggy weather, when the affected part is exposed.


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