Aggravation - a noticeable intensification of
the disease symptoms previously observed. Often associated with the action of
the correct homeopathic remedy.
Antidote - a substance, or a remedy, that
counteracts the effect of a homeopathic remedy. High temperatures are thought
to antidote remedies. Mint is said to be an antidote of Natrum muriaticum. Many
feel that coffee antidotes homeopathic remedies. When a person is reacting
incorrectly to a homeopathic remedy, an antidote may be given to neutralize the
Cell salts (biochemic remedies, tissue salts) -
a homeopathic physician, W.H. Schuessler, developed the Biochemic system using
12 different 'cell salts'. Schuessler felt these were fundamental to the proper
function of the human body. Prepared in low potency(3x or 6x) and used based on
Centesimal - one of three potency scales used
in homeopathic pharmacy. It was the first potency developed by Hahnemann. 1
part medicinal substance (dry or tincture), mixed with 99 parts diluent
(lactose or alcohol), and then succussed (shaken), yields the 1c potency.
Taking 1 part of that potency mixed with 99 parts diluent, then succussed,
yields the 2c potency. This is continued until the desired potency is reached.
A 200c has gone through this process 200 times. A 1M potency has gone through
this process 1,000 times. The higher the potency, the stronger the stimulation
of the vital force.
Characteristic symptom - a symptom that is 'striking, strange, unusual, peculiar' in
the case. Close attention is paid to characteristic symptoms as they must
correspond to symptoms of the remedy if it is to cure. For example, burning
pain better heat, or better lying on the painful side.
Common symptoms - symptoms that are common to a specific disease, for example,
stiff joints in arthritis, or yellow skin in jaundice.
Complete symptom - etiology, location (including radiation or extension of
sensation), sensation, modalities, and concomitants all together give a
Concomitant - occurring simultaneously. Refers
to symptoms that happen at the same time as the chief complaint. One of the
parts of a complete symptom.
Decimal - the first experiments with the
decimal scale were performed by Constantine Hering in 1833. 1 part medicinal
substance (dry or tincture), mixed with 9 parts diluent (lactose or alcohol),
and then succussed (shaken), yields the 1X(D) potency. Taking 1 part of that
potency mixed with 9 parts diluent, then succussed, yields the 2X(D) potency.
This is continued until the desired potency is reached. dynamis-life energy,
Etiology - the cause of disease. One of the
aspects of a complete symptom.
Homeopathy - system of natural medicine
developed by Samuel Hahnemann. Based on the Law of Similars.
Isopathy - the treatment of a disease with
the identical disease agent.
Keynote - a unique feature or fundamental
aspect of a remedy.
LM (50 millesimal, Q) - the second potency scale developed by
Hahnemann, introduced in the sixth edition of the Organon. Start with a 3c
triturate of a remedy. One part is placed into 500 drops liquid (400 drops
water, 100 drops alcohol). One drop is placed into 100 drops of alcohol. This
is succussed by hand 100 times. One drop of this mixture is used to medicate
500 #10 pellets. This is the Q1 potency (sometimes written 0/1). The Q2 is made
by taking 1 of these medicated pellets, putting it into 1 drop of water, and
then mixing into 100 drops of alcohol. This mixture is succussed 100 times by
Today, the HPUS standard differs from Hahnemann's. The following
excerpt is taken from HPUS Abstracts - General Pharmacy:
"LM (50 millesimal, Q) - the second potency scale developed
by Hahnemann, introduced in the sixth edition of the Organon. Start with a 3c
triturate of a remedy. One part is placed into 500 drops liquid (4 parts water,
1 part alcohol 95% v/v). One drop is placed into 2 ml alcohol 95% v/v. This is
succussed by hand 100 times. One drop of this mixture is used to medicate 500
#10 pellets. This is the Q1 potency (sometimes written 0/1). The Q2 is made by
taking 1 of these medicated pellet and placing it into 2 ml alcohol 95% v/v.
This mixture is succussed 100 times by hand."
Location - where the symptom is experienced.
Location is one of the parts of a complete symptom.
Materia medica - "materials of medicine"
in Latin. A reference that lists the curative indications and therapeutic
actions of homeopathic medicines. This information is derived from provings and
Modality - a condition that makes a person or
their symptom better or worse. For example, better in a hot bath, abdominal
pain better bending over, worse rainy weather, etc. Modalities are one of the
parts of a complete symptom.
Nosode - a homeopathic remedy prepared from
diseased tissue or the product of disease.
Organon - The Organon of Medicine, by Samuel
Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy. This book describes the principles and
practice of homeopathy. Hahnemann wrote 6 editions of the Organon from
1810-1842. The sixth edition, though finished in 1842, was not published until
Potency - the strength of a homeopathic
remedy. Determined by how many times the remedy has been succussed and diluted
during preparation. A number and a letter are associated with the remedy name
to indicate which potency scale has been used. An example of the decimal scale
would be Arnica 6x. An example of the centesimal scale would be Arnica 30c. An
example of the 50 millesimal scale(LM) would be Arnica LM1. These are the 3
potency scales currently in use.
Potentized - usually refers to a substance
prepared according to homeopathic pharmaceutical standards. This means that it
has gone through serial dilution and succussion.
Proving - the most accurate method of
ascertaining the action of medicines on human health. Medicines(usually potentized)
are administered to healthy people to discover the symptoms they are capable of
producing and thereby able to cure.
Remedy - medicine, as in homeopathic
Repertorize - to repertorize a case one looks up
symptoms in a repertory.
Repertory - an index of the homeopathic
materia medica by symptom. A list of remedies is indicated for each symptom.
All modern day repertories use Kent's Repertory as their starting point.
Rubric - a symptom as written in a
Sarcode - a tissue or glandular extract made
into a homeopathic remedy.
Sensation - the experience of a symptom, what
it feels like. One of the parts of a complete symptom.
Simillimum - the most similar remedy
corresponding to a case. As such, the remedy most likely to cure.
Succussion - the process of forcefully striking
a homeopathic remedy against a firm surface.
Vital force - the energy that maintains life in
the individual. See aphorisms 9-12 of the Organon.
What are sources
of Homeopathic remedies ?
Homeopathic remedies are prepared
from vegetables, minerals, chemicals, animal products and nosodes.
Vegetables: Allium cepa (onion), Asparagus.
Animal Products: Lac Cal, Spongia.
Minerals: Natrum mur (common salt), Ferrum met (iron), Kali
Chemicals: Ars alb, Calcaria carb.
Nosodes: Syphilinum, Medorrhinum.
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