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Understanding Homeopathy Potency
With renewed interest in natural products and a society that is becoming more distrustful of the pharmaceutical industries, there is a rise in popularity of practitioners and in homeopathic products. Understanding homeopathy potency is a first guideline. Not just the health food supplements, these are very potent products in a pure state. Homeopathy is a treatment of the whole body, not just one physical condition.
The philosophies of homeopathic medicine were first truly established in the 1790’s by Samuel Hahnemann. His study of the whole body concept took him to the level of understanding of both concentrated and diluted preparations. His experimentation developed a results that many substances can be given in small amounts to have a desired effect. In larger amounts, these same substances would cause the exact reverse reactions.
Potentization is a process of systematic dilutions and shaking to remove all chemical toxicity risks of a preparation. There are strict guidelines that must be followed by homeopathic pharmacies to ensure that remedies retain a consistent reliability. Therapeutic preparations start with the original substance in its natural form. That original substance is put through a series of dilutions and successions (shaking) to achieve a final level of preparation. The final preparation is referred to as a tincture. The coding of the tincture relates to the number of dilutions and successions that were required for that specific potency. The higher the number coding, the more potent the preparation.
The process of understanding homeopathy potency brings into play the fact that a tincture is very similar to a concentrated formula. Tinctures may only be prescribed by licensed practitioners. They are incredibly powerful and are derived from some of nature’s purest products. Some can be converted to tablets and powders to make it easier to ingest.
Pharmaceutical drugs affect the body through a chemical action and reaction. Unlike drugs, homeopathic preparations are designed with contents to assist the body in the healing process.
The FDA regulates all homeopathic medicines in the same manner that they regulate standard prescription and OTC drugs. All remedies must have an NDC (National Drug Code) listed on the preparation container or box. The FDA recognizes the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia as the organization that establishes the strict standards by which all homeopathic drug preparations must abide by.
Homeopathic remedies are considered to be a much more gentle and systemic approach to the healing of the body. They are taken only as long as they are needed; usually on an empty stomach or at least fifteen minutes before eating. Experts advise that only one homeopathic remedy should be taken at a time. There are some oils that can interfere with the remedies; these can include: peppermint, camphor, rosemary, thyme and eucalyptus oils.
The word ‘natural’ has received a connotation in the psychology of our society as simply ok to take or safe, no matter what. This is far from the truth. Anything taken in large doses over long periods of time can be harmful to your health.
Always consult with a major medical provider before making any changes to your medicinal regiment.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Herbal Treatment21 May 2010|