Homeopathic medicines are manufactured by repeatedly diluting and succussing (shaking) a preparation of the original substance, mainly plants and minerals, in water and alcohol. After dilution the medicine is added to tablets or pillules. X is a 1 to 9 dilution-one part ingredient and 9 parts water. And a number designates how many times the homeopathic has been diluted and shaken by a number like 6 X or 12X, etc.
In order to make a homeopathic potency, one part of the starting material is added to 9 parts of liquid and vigorously shaken. The resulting solution is the first dilution from the starting material and is called tincture, with the numerical designation of 1X. This process is repeated to make additional dilutions of the starting material and with each new dilution the resulting solution is designated with the number of each successive dilution step.
The most common type of dilutions is “C” dilutions (centesimal dilutions). The 1C is obtained by mixing 1 part of the Mother Tincture with 9 parts of ethanol in a new vial and then vigorously shaking the solution (succussion). The result is a 1/100 dilution of the plant (the Mother Tincture being a 1/10 dilution of the plant itself). The 2C is obtained by mixing 1 part of the 1C with 99 parts of ethanol in a new vial and succussing. Recurrently, the 3C is obtained by mixing 1 part of the 2C with 99 parts of ethanol in a new vial and succussing.
What does the “X” listed after the active ingredient stand for?
X dilutions are decimal dilutions prepared similarly to C dilutions, but the factor of dilution is only 1/10 from one dilution to the next.
In the United States the prime potencies are mostly used along with 30c and 200c.
The potencies are referred to as low, medium, high and very high. This nomination refers to the quantity of potential kinetic energy which is stored in the tablet (granules, liquid , etc.).. It is considered as the healing energy which simulates the body ( whole + body, mind, emotion, spirit) to heal itself or to return to a balanced state.
Very high potency = CM, 50M, 10M.
High = + 1M, 200C.
Medium = 30C, 30X, 24X.
Low = 3C, 3X, 6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, in Europe there are also 9C, 15C, 7C.