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calling all homeopaths - question regarding potentcies

i am very ignorant about potentcies. i have tried to learn more via websearch but remain as confused as ever, so i have two questions in particular i'm hoping someone can answer.

1) specifically, are the 'Q' potentcies 'stronger' than the ones i'm more familiar with (e.g. 30C)? someone told me Q potentcies are also known as LM, which hasn't enlightened me at all. in my understanding of the C potentcies, i believe 6C would be 'weaker' than a 30C, so would a Q5 be 'stronger' than a Q1?

2) in what instances or circumstances would a Q (or LM) be prescribed? in what circumstances would a homeopath start with a Q1 and instruct to increase in rapid succession to Q2, Q3 (etc)?

i am asking because a relative has been receiving advice from a person whom i understand is not a qualified homeopath and who is urging him take a series of increasing Q potentcy doses of a particular remedy in rapid succession, and i truthfully don't know if i need be concerned or at least suggest he seek another opinion.

thanks very much for any information you may be willing to provide.
  samikirk on 2010-11-04
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
'Strength' in homoeopathy is always an interesting discussion.

As you increase in potency, the medicine itself changes in nature - it does not exactly become stronger. It becomes more precise (meaning that the higher you go the more exact the match must be to the patient's state) and it becomes deeper acting (affects the finer levels of a human being ie. spiritual, mental, emotional). Each step up in either scale makes the medicine more precise and deeper acting.

Because the LM potencies are diluted in a different manner to the C potencies, it is difficult to exactly equate them (1 drop in 50,000 compared to 1 drop in 100). With LMs, it essentially increases the number of doses it takes to create aggravation, allowing a patient to take more of the remedy before seeing a negative effect. This makes it useful for patients who need more frequent dosing (those with tissue changes, those on orthodox medication, those with low vitality, those with other habitual drug use).

As per the instructions given for LMs in our Organon of Medicine, you would continue with one potency until you see an aggravation, then stop. When the aggravation disappears, you would typically assess the case to see if the patient needs more treatment and move up to the next LM potency.

Rapidly going up the scale without assessing the case would be dangerous.

That is not to say that some patient may not need rapid changes of potency, especially if the first choices were too low. Every patient has their own potency, just like they have their own remedy. When you reach that particular level the patient will experience special relief of their disease. But this would need regular assessment and only be done in individual cases.

Many people have no idea how to use LMs and work under the misconception that they are more safe than C potencies, which means they will misuse them. All the same cautions need to be applied, all the same philosphy applies.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
thank you. i'll pass this information to my cousin. i have tried to get him to see a qualified homeopath locally, but for some reason he's reluctant. he's an adult and it's not my job to tell him how to live his life, but i'd feel badly if i didn't at least offer food for thought.
samikirk last decade

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