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An alternative solvent than ethanol (alcohol) in homeopathy?


I'd like to study homeopathy and make my own preparations.

The thing is, for religious reasons, I am not willing to use ethanol alcohol as a solvent or at any time during the preparation.

My question is, is there an alternative solvent to alcohol?

According to Wikipedia, glycerine is a good alternative to alcohol as a solvent. Could I use this in a homeopathic remedy?

And yes, I do realize that after many dilutions, there will be no alcohol left in the preparation, but I'm still not willing to use alcohol.

Your advice would be appreciated.

Many thanks.
  tradert on 2012-01-15
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I m Muslim and a Chemist n also a practitioner of homeopathic medicine professionally. I understand ur cause. But brother try to understand, Homeopathic medicines are formulated to mix with milk sugar powder and alcohol and water. Bcs 3 of them r very good solvent but among them water is the best solvent of the world but as it is a neutral substance it cant react most of the times so that it have no preservative usefulness and also bacteria and virus can easily flow with it. If u use milk sugar instead of alcohol than ur medicine could get worse bcs milk is so sensitive to acidic substances and to lots of medicine materials as it cannot carry medicine power preserved in it for longer period. Alcohol is the second most stable, soluble, solvent, preservative like substance huge in quantity in nature and easy to use. So that it is mostly used to prepare homeopathic medicine. It is too difficult to find out another substance which can carry medicine potency so nicely like ethanol.

Though Glycerine is a good solvent but it has its own sweet test and it warms when it touches moisture surface and u also may know that Homeopathic medicines r strongly prohibited to give direct heat, more over it makes some destructive materials like nitro glycerine and also makes fire when potassium permanganate water and glycerine is mixing together. So u cannot make so many medicines by using glycerine as u can do it by alcohol.

If it is used as medicine in a very little quantity than it is mixed with water that it doesn't creates hallucination and hangover and regulates human normal thinking brain power and not taken for addiction than it is completely halal in Islam to take it. Though we prepare medicines with alcohol but we don't use it directly oral without mixing enough water with it to make split dose so it is Halal and no worry to take for Muslim patients.

Dr. Showrav
[message edited by Dr. Showrav on Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:15:22 GMT]
Dr. Showrav last decade
Please could you tell me if I can use baking soda to preserve the dosage bottle?
flaviusr 6 years ago

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