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What does dose tincture to sixth potency mean?

Hi, I came across Podophyllum and the dose for the same is mentioned as - Tincture to sixth potency, what is the equivalent of that dose in the pills or drops form (in water),if it is to be taken for diarhoeaa or food poisoning what should be the dosage for adults and children?
  samur420 on 2012-01-16
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Potency has nothing to do with the form in which you take the remedy (pills, tablets, pillules, granules, drops). Potency is a measure of the number of times the substance has been diluted and succussed, in order to make it into a more powerful medicine. Potentization is one of the main differences between our medicines and every other therapy in the world.

Whatever you are reading, is just making a suggestion as to what range of potencies might be appropriate for the condition you mention. However, this kind of mechanical prescribing is actually quite dangerous. I would never use a mother tincture of a herb, as there are possible toxic side effects. I would generally also not use the lower potencies as they are more likely to aggravate a patient (make them worse).

Potency is typically chosen on the basis of each individual situation. There is no standardized dosing in homoeopathy. There is also no standardized use for our medicines - Podophyllum will only cure a specific kind of diarrhea or food poisoining. One must understand the subtle differences between all the medicines that might fit such conditions.

IF the prescription of Podophyllum has been made correctly, then I would typically use a 12, 30 or 200 potency. How many doses, how often they are given, and how I give each dose would depend on the patient and how serious the event is.

In a case where you are self prescribing without any training in homoeopathic philosophy, I would not use anything higher than a 12c, and I would not give any more than 4-5 doses at all. Then the case must be assessed properly to see if improvement is going in the right direction.

Homoeopathic medicines are not safe. They are powerful, and can produce a variety of side effects.

Someone here may be able to advise you on a proper prescription, but only after a proper case is presented (listing and describing in detail all symptoms).

David Kempson
Professional Classical Homoeopath
Dip.Hom.Med. 1994
brisbanehomoeopath last decade

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