Not all homeopaths agree on dosage and potency, but as a general
rule, Chronic illnesses (i.e. those that you've had for a long time)
should be treated with low potencies
(i.e. 6x or 6C) and Acute
conditions (i.e. those that are relatively new) with high potencies (i.e. 30x - 200c.) There are exceptions, particularly where an accident
started off the symptoms and you might give the body a kick start
with a high potency dose such as Arnica 200c first and then follow
with a lower potency remedy.
Other factors are also relevant for choosing a potency, such as
the homeopathic sensitivity of the patient (more sensitive patients
take lower potencies), and the particular remedy being taken; if
in doubt, see your homeopath.
If you are not 100% sure which remedy to take, usually a low potency,
such as 6X, should be taken before a high potency and the patient
observed carefully. If symptoms improve, but not fully, the same
remedy should be taken in a higher potency (such as 30C). If, after
taking the low potency remedy, relief is not felt, or the condition
changes, a different remedy should be taken in a low potency.
Really high potencies, such as 200C, are normally taken in very
low doses (typically once per week) whereas lower potencies are
taken every few hours for a few days. It is generally considered
to be a bad idea to take high potencies often.
Homeopathic remedies should be taken on a clean pallate. Strong
flavors, such as coffee or toothpaste can disrupt the working of
a remedy. Once relief from the symptoms is felt, stop taking the
homeopathic medicine. Only take it again if exactly the same symptoms
The exact meaning of the potency notation is explained on our potency scales page.
If symptoms worsen or persist, consult your doctor.