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You are viewing: Homeopathics - Posology - Level 3
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Homeopathic Posology

There are as many views on Homeopathic posology as there are Homeopaths. Textbooks tend to lack clear adbvice on this issue or include so many asterisks or footnotes as to make the understanding difficult. This is because Homeopathic prescription is individualised for each patient and physicians differ in thier philosophical interpreation of individuality. However in general terms Homeopathic posology should be considered in the following sequence.

1. Similimum
The most important aspect of Homeopathic posology is to select the correct similimum. The correct similimum overides every other consideration. This fact can be best highlighted by the following table:-

Similimum

Potency

Result

Incorrect

Incorrect

No cure - aggravation

Incorrect

Correct

No cure

Correct

Incorrect

Improvement

Correct

Correct

Cure

2. Potency
Homeopathic potencies can vary from tincutres at O right through to very high constitutional CM potencies. The following table provides a general descriptive framework

Description Potency
Tincture O
Low 2X, 6X, 12X, 6C, to 24X
Medium 30X, 30C, 200X
High 200C, 1M
Constitutional 10M, 50M, CM

When determining potency use the following guide lines

i). If there is an element of uncertainty regading the similimum chose a lower potency. The more certain one is of the similimum the higher the potency.

ii). For acute cinditions (those that are relatively new)  start with Low  potencies.

iii). For chronic conditions (those that have presented for some time) start with Medium potencies.

iv). For first aid or trauma situations use High potencies

v). For sensitive patients (those that exhibit hyper response) reduce the potency from that which would be otherweise.

vi). Consider the nature of the remedy (eg Rut needs to be prescribed at high potency for best results whereas good results may be obtained from low potencies of Rhus-t).

vi). For topical application (direct on to the skin) use diluted tincture in the ratio 1:5. 

3. Dose
In general a dose is 2 tablets / 2 pellets / 2 pills/ 10 drops /2 oral sprays or 4 nasal spays (2/nostril) regadless of patient sex, weight or age and includes children. This is because Homeopathics are not dose responsive unlike conventional medicine which is.

This fact has brought relief to many an anxious parent upon suddenly discovering that their little bundle of joy has polished off all the prescribed homeopathic "sweets" in one go. No effect will be experienced form this occurance other than what may normally be expected from a single dose.

Another popular misconception is to confuse dose with potency by thinking that increasing the dose will have the effect of increasing potency. It will not. A 200C potency for example cannot be equalled by increasing the dose of a lower potency remedy.

4. Frequency
This term refers to the recommended number of doses/day. Homeopathics are Frequency responsive and care must be excercised to prescribe the correct frequency regieme. Too high a frequency may result in aggravation while too low a frequency can result in disappointing progress. 
A generalised summary is suggested below:-

i). First Aid - Trauma:- Up to 1 dose every 10 mins for max 6 doses.
ii). Acute:- Up to 6 doses/day
iii). Sub Acute:- up to 3 - 4 doses/day
iv). Chronic:- up to 2 doses/day
v). Prophylactic:- 4 doses/day

5. Duration
Thgis term describes the number of days the dose should be maintained. Again a generalised summary is suggested below:-

i). First Aid - Trauma:- Max 6 doses.
ii). Acute:- up to 3 days
iii). Sub Acute:- up to 3 days
iv). Chronic:- up to 14 days for medium potencies
                       up to 28 days for low potencies
v). Prophylactic:- Once weekly throughout the period of risk

Combination Table
Frequency/Duration

Condition

Frequency/day

Duration/days

Frist Aid - Trauma

up to 6

up to every 10 mins

Acute

up to 6

up to 3

Sub Acute

up to 3 - 4

up to 3

Chronic

up to 2

up to 14 - 28

Prophylactic

Once weekly throughout the period of risk

 

Homeopathic Posology
Summary Table
with 
Acknowledgements to:
Dr. Trevor Cook
from his book
The Homeopathic Workshop
ISBN 1 86126 2469

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