- a noticeable intensification of the disease symptoms previously
observed. Often associated with the action of the correct homeopathic
- a substance, or a remedy, that counteracts the effect of a
homeopathic remedy. High temperatures are thought to antidote remedies.
Mint is said to be an antidote of Natrum muriaticum. Many feel that
coffee antidotes homeopathic remedies. When a person is reacting
incorrectly to a homeopathic remedy, an antidote may be given to
neutralize the effects.
Cell salts (biochemic remedies, tissue salts)
- a homeopathic physician, W.H. Schuessler, developed the Biochemic
system using 12 different 'cell salts'. Schuessler felt these were
fundamental to the proper function of the human body. Prepared in low
potency(3x or 6x) and used based on homeopathic indications.
- one of three potency scales used in homeopathic pharmacy. It was the
first potency developed by Hahnemann. 1 part medicinal substance (dry or
tincture), mixed with 99 parts diluent (lactose or alcohol), and then
succussed (shaken), yields the 1c potency. Taking 1 part of that potency
mixed with 99 parts diluent, then succussed, yields the 2c potency.
This is continued until the desired potency is reached. A 200c has gone
through this process 200 times. A 1M potency has gone through this
process 1,000 times. The higher the potency, the stronger the
stimulation of the vital force.
- a symptom that is 'striking, strange, unusual, peculiar' in the case.
Close attention is paid to characteristic symptoms as they must
correspond to symptoms of the remedy if it is to cure. For example,
burning pain better heat, or better lying on the painful side.
Common symptoms - symptoms that are common to a specific disease, for example, stiff joints in arthritis, or yellow skin in jaundice.
- etiology, location (including radiation or extension of sensation),
sensation, modalities, and concomitants all together give a complete
- occurring simultaneously. Refers to symptoms that happen at the same
time as the chief complaint. One of the parts of a complete symptom.
- the first experiments with the decimal scale were performed by
Constantine Hering in 1833. 1 part medicinal substance (dry or
tincture), mixed with 9 parts diluent (lactose or alcohol), and then
succussed (shaken), yields the 1X(D) potency. Taking 1 part of that
potency mixed with 9 parts diluent, then succussed, yields the 2X(D)
potency. This is continued until the desired potency is reached.
dynamis-life energy, vital force .
Etiology - the cause of disease. One of the aspects of a complete symptom.
Homeopathy - system of natural medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann. Based on the Law of Similars.
Isopathy - the treatment of a disease with the identical disease agent.
Keynote - a unique feature or fundamental aspect of a remedy.
LM (50 millesimal, Q) -
the second potency scale developed by Hahnemann, introduced in the
sixth edition of the Organon. Start with a 3c triturate of a remedy. One
part is placed into 500 drops liquid (400 drops water, 100 drops
alcohol). One drop is placed into 100 drops of alcohol. This is
succussed by hand 100 times. One drop of this mixture is used to
medicate 500 #10 pellets. This is the Q1 potency (sometimes written
0/1). The Q2 is made by taking 1 of these medicated pellets, putting it
into 1 drop of water, and then mixing into 100 drops of alcohol. This
mixture is succussed 100 times by hand.
Location - where the symptom is experienced. Location is one of the parts of a complete symptom.
- "materials of medicine" in Latin. A reference that lists the curative
indications and therapeutic actions of homeopathic medicines. This
information is derived from provings and clinical experience.
- a condition that makes a person or their symptom better or worse. For
example, better in a hot bath, abdominal pain better bending over,
worse rainy weather, etc. Modalities are one of the parts of a complete
Nosode - a homeopathic remedy prepared from diseased tissue or the product of disease.
- The Organon of Medicine, by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of
homeopathy. This book describes the principles and practice of
homeopathy. Hahnemann wrote 6 editions of the Organon from 1810-1842.
The sixth edition, though finished in 1842, was not published until
the strength of a homeopathic remedy. Determined by how many times the
remedy has been successed and diluted during preparation. A number and a
letter are associated with the remedy name to indicate which potency
scale has been used. An example of the decimal scale would be Arnica 6x.
An example of the centesimal scale would be Arnica 30c. An example of
the 50 millesimal scale(LM) would be Arnica LM1. These are the 3 potency
scales currently in use.
- usually refers to a substance prepared according to homeopathic
pharmaceutical standards. This means that it has gone through serial
dilution and succession.
- the most accurate method of ascertaining the action of medicines on
human health. Medicines(usually potentized) are administered to healthy
people to discover the symptoms they are capable of producing and
thereby able to cure.
- an index of the homeopathic materia medica by symptom. A list of
remedies is indicated for each symptom. All modern day repertories use
Kent's Repertory as their starting point.
Remedy - medicine, as in homeopathic remedy.
Sensation - the experience of a symptom, what it feels like. One of the parts of a complete symptom.
Simillimum - the most similar remedy corresponding to a case. As such, the remedy most likely to cure.
Vital force - the energy that maintains life in the individual. See aphorisms 9-12 of the Organon.