- The therapeutic application of Homeopathic medicines is based on the Law of Similars All homeopathic medicines are tested on humans Homeopathic medicines are prepared from the following 6 major sources :
- Plant kingdom : About 60% of the homeopathic medicines are prepared from one or more parts of plants. The whole plant or some parts of it, such as leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, and berries, may be used in the preparation of the medicines
- Mineral kingdom : Approximately 20% of the homeopathic medicines are prepared from minerals, including metals, non-metals, and their compounds.
- Animal kingdom : Some homeopathic medicines are derived from certain animal products, which are obtained without killing animals.
- Diseased tissues : Some homoeopathic medicines are prepared using tissues or secretions containing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
- Hormones and healthy tissues : Healthy human/animal tissues and secretions are also used to prepare homeopathic medicines
- Imponderables : Certain energy sources, such as magnetism, x-ray, radiation, etc., are also used to prepare homeopathic medicines.
- Method of preparation The method of preparing homeopathic medicines is called potentization; in this method, one part of the original drug substance (say, 0.1 mg of a plant extract) is mixed with 99 parts (9.9 mg) of a suitable carrier (say alcohol) and shaken vigorously by a special device that converts the preparation into the 1c potency. One part (0.1 mg) of the 1c preparation is then mixed with 99 parts (9.9 mg) of the carrier and the process of potentization is repeated to prepare the 2c potency. This process is continued until the required potency is reached Homeopathic medicines are available in certain standard potencies such as 30c, 100c, 200c, 1000c, 10K, and 50K.
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