A catalogue of substances used for medicinal purposes, normally containing a
description, effect and treatment regime.
In homeopathy the term refers to a book recording the results of more than
2,000 remedies that have been proved in accordance with Hahnemann's rules, which
included extensive experimentation on volunteers at differing levels of potency,
measuring physical, psychological and emotional effect across a wide range of
The collection of data was continued after Hahnemann by many including
explorers to new continents collecting data from almost 5,000 substances all
over the world.
Not always a tincture this expression names the most concentrated form of a
remedy before it has been succussed (or diluted). The mother tincture is a
concentrated solution, properly filtered, of the base substance in lactose,
alcohol or other liquid form.
Vigorous shaking or even banging on a firm surface, believed to be intrinsic
to the process of dilution or succussion. Devised by Hahnemann, the father of
homeopathy, this process of succussion is believed to potentize the solution
rendering higher solutions (say 6c) more potent than lower solutions (say 3c).
A summation of the physical, psychological and emotional symptoms associated
with the remedy. This profile was built by careful observation of the effect of
the substance that the remedy is made from on otherwise healthy people and is
used to match against potential patients to determine which remedy is most
appropriate for individual patients.
The remedy profile often differentiates between primary and secondary
Symptoms better/Symptoms worse:
Although a rather quaint way of putting it these refer to the factors, both
internal and external, that improves or exacerbates the symptoms of the ailment.
This information is used by a homeopath to assist in the diagnoses of the
condition and to determine which remedy is most appropriate.
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