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Can we use Minimum dose of mother tincture?

Can we use Minimum dose of mother tincture?

Posted by: haroon khan

Why we are not using minimum dose of mother tinctures in homeopathy? Normally we use 10…25 drops.IS there any side effect to use small amount of Q potency for example 1….2 drops/dose.

Dear Haroon,

Mother tinctures can be used in the least possible quantity IF the medicine is similar to the patient. If the medicine is similar the patient will have increased sensitivity for it and will respond to the least dose. Our books are filled with cures that the old masters performed with mother tinctures. Read Burt, Boericke, Clarke and you will find many such examples.

Now a days, mother tinctures are primarily used for their physiological properties and not as true similimum. A much larger dose is required to elicit the physiological properties and hence the current trend of giving n number of drops, n number of times each day. But if your medicine is similar, you don’t need that.

A medicine, if has any effect, has the potential to have side-effects too. If a person is sensitive enough, he can show medicinal or homeopathic aggravation with even one drop of a mother tincture.

Best wishes,

Dr. B

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  • Using Mother Tinctures and Low Potencies(below 12c) Cannot be Considered As Genuine Homeopathic Practice

    We know that many homeopathic practioners prescribe plenty of mother tinctures and low potency preparations. They do very successful practice also. But, I am a bit suspicious regarding the desirability of using mother tinctures and low potencies, especially in a routine way for long terms.

    It may relieve some of the symptoms, of course. But chances of emerging new pathological conditions really exist in such atreatment protocol.

    We must not forget that the symptomatologies provided in our materia medica give the list of symptoms that can be generated in healthy persons by the use of these drugs in crude form. Indiscriminate long-term use of mother tinctures containing plant enzymes, poisonous alkaloids, glycosides and various other phyto-chemical ingredients is an unpardonable crime even if it is done in the name of homeopathy. The drug molecules and ions contained in these tinctures might give temporary relief by nutritional supplementation, or competitive relationship to pathological molecules due to configurational similarity. But it is evident from their symptomatologies that those molecules and ions are capable of creating dangerous pathological molecular inhibitions in various bio-chemic channels in the organism. We should never forget that the subjective and objective symptoms provided in our material medica were createdby the molecular deviations happened in healthy individuals during drug proving. Hence in my opinion, it is ideal to treat patients using potencies above 12c, which do not contain any trace of the drug molecules of the original drug. If our selection of drug iscorrect, there is no any chance of failure in such a protocol. Other wise, it will have to be considered as identical to Ayurveda, Allopathy or Herbal treatment. Those who indulge in excessive use of mother tinctures, without bothering about the constituent drug molecules and their adverse long term impacts on the organism, are more hazardous to human health than our allopathic counterparts. I humbly request them to think over.

    From our materia medica works, it may be understoodthat most of those people who had participated in proving of Hydrastis Canadensis developed symptoms of gastric ulcer and hyperacidity along with many other deep seated pathological conditions. Doctors who administer large doses of Hydrastis Tincture to relive gastric symptoms as part of homoeopathic treatment should note this point . Of course, we may get temporary relief, bythe way of competitive relationships with pathological molecules, due to configurational similarity of drug molecules and pathological molecules. The prolonged use of Hydrasts Tincture not only produce the symptoms mentioned in the materia medica, but may even induce very serious genetic errors to happen. If hydrastis is the similimum forthe patient, it will be effective in high potencies. This is real homeopathy.

    Please do not be provoked when I say that who give Passiflora for inducing sleep, Rauwolfia for lowering blood pressure and Syzijium for high blood sugar in their tincture form, are not practicing ideal Homeopathy even if they may be wellk nown Homeopaths, producing results. No homeopath with some common sense, who had carefully read the material medica of Alfalfa will dare to prescribe it as tonics to improve the appetite and general health of innocent children. It is evident from its symptomatology that Alfalfais capable of producing diabetes, bulimia, and upsetting the normal functioning of kidneys.

    We should remember that there was no exact knowledge regarding the long term evil effects of many drugs, when many of them were proved and their materia medica prepared. There was least knowledge about the genetic disorders they were likely to produce. It is found in Boecricke Materiamedica that Arsenic Bromide Mother Tincture is indicated for Diebetes. No physician with scientific awareness will even think of prescribing it today.Who will now dare to prescribe Ars iod 3x, Iodum 3x, Sulphur Q, or various compounds of Mercury and Lead only because they are found in our text books of Materia Medica?

    We know of homeopaths who make their patients consume for prolonged periods, the mother tinctures of several drugs, including various patented combinations flooding the market in the name of Homeopathy. How can Homeopaths prescribe them without any prick of conscience? Those who love homoeopathy should take urgent initiative to prevent such tendencies either through awareness programs and campaigns, or through stringent legislational procedures.

    How the mother tinctures differ from potentized drugs in their mechanism of therapeutic action, and why potentized drugs are more safe and effective than mother tinctures?

    Not only potentized drugs, but mother tinctures and crude drugs also can act as ‘similimum’. But the molecular mechanisms of their therapeutic actions and ultimate outcome are fundamentally different from each other.

    Drug molecules contained in mother tinctures and crude drugs ‘compete’ with pathogenic molecules having similar molecular configuration in binding to biological molecules and displace them, thereby relieving biological molecules from pathological inhibitions. By this ‘competitive’ relationship to pathogenic molecules, mother tinctures and crude drugs can act as similimum and produce therapeutic results.

    ‘Molecular imprints’ contained in potentized drugs act by an entirely different molecular mechanism. Molecular imprints binds directly to the pathogenic molecules having configurational affinity and deactivate them, thereby relieving biological molecules from pathological inhibitions. This is the molecular mechanism involved in the therapeutic action of potentized drugs.

    Most notable difference is, drug molecules act as similimum by ‘competitive’ relationship toward pathogenic molecules, whereas ‘molecular imprints’ act by ‘complementary’ relationship.

    Since crude drugs and mother tinctures contain drug molecules that can act upon biological molecules, they can also bind to various biological targets in the organism. Obviously, there is always chance for creation of new molecular inhibitions and drug-induced pathologies when we use crude drugs and mother tinctures. That is the draw back of using mother tinctures even if they are similimum.

    Advantage of potentized drugs is that they do not contain any drug molecules, but only molecular imprints, which are only supra-molecular clusters of water and alcohol molecules. They can act upon pathogenic molecules only, not upon biological molecules. As such, potentized drugs cannot do any further harm to organism.

    That is why we say potentized drugs are safer than mother tinctures and molecular forms of drugs

    • Dr. / Shri Cahndran K C
      First of all, my profound regards.
      I must now thank you for making the concept of ‘MT’ and PD’ used in homeopathy, so magically understandable.
      I am a veterinarian, master’s and Ph.D in biotechnology and Veterinary Biochemistry and senior Professor and head of the department and I must have read thousands of books and articles and have done extensive research, but the way you have explained the conceptual aspect of the above is just wonderful.
      I would like to consult you on certain important and pertinent aspect of homeopathy. I would appreciate if you can provide me with your email/ contact number.

      Dr Ambwani

  • Hi Dr,
    My 5year old son has allergic cough since last year. He coughs usually early morning and whenever he is in cold windy air. I am trying homeopathic treatment for him since the past 3 months.The homeopath Dr first gave him Bryonia,spongia and hyacymus for first month twice a day . The combination aggravated him so the Dr told to stop spongia and to continue rest of the pills. In the next month , after not much improvement, the Dr gave him Rumex and Dulcamara for one month and also gave Senega mother tincture to be given 15 drops mixed in water whenever there is aggravation of cough. He told us to continue the same medicine for one more month. In the next month , he gave us corallium rubrum 30c for 15 days and then he gave corallium rubrum-200c for 3 days and then to be given every alternate day . Also he gave drosera and Rumex mother tincture to be given every day 15 drops mixed in water for 3 weeks . I just read ur article that mother tincture is not safe for kids so please guide me if my son is given the right medication. I want to cure his cough completely.

  • when We prescribe mother tincture in large dose,the medicine works in allopathic way.But when we use mother tincture according to symptoms similarity in 1 or 2 drop doses then it can be called true homeopathic practise?.Physiological properties and allopathic properties are same things.For this reason all bach flower remedy works in allopathic way.All herbal medicines when used much larger dose,These medicies work in allopathic way.I hope,I have understood you.Thank you

  • Hi Sir,

    actually last days some liquid falling from my private part. so how much of drops i have to use…?

    and how much of time it will take for cure.

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