Dose, Dilution and the LM Potencies

1. No change – how long must we wait, how long does a dose take to act?

2. Very slight change – nothing much, how long to go on for.. 2 weeks?

3. Good start then acute

4. Aggravation at the start – acute and chronics 6/8/10 days?

5. Good start then relapse.

6. Sensitive patient – becomes over stimulated or proves everything, feels speedy, queer, quick changes.

7. Generally better but some symptoms remain. OK to increase the dose?

8. OK but shows some symptoms of the remedy – reduce the dose or increase interval between them.

9. Symptoms but generally worse, no improvement.

  a. continue a bit longer or b. partial remedy.

10. Aggravation comes at the end of 3-4 weeks after improvement.

11. New symptoms come up not of the remedy with no change generally – new remedy needed.

12. As above but feeling better, change remedy if picture changes

13. Good improvement but slowing down after 3 weeks. Increase dose or raise potency to see what happens.

14. Remedy aggravates initially and remains aggravated. Antidote with new remedy or low potency of same remedy.

 

About the author

John Morgan

John Morgan

John Morgan (M.R.Pharm. S., R.S.Hom) qualified as a pharmacist in 1975 and made the move into homœopathic pharmacy in 1979. He qualified from the College of Homoeopathy in 1985 and thanks to the enthusiasm of a student group of remedy makers, founded Helios Pharmacy in 1986. Now in its 25th year, Helios is known worldwide for its commitment to producing high quality remedies, the development of new remedies by supporting new provings and the resurgence of LM potencies.
John is also a Fellow of the Society of Homoeopaths, a practising homœopath and well known lecturer both home and abroad.

12 Comments

  • I agree for 100 percent with John, if I may call him John, that homeopathy of today would have been totally different from what we label with Homeopathy of Kent’s origin.
    To use the author’s own words regarding Hahnemann’s efforts, John made a “painstaking” effort to clarify Hahnemanns intentions with the LM-potency, which makes it very usefull.Thank you John, you did a great job.

  • which is the mechine in this page?

    any information regarding the equpement for preperation of dilutionns

    dr.vanahalli
    karnataka
    9449813173

  • DEAR DR,
    PREPARATION AND USE OF LM SCALE ARE WELL EXPLAINED. IN SUMMARY AT 16) HAHNEMANN REQUIRED ONLY ONE MEDICINE IS REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN AT A TIME AS AT 22) IT WAS CLARIFIED THAT IF ONE MEDICINE IS NOT CORRECT IT CAN BE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY, BOTH RULES ARE COMPLEMENTORY. BUT TODAY MANY MEDICINES ARE COMBINED
    THANKS
    DR SHEKHAR

  • DEAR DR.
    YOU HAVE EXPLAINED VERY WELL AS TO HOW LM POTENCY IS PREPARED. IN SUMMARY ON HAHNEMANN S DIRECTIONS FOR USE LM POTENCY , YOU HAVE CLEARLY STATED IN N0.16) THAT ONE REMEDY IS REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN AT A TIME AND IN 22) BELOW YOU HAVE ALSO STATED THAT IF THE REMEDY GIVEN IS IN- APPROPRIATE WE CAN CHANGE IT. SO WHEN THIS OPTION IS AVAILABLE THEN WHY MIX MANY REMEDIES IN ONE THANKS

  • I am grateful to John Morgan for presenting this information because this wonderful potency is still very much neglected.
    There are several points in the above paper which I would question in the light of the experience of other homeopathic practitioners, and my own clinical observations.
    There is insufficient room in this reply forum to address these issues, and so I have submitted a paper entitled ” DISCUSSION OF THE Q/LM POTENCY AND ITS APPLICATION IN PRACTICE.” to be presented in Homeopathy 4 Everyone.

    Yuri Orlow
    Classical Homeopath
    Queensland, AUSTRALIA.

  • Dear Doctor,

    its finest effort to understan structure of potencies and more useful for others.
    thanks for you with best wishes

  • Thank you for the detailed and careful explanation, however I still have several questions.
    1- Today, many patients have been treated allopathicly with prescription drugs designed to suppress very disturbing or painful symptoms. These patients are terrified and/or unwilling to stop using the supressive drugs until they are sure the symptoms become tolerable. It is in these situations, LM Potencies become very valuable, however your article does not address usage in this circumstance.

    For instance, if the aggravation from the 6th dose [@ one dose per day] of LM 1 suddenly becomes unbearable, [though clearly a good sign for the homeopath, who sees them transiting through past symptoms] and the patient cannot tolerate the aggravation and uses suppressive RX pharmaceuticals to bear the aggravation, what do you do next?

    Do you then– the following day– simply have them repeat the same LM at a greater dilution, hoping for a slightly more tolerable aggravation?

    In other words, how do you suggest managing patients who cannot tolerate the aggravation, perceived as unbearable pain, sleeplessness, etc.?

    My concern is twofold:
    A) subjecting patients to unbearable aggravations will cause them to lose hope and faith in homeopathy, even when the remedy appears to be doing it’s job;
    B) If they use allopathic RX drugs to supress the unbearable aggravation, will this entirely sabotage the treatment?
    c) If the aggravation and appearance of intolerable symptoms keeps occurring, how does one proceed without alienating the patient and without undermining success of the remedy?

    In other words, what method do you suggest to avert this and manage patients with very painful or disturbing chronic symptoms who have access to RX suppressive drugs?
    Any reply directly to my email, would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dear Helene,
      LM’s have the advantage of allowing you to control the dose so subtly,as to prevent or minimize aggravations. If one proceeds slowly and matches the potency to the patient the aggravation will be minimal or non-existent. One can for instance, start with LM 1 diluted into the 3rd, 4th, 5th cup or further. Aggravations with LM subside more quickly on their own, and also one can simply go back to a gentler dilution. It’s important to assess the patient in the beginning to select the correct potency.
      Patients need to be advised to contact you if they are in discomfort. If a patient nevertheless takes an allopathic drug, most often homeopathic treatment can just be restarted. Steroids are another matter, but patients should be instructed not to use those.

  • Dear Doctor,

    its finest effort to understand structure of potencies and more useful for others.
    thanks to you. With best wishes

  • What in the world is this sentence talking about?
    More coffee or teaspons???
    WHAT?????!!!

    “The patient takes directly from the ‘stock’ bottle” one or, increasing progressively, more COFFEE or teaspoons of this as follows: in chronic diseases, daily or every other day; in acute diseases every six, four, three or two hours….” Eight, ten, or twelve succussions are given to the bottle”

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