Why are we supposed to take the remedy in water? How does it work? Is it more effective that way?
I’m glad you asked that question! Probably a lot of people have this same question. Why are we supposed to take the remedy in water? In truth, the remedy has been in water from the beginning of its life! We make a remedy by taking a drop of the mother tincture and adding it to 99 drops of water (or alcohol, but not rubbing alcohol!) and succussing (pounding the bottle into your opposite palm) 20 or more times. That gives you the first dilution, what we call the 1C. To make the 2C potency, we take a drop of of the 1C and add it to another 99 drops of water and succuss again. It’s all done with water and succussion! “Well, where do the pellets come in?” you ask. In short, at the end! A few drops of the water potency is dropped on sugar pellets and then left to dry. The remedy sticks to the pellets! It’s easier to sell the product this way, liquid bottles are heavy and take up space in the store!
When you pop a pellet in your mouth, you get the remedy just as sure as if you had taken a drop from the water bottle!
So, why do we have to put a pellet BACK into a water bottle to make a water potency AGAIN???? Why can’t we just keep using the pellets every time we dose?
Because Hahnemann says NO!!!! Here’s what he says:
(aph. 247, footnote, from The Organon of Medicine)
1. We ought not, even with the best chosen homeopathic medicine, for instance one pellet of the same potency that was beneficial at first, to let the patient have a second or third dose, taken dry. (My emphasis) In the same way, if the medicine was dissolved in water and the first dose proved beneficial, a second or third … dose from the bottle standing undisturbed, even in intervals of a few days, would prove no longer beneficial….
[What he’s saying is, you’re asking for trouble if you keep taking the exact same potency over and over again, whether it’s dry doses/pellets or liquid doses, it doesn’t matter, you have to change the potency of the remedy before each dose! And how do you change the potency? By succussing the bottle! Can you succuss a non-liquid bottle? No! A lot of homeopaths think they’re dosing Hahnemann’s way just by putting the remedy in water, they don’t tell their patients to succuss the bottle 5 times before each dose, just put the remedy in water! Clearly Hahnemann is saying here, taking liquid doses from an “undisturbed” bottle, over and over again, is just as bad as taking dry doses over and over again, it’s the same thing!]
Hahnemann goes on to say….
But through modification of every dose in its dynamization degree,
[But by changing the potency…]
as I herewith teach, there exists no offense,
[…as I’m trying to teach you, you won’t cause any harm.]
even if the doses be repeated more frequently, even if the medicine be ever so highly potentized with ever so many succussions. It almost seems as if the best selected homoeopathic remedy could best extract the morbid disorder from the vital force and in chronic disease to extinguish the same only if applied in several different forms.
[It almost seems as if the organism requires the stimulation of changes in potency going forward in order to effect a cure.]
So, what is Hahnemann talking about here? He is talking about “TOLERANCE”! You’ve heard of “tolerance”, it’s what happens when you begin to “tolerate” a medicine–it works less and less well as time goes on, and then stops! If you continue to take it at this point, it will aggravate! We’ve all heard of people “tolerating” their sleeping pills and needing to add more milligrams. They start with 2.5 mg. of Valium; before you know it they’re up to 5 mg., then they’re up to 10…. Why? The “potency” ceases to be “stimulating”. Same thing happens with homeopathic remedies.
This is the point Hahnemann is making on why the remedy has to be succussed before each dose, it’s to raise the potency, to “turn up the potency”, as it were, so you’ll be able to respond to the remedy going forward without it ceasing to work or aggravating. I hope that answers your question about water potencies and how stirring or succussing before each dose can help keep the case moving. Please read my FAQ article for more detailed information on how to keep your case moving.