Dr. Neil Tessler, White Rock Homeopathic Clinic

About the Remedies

The homeopathic medicines, called remedies, are prepared according to a method unique to homeopathy.  The remedies are manufactured by licensed homeopathic pharmaceutical companies according to strict standards.  Over 2500 substances provide the source materials.

Knowledge about each remedy does not rely on either folklore or biochemical experiments, though it may draw information from these and any other source.  The main source of knowledge about homeopathic remedies is obtained from human experiments called  provings.  In provings, a group of people take very small doses of the substance that is being tested for a period of days or weeks.  The subjects record in great detail their mental, emotional and physical changes from the test substance.  When this information is combined with other sources of knowledge, especially the study of successful clinical application of the remedy, a clear picture emerges of the full range of action of each substance.

Samuel Hahnemann also developed a way to enhance the healing power of the remedies while eliminating toxic side effects.  The medicinal substance is rendered into a liquid form.  There are then two primary steps in the production of a homeopathic remedy, known as dilution and succussion.  In the first step, termed dilution, the pharmacist adds a portion of the liquid tincture to a measured amount of distilled water.  In the second step, called succussion, this dilute solution is struck repeatedly against a solid surface.  The fluid is then discarded and more liquid is added.  These two steps will be repeated over and over to the desired dilution.

The remedies are prepared by hand for the lower dilutions and then by machine, of which there are several types, for production of the higher dilutions.  Remedies manufactured in this way are called potencies.  When we speak of a high potency remedy we refer to one that has gone through many cycles of dilution and succussion.  Special sugar granules are moistened with the liquid potency for easy administration, though sometimes remedies may be prescribed in liquid form.

The clinical experience of thousands of homeopathic physicians for almost two hundred years has repeatedly shown the remarkable healing power of the high homeopathic dilutions.  It is generally observed that high potency (more dilute) remedies have a more rapid and and deeper action than low potencies (less dilute).  The fineness of homeopathic dilutions has been the source of great controversy throughout homeopathic history.  Although there is a vast amount of clinical experience supporting the efficacy of high dilution homeopathic medicines, there is also an increasing body of scientific research proving their potent biological action.  More recently, independent research has indicated that homeopathic dilutions have unique, measurable physical properties.

Now that science has affirmed the question "do they act", the next question will be "how do they act"? Though there are various theories that exist on the mechanism of remedy action, a full answer to this question may be still be years away.  In the meantime, it has been enough to know that a remedy correctly chosen according to the Law of Similars will have a powerful action, no matter how small the dose