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Why Is The Homeopathic Medicine Prepared In A Solvent Like Alcohol?

Dear all, If i am wrong somewhere in my understanding then please forgive me and correct me because i am here for learning. That's why I am sharing my views, I wish to know why homeopathic medicines are prepared in organic solvents like alcohol. Am I right? 

May I know the detail of its composition like is it methanol, ethanol and what is the percentage used during the preparation of medicines?

Sometimes I feel that solubility of the crude medicine can be one of the factor but it should not be true for all the medicines.  For example, Natrum Muriaticum is prepared from common salt and can be easily soluble in water in any concentration. So, why is the medicine available in the market using alcohol as solvent rather than water?

This question always comes into my mind because in the human body, if I talk about the cell then the cell's environment is aqueous, which means water and organic solvents are not present.

Even though the medicine contains very minute quantity of alcohol and it is not going to have any ill effect, but can't we prepare the medicine in water?

I also wish to know which solvent is used that when making dilutions, is it the same, alcohol or water?

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Medicinal compound from herbs could be extracted by alcohol or water. Alcohol is easier as you do not require heat. If water is used you need to go through a process of decoction - which uses heat.

Methanol is never used for preparing medicine. The main ingredient in the alcohol is ethanol. 42% concentration is often used in chinese medicine. I am not quite sure of the concentration in homoeopathic medicine preparation.

Alcohol, had been found recently through spectral analysis of the OH(hydroxyl), to exhibit behaviour the same as that of water. The discovery was by an indian scientist in india. I had lost the link - perhaps someone can offer it up. It was an interesting discovery as it explained how memory of medicinal substance is stored in water and alcohol. The key lies in the weak hydroxyl link.

Alcohol also has preservative qualities. Sugar pills that still retain its medicinal value after a century is due to the fact that the globules do contain water - probably less than 15%. Higher water content will cause the pills to go bad. The alcohol would most probably had evaporated.


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