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Some of my personal observations indicate that certain homeopaths give only the 30 potency to every patient after selecting the homeopathic similimum. They give multiple repetitions of this remedy at a 30C potency and if any new complaints arise they repeat the same dose with same potency.

Once they select any similimum it becomes the patient's medicine for lifetime. Every time the patient comes to the clinic for different complaints they repeat the same dose i.e 30

For example, if I selected lycopodium, it becomes my medicine for a lifetime for any of my complaints. They also say that they have treated many pathological cases. They build their own homeopathic hospital with bravado that they practice classical homeopathy.

These are my two questions:

Is this classical homoeopathy?

Was this method told by Hahnemann in any of his writings?

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This is not complete homoeopathy, but a part of homoeopathy, but prescription of medicine in 30 potency is the safe prescription.

giving only the 30 potency to every patient after selecting the homeopathic similimum is not accepting my mind.Though the 30 is safe potency but what about age,  sex and the susceptibility of the patients.

Stuart Close gives the following considerations that influence the choice of the dose -
1. The greater the characteristic symptoms of the drug in the case, the greater the susceptibility to the remedy and the higher the potency required.
2. Age: medium and higher potencies for children
3. Higher potencies for sensitive, intelligent persons.
4. Higher potencies for persons of intellectual or sedentary occupation and those exposed to excitement or to the continual influence of drugs.
5. In terminal conditions even the crude drugs may be required
He also writes “Different potencies act differently in different cases and individuals at different times under different conditions. All may be needed. No one potency, high or low, will meet the requirement of all cases at all times.”
Curie opines that in acute diseases the low dilutions are to be preferred but in chronic diseases, the high dilutions promise greater success.

So we see that in spite of differences in the guidelines for potency selection, most modern homeopaths have some agreement on the factors which influence the selection of potency. These include -
1. Certainty about the remedy chosen
2. Kingdom of the medicine (source)
3. Age of the patient
4. Gender of the patient
5. Occupation of the patient
6. Sensitivity of the patient
7. Vitality of the patient
8. Nature of the patient
9. Type of disorder – Functional or Pathological.
10. Severity of Pathology
11. Acute or Chronic nature of the disease
12. Clarity and abundance of mental symptoms
13. Type of response desired – palliation or cure
14. Level of proving
15. Nature of drug
16. Miasm of the patient

How's about LM's

BTW. there is no livetime simillimum remedy in Hahnemanns teachings,  --


Sir I am with your opinion because selection of medicine on present totality is the best way and which is told by our master.Life time medicine is foolish criteria that what i belives. In any acute diseases a new medicine of present totality is require. May A constitutional Aur met of person in acute condition he will not require aconite but not arum met. And potency depend upon the sensitivity and reactivity of the person. May it  be 6x or LM.


Dear Dr.

For reference I refer you to the Organon 6th, edition, which you surely have on your bookshelf.

There, Hahnemann explains in great detail the "Q-potencies", as he calls them, in fact he does  mention the C-potency there as being outdated and obsolete.

Further more, you are invited to browse my blogs where you will find a comprehensive article on the Q-potencies.

  • Posology is still a debatable issue in Homoeopathy.
  • None of us can claim any thing for sure in terms of potency usage. There are advocates of high potency and low potencies. Each set claims fairly good success with their potency selection.
  • Personally I am of the opinion that selection of simillimum is much more important than potency.
Dr vithoulkas say if the medicine is exact similimum it will act in any potency even in mother tincture also. It depend on acute ness and chronicity of disease .If you want result fast use higher potency.
Reply by DR. Sushil Bahl .
Personally I am of the opinion that selection of simillimum is much more important than potency

Yes,it is.

Dear friends,

I have a little weird suggestion, I select potency on whether I have an exact simillimum to the case or a partial simili. Next, I usually start my acutes with 6C in repeated doses until relief. Then 30C sos if no further improvement and chronics with 30C. Not yet used LM.

Dr. Bhapkar's points are worthy, but still PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT.


Thank you sir.

I had read about LM in Dr Luc de Schepper & Robin murphy's books and found them to be very complicated for patients, like preparation of doses and repeatation .......... i m afraid will our patients do all this when now a days they receive well packed and designer! medical products.

i may be prejudiced in this, but i dont want to trouble my already anxious patients in preparing say 4 cups of medicine and take 1 spoon from last cup and throw all after that.....!

will like to know your views, sir.


Potency selection is also dependent on the Law of Similars. Potency and vitality belong together following this law. 
Thus, a low vitality demands a low potency and high vitality demands a high potency. Moreover, if the disease is strong, it robs the patient of vitality and a low potency is selected.

As the patient improves, we have to go higher, as the vitality also improves. Hahnemann taught that a remedy must be given in a different plane of action on repetition, because if we do not, we cannot cure the case. The patient will get stuck at the plane of the repeated potency. Therefore, he taught that a water dose needs 2 succussions on repetition.

The LM range is for people who have either a long-standing complaint that cannot suffer any aggravation (which even in LM may happen). In the case of such aggravation, an olfactory dose will be enough. Also in the LM range the divided dose needs 2 succussion on each repetition.


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