In the process of preparation of potencies of the drug substances related to liquid, three scales are made use of. One of these scales is centesimal potency, which comprises of more than 90% medicines used in homeopathy. When the potencies are prepared from the solid substances, mostly a decimal scale is used. The trituration needs to attain a potency of 6x in order to get fit into the category of liquid potency and get treated subsequently. After 6x, when it is converted to liquid dosage form, it is usually prepared in centesimal potency.
Information on Centesimal Potencies
The scale of centesimal is largely based on the sole principle that the first and foremost potency must contain the hundredth part of the drug that is original and also each of the succeeding potencies. The designation of the scale is done by suffixing the letter ‘CH’ or ‘C’ to the number that indicates the potency. Thus the first potency will be called 1CH or 1C. This will be followed by 2CH or 2C. Thus it can be assumed that the number of the potency will be suffixed before the particular scale.
How is Centesimal Potency Prepared?
The centesimal potency has a method of preparation in order to dilute and increase the potency in a systematic way and to avoid adverse effects of crude drugs. The steps include:-
Step 1 –
A single part of the mother tincture is made to dilute in almost 99 parts of an alcohol and water-mixture (90:10 ratio).
Step 2 –
The liquid is then made to do succussion(stroke) at least 10 times in its own bottle. This is done by hitting the base of the bottle very firmly against palm or hard elastic substance. The liquid that is produced as a result of this method is called the 1C potency.
Step 3 –
One part of the 1c potency is diluted once more and then succussed in the 99 parts of alcohol and water mixture. The result is called as the 2C remedy.
Step 4 –
This continuous process of succussion and dilution is called as potentization. This process is further repeated in the same fashion in order to produce very high potencies of the remedy.
Homeopathy treatment with centesimal remedies is very common. The process which is used to produce this particular potency is so effective that it speeds up the process of cure immediately. The patient gets treated immediately and there are no side effects. Such is the efficiency of this process that it has treated millions of patients since the past 2 centuries.