On the labels presented in homeopathic vials, the number suggests the number of times the solution has been diluted.
The letter is the dilution rate.

In Europe, letters come prior to the number.
In the United States this is inverted, the number comes prior to the letter.

In the United States Homeopathy makes use of Roman Letters and the letters indicate the dilution rate.

The following letters that are used: X,C,M,LM

C= 1/100,
M= 1/1000,
LM= 1/50,000.

In Europe letters are D (Decimal) or C( Centesimal)

D on the European homeopathy – is equivalent to the X in America
C on European homeopathy – is equivalent to the American C.


The D6 or D30 in Europe is the equivalent to the 6X and 30X displayed in the American vials.

For individuals who make use of homeopathic medicine as a treatment for acute or chronic illness or conditions, it is significant to know the significance behind the letters and numbers and how they change from one country to another. Usually it is ideal to obtain a homeopath practitioner to prescribe the precise dosage in the country the medication will be purchased.

In homeopathy, what do the numbers presented in the vials mean?

The numbers, such as 2,6,12,30 displays how much the solution has been diluted.  The numbers are printed on the bottles near the letters.

Per example:
A 2C dilution involves a substance to be diluted to one part in one hundred, and after that some of that diluted solution, diluted by a additional one hundred. This breaks down to one part of the original substance in 10,000 parts of the solution.
A 6C dilution repeats this procedure six times.
Higher dilutions adhere to the same structure.

It’s simple.
X means that a substance is diluted in a ratio of 1:10.
C means that a substance is diluted in a ratio of 1:100.

The number preceding the letter shows the number of times a substance has been both diluted and agitated (sucussion).
In homeopathy, a solution that is diluted more times, is identified as possessing a higher potency, therefor for homeopaths, a solution that is more diluted is identified as having a higher potency and is considered to be stronger and deeper-acting.

In some labels you also can find other letters that can present the Dilution Method Used
There are two methods used for the dilution process:

The Hahnemann Method (H) – Hahnemann’s method utilises a different container for every single sequential dilution.
The Korsakovian Method (K)– Korsakov’s method consists of utilising the same container for each sequential dilution

In the Korsakovian method the attained dilution is usually emptied out and the exact same flask can be filled up with one hundred drops and shaken one hundred times in an effort to accomplish the next dilution. While Hahnemann’s method is scientifically accurate, the Korsakovian technique advances itself properly to computerisation and automation, rendering it the preferred option for very high potencies in several countries.

Per example: if you find a remedy labelled with 30CH means that the method used was the Hahneman method if it states 30CK means that Korsakovian method was used.

Potencies lower then 30C are called low-potency remedies.
Potencies higher then 30c are called high-potency remedies (200C (diluted 200 times), 1M (1000 dilutions), and 10M (10,000 dilutions).

Professional homeopaths most often use 30C (diluted 30 times), 200C (diluted 200 times), 1M (1000 dilutions), and 10M (10,000 dilutions).

Presented on the labels you can find:

MT –  in homeopathy stands for Mother Tincture
D or X – Decimal (European Decimal value in Homeopathy and American Decimal value in Homeopathy)
DH stands for Decimal Hahnemannian (Method  Hahnemann presented)
C stands for Centesimal
Ch stands for Centesimal Hahnemannian ((Method  Hahnemann presented))
LM stands for Fifty Milesimal

You can also sometimes see on the description the methods such as CH (centesiamal Hahnemann) or the CK (centesimal Korsakovian) and so on…

Essentially the most typical potency prescribed in homeopathic practices are 1 DH, 3 X, 6 X, 9 X, 4 CH, 7 CH, 9 CH, 12 CH, 15 CH, 30 CH, 200 CH, 1 LM, and 30 LM.

Hopefully my article will be helpful to some of you with some questions in regards to the homeopathic labels.