Biochemic Remedy Medicine And Their Strengths Or Potencies

Most people who are introduced to biochemic salts or homeopathic remedies get a bit confused with the number attached to the end of the name of the remedy. That number stands for the strength or the potency. Where biochemic remedies are concerned, the most used potency is 6x. Let’s take a look at how the biochemic practitioners arrive at this strength or potency.

The actual salt in its crude form is mixed in a proportion of one part to nine parts of sugar of milk or alcohol and titrated for a couple of hours. So this mixture contains a tenth of the actual salt. A tenth of this is then titrated the same way – adding the sugar of milk. This goes on to the sixth, the twelfth and even the thirtieth titration. Dr. Schuessler felt that the sixth preparation was the most useful so he usually dispensed medicines with this strength or potency. However with time, he felt that certain potencies were more suited to certain salts than others so while he used 6x for most, he also used 3x or the third titration for certain potassium and sodium salts when it came to treating chronic diseases. When it came to Ferr Phos, Silicea or Calc Fluor, he felt that 12x worked better in many cases.

With certain salts like Ferr Phos, while 6x was very effective, it had the side effect of keeping the person wide awake – all very well if the person wanted to stay away but not so good if it was night and he couldn’t get sleep. Just by making it 12x or 30x, this problem disappeared while all its other beneficial effects were seen.

The strange fact of these titrations which are common to both the tissue remedies as well as homeopathy is that 12x or 30x is supposed to be stronger than 3x or 6x. Now this is rather a paradox when the greater potencies actually contain less of the salt.

These titrations are then sold in the liquid form or they are squeezed onto sugar pills or tablets which is the most popular form in which they are available today.

How is potency usually determined for a patient? First, one has to look at whether the ailment is acute or chronic. If it is acute or it has suddenly come up, you need to take the higher potencies like the 12x or the 30x. If it is a chronic ailment like a long-standing cough or allergy, you need the lower potencies like 6x or 3x. With the higher potencies, the number of doses and the length of time that the salt will have to be given will be less while the lower potencies usually need more doses a day with a longer period over which it will have to be administered.

Higher potency salts – sometimes just one dose is all it takes when the patient happens to be a child because children and pets respond very quickly to tissue remedies. Older people do better with lower potencies and a longer duration. What needs to also be taken into account is the temperament of the person. An excitable person will respond better to higher potencies while a calm or lethargic person will need a lower one.

When in doubt, 6x is the usual choice and will work well with most people. Many scoff at the idea that something that is so diluted can have an effect on the body. However, the law of similars on which the biochemic remedies is built is very much like the hair of the dog – a minute dose is what it takes for the body to jog itself into a curative mode.



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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Shalini: I have taken homeophatic remedies at times, but didn't know exactly how they were made or what the numbers meant. This is a very informative hub, and will share with my s/o. He told me that his Dad didn't really believe in natural medicine, but took a homeopathy remedy for his high blood pressure and he was healed, and this impressed my s/o who was quite young then, and got him interested in these remedies.

Thanks for this info!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Hi VioletSun - I am so glad you found it useful. There's so much healing power in these remedies without the fear of side effects. I do hope you s/o finds it of help. Thanks for reading!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I always feel i'm in the pink of health everytime i read hubs in this series. keep on sharing :D

btw, i'd have somebody do the preparations, I'm stupid with measurements! :D


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Virtual healing, Cris? :D

Not to worry - they come all prepared!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Again, this is good! It's a section of medicine that is totally foreign to most folks, I have been around it for years, but the potency was never explained this clearly. Thank you!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India Author

Thanks so much Candie - I'm glad it was of some use :)


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur

Hi shalini,

Great hub. I have linked this to Hubbers India blog that I have created to assemble all Indian quality hubbers at one place.

http://hubpages-india.blogspot.com/

Thanks for a nice hub about biochemic medicine. Two from my family were practicing the same.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Hi Jyoti - I'm glad to know someone on your family practises this - they are such wonderful remedies!


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Shalini,

i am sorry. No one is practicing now but two from my family "were" practicing these medicines and that's why I know about this branch of medicine. Both of them are no alive and practice had gone with them.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

Sorry to hear that, Jyoti. However, there are many homeopathic practitioners around who recommend biochemic remedies as well. Thanks for reading.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Mineral salts are very useful for many health conditions. Especially in combination with some others remedies.

Great Hub, Shalini.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India Author

I agree Tatjana - I have found that biochemic and Bach remedies go very well together - thanks as always for coming by :)


ramesh 5 years ago

what medicne suppose to use for High blood pressure.


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India Author

Hi Ramesh - you could try Nat Phos 6 x.


zamal 5 years ago

age 20 year desentry


Ritu 4 years ago

Pls suggest some meds for preg period to go easily and smoothly and also easy delivery


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Zamal - I'll need more details before I tell you what would be helpful

Hi Ritu - if you mail me, I'll send you a detailed Biochemic Pregnancy Plan for an easy and safe delivery.


nicole 4 years ago

What cld I use for excessive fluctuations in body temperature resulting in major overheating and perspiration? Please advise!


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

Try Natrum Mur 6x three pills twice a day.


Hi Shalini 4 years ago

My wife is 12 weeks pregnant. Kindly send me the Biochemic Pregnancy Plan on my e-mail jitenkthakkar@gmail.com.

I will be very grateful.

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Jiten


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Jiten - I will email it to you in a bit.


Hi 4 years ago

If medicines in biochemic potency ie 3X,6X,12X etc are not available,but available in homeopathy form ie pills or drops with potencies such as 3,6,30,200,1M.Is 3X equal to 3?.If not what is the equivalent for 3X,6X,12X,30X,200X in Homeopathic potencies?

Thanks in advance,

Jiten


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Jiten - yes, you can use the corresponding homeopathic potencies.


shylaj 4 years ago

shalini Ive been really inspired to use biochem and bach remedy after reading all ur articles.You have made it so much easier to use them .Thanks so much. Please do give me ur email id to request you to guide regarding the Biochemic Pregnancy Plan as my id cannot be displayed here.Also i needed a little help regarding bach dosage if we need 4-5 remedies.Thanks


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India Author

Hi shylaj - just click on my name above, go to my profile and click on Contact....and send me your mail :)


ringo 3 years ago

Hi Shalini,

Please tell me what to take for heavy blocked ears, dizziness and headaches. No nose blocked and no apparent phelgm. Cold air, rain aggravate the condition. Head feels heavy if not aching, ears feel ticklish and sometimes ache if exposed to cold air indoors or outdoors. Dizziness and uneasiness when walking, fear of falling, legs slow down and feel heavy. Skin problem too - fungal infection on toes, yellow watery discharge from behind ears, very itchy skin at night mostly with the appearance of little and big bumps. Scratch terribly, not sure if it's hives. I eat healthy and exercise. I'm 48 years old with hypothyroidism & hashimoto's and on thyroxine. Thanks


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Shalini Kagal 3 years ago from India Author

Hi ringo - I do apologise for the late reply. You could try a dose (3 pills) once a day of Nat Sulph 6x for a week It could be hives in which case, it would be a good thing to keep a food diary. Milk and wheat gluten are common causes for hives and you could experience it even though you have never been allergic to either before. Washing with a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide helps.


ringo 2 years ago

Hi Shalini,

As I didn't get your reply earlier, I thought you wouldn't. However, by chance I show it now. I'll try Nat Sulph as suggested and keep an eye out about what I eat.

I need help about my blocked heavy ears, dizziness which is getting worse. It seems to be constant whenever I walk and sometimes even when sitting. Legs feel heavy and slow so do my eyes. Headache starts from the right eye and goes up to the temple and sometimes to the back of the head. I can't bear cold and specially cold air.

Please tell me what to take.

Thanks


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Shalini Kagal 2 years ago from India Author

Hi Ringo - I'm so sorry for the very late reply. With symptoms like yours, I would advise you to see a doctor as soon as you can. You need your condition diagnosed asap. Here's wishing you the best.


Ringo 2 years ago

Thanks for your reply. I've been to an ENT; there's no balance issue and he couldn't say the reason for my problems. I'm disappointed that after spending $401, I got that answer. So I've been looking elsewhere for cure. I'll be visiting my endocrinologist for hashimoto's hypothyroidism as my dose had to be reduced 3 times. Yet to see what the right dose is.

Anyway, thanks for your good wishes.


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Shalini Kagal 2 years ago from India Author

I do hope you've found the right dose and you're feeling better!


Jean Jensen 2 years ago

What would you recommend for someone with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy RSD, extreme chronic pain, shooting, stabbing, burning, shaking, sweating and cold at times. The cell salts for the nerves but not certain of strengths for any of these. Perhaps, silicate too. Thank you!


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Shalini Kagal 2 years ago from India Author

Hi Jean - you could try Kali Phos 6x and Mag Phos 6x, 3 pills each morning and evening (with a gap of 5 mins between the remedies) RSD is a tough one but these remedies could make you feel a bit better. Do let me know how it goes.

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