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Homeopathic Care:
Glossary of Terms

AGGRAVATION - characterized by a slight intensification of the existing symptoms and is due to the primary action of the correct remedy.

CELL SALTS - minerals used within the cells. 

CENTESIMAL - a potency based on the ratio of 1 part substance to 99 parts dilution.

CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY - the practice of finding the Simillimum for a person and giving one remedy at a time.

COMBINATION PRODUCT - a homeopathic product containing more than one homeopathic remedy.

CONSTITUTIONAL REMEDIES - remedies usually employed in chronic disorders that are suited to the phsycial constitution, personality and mental make-up of the patient.  They are a "simillumum" to the patient, rather than to the disease.

DECIMAL - a potency based on the ratio of 1 part substance to 10 parts dilution.

HOMEOPATHY - from the Greek words-homoios, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering. Definition is like cures like. The word was first coined by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of modern homeopathy.

LAW OF CURE - (Hering's Law) Constantine Hering, a student of Hahnemann, formulated into a law what Hahnemann and his students had earlier observed regarding the sequences that may take place with regard to homeopathic care. That is to say, return to health follows a predictable pattern, progressing/moving from the vital organs to the skin and in the larger context of the whole person, from he mental to the emotional and finally to the physical centers.

LAW OF SIMILARS - It is accepted knowledge that every plant, mineral, and chemical can cause an overdose its own unique set of physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. It also is readily acknowledged that individuals, when ill, have their own unique physical, emotional, and mental symptom patterns, even when people have the same disease. Homeopathic medicine is a natural pharmaceutical science in which
a practitioner seeks to find a substance which would cause in overdose similar symptoms to those a sick person is experiencing. When the match is made, that substance then is given in very small, safe doses.  Homeopaths define the underlying principle for this matching process as the "law of similars."

MOTHER TINCTURE - the original standardized preparation of a substance from which homeopathic potencies are made. The first in preparing the tincture is to collect the material from which the remedy is to be made.  This could be a plant, animal, or mineral (or might be one specific part - a root extract might have different uses than a leaf extract).  The original material is then  steeped or soaked in a solvent (usually alcohol and water) for a specified period of time to extract the active compounds from the original material. This creates the mother tincture or MT. The mother tincture is then further diluted according to one of two common dilution scales; 1 in 10 (x dilutions), or 1 in 100 (c dilutions).  In naming a remedy, one uses the scientific or latin name of the original substance.  This is followed by a number and letter(s).

POTENCY - the Strength of a homeopathic remedy. Designated by a X; C; LM; M; MM after the remedy's name. The letter tells us the dilution factor used at each step of the dilution (X; 1 in 10, C; 1 in 100, M; 1 in 1000 etc.) and the number represents the number of times the dilution process was performed.

POTENTIZATION - the result of repeated dilution with succussion. The more a substance is potentized, the deeper it acts, the longer it acts, and the fewer number of doses that are required in treatment.

PROVING - testing of substances on healthy individuals in order to determine their total symptom picture, so as to use them as remedies in patients with similiar symptom picture.

SIMILLIMUM - the remedy that most closely matches to a person's set of unique symptoms. Has a similiarity in nearly all respects and is the corrrect remedy which cures the disease.

SINGLE REMEDY - the healer who desires to bring about a lasting cure in the patient must prescribe the one and only specific remedy that has produced in its proving the greatest similitude to the symptom(s) present in the patient.

SUCCUSSION - An integrated part of the homeopathic pharmaceutical process in which a medicinal substance is diluted in distilled water and is vigorously shaken by striking it against a firm surface.


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