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Which Potency to Use
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Potency refers to the strength of the remedy. The number behind the name of the homeopathic indicates the dilution and the strength of the medicine. The higher the number, the stronger the action of the remedy. For example, 30C is stronger than 12C, and 12x is stronger than 6x.

There are two common scales of homeopathy available in the marketplace. "X" means the lowest potencies used. X stands for a 1 in 9 dilution. So 1x is equal to 1 part of the original substance diluted in 9 parts solvent. Many stores carry the 6x and 12x potencies for the remedies.

In keeping with the third law of homeopathy, in which remedies become stronger the more they are diluted, "C" is more dilute and stronger than the X potencies. The first dilution-that is, 1C-is equal to 1 part of the original substance in 99 parts of solvent. Many stores carry the 12C and 30C potencies for the remedies.

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