Q-Potencies

The manufacture of these remedies (quinquagintamillesimal potencies) is based on the experiences Hahnemann made later in his life and is defined in the Organon, 6th edition, under §270.

The essential fact is the use of microglobules, also called globules size 0 (1,000 pcs/gr). In this context Hahnemann spoke of sugar globules the size of poppy seeds and the method of the C3-trituration of fresh plants.

 

Manufacture:

1: 50 000 dilution according to the HAB HV59 

  • First of all, a C3-trituration is prepared – each step takes 1 hour. For the preparation of a Q1-potency it is then dissolved in a ratio of 1:500 in 15% (m/m) alcohol.

  • Then 1 drop of this solution is diluted with 86% (m/m) alcohol in a ratio of 1:100 and shaken vigorously 100 times (not 10 times as in the case of D- and C-potencies).

  • 500 microglobules (globules size 0) are medicated with 1 drop of this solution and dried in the open air.

  • By this sequence of dilution steps a ratio of 1:50  000 is reached, which is the first potency level of this scale, i.e. Q1. 

 

For the preparation of further potency levels slightly changed procedures are required, which is a difference to D- and C-potencies.

  • In order to prepare a Q2-dilution a Q1-globule is dissolved in a drop of water.

  • Then the solution is mixed with 100 drops of 86% (m/m) alcohol and vigorously shaken 100 times.

  • Next microglobules are medicated with the solution in a ratio of 1:500 and dried.

  • Again these dilution steps result in a ratio of 1:50 000.

 

Further potency levels

Further potency levels are prepared in the same way. As Q-potencies are in most cases not taken directly, it is necessary to dissolve these potencies, which exist in the form of globules, and prepare Q-dilutions.

  • For the preparation of liquid Q-potencies globules of the potency level required are dissolved in 15% (m/m) ethanol in a ratio of 1:10 (1 globule in 10ml ethanol).

The potency level of the solution is the same as the potency level of the dissolved globules.

 

Administration:

In the case of Q-potencies it has to be considered that the globules as such are only administered exceptionally and after medical consultation. As a rule an alcoholic solution prepared from the globules is used. If Q-potencies are prescribed, they normally serve as the basis for the preparation of a solution by the patient himself1.

When a Q-potency has been prescribed, we dissolve a globule in an amber glass bottle as prescribed by the HAB in our laboratory. It is filled to the brim so that any unintentional dynamisation during transport is prevented. Before taking the remedy the patient has to pour out 1/3 of the liquid. Then he shakes the remaining solution 10 times each time before taking it. Alcohol has been used for the solution for reasons of preservation and to guarantee the easy flow through the dropper2.

See manufacturing specifications for patients 1,2

 

1Q-potencies - globules

Administration of the homeopathic remedy

The doctor has told you when, how often and how many drops you have to take.
Q-Potencies globules, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
Dissolve 1 globule in 100ml of a 15% ethanol-water-mixture and dose it as described below (or follow your therapist’s instructions).

Prior to the first administration
Q-Potencies globules, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
Pour out 1/3 of the mixture so that the remaining liquid can be shaken properly, which is absolutely necessary.

First administration
Q-Potencies globules, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
Pour the number of drops prescribed by the doctor into a plastic cup (ca. 0.2-0.3l) 2/3 of which have been filled with cold tap water. Then stir the solution 10 times with a plastic spoon. Take 1 teaspoonful of this solution. Pour out the rest. Rinse the cup and spoon briefly with hot water. Do not clean it together with the normal dishes.

All further administrations
1.
Strike the remedy bottle 10 times on an item, e.g. a book (succussion).

Q-Potencies globules, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
2.
Pour the number of drops prescribed by your doctor into the water-filled cup you have already used (see first administration). Stir the solution 10 times, take a teaspoonful and pour out the rest.

3.
Then rinse the cup and spoon (see first administration).

When you stop taking the remedy
as prescribed by the doctor, dispose of the spoon, cup and remedy. For the next remedy you should use a new cup and spoon.

 

2Q-potencies – dilutions

Administration of the homeopathic remedy

The doctor has told you when, how often and how many drops you have to take.
Q-Potencies dilution, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
Prior to the first administration
The bottle has been filled to the brim in order to prevent any unintentional dynamisation. Pour out 1/3 of the solution so that the liquid can be shaken well later.

 

Q-Potencies dilution, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
First administration
Pour the number of drops prescribed by the doctor into a plastic cup (ca. 0.2-0.3l) 2/3 of which have been filled with cold tap water. Then stir the solution 10 times with a plastic spoon. Take 1 teaspoonful of this solution. Pour out the rest. Rinse the cup and spoon briefly with hot water. Do not clean it together with the normal dishes.

 

Q-Potencies dilution, Administration of the homeopathic remedy 
All further administrations
1.
Strike the remedy bottle 10 times on an item, e.g. a book (succussion).
2.
Pour the number of drops prescribed by your doctor into the water-filled cup you have already used (see first administration). Stir the solution 10 times, take a teaspoonful and pour out the rest.
3.
Then rinse the cup and spoon (see first administration).

When you stop taking the remedy
as prescribed by the doctor, dispose of the spoon, cup and remedy. For the next remedy you should use a new cup and spoon.

 

Differences between Q and LM-potencies

Q – potencies

LM – potencies

globules size 0 (1600 pcs/gr)

globules size 1 (500 pcs/gr)

C1 – C3 trituration of the original substance

C1 – C2 mostly prepared from the mother tincture and then shaken

C3-trituration of liquid drug substance

energetically higher because of the trituration of the original substance

energetically lower

(only applies if the original substance is liquid, i.e. in the case of mother tinctures and solutions)

different therapeutic spectrum:

  • globules size 0
  • original substance trituration

different therapeutic spectrum:

  • globules size 1
  • original substance mostly shaken

dilution of globules before taken

globules taken directly

 

*As regards the original substance, there are different possibilities in the case of LM – potencies. In the simplest case the original substance is a herbal mother tincture, which cannot be triturated in the conventional sense. In this case certain adaptions for a 1:50 000 dilution are necessary, e.g. as is the case for Q-potencies. The mother tincture is potentised, you get a C1 and C2 potency as usual and the C3-trituration is prepared from the liquid drug substance, i.e. mixed and dried, which is no procedure according to Hahnemann. The further procedure does not differ from that of Q-potencies. In this context the fact that an LM-potentisation of triturations according to Hahnemann can also be done is particularly confusing. In this case there is only a difference as regards the size of the globules but not as regards the preparation of the original substance.

 

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