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Adapted from the Council for Homeopathic Certification
aggravation an intensification of an existing symptom or recurrence of earlier symptom, temporarily stimulated by the taking of a remedy
antidote - a substance, or a remedy, that counteracts the effect of a homeopathic remedy.
cell salts (biochemic remedies, tissue salts) - a homeopathic physician, W.H. Schuessler, developed the Biochemic system using 12 different 'cell salts' that he felt were fundamental to the proper function of the human body.
Centesimal - one of three potency scales used in homeopathic pharmacy. It was the first potency developed by Hahnemann. X, C and LM are the potency scales in homeopathy.
characteristic symptom - a symptom that is 'striking, strange, unusual, peculiar' in the case. Close attention is paid to characteristic symptoms as they must correspond to symptoms of the remedy if it is to cure.
complete symptom - etiology, location (including radiation or extension of sensation), sensation, modalities, and concomitants all together give a complete symptom.
Decimal the second of three potency scales used in homeopathic pharmacy. 1 part medicinal substance (dry or tincture), mixed with 9 parts diluent (lactose or alcohol), and then succussed (shaken), yields the 1X(D) potency.
etiology - the cause of disease. One of the aspects of a complete symptom.
homeopathy - system of natural medicine developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Based on the Law of Similars.
LM a deep, powerfully acting potency that Samuel Hahnemann documented in the 6th Organon. Hahnemann discovered that LM potencies sped the healing process. See further explanation in FAQs.
modality - a condition that makes a person or their symptom better or worse. For example, better in a hot bath, abdominal pain better bending over, worse rainy weather. Modalities are one of the parts of a complete symptom.
Organon - The Organon of Medicine, by Samuel Hahnemann, MD, founder of homeopathy. This book describes the principles and practice of homeopathy. Six editions appeared from 1810-1842. The sixth edition was published in 1921.
potency - the strength of a homeopathic remedy. Determined by how many times the remedy has been succussed and diluted during preparation.
A number and a letter are associated with the remedy name to indicate which potency scale has been used. An example of the decimal scale would be Arnica 6x. An example of the centesimal scale would be Arnica 30c. An example of the 50 millesimal scale(LM) would be Arnica LM1. These are the three potency scales currently in use.
potentized - a substance prepared according to homeopathic pharmaceutical standards, which gone through dilution and succussion.
proving - the most accurate method of ascertaining the action of medicines on human health. Medicines are administered to healthy people to discover the symptoms they are capable of producing and thereby able to cure.
remedy - medicine, as in homeopathic remedy.
sensation - the experience of a symptom, what it feels like. One of the parts of a complete symptom.
Simillimum - the most similar remedy corresponding to a case. As such, the remedy most likely to cure.
succussion - the process of forcefully shaking or stirring a homeopathic remedy
vital force - the energy that maintains life in the individual.