|The Potency of a homeopathic remedy refers to the
number of successive dilutions that a substance is subjected to before
being used as a remedy. In contrast to conventional pharmacology, in
homeopathy potency is directly proportional to the degree of
dilution. Thus when a homeopath speaks of "high potency"
he or she refers to a large number of dilutions.
Dilutions are performed as ten or one hundred fold steps. Dilutions of 1:10 are designated in the U.S. by the Roman Numeral X (1X = 1/10, 2X = 1/100, 3X = 1/1000, etc). Dilutions of 1:100 are designated by the Roman Numeral C (1C = 1/100, 2C=1/10,000, 3C = 1/1,000,000, etc). Dilutions are always performed serially (i.e., one part of a 1X solution or powder is added to 9 parts of solvent or lactose to make a 2X preparation; then the process is repeated using the @X solution to make a 3X solution and so on) with succussion or trituration following each step.