Monday, December 22, 2008

The LM Potencies in Homeopathy: From their beginings to the present day


In 2007, the company ARCANA Dr Sewerin GmbH & Co KG celebrated its 50th anniversary. To honour the occasion they decided in favour of a publication that looks back into the past: a history of the LM-potencies from their irst beginnings to the present day.  
A survey of this kind does not exist yet in the history of homoeopathy and there are also hardly any previous studies to fall back on. What causes additional diiculties is that there is still no consensus on the ultra high potencies. The historian must therefore steer clear of any partiality and critically evaluate the wide-spread hand-written and printed source materials. The author hopes that he has achieved this and that he has contributed to avoiding any
further fictionalisation in this field.
To  avoid  confusion  it  needs  to  be  pointed  out  that  the  terminology  around  the  50 millesimal  potencies has  remained  inconsistent.  It varies depending on  the manufacturer,  for historical reasons, with some producers using the abbreviation ‘Q’ and others  the  original  name  ‘LM-potencies’. The  official  German
pharmacopoeia Homöopathisches Arzneibuch (HAB) allows both names  and  only  makes  sure  that  the  manufacturing  speciications  are  consistent. he  term  ‘Q-potency’  (from  Lat.  quinquaginta milia = 50,000) that is commonly used today traces back to Jost Künzli  von  Fimmelsberg  (1915–1992).  Rudolf  Flury (1903–1977), who rediscovered Hahnemann’s 50 millesimal potencies preferred the abbreviation ‘LM’ (from the Roman numerals L for 50 and M for 1,000). ARCANA Dr Sewerin GmbH & Co KG and other manufacturers therefore follow a tradition if they use this name .


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