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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