Homeopathy Tips for 11/27/12 My Experience with LM Potencies

When Hahnemann started to experiment with dilutions and potency he used the 10X dilution (1 to 10 dilution) in creating the potency. He found that his medicines were equally as powerful if diluted to the one to one hundred dilution ratio or C potencies. After having sensitive clients who would have severe aggravations he was perplexed as to how to help them. In the final edition of the Organon he described the LM potencies. These have been diluted to the 3C potency and then after this to the one to 50,000 dilution. With all of his potencies he did succussions after each step of dilution. He described the LM potencies as very strong, yet gentle. This has been my experience also.

I rarely prescribe the X potencies except in cases of very gross pathology. These are cases of infection or acute inflammations. I find them to work well at this acute level.

I prescribe the C potencies in the low range (6C,9C and 12C) on a daily basis in starting most chronic cases. I will prescribe the higher potencies in single doses when there are no obstacles to cure and the person has lots of support in their healing. These cases can be relatively easy to manage when there is not a lot pulling them away from the healing response. If they do not have support for their healing I will usually go with a lower C potency and the daily dose. This person needs the reminder of a daily dose to maintain the healing response. They will get more support this way.

Now, when I find a person is very sensitive by nature or has very acute responses to the C potency remedy, I will then prescribe the LM potencies. I am very grateful for the LM potencies because there are times that almost any remedy a person takes can lead to extreme responses and aggravation. When this happens the LM potencies taken daily in water are the most beneficial potencies for the person. They are much easier to manage.

I will have the person place one pellet in a small glass of purified water and take a sip. If this still proves to be too much I will have them take one teaspoon of the dilution and mix it into a second glass of water. If this is still too much I have them continue in similar steps until there is a response that is tolerated. I have had some very sensitive clients who needed to do serial dilutions up to nine times before they felt that the response to the remedy was tolerable. These are very rare clients, but this is the beauty of the LM potencies.

Serial dilutions in water can be done in any of the potencies, X or C also. I find that simply putting the remedy in water or having them sniff it for a short while will help in most clients. But for some of these clients who simply feel every little nuance the LM potencies are invaluable.

When it comes to the difference in the potencies, it is good to understand them in an equivalent metaphor. If the X potencies are the width of a pencil lead, then the C potencies are the width of a broom handle and the LM potencies are the width of a beach 3/4 mile wide. You can see that the response will be different to each of these.

If I were to get your attention and poke you with the pencil you would probably swat me pretty quickly as it could hurt and be quite annoying. Now if I were to poke you with a broom handle it would still hurt but be a bit blunter and not quite as aggravating. But if a person was very sensitive and aggravated with every dose then giving the LM potencies are the best option. It becomes like standing on the beach and the tide rises or the breeze blows and the response is much more gentle.

All persons are different and perceive the remedies in their own unique way. It is good we have so many options in the administration of the remedies. We can have our clients take them sublingually, in water, sniff them,  hold them or have them wait to repeat and stop the remedy altogether. In addition to altering the frequency of repetition of the dose we can change potency scales (X, C and LM) as well as the potencies themselves.

I find the LM potencies are Hahnemann’s last gift because he saw the need for a more powerful remedy that was gentler. By describing the LM potencies and working with them in is later years he also found them to be the most useful with sensitive clients. I too find this in my experience and roughly 10-15% of my clients will need LM potencies.

So the next time you find your client complaining of the remedy and the severe response they are having, listen to them and respond appropriately. Give them the LM potency in water. They will be happier and have a better response to the remedy. They will like you for this.

19 comments so far

  1. DR H ANWARUL AZIZ on

    It is very good and knowledgeable article.
    I have also found LM potecy is very effective. By using LM potecies in our homoeopatic medical practice we can achieve cure without aggravation.

    • wequar711 on

      Found it informative,and very nicely put. I think all who would like to know and understand LMs will benefit from this.

      Dr Wequar Ali Khan
      Miami Florida

  2. Ariel on

    Robert,
    Do you usually give the LM Potency daily? Do you usually start with a 1 LM? I recently prescribed a very sensitive friend who has only eaten mono raw fruits and veggies for over five years Acon 6c daily in water after taking her case. She is having amazing realizations about how the traumas in her childhood have effected her whole life, but I’m feeling like they are coming up too fast for her and she recently got a fever and sore throat. I suggested she do a second dilution with the remedy, but maybe an LM would be much gentler and better for her considering her extreme sensitivity level. I know there is no mistake that I did a follow up with her last night and this article is in my mailbox this morning. I’m feeling like maybe I should have her order the LM potency. What are your thoughts?

    Thank you!
    Ariel

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Ariel.
      Yes LM’s can be given daily. Starting at LM1 is not like starting at a 1c or 1x potency. Remember that the LM1 has already been potentized to the 3c prior to its first 50,000 dilution. If the case needs daily support and gentle reminders to heal then daily dosing starting with LM1 is appropriate.
      Robert

  3. Robert Lal on

    Very good suggestions to follow!

    • Michelle on

      It is not true that LM’s do not aggravate. I have seen aggravations even when diluting it a lot. I have also seen it do very little and have then given the same rx in 1M and seen great results; another practitioner told me he has had this experience as well.
      Any rx can be diluted to reduce the potential for agg even a C potency.

      • Robert Field on

        Hi Michelle.
        Thanks for your comment. I mentioned above that all potencies can be administered in all ways, ie. Water, sniff, sublingual etc. Maybe i wasnt clear above but the reasom to give LM potencies in a serial dilution was because of aggravation. Yes in fact peesons may still ageavate with LM’s but usually less and easier to manage the case.
        Robert

  4. Philip Joseph on

    Thank you, Dr Robert, for writing a very educative article based on your real life clinical experiences on use of LM potencies. I may add two other valuable sources of clinical experience which are “My experiments with 50 Millesimal scale potencies” written by Dr. R.P. Patel who actually learnt German and went to Germany and read Hahneman’s writings in German and came back to his clinic and started using LM potencies. Another book is “Millesimal Potency in Theory & Practice” by Dr Harimohan Choudhary. Both sources emphasize the use of ascending scales and using boiled water or distilled water to prepare the daily dose. These sources also say that minerals and metals act better from LM3 potency upwards while plant or animal remedies work right from LM1 upwards based on their clinical experiences. Secondly, LM potencies can be given in globule form or dissolved in water. The Globules form was used for mailing to outpatients far away from the clinic. A big benefit ws that there are no contradicting remedies while using LMs. A LM phosphorus remedy could be given immediately after a LM causticum remedy had been given. For unknown reasons, LM potencies do not contradict another or are not inimical unlike the Centesimal scale. Certain patients responded better to C potencies while others responded to LMs especially elders & babies. However they advise not to give LMs and Cs together to the patient. Such a combination causes aggravation based on their experiences. Instead of initial aggravation seen while using C potencies, in LM potencies, the aggravation usually shows up briefly at the end of the treatment…….Thanks and Good Day

  5. Dr Anand Kumar Jain on

    I have a different Query arising in my mind, after going through this article.

    When LM potency can be repeated daily, why cant C potencies too, after regular interval? This gives good rsults. Moreover the action of remedies diminishes with the time and/or strength of disease!

    Dr Boriecke has given the “duration” of certain remedies. In acute cases there is provision of repeatation of doses, then cant it be in chronic cases, after a longer period of time?

    PLEASE COMMENT..

    • Robert Field on

      Hello Dr Kumar,
      Yes!!! C potencies can be repeated daily and they often are. Most of my prescriptions are with C potencies and given in the lower range on a daily basis. Your observation that repetition in chronic cases and the response of the vital force diminishing with time is very true. I have many cases where I have started the remedy at the 6c level and given daily, raising potencies as necessary and increasing all the way to a CM daily, over the course of years. It is safe and gentle this way and if the remedy is correct and the response is still present there is little concern of provings.
      Thanks for your comment,
      Robert

  6. madhavi on

    hello Dr Robert, thank a lot for your valuable article. please share few guide lines for selection of LM1/2/3..for a particular case, many times it is confusing. Is it always worth to start LM potency for every skin disease case to avoid aggravation from c potency?

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Madhavi,
      The Lms are no different in the application as we always want to give the potency slighly higher than the vital forces expression of the dis-ease. So potency slection is similar in all potency ranges. I usually start with low Lm potencies like the LM1 or LM2 depending on the case. If you have a sensitive client and a skin disorder the LM’s a re a great way to go to help lessen aggravation. If the client is not so sensitive the C potencies will also work great.

      Warm regards,
      Robert

  7. scott on

    hi Robert,

    Thanks so much for this article. I have been battling eczema for years and tried homeopathy on and off for a long time. I found my correct remedy cause I finally feel alive. It is Hepar Sulf. I am on LM4 and went to LM5 and it caused so much aggravation. I still have to take prednisone from time to time. I know I want to get off of it but the inflammation is so out of control now. Is that okay to continue to take doses of prednisone from time to time while I am taking this homeopathic? Thanks

  8. hemant chauhan on

    hello, sir/madam i want to know more about LM potency…. how to use and about repetation of it..

  9. Bernadette Sullivan on

    Hello sir,
    I would like to know please what to do if you have found the correct potency that is tolerated as in your paragraph above, then what ? Do they keep sipping from that glass daily and without further succussing or do they only take a sip and go onto a second table the following day or next time?
    I will put your paragraph here so you know what i am referring to.
    ‘I will have the person place one pellet in a small glass of purified water and take a sip. If this still proves to be too much I will have them take one teaspoon of the dilution and mix it into a second glass of water. If this is still too much I have them continue in similar steps until there is a response that is tolerated. I have had some very sensitive clients who needed to do serial dilutions up to nine times before they felt that the response to the remedy was tolerable. These are very rare clients, but this is the beauty of the LM potencies’.
    Thank you very much doctor.

  10. michael morrison on

    hello sir could you give approximate equivilent in LM potency to 200c potency i have been using in water delivery as per 6th organon i have been usingLM 4 3 drops from 2ooml medicinal bottle in glass of water succussed 2 times then 1 teaspoon of that.after making medicinal bottle from 1 drop out of stock remedy 25ml 80% alchohol into medicinal bottle. feels right on alternate days.after reading hahnamans instructions.i have had a lot of experience with c potency but am new to LM method.

  11. Kyle Mathers on

    my homeopath has suggested taking LM Nat Mur three times a day. From what Ive read, this is too often. I wish I had a second opinion because I cant talk to my homeopath he is very touchy.,. and as yet I cant afford to swtich to someone new. Is it reasonable to take it three times a day? Im worried. Thanks

  12. Kyle Mathers on

    my homeopath has suggested taking LM Nat Mur three times a day. From what Ive read, this is too often. I wish I had a second opinion because I cant talk to my homeopath he is very touchy.,. and as yet I cant afford to swtich to someone new. Is it reasonable to take it three times a day? Im worried. Thanks

  13. Jack Wilkerson on

    Do not take 1LM remedies that should not be repeated like Nux Vomica. Some remedies are not safe for daily or multiple doses. I made that mistake which led to a year of nerve pain in my teeth until I did a formal antidote series. I still use 1LM and 6LM Nux Vomica no more often than once a week or normally per month. It works wonders compared to C or X potenticies. I detox with Alumina and Plumbum 6LM maybe once per month. Amazing results. Jack


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