Experiences With Hahnemann's Q-Potencies, Historical
Aspects, Special Application by Bernd Dankert
Hahnemann worked from 1838 to 1842 to revise the 5th
edition of the Organon, the one that most people know.
In it, he created another bracket of potencies,
sometimes called the LM or Q potencies, to supercede his
centesimal potencies. Haehl obtained this yet unseen 6th
edition of the Organon and published the German version
in 1920 while William Boericke obtained it from the
Boenninghausen family in Germany, translated it, and
published the English version in 1921. The French, most
notably Dr. Pierre Schmidt, drew attention to the LMs
since 1954. The Indians also started experimenting in
the ?50s with the new method.
Why did Hahnemann feel the need to improve on his
potencies? It was because he had difficulty getting what
he thought was the best cure. The main problems were:
Not achieving a gentle and rapid cure or just taking too
An aggravation comes even after getting the best
A high potency dose will continue to act for a long
Not being able to repeat the dose even though there are
still symptoms so that the patient suffers.
Giving the right dose and potency was still argued and
In practice, it is not possible to directly compare the
potency of an LM with a C. Will Taylor, MD, likes to
think of an LM1 as sharing the qualities of a 6C & a 30C
(working as deeply as a 30C, but as gently as a 6C); and
an LM3 as similarly sharing the qualities of a 12C & a
extracted from Julian Winston's massive online comments
The manufacturing process is outlined by Hahnemann in
Paragraph 270 of the 6th edition of the Organon. The
process starts with a 3C trituration. In the case of
plants (where a tincture is the usual starting point),
the plant material is triturated directly with the milk
sugar. It is unclear how one would proceed with
something like APIS which has to start with a tincture.
1 grain (or .05gms) of the 3C (1:1,000,000) is dissolved
in 400 drops of distilled water and 100 drops of 90%
Place 1 DROP of the above in a vial and add 100 drops of
95% alcohol. The bottle should be no more than 2/3 full.
Cork the vial and succuss 100 times.
The granules, which are the size of poppy seeds, are
placed in a small thimble with a hole in the bottom. The
granules are smaller than #10 granules. (Hahnemann
describes them as weighing one grain per 100). They are
then saturated by pouring the liquid potency over them.
When the liquid starts to run out the bottom, the
granules are saturated. Spread the granules on blotting
paper. When they are dry, put them in a bottle and label
them ?I? or ?0/1.? This is the first millesimal potency.
To go up the scale, take one globule of the 0/1,
dissolve it with one drop of distilled water, add 100
drops of 95% alcohol, and succuss 100 times. Saturate
granules with this, dry them, bottle them, and label
them ?II? or 0/2.
These steps can be repeated up to the ?XXX? or 0/30.
To be faithful to the Organon, the LM potencies should
be sold only in globule form. The administration of the
dosage is a second issue.
Hahnemann suggested that the dose is one globule. He
also suggests (#272) that the dosage be administered in
water. He outlines the dosage process in a footnote to
#248. Dr. Robert Schore has translated this paragraph
into the following dosage guide:
Dissolve one globule in 110cc distilled water. Succuss
12 times. This becomes the ?stock? bottle given to the
One tablespoon of this stock solution is placed in 4 oz.
of pure water. The dose is one-half teaspoon. Hahnemann
suggested that in the case of very sensitive people, the
half teaspoon should be put into another glass of water,
stirred, and then a dose is taken from the second glass.
This mixture is good for 24 hours. If more is needed, a
fresh glass should be made.
extracted from Kim McDodge's online discussion
Potentize by succussion (1 drop of the previous dilution
and 99 drops of water/ethanol. Of this you use 1 drop to
moisten about 500 pellets. To take this up to the next
step, you would dissolve one medicated pellet in a drop
of water, add 99 drops of diluted ethanol, succuss,
medicate 500 pellets, and so on.
The most economical and most interesting way to start
one's own process with the LMs is to purchase the LM1s
preferably from a pharmacy who triturates the
substances, then works them to the LM1.
When I have to make a LM2 or 3 or whatever is the next
in line for that particular remedy, I take the Last
Potency out and put it in my basket where I have a
plastic box with tops and labels - round for the tops in
2 sizes, small for 1/2 dram top and bigger for the 1
dram and stock bottle (4oz. Boston brown) tops as well
as some rectangles for the names, dates and phone and
and pen, a small envelope of poppy seed sac lacs and my
3 measurement bottles: a clear 1 dram with 1 drop of
water and 99 drops of alcohol - I use organol, a clear 1
dram with 500 poppy seed sac lacs and a brown 1/2 dram
of 500 poppy seed sac lacs.
I toss in my 2 oz dropper bottles of water and organol,
add new brown 1/2 dram and a new clear 1 dram and a
clean brown 4 oz boston, drop the basket at the kitchen
table take the boston to fill with filtered water and
I arrange these things on a 9x12 sheet of blotter paper.
Put a seed of previous remedy into a clear 1 drammer,
add a drop of water from my dropper bottle and wait for
it to dissolve.
Take my liquid measurement bottle and the dissolved
pellet bottle in left hand and fill the dissolved pellet
bottle to the same level with organol and cap it.
Stand and take my leather Kent from the shelf and beat
it up 100 times in a cha cha rhythm - I like 1,2 1,2,3
Drop one drop of this into the new brown 1/2 dram bottle
and take both of these open bottles and shake all out so
that the insides are empty but for the coating on the
sides and bottom.
Take measurement bottle and each of these in turn and
fill to their respective points with the seeds. Cap,
shake to moisten and label.
Drop one into the clean filled Boston brown. Preserve
with brandy or charcoal or not. Cap. Label. Stock bottle
ready for use.
Toss stuff back to basket, take to my storage box, but
for the 4 oz stock bottle. Put the 2 1/2 dram browns
into their bullet box, put the extra in the clear
bottles into a cardboard shoe box for some apprentice
down the line along with a copy of Vermuellen's
Concordant, Schoycens' Synthesis and/or Reference Works.