The basic rundown of homeopathy is that “like treats like”, or whatever ails you will cure you, and then dilute the hell out of your “active ingredient”. The more dilute, the better.
But the key here is not to just keep adding water. Even homeopaths know that if you do that, nothing will happen. You have to awaken the spirit of the remedy (I seriously wish I was making that up) by giving it a good jolt.
You gotta shake it like a Polaroid picture, yo.
Ok maybe not quite like Polarioid picture. But you do have to shake it. And don’t drop it like it’s hot. You’ll only look like a nerd.
Succussion is what makes the remedy potent. Succussion is what Hahnemann, the inventor of homeopathy, believed released the “spirit-like powers” of the remedy throughout the solution. The more a remedy is shaken, the more powerful it becomes. In fact, according to homeoint.org he believed that when his remedies were shipped across country by horseback, they were shaken so much that the solutions became too powerful to use!
d. For this reason Hahnemann warned against shipping the liquid remedies over long distances, since they receive â€˜an enormous number of additional succussions during the transport, and they are so highly potentized during a long journey that on their arrival they are scarcely fit for use, at least not for susceptible patients, on account of their excessive strength, as many observations go to proveâ€™ (Lesser Writings, 736 *) Fortunately for suffering humanity, the dry pills were not affected in this way (ibid., 766 **)
So how does one “succuss”? Well, it’s simple! This explorepub article says that after each dilution, the solution is vigorously shaken against either a leather-bound book or the palm of the hand. Hahnemann liked to whack it to his Bible!
Here is an example of succussion:
I was skeptical through the first 6 seconds or so, wondering “How are those few drops going to cure my cancer?”
But once I saw him whacking it to the leather-bound book I knew it was the real deal, and by the 17th second all I could think was, “He really whacked that! It’s got to be a powerful medicine now!”
So how much whacking do you have to do to turn your water into medicine? Let’s check back with explorpub.com:
In the 6th and final edition of the Organon, [Hahnemann] introduced the concept of the 1:50,000 dilution LM potency, and actually wrote that this dilution needed 100 succussions in between dilutions.
However, there are other parts of the 6th edition that make reference to shaking at 8, 10 or 12 shaking steps, and others at simple “vigorous” shaking.
When your author earned his DiHom degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy, a 1X dilution was defined as a 1:10 dilution with ten succussions, while a 1C dilution was defined as 1:100 dilution, but again, with TEN succussions. This philosophy is mirrored in the articles on the Internet.
They conclude from there that the correct answer is (paraphrased):
- 2 Whacks
- 8 Whacks
- 10 Whacks
- 12 Whacks
- 100 Whacks
- Or just Whack it vigorously
So there you have it: The key to homeopathy is masturbation!
Now it’s time for me to shake up a martini and make it super powerful!
See you tomorrow!