Aside from the homeopathy dosage you are instructed to take, the next most important part of your remedy is the potency. Homeopathic potencies are a vital part of the practice, because the dilution of the chosen remedy is what is believed to cause the remedies to work as well as they do. It is also especially important, because in some cases the ingredients used are toxic if not diluted enough.
The most common homeopathic potencies are noted as X, C, and LM, which are the Roman numerals for 10, 100, and 50,000 respectively, and denotes how many parts of the diluting mixture to the ingredient is in the remedy (the number of times the ingredient has been diluted).
For example, if a homeopathic sulphur remedy is labeled as 5X, this means the sulphur is 1 part in 10, five times (1 in 10x10x10x10x10 = 1 in 100,000 parts).
The homeopathic potencies usually depend on the strength of the ingredient, the severity of the condition, and what the recommended homeopathy doses are for that remedy. Generally, the higher the potency, the lower the dosage. Also, very strong ingredients like aconite tend to have very low potencies while more mild ingredients are much higher.
It is recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced homeopath when you are considering adding homeopathic remedies to your current health plan or if you have any questions about homeopathy. They are well versed in what the correct homeopathic potencies are for any given condition or circumstance, and can ensure you receive the care you need to get the most out of your homeopathic experience.