Outdated Fraudulent Healing? Homeopathy on Trial : The Homeopathic "Pill Scandal" in the 1950s and Modernisation of Health Care in Sweden

Motzi Eklöf
2007 Hygiea Internationalis: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the History of Public Health  
1 According to the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), medicines should be prescribed in minimum doses in order to enhance a positive therapeutic effect and minimise negative side-effects. The potentization principle for drug preparation with serial trituration and agitated dilution was standardised in 1816. For example, the potency of D1 (D = decimal) is diluted 1:10 ("1" being the original ingredient, e.g. belladonna, arnica or lachesis, etc., and "10" being e.g. lactose,
more » ... g e.g. lactose, saccarose, water). D2 is diluted another 1:10 from the preparation that was already diluted once, and so forth. After D6, none of the original substance can be found in the remedy by means of ordinary chemical analysis. Dilutions beyond D6 (often D12, D30, D60, D200, CM) are called high dilutions. Some homeopaths prefer low dilutions, other use high dilutions, sometimes also called infinitesimal doses. For theory and clinical studies of homeopathy in a historical perspective, see Michael Emmans Dean, The Trials of Homeopathy: Origins, Structure and Development, Essen 2004.
doi:10.3384/hygiea.1403-8668.0771151 fatcat:vtwppcwhhfdqfm3nfwoxphwofe