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Every time has its genius

Samuel Hahnemann

Samuel Hahnemann
1755 - 1843
German Physician,
founded homoeopathy
around 1800.

Essay

Thoughts on the preparation of homoeopathic remedies in our pharmacy

Hahnemann´s last and final way of preparing homoeopathic remedies can be found in his Chronic Diseases as well as in §271 of the Organon (6th edition):

"If the physician prepares his homoeopathic medicines himself, as he should reasonably do in order to save men from sickness, he may use the fresh plant itself, as but little of the crude article is required, if he does not need the expressed juice perhaps for purposes of healing. He takes a few grains in a mortar and with one hundred grains sugar of milk three distinct times brings them to the one-millionth trituration before further potentizing of a small portion of this by means of shaking is undertaken, a procedure to be observed also with the rest of crude drugs of either dry or oily nature.”

After many years of experimenting, Hahnemann finally decided to generally employ all source materials by means of C3/milksugar trituration for further potentiation without additional pre-treatment.
Over the years, the Leonardo pharmacy has assembled a staff of qualified employees in order to develop the logistics that are required for the exact preparation of homoeopathic medicines:

Several botanists are responsible for collecting the necessary information contained in the literature of various authors (Hahnemann, Clarke, Hering etc.). They also gather the source materials for triturations of plant remedies.
Kaspar von Wuthenau (degreed geologist) works for us worldwide in order to provide us with the elements of the periodic table and their compounds.
Source material coming from animals is collected for us by keeper Alexander Nolte.
Jens Haker, an expert on snakes and spiders, advises us in the extensive field of venoms and secretions.
Our work would not be possible without the relentless contributions of all of these designated experts.
Gabi Hinterleitner (pharmaceutical-technical assistant and qualified homoeopath and Wolfgang Courth (pharmacist and coordinator of all activities) are responsible for the actual process of trituration.

Over the years, we have produced a multitude of remedies. The spectrum of source materials includes a big variety of substances: elements of the periodic table, plants, milks, snake venoms, spiders, feathers of birds, meteorites and different types of fish.
The purpose of our triturations lies explicitly in the exact preparation of homoeopathic medicines and by no means in focusing on remedy provings. Hahnemann himself distinguished strictly between the preparation and the proving of medicines.
We use the best equipment available for our triturations (mortar, pestle, spatula all made from china). The process of cleaning the equipment after trituration as well as the location where trituration takes place are extremely important, and we have set up a homoeopathic laboratory exclusively for the preparation of our remedies.
As a side note, we would like to mention that it goes without saying that we are obligated to adhere to the legal provisions concerning the preparation of medicines.
On principle, we triturate in cycles of 7 to 3. This means that we triturate for seven minutes and then scrape the walls of the mortar for three minutes.

Following we would like to give you some information on the difficult entry into the C1 trituration of solid materials. We will use the example of the trituration of the diamond.

The following process of triturating and scraping of the powdered diamond in the cycle of 7:3 requires in its first hour leading up to C1 an extreme amount of strength, which has to be applied unabatedly during the 42 minutes of grinding. In the course of these intensive movements, the triturator experiences how the extremely hard material of the diamond in its mixture with the lactose strongly resists the system of mortar/pestle as well as the triturator himself. We realize that effort alone by no means suffices to propel this process. It requires indeed a strong will and the ability to totally commit one´s body to it in order to reach the aim of this first hour. We feel the graining of the hard material with every turning, every pounding and thrust of the pestle, we feel the seemingly unchangeable structure of the diamond. Success seems impossible. Now it is all about overcoming the inner resistance of the triturator. He has to totally engage himself in the process and forget everything else around him: I am merely unleashed power, everything aches, the diamond adamantly refuses my want. Minuscule progress can not be perceived, I listen to the contents of the mortar and feel that my mission has failed.
I am not ready to accept the defeat. Instead I definately want to carry on. The triturator who does not give up has the prospect of a beginning consent with the diamond. Mercy seems to emerge, a silent dialogue paired with softness, by and by. This process is only about the remedy – the diamond seems to sense it. Indeed it is a mutual struggle. The process ends after one hour for the time being and the crucial obstacle has been overcome. The following two hours before the final stage of the C3 trituration are dominated by discipline and consistent dedication to the process of dynamisation.

But how do we experience the C1 trituration of a bird´s feather? Let us look at the example of the Bald Eagle.
Generally it needs to be noted that the homoeopathic processing of a feather as source material is extremely energy-intensive. First of all, I cut up several feathers with a scalpel und add them to the initial mass in the mortar. Sugar of milk (3.3 grms). Then I carefully start to grind the feather including small parts of the quill to avoid the particles of the feather flying off. It would be the last attempt of the bird´s feather to indulge in its essential nature – the bird´s flight. Next the feather, the sugar and the quill start to form lumps – a silent protest at the end of all lightness of flying. Now follows the chaos in the earthbound mortar, an unequalled show of strength that lasts one hour. He who can not fly and never will and the ending lightness of the feather only approach each other slowly.

Again, the triturator needs all of his energy in order to propel the process of dynamisation. Without a doubt, bit by bit, the triturator takes possession of the flying bird and transforms it to its new state of being: the remedy.

As an example of the struggle between triturator and source material of the plant kingdom, I would like to describe the trituration of Radix Chelidonii, the Greater Celendine.
After I have freed it from the soil and washed it with warm water, I cut the rootstock lengthwise and chop it up finely. Straight away I notice the stream of dark yellow, orange fluid that emerges from the center of the root, reminding me of lava. The lactose absorbs this mixture of fibered root and welling fluid. Like a coloured scream the firy yellow, cleaven root penetrates the sugar of milk under the strong movements of the pestle used by the triturator. At first, a moist, coloured mash of sugar and root is produced, which gets finer by and by and loses its moisture during the C1 trituration. After one hour, we obtain a dry, fine and slightly yellow powder. I feel a deep consent of the plant with its development to a remedy, as if I had supported it on its way to its original destination.

Some thoughts on the controversial question of the size of the mortar: Hahnemann never defined its exact measurements in his works, but due to his frequently recurring descriptions of the process of dynamisation and the historic knowledge of his temperament and character, we do not doubt the fact that only mortars made from china were used by him. Only in this way the intensive transmission of energy can be obtained, which in the end leads to the distinctive development of the individual remedy.
We find that the C3 trituration requires an enormous energetic commitment, which the triturator has to muster.
Homoeopathy is based on a law of nature which has not yet been scientifically proven. This means that the preparation of a homoeopathic remedy has to be reproducible. Therefore, the exact trituration and in no case the state or nature of the triturator is the precondition for the remedy. This is why we reject all speculations that have been made over the last years and that have caused considerable confusion.
After many years of observation and experimenting, the ingenious homoeopath Hahnemann discovered a law of nature that as of today has not been proven. This is what the criticism of science keeps aiming at. Lohschmidt´s number as an essential basis of physical chemistry passes its judgement over the effectiveness of the higher potencies of homoeopathic remedies. The results of this totalitarian and scientific view of the world are on the one hand effectiveness and materialism, but on the other arrogance and haughtiness towards systems that are statistically not provable.

We say: Man is more that merely his blood count!

We also say: The macrocosm is boundlessly (unprovably) macroscopic and the microcosm is boundlessly (unprovably) microscopic.

The beneficial action of homoeopathic remedies can be experienced worldwide and at any time.


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