What does “potency” mean?
The potency of a remedy is the number of times it has been diluted and homeopathically processed. X potencies are diluted on a scale of 1:10, C potencies 1:100. At each dilution, i.e., 1X, 2X, 3X, ..., the powder or liquid dilution of the remedy is succussed (shaken with a thump at the end) repeatedly. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) defines the exact standards, tests and guidelines for each remedy.
Which is potency is stronger?
Less is more in homeopathy. 30x is more dilute, but also more potent and therefore deeper-acting than 6X. The benefit of 6X is that it requires less precision in selection and can be ideal for light, repeatable dosing.
Which potency is right for me?
Potency should be selected based on the length of time symptoms are in the body. Keep in mind that while 30X is more dilute than 6X, it is also more potent and, therefore, potentially deeper acting than 6X. 6X is generally used for acute, short term conditions.
A good rule of thumb is to start with the lower potency, in this case 6X, moving to the higher potency 30X as needed for symptom relief. The benefit of starting with 6X is that, lower potencies have the potential to affect a wider range of symptoms and require less precision in selection while higher potencies need more accurate selection to stimulate ideal healing.