Homeopathic medicinal products
The first step in the preparation of a homeopathic medicine is the preparation of the ‘mother tincture’, its most concentrated liquid form. A suitable pharmaceutical agent or a dilution is made from the starting material, which for vegetable and animal materials, is known as a ‘mother tincture.’ From solid substances, a ‘trituration’ is made – the pharmaceutical agent is grinded and diluted with lactose. The trituration is then serially diluted up to a certain level of dilution.
The second step is a process of systematic serial dilution and ‘succussion’ (vigorous shaking with impact) known as ‘potentisation’.
Different potencies (dilutions) of the same agent are indicated for different symptoms. The more dilute the agent, the higher the potency.
Anthroposophic medicinal products
These are manufactured using specific pharmaceutical methods as described in official pharmacopoeias. These include potentised medicinal products prepared according to homeopathic methods, as described above, as well as concentrated mineral, herbal or animal substances or preparations and compounded medicinal products prepared by specific anthroposophic methods.
Anthroposophic medicinal products are conceived, developed and produced in accordance with the anthroposophic knowledge of man, nature, substance and pharmaceutical processing. The starting materials come from minerals, plants and animal substances, which reveal their healing force through heat, rhythmic preparation and potentising methods. The process by which they are developed and produced reflects the relationship between human beings and the realms of minerals, plants and animal substances.