Potency Selection


Dr. Varsha V. Sharma MD (Hom.)


Dr. Varsha V. Sharma MD (Hom.)

Asst. Prof., YMT Hom. Med Coll., Navi Mumbai.

Dept of Psychiatry (PG)

Email:  drvarshasharma@gmail.com

9869047078 / 9967647078


        The question of potency selection has always kept the Homeopaths of all times wondering and with different views. The homeopath should be open to use the entire range of potencies, from lowest to the highest, depending upon the demand of the case. The choice of potency would depend upon each individual case. Close states "All the potencies may be needed. No one potency, high or low, will meet the requirement of all cases at all times."

Homoeopaths need not be satisfied only with the selection of the similimum but also with the selection of the proper potency. Kent states, “When a remedy is correct, it will always work, whatever the potency. How deep and how long the remedy will work, depends on the potency.” The potential of the remedy must meet the requisite susceptibility.

 The question of potency selection is not a simple one. Totality is made up of various components. The potency selection depends on various components and not on a single factor. Certain guidelines have been laid down though; there are no fixed laws for the selection of the potency.

Certain factors for selection of potency are –

1)    Disease Potential –  Disease-potential involves various factors:

a)    Value of symptoms,

b)    Nature & seat of disease,

c)     Tissue affinity,  

d)    Pathology involved,

e)    Duration of Pathology and Pace.

2)  Sensitivity and Susceptibility - Sensitivity and Susceptibility are denoted as high, moderate and low. High sensitivity shows a high level of reactivity.

3) Miasmatic Interpretation.
4) Similarity: Degree and Level.
5) Suppression.
6) Type of the Patient.

 Indications of high & low potency are simplified below in a tabular form for the easy comprehension of a homoeopath.


Indication Of High Potency

Indication Of Low Potency

More characteristic symptoms

Less characteristic symptoms or paucity of symptoms

Higher the similarity

Lower the similarity

High susceptibility

Low susceptibility

High sensitivity

Low vitality

High immunity

Low immunity

Acute diseases

Chronic diseases

Reversible diseases

Irreversible diseases

Functional diseases

Advanced pathological cases

Mental diseases


Old age diseases


Involvement of Cutaneous, mucous tissues or Nervous sys.

Involvement of Cellular tissue or Muscular system.

Organs of Respiratory & Nervous system

Organs of Locomotive & Circulatory system.

Children and young vigorous persons

Extremely weak, old, or very hypersensitive subjects.

Intelligent, sensitive & very sluggish patients

Oversensitive, Idiosyncratic & weak constitution patients.

Neurotic patients

Dull, backward, sluggish & unimpressionable patients

Female sex

Male sex

Melancholic, nervous and choleric temperaments

Lymphatic temperaments.

Poor reaction

Oversensitive to drugs

Engaged in mental occupations

Engaged in physical work


Incurable cases, where only palliation is aimed.

Functional remedies

Nutritive remedies

Psora & sycosis

Tubercular miasm

Acting on Mental level

Acting on Physical level



Inhabitants of warm climates

In temperate and colder climates.

 If one is sure about the similimum but the desired action is not aroused then, try changing the potency to higher or lower before changing the medicine itself.

        About the Author-

Dr. Varsha V. Sharma, MD (Hom), teaching in a Homoeopathic Medical College at Navi Mumbai since, last 7yrs. Doing Homoeopathic practice & counseling at Chembur, Bandra & Vashi. Online and Guest Editor of Medical books & medical sites. Author of Homoeopathic book on Materia Medica. Author of several articles in various journals, magazines & sites. Email - drvarshasharma@gmail.com