By: Joe De Livera, Sri Lanka

After many years of giving the remedy in dry lactose pellets to my  patients I was at first very skeptical when Dr Luc de Schepper first  introduced me to the wet dose which he uses exclusively for his  patients which he maintained was first recorded by Hahnemann.

I did discover that the wet dose was as effective as and perhaps even more effective than the dry dose in a few weeks after I changed over and I was informed that this was due to the succussion that one has to ensure by shaking the bottle hard about 10 times before a teaspoonful which is the dose is sipped.

The method of making a wet dose is as follows:

You insert 3 pellets or 2 drops of the remedy if you have got it in liquid, into a 500ml bottle of spring water. The pellets will usually dissolve in about 2 minutes and the bottle in shaken hard to ensure bubbling and a teaspoonful is sipped. If it is discovered that the water does not bubble, this is due to the water level which will be right up to the top and you can pour out about a inch of water from the top to leave space for aeration when shaken.

A teaspoonful is a dose and is sipped slowly to ensure that the remedy is picked up by the blood stream sublingually.

A variation of the wet dose is the split dose which is used for some remedies. The difference here is that a teaspoonful is taken from the bottle and is stirred into a half cup of water from which a teaspoonful is given to the patient. This method dilutes the remedy even further and is used for remedies like Nat Sulphate 6c which is used for Asthma.

Effect of a homoeopathic dose of medicine increases the greater the quantity of fluid in which it is dissolved.

For in this case, when the medicine is taken, it comes in contact with a much larger surface of sensitive nerves responsive to the medicinal action. Although theorist may imagine there should be a weakening of the action of the dose of medicine by its dilution with a large quantity of liquid, experience asserts exactly the opposite, at all events when the medicines are employed homeopathically.

From this solution one or more teaspoons are given to the patient as a dose whenever necessary. In this way the homoeopath makes a more powerful solution that penetrates deeper than the dry dose, yet at the same time, the remedy acts more gently on the vital force. This is one of the major methods of adjusting the dose to suit the sensitivity of the constitution.