Homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals. Ledum: puncture wounds – stepping on nails, staples, needles, etc; mottled, purplish bruising with excessive swelling; injured part often feels icy cold to the touch; injured area feels better for ice cold applications – cannot stand to remove the cold pack, no tolerance for warm applications or exposure to heat; wounds with threatened infection with superficial redness surrounded by paleness, often with coldness of the area.
Medicines that are manufactured only from those substances or sources referenced as monographs in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS), the Homöopathisches ArzneiBuch (HAB), the Pharmacopée française (PhF), the European Pharmacopoeia (.) or the Encyclopedia of Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia (EHP), as they are amended from time to time, and that are prepared in accordance with these pharmacopoeias.
The materia medica and repertory used in homeopathic consultation are the most incredible tomes detailing the curious presenting patterns of illness and disease put together at a time when the physicians greatest role was that of observer and chronicler of disease.
Although homeopathic medicines are usually stocked near supplements on drug store shelves, the authors note they are regulated differently from supplements, going through formal approval by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States and conforming with FDA guidelines for good manufacturing practices.
The method of preparing homeopathic medicines is called potentization; in this method, one part of the original drug substance (say, 0.1 mg of a plant extract) is mixed with 99 parts (9.9 mg) of a suitable carrier (say alcohol) and shaken vigorously by a special device that converts the preparation into the 1c potency.