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The Importance of Succussion in Natural Medicines

Feb 21, 2019

The Importance of Succussion in Natural Medicines

Succussion is a medical term used in chemistry and homeopathy, and it refers to the intense shaking process used to increase the effectiveness of a remedy. It is applied not just in homeopathy, but in other scientific processes as well.

Why is succussion considered important?

To understand succussion, it’s easiest to view through its scientific roots in homeopathy.

Homeopathy has been a standard form of medical treatment in Europe since the late 1800s. Each remedy requires scientific proving of its effect on the body - the same way drugs do in the U.S. This is why the label states specifically what to use it for, just like American over the counter medicines do. 

Homeopathic remedies are utilized not only for their effects on the body, but also for their benefits on both mental state and emotions.

Most people in the U.S. are not aware that homeopathic remedies have been regulated and approved in the United States by the FDA since 1939. 

Due to their relative safety, most homeopathic remedies do not require a prescription and are readily available through naturopathic doctors, homeopathy practitioners, and health food stores.

So, what is succussion?

Succussion is the scientific process established by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Dr. Hahnemann is the founder of homeopathy and father of immunology.

Although Hippocrates came up with the concept of “like cures like” thousands of years ago, Dr. Hahnemann was the first to research, standardize and establish the science. This understanding eventually led to the immunizations we have today.

Succussion is considered a key part of establishing stability of a remedy so that it remains effective for decades. Succussion is specifically the intense shaking of a diluted mixture to stabilize and increase its effectiveness.

In homeopathy, standard succussion is 100 times.

Does Homeopathy really work?

Homeopathy is often questioned by the U.S. conventional medical establishment because they state there isn’t enough of a chemical in the remedies to make an impact. This questioning could make sense.

However, they are not accounting for:

  1. The scientific proving required
  2. The FDA approval
  3. That tiny particles can make a significant impact on the body in a safe way
  4. 75% of studies have revealed a measurable positive effect.[1]

Homeopathic remedies are exceptionally safe because of this very lack of chemicals.

And yes, most remedies are the same if you chemically test them in a laboratory - they will test as sugar or alcohol, depending on the base the remedy is in.

However, if you use a special physics and chemistry laboratory technique called spectroscopy, it clearly shows that each remedy is unique. 
[2] Therefore, it is these tiny particles that deliver a quiet message to the body to initiate a safe and gentle response.

For example, let’s say you are allergic to poison ivy. Rhus Tox (rhus toxicodendron) is the homeopathic remedy made from the poison ivy plant. It is the remedy you would use to signal the body to push poison ivy out of your system and reduce your allergic response.

In addition, I have seen repeated cases where taken in advance of exposure, individuals did not break out. This makes sense if you think of it the same way that we view immunizations.

One key with homeopathy is that it is both an art and a science. It is not as simple as one would think to know which remedy to use.

Let’s look at Rhus Tox...

...This remedy (like most homeopathic remedies) comes in at least 10 different potencies. The art is knowing which potency to use to match both the depth of the problem as well as the individual’s life force (health). When these are matched properly, homeopathy can work with unparalleled effectiveness.

A Personal Story

I want to share a personal story with you, so that you can see the powerful effects homeopathic remedies can have when dosed appropriately. At the same time, I feel I should forewarn you, that some parts of this story may be a bit emotional. 

My children grew up with homeopathy as a part of our medicine cabinet from the time they were infants. So, when my daughter was seriously injured in a boating accident at the age of 22, it was normal that I arrived with several potencies of Arnica in my pocket.

Arnica is the homeopathic remedy for trauma and shock. Not only was her body traumatized, I also had to inform her that she had just lost her dad and cousin in that same accident. Kaylie was simultaneously mentally, emotionally, and physically traumatized. So, I began dosing her immediately.

Her injuries were significant. Kaylie had shattered her left femur (thigh bone), de-gloved her heel as well as splitting the bone in half. The doctor immediately commented on the tremendous amount of force her body must have taken in order to shatter her femur bone - because it’s the strongest bone in the body.

In simple terms, to repair her shattered thigh bone, they take a sledge hammer and repeatedly whack a titanium rod through the bone starting at the hip and going down to the knee.

With all that damage to her body, including the wreck and the pounding of the rod into her leg, one would expect her to be black and blue from head to toe. But instead, she only ended up with one bruise about the size and color of a medium lemon on her entire body.

When I arrived to her at the hospital, I had immediately began dosing her with Arnica 50M every couple hours (as this was an obviously a deep and large trauma), for 3 days, and then scaled back to Arnica 10M twice daily over the next week.

I want to share that I am not a licensed homeopath. This was just what I knew in my gut was the correct thing to do for my daughter at the time.

Why We Succuss 133 Times

At Kaliana, we do not create homeopathic remedies. We do, however, employ the scientific process of succussion. We succuss each of our products 133 times, which is higher than any homeopathic remedy.

Why 133? Because higher numbers of shaking have been scientifically shown to increase effectiveness.

Our passionate goal since 1995 - creating products you can depend on to help ease emotions and empower greatest health for you and your loved ones.


1. Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, et al. The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies – a systematic review of the literature. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2007; 15: 128–138.
2. Rao ML, Roy R, Bell IR, Hoover R. The defining role of structure (including epitaxy) in the plausibility of homeopathy. Homeopathy, 2007; 96: 175–183.


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About the Author: Kaliana has been studying natural healing since 1976. She developed her own line of aromatherapy products in 1995, is a gifted intuitive, Master Energy Healer, author of 4 books, professional speaker, and offers private consulting for spiritual women and moms.

Kaliana is a certified Phyto-Aromatologist, graduated from Queens University as a Presidential Scholar, sat on the Board for Eating Disorders at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, holds a 4-year Advanced Certification from the Mastery of the Heart School, and teaches certified courses for Continuing Education Hours by NCBTMB.

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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treat. This information is based on research and knowledge by the author, and the ideas are not intended as substitute for medical advice. As with any products it is suggested that you check with your medical practitioner prior to use. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any products mentioned herein.

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