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A homeopathic medicine contains a much diluted, non-toxic dose of a specially prepared natural substance - a substance that, at higher doses, would produce the same symptoms the patient is experiencing in a healthy person. Homeopathics are made from plants, minerals, metals and other natural substances that are dissolved in alcoholic solutions and shaken. This solution is called the mother tincture. One drop of the mother tincture is diluted into a hundred drops of alcohol solution and then vigorously shaken or succussed. It may be diluted in the same way several more times. Symbols such as 6X and 30X are used to indicate the number of times the mother tincture has been diluted - 6X means it has been serially diluted six times, while 30X means it has been diluted 30 times. In homeopathic practice, the more diluted the solution, the stronger it is thought to be - the exact opposite of the way we usually think about the strength of pharmaceutical drugs. Homeopathic remedies are may be given directly as drops, or the diluted solution may be sprayed onto inert tablets, granules or powder. Remedies taken in these solid forms are held in the mouth until they dissolve - they are not to be swallowed.