Less is More: A Review of Machines that Potentize Homeopathic Medicines

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Tyler Kent’s Machine (Drawing by Julian Winston)

In an age when technology becomes faster, smarter, and better, the science and art of crafting homeopathic medicines can be an exciting time. Part of this process, of course, relies on the potency of the medicines through the mechanization of homeopathic machines. Producing these medicines through automated processes improves the accuracy of the dose and leaves minimal room, if any, for human errors. Let’s take a look at how far we’ve come in homeopathic machines.


Past Machines

Tyler Kent’s Machine – Originally invented in 1903, this potentizing machine was a key step in the history of manufacturing medicines. It’s no longer present in the homeopathic industry, but its mechanical components are still in use by many in the medical world today.

The Fluxion Potentizer (Drawing by Julian Winston)

John Alphonse’s Instrument – As machines became more refined, the John Alphonse Instrument increased the accuracy of creating the formulas for homeopathic medicines, leading the way to even more advanced instruments at the atomic and subatomic levels.

The Fluxion Potentizer – In 1869, Dr. Bernhardt Fincke patented a machine that could help automate a more accurate potentizing process called “fluxion.” The technology was eventually acquired by Boiron many years later.



Machines Today

Arm-and-Weight Instruments – While these “mechanical arm” instruments are more modern, their function is remarkably simple: they calculate how many times the prepared medicine is shaken to unlock the materials’ hidden potential. It’s particularly helpful for naturopathic doctors and pharmacists.

K-Tronic Potentizer

Quinn’s Machine and the K-Tronic Potentizer – Two of the first machines to completely automate the medicine making process, the K-Tronic Potentizer along with Quinn’s Machine achieve a key step in reducing manual labor and outputting uniform physio-chemical changes for predictable doses in each batch.

Today’s homeopathic potentizers involve the remarkable principles of particle science in medicine making. What will the future of homeopathic medicines look like? It will certainly be interesting to see.