Jaco Malan

Potency and Energy:
One of the most common questions we get is what potency and energy should we use?
The quick answer to this is ask your pendulum, there is no one fit all size when it come to potency or energy. It also creates additional problems when we would have a convenient list of rates with their potency and energy, then people will just follow like sheep, without question the outcome, and at the same time may wonder why they get mix results. I also think people are a bit lazy, and want things the easy way or they may be unsure and neither of them is an excuse.
IF YOU CAN DOWSE use your pendulum, if you really are unable to do that then you SCREW, OK not really.
Let us look at what potency and energy is and see if we can work something out.
Potency is probably the most difficult concept to get your head around in homeopathy. You just can’t think in terms of ‘strength’. Although from an energetic bases it could be seen as “intensity” for a lack of a better word.
Choosing the right potency is more like choosing the right key to fit a lock. If you were to show a child a huge iron castle-door key and a tiny modern safe key, which do you think the child might believe was stronger?
In a similar way you have to choose the right potency for the job. Have a look at this chart, it doesn’t cover every possibility, and different homeopaths have had success with their own systems, but this will give you the general idea.…

When a homeopath makes notes of your symptoms and feelings he is separating them into groups.
• Physical
• Mental/Emotional
• Specific
• General
Physical and mental/emotional, are self-explanatory.
Specific symptoms ‘stand-alone’. (The patient may point to a specific place on their body) whereas generals relate to the whole body. (Say “All down the left side” or “It’s always worse in damp weather”.)
In the chart you see that there are two axis’:
physical to mental
specific to general.
So, using the chart, let’s take as an example fear of flying. Fear would be more mental than physical, which would place it some way along the ‘physical-mental’ axis. However, the person is not generally a frightened type of person, so on the ‘specific-general’ axis we would stay toward the specific end. Therefore, we might select a 30c or more probably 200c.
So, the remedy for fear of flying would be Argent nit and we would use it in the 200c potency.
Let’s try another example. We often get asked about warts, verrucae, and molluscum. This would be totally physical. We would select right at the physical end of the ‘physical-mental’ axis on our chart. But what about the ‘specific-general’ axis? This would depend on whether it was one isolated wart, an outbreak or even if they are generally warty, having lots of moles, warts and excrescences. So that would determine your placing on the ‘specific-general’ axis, meaning that although it’s a very physical condition the degree of generality could indicate a 6c, 30c or it would be higher if the patient was this way by nature!
So, the normal remedy of choice for warts, verrucea and molluscum Etc would be Thuja, and whilst 30c would be a typical potency, higher might be indicated.
So, when would we use a very high potency?
When a condition scores high on the mental or emotional range and also describes the whole person, not just how they are at this moment.
But remember we’ve just been placing a single symptom on our chart. Your homeopath will want to collect a lot more information before he decides on a remedy that fits the totality of your symptoms and chooses a potency.
Although this all sounds very complicated, don’t worry, choosing the correct remedy is far more important than the precise potency.

As a well-respected veteran homoeopathic physician remarked, “if I choose the right remedy and prescribe first in a high potency, I have nowhere to go! “

Potency is like adding salt or chillies to a dish, too much and you stuck with it, too little and it is easy to fix by adding more.

There is also another way to look at potency;
This is based on using a bit of an “esoteric” approach, looking at the KENT dial range.


Let us use an example;
Potency = 10M
Solar Plexus = Yellow
The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. This is the area which defines our “self-esteem”. The personality that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra….otherwise known as the “EGO”. Anyone experiencing dysfunction of the third chakra is having difficulty obtaining or maintaining his/her own “personal power”. This intuitive chakra is where we get our “gut instincts” that signal us to do or not to do something. Strong self-esteem is a required for developing intuitive skills.
Physical Location – solar plexus
Purposes – mental understanding of emotional life
Spiritual Lesson – acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)
Physical dysfunctions associated with solar plexus chakra – stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, colon diseases
Mental/Emotional Issues – self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness
Information stored in solar plexus chakra – personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing
Area of Body Governed – upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach
Jasper , Golden Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline

When we then follow the same principle as we did above by looking at.
• Physical
• Mental/Emotional
• Specific
• General
We can see that we can find a relationship within the chakra/meridian structure.
A physical condition related to say stomach ulcers would respond well with a potency of 10M, but there is also a relationship to the emotional side, Stomach: Holds nourishment. Digests ideas. Dread. Fear of the new. Inability to assimilate the new.
So, we can see that using the Kent potency range could help a lot, to guide us to find a potency.

Energy Dial:
The energy for me is the exact opposite to potency, where potency can be seen a form of division, energy is multiplying.
From an energy point of view, we can think of two pieces of Quartz Crystal. One is a tiny little piece, the other a massive chunk. The bigger piece radiates much more energy, yet both are the same type of Quartz. The vibrations are the same, the difference is purely quantitative.

In fact, everything has varying amounts of energy within it, people also, and it can be measured in “units” with a pendulum.

To give you an idea of the levels involved, almost all Homoeopathic remedies bought at a pharmacy, have an energy level of around 30 units. Most Flower and Gem remedies that you might buy have an energy level of 25 – 32 units.

A small 58 grm chunk of Iron Pyrites might have an energy level of around 50 units, an 88 grm chunk of Amethyst might have an energy level of about 300 units. There is a distinct relationship between the amount of energy in something, and its mass, though the type of material also has to be considered.

Interestingly, the amount of energy in people can also be measured, and can be used as a means of assessing their spiritual development. (should one want to)

Those people who have a spiritual energy level of up to 60 units, (and there are huge numbers of these people) have not undergone any spiritual development in this life to speak of. They are generally people who believe only in the material, though they may have some interest in going to church, even if its only to admire the architecture.

People with a spiritual energy level of 90 – 200 units show that they are beginning to take some kind of step in their development, perhaps they are searching for real meaning, and they may be exploring various cults or religious sects.

Those people with spiritual energy levels of up to 300 units show they have been involved in their development for some time, and may be working in some therapeutic field, or are involved to some degree in psychic research, yoga, or meditation.

People with a spiritual energy level of up to 800 units are very committed to their spiritual development, and are probably followers of some form of path. They know where they are going, and they may be giving teaching or guidance to others.

Those people with a spiritual energy level of 900 – 1,600 units are few, and are those working specifically with energy and the higher levels of consciousness.

In fact, there are a number of personal energy levels that can be measured, the Spiritual, previously mentioned, the Mental, the Emotional, the Physical, and the Psychic. In each person the balance of these energies varies, according to their degree of spiritual development, their mental control, their emotional release, their physical fitness, and their psychic development and ability to visualise, we prefer to use the Bovis scale for this.

If you suddenly increase your levels, you may find that you become very sleepy, or that you have so much energy that you cannot sleep. If you increase your physical energy level in a large jump, you may suffer body pains. If you want to experiment, first dowse your levels, and increase the appropriate level/s by no more than 25%. If after 3 days you feel OK, you may increase by another 25%. If on the other hand you feel tired, sick, dizzy, or suffer insomnia, put it back to what it was originally, and you will just have to up your levels the conventional way!
Thus, as you can see, we would normally advice to start at 75 units and work your way up to 250 units.
We often compare the energy range to a light dimmer switch, how more you turn the knob how brighter the light become, but a too bright light isn’t always a good thing.

The ability to use Radiesthesia (dowsing) you can quickly and easily determine the most appropriate potency and energy level for your subject.


  1. Tibet


    Thank you Jaco, This information is wonderful and extremely helpful. Sincerely appreciate and grateful you sharing this fabulous information . Thank you once again.

  2. Charmaine


    Thank you Jaco, so informative, you have a way of explaining things so well, and in layman terms ?

  3. Harry


    Thank you so much Jaco for your in depth presentation! It is very important to know all of the theory you shared plus following your practical advice to dowse each and every time when using the Hurricane. For the most part my pendulum has regularily pointed at 75 – 100 when setting the Energy rotary knob with no prior knowledge of this wonderful article.

  4. Srini


    Thank you, This makes it is so easy to follow. I do dowse but will do so more on a regular basis with the new understanding now.

  5. pkmishra1961


    Thank you so much for this insight. Very easy to understand and to put this knowledge to a better use.

  6. Divyajyoti Deva


    Thanks Mr. Jaco, You must have put a lot of energy, time and effort put into this to help us all out. I do have one question on this too. When a person is hyper, hyper sensitive in general, When dowse it comes to, say I give 200c and aggravation start and very serious. But by giving the person above 10m same remedy no aggravation and it also take longer to heal. I just wanted to know whats happening what is going on here in your opinion. Thanks in advanced.

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