of Mother Tinctures
Mother tincture is a drug, pharmaceutically
prepared from drug substance of vegetable and animal
kingdom, using strong alcohol as a vehicle(solvent)
by the various process. It is the precursor of corresponding
potency of the drug and it is denoted as Q.
Mother tinctures are made from fresh
plants, because their medicinal properties remain quite
intact, they are far superior to dry ones. When the
fresh plants are not available, dry ones should be used.
Homoeopathic tinctures are prepared with the whole plants,
leaves, fruits, etc. as the case may be without considering
alkaloid content in the medicinal substances.
Hahnemann classified the drugs obtained
from vegetable kingdom (some from animal sources) for
the preparation of mother tinctures into four classes,
depending upon their juicy contents-
1. Class I - includes most juicy plants.
2. Class II - includes medium juicy plants.
3. Class III - includes least juicy plants.
4. Class IV - includes dry plants, herbs, animal substances-dried
Modern methods used in preparation of mother tinctures