Lessons Learned from Years with Medicines

Meaning of the Rx Symbol

The Rx symbol has been encountered by many people especially in medicine. Most of them do not however know of its meaning. Some mistake it for a logo. This is however not the case. The symbol contains the capital R roman letter which is then extended to form an x. This makes them one and not two different letters. It has been used widely especially by medics. The meaning of this symbol has been explained using different theories. The theories are however closely related though they come from different cultures. This has helped in creating a better understanding of what it actually means.

In Latin culture the symbol was derived from the word ‘recipere’. This word means ‘to take’. Doctors use it to prescribe medication to their patients. This includes how and when the medicine is to be taken. It is also seen as a command symbol. If it is used in a sentence, people have to ensure that they do what is stated. It ensures a better understanding to patients on the right dosage of the drugs. With the use of this symbol, emphasis is created on commands.

It is a symbol used to depict the eye of Horus in the Egyptian culture. This is an Egyptian god believed to bring about good health. It is also believed to have kept evil spirits away. It symbolized protection for the community. The symbol was inscribed on the pyramids used to bury kings to ensure that they were kept safe in the afterlife. The community were assured of their safety as long as this symbol was used. It was also used on people who needed healing. This has ensured continued use in the field of medicine.

the symbol was used as a sign for the god of Jupiter in the roman culture. Because this was considered the largest star, it was considered to be the king of all the gods. People believed that worshipping this god brought about healing. They believed that it could command other gods to bring about wellness in the community. Medicine men would include the symbol on medication to plea with the gods to grant them healing. The patients were thus hopeful that they would receive their healing.

This symbol has been in use for decades. Its use is most common in the medical area despite the various theories that try to explain its origin. Drugs and pharmacies normally bear this symbol. It is thus necessary that people understand the origin and meaning of this symbol so that they become aware. This will prevent cases of confusion and superstitions that may arise from the use of this symbol. It also makes sure that there is correct use of the symbol. Having an understanding of the various symbols used is important to people.