What the Rx Symbol Stands For
People have come across the Rx symbol especially in medicine. A good number are however not aware of what it means. Some people think it is a logo for certain products. This is however not true. The symbol contains the capital R roman letter which is then extended to form an x. It is thus one symbol and not two different letters. It has been used widely especially by medics. There are many theories that try to explain the origin of this symbol. The theories normally point to one direction though they are derived 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’. The meaning of this word is to take. Doctors use it to prescribe medication to their patients. This includes how and when the medicine is to be taken. It also shows command. If it is used in a sentence, people have to ensure that they do what is stated. It also helps patients in understanding how they should take prescribed drugs. It therefore emphasizes commands.
According to the Egyptians, the symbol portrays the eye of Horus. This was an Egyptian god associated with bringing good health. It was also believed to keep away evil spirits. It symbolized protection for the community. In order to keep the Egyptian kings safe in their afterlife, the symbol was craved on their graves. The community knew that they were safe with this symbol thus felt safe. It was also used on people who needed healing. This is why its use is still common in the medical field.
the symbol was used as a sign for the god of Jupiter in the roman culture. It was considered the king of the gods as it was the largest star. People believed that worshipping this god brought about healing. It could command other gods to ensure that the community was well. So that the gods assured healing, the medicine men would have the symbol on the medication they give to their patients. This gave a sense of hope to the patients that they would be granted healing.
For decades, the symbol has been in use. Its use is most common in the medical area despite the various theories that try to explain its origin. This symbol can be found in pharmacies and drugs. The origin and meaning of this symbol should be made known to people to increase awareness. This will prevent cases of confusion and superstitions that may arise from the use of this symbol. It also ensures appropriate use of the symbol within its area of. It is important for people to ensure they have an understanding of the various symbols used.