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10 Tips for working with homoeopathy provings

Some things are certain...

Some things are certain…

Don’t think I haven’t noticed. Some of you are very interested in articles on provings, and some of you avoid them like the plague. It would be easy enough to blame it all on students who don’t want to read lengthy shopping lists of gory symptoms – but many, if not most practitioners don’t read provings either. Continue reading

Restrictions during homoeopathic treatment: In search of the tone of the distant flute

distant flute“…in the dead of night, when all the sounds of day are hushed and perfect stillness prevails, the undisturbed ear distinctly perceives the softest tone of a distant flute…”

Reading Hahnemann is often a bracing experience.    When I read his thoughts, which he expresses so succinctly and sharply, I find myself looking at my practice and wondering…  Hahnemann’s introduction to China offers many expressions of the bracing sort… This particular subject, relating to medications and lifestyle of the patient while in treatment , appears in Hahnemann’s notes on his proving of China. Continue reading

Hahnemann’s warning to prescribers – beware of disease names…

typhoidHahnemann’s warning to prescribers – beware of disease names…

Treating fibromyalgia? pneumonia? asthma? cancer? gingivitis? diptheria? meningitis?

In his introductions to provings, Hahnemann often gives a list of diseases where the remedy in question has been helpful.  Many seem to see this as a clear therapeutic indication for the diseases named.  It is noticeable that Hahnemann himself, a very prolific writer, did not write any form of therapeutic catalogue. Continue reading

Viewed through proving: Opium, primary and secondary action

The Perfidious Poppy

“It is much more difficult to estimate the action of opium than of almost any other drug.”

You may already be familiar with my penchant for tables.  There’s a quote below which in usual unwieldy translation of originally unwieldy German is difficult to read.  Here’s the information in table form, and then read the quote: Continue reading

Viewed through proving: Chamomilla and the Cafe Klatsch

“When I awake in the morning…I have the power of thinking and the activity of an oyster.”

“When I awake in the morning” writes a genteel, consummate coffee-drinking lady, “I have the power of thinking and the activity of an oyster.”

This comparison, taken from Hahnemann’s article on coffee in his Lesser Writings, was new to me.  However, in the early pre-coffee hours of the morning, I found I could relate – although I did find myself wondering where the pearls come into it.

Coffee holds pride of place in the proving of Chamomilla, showing up 14 times in the introduction and symptoms, mainly relating to its harmful nature and to the ability of this remedy to antidote coffee’s harmful effects.  Amongst other symptoms, it can trigger vertigo, toothache, nausea and vomiting. Continue reading

Viewed through proving: the not-so-serene Chamomilla

Cuppa tea, Chamomilla darlin’?

As practitioners reading this blog will confirm, we often learn the most valuable lessons from our patients.

A patient mentioned to me that recently she found herself irritable and snappy, and didn’t quite know why.  It turned out that since she stopped drinking coffee on a previous homeopath’s instructions, she had been drinking large amounts of chamomile tea. Continue reading

Viewed through proving: Bryonia and Rhus Tox, together forever…

Viewed through proving: Bryonia and Rhus Tox, together forever…

Spot the differences

The whole question of movement aggravates or ameliorates in Bryonia and Rhus Tox is so frequently highlighted, but what about the full remedies?  What makes them so similar?  What else can be used to differentiate them? Continue reading

Viewed through proving: Bryonia – expect the unexpected

Viewed through proving: Bryonia – expect the unexpected

In a recent facebook post I asked readers where they would least expect to see the following symptom:

“It is intolerable to him to keep the affected part still, he moves it up and down.”

Understandably, most opted for Bryonia.  Of course.  We know of Bryonia as the remedy for those who have to keep completely still.  For those who are so sensitive that even if you jar their beds slightly they go into paroxysms of whatever they are suffering from at the time.

It is true that when symptoms agree, Bryonia will be relevant in this need to keep still.  Rhus Tox will be relevant in the need to move.  However, to quote from Porgy and Bess – it ain’t necessarily so.  The above symptom appears as symptom 593 in the proving of Bryonia. Continue reading

Viewed through proving: IGNATIA – Hahnemann’s prescribing notes

Does one swallow a sore throat make?

What’s the connection? Apart from the swallow’s known love for peat-scented Scottish single malt? Read on…

The following are some of Hahnemann’s prescribing notes on Ignatia’s sore throat, to be found within the proving.  All I’ve added are some font changes (and perhaps a comma or two):

Symptom 157:
Stitches in the throat, when not swallowing; when swallowing feeling as if swallowing over a bone, during which it jerks (aft. 3 h.).

Hahnemann’s note:” If there is an alternating action of Ignatia where it produces a sore throat with shooting when swallowing (though I have never observed such a symptom), it must be of very rare occurrence, and hence of very little use from a curative point of view.

“Consequently I have never been able to cure a sore throat with Ignatia, even when the other symptoms resembled those of this drug, in which there was shooting only when swallowing.

“But, on the other hand, when stitches in the throat were only felt when not swallowing, Ignatia cured, and that the more certainly, more quickly and more permanently when the other morbid symptoms could be covered by similar Ignatia symptoms.”

And a word on the famous Ignatia lump in the throat, which does feel worse on swallowing:

Symptom no. 164.
Sore throat, like a lump or knob in the throat, which pains as if excoriated when swallowing. (aft. 16 h.).

Hahnemann’s note: ” The Ignatia sore throat, in which there is felt, when not swallowing, internal swelling of the throat, like a lump, is generally attended by only sore pain in this lump when swallowing.

“The sore throat must be of this description which Ignatia (when the other symptoms correspond) will remove, and under such circumstances it will be rapidly and certainly cured by Ignatia.)”

So on the one hand we have:  a sore throat with shooting pain.  If the shooting pain is only felt when not swallowing, if the other symptoms fit, Ignatia will cure.  Note – Hahnemann doesn’t rule out Ignatia curing if there is shooting pain with and without swallowing, but he does say that he has not cured where there is shooting pain only with swallowing.

And on the other hand – we have the Ignatia lump in the throat – according to Hahnemann’s note, felt when not swallowing, but only painful when swallowing.

Enough to make one want to swallow the strong stuff and know no pain (see pic above…) – but that’s Ignatia for you!