Jeremy Sherr (bio) has published provings of Scorpion,
Chocolate, and Hydrogen that are appreciated as
valuable additions to our homeopathic literature.
Through his Dynamis School he offers superior education in homeopathy.
AH - What types of provings are the best?
There's the proving that you do in order to add another remedy to homeopathy, and there's the proving you do in order to experience the remedy and what it's about, as when people do a proving during a seminar.
Now it's very interesting and very useful, and everybody gets to experience the remedy, so from that point of view it's good. But it is incomplete because you just give a remedy disregarding what stage of treatment the people are in, disregarding the stage of health of the people, disregarding proving management at Month One, Two, Three.
You have to be there and remain there if you take responsibility for a proving. I know that people can go through hell from a proving, from one dose. I've had people go through hell for a year and a half from one dose of Chocolate.
So I think you have to take responsibility for your action. It's not a game.
Hahnemann says in paragraph 141, you should do a proving "with all the caution and care here enjoined" - those are his words. So it's great to experience a proving collectively and to have it as a group, but we should consider the bigger picture.
On the other hand we can do a proving for posterity, a complete picture.
Do we really need the many shallow provings, like a lot of Julian's provings, a lot of remedies with vaguely known qualities, fattening up the repertories - but you barely ever prescribe a remedy from there because you can't get the character of it. The characteristics are incomplete.
So I prefer one thorough proving to ten shallow ones. Whose remedies do we still use today? We use mainly Hahnemann's remedies.
AH - Hering, Allen, Swann?
Sure, but most of all Hahnemann's remedies - Swann, maybe Allen and Hering here and there - but mainly Hahnemann's remedies. Pulsatilla, Aurum, Sulphur, Silica, Calcarea, Phosphorus Arsenicum, Platina - all Hahnemann's remedies.
Why? Because they were great provings. One well-proved remedy is worth many poorly proved remedies because you get the whole character, the whole totality, the whole meaning, and you can know that remedy and understand it and use it.
That's partially why they're called polychrests, because they're well proved.
Take any 'minor remedy', prove it well, and it will probably become a polychrest. Is Beryllium a polychrest? No, because there's not a good proving on Beryllium. So it all depends how we do approach the task. I like to do things properly if possible, so I try to do my provings as best as I can.
It takes time- for Chocolate, four years; for Hydrogen, four years; for Scorpion, two years. Probably because most of the work is in my spare time; it's not sponsored, it's all voluntary work.
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AH - How many hours of work went into your proving on Chocolate?
My work personally is over a thousand hours, and all the people together many thousands, something like that.
It's a lot, but I believe in doing it properly and doing as good a job as possible. Although there are a lot of symptoms, I've thrown out more than I've kept in.
An important rule is "if in doubt, leave it out". There's not a lot of information out there on how to do provings. Now, today, in the last year or two, many more people want to do provings, and they're all suffering from lack of information on how to do it.
I'm writing an article on how to do a proving from my understanding. It's not a definitive work on the subject, just my collected experience of what a proving is about.