Author: Jan Scholten
The form chosen was that of a trituration proving. There were 3 reasons for this choice:
1. There were no potencies of those new remedies to take, so we had to make them in order to avoid intoxications. Taking rude substances from plants like Plumeria obtusa and Adenium obesum from the Apocynaceae is too dangerous as they are very toxic, containing heart glycosides.
2. Trituration provings provide the pharmacist at the end of the proving with a C3 potency, which can be easily potentised further. The proving gives as a result a picture and at the same time the remedies are made available as potencies.
3. Trituration provings have become known as strong; they provide a good picture in a short time.
We made the choice for 3 to 4 provers in every proving. The 3 functions were: triturating, writing down the symptoms, and time keeping. These were done in alternation by 3 provers. A possible 4th prover had the function of supervisor. He was not triturating, not participating in the trituration as such but observing the process, making his own notes. Later we skipped this function of supervisor as it turned out not to work that well. He got involved in the proving as a whole very easily.
A facilitator was passing by the 4 provings. He stayed for a while, getting the feel of the proving and then trying to help the provers when they got stuck in the feelings and sensations and couldn't get deeper to the essence of the remedy. By questioning further he could bring the provers often a level deeper. He invited the provers to stay with their awareness with the feelings. The awareness induced a process of going deeper into the problem of the remedy. It especially helped the provers in going from the expression phase and to the problem phase. It is similar to a homeopathic case taking. By letting the provers stay with their emotions consciously it became clear for them what was behind it.
The first step is to make the choice of the remedy out of the offered possibilities. Three or four provers participate in one proving. The plant is asked permission and thanked for its participation in the proving. The provers take parts of the plant, as much different parts as possible like twig, bark, leaf, flower, fruit and seed.
We asked Robert Müntz from Remedia pharmacy to join us and help with the technical, pharmaceutical aspects of the proving. This guaranteed good technical substances and less distraction for the provers by technical things.
120 milligrams of a mixture of the above parts are mixed with with one third of 6 grams milk sugar in a clean mortar. One of the provers triturates this mixture in the mortar with a pistol for six minutes and then scrapes the mixture from the mortar back into the middle with a scraper for another 4 minutes. Another prover keeps the time. A third prover keeps the records and writes down the symptoms of all the provers. This procedure of triturating and scraping is repeated for another 10 minutes.
The above process is repeated but the provers take on another function. Now the second third of lactose and finally the last part, each about 2 grams, is added and handled as described for another 20 minutes per part. The C1 is ready after 6 trituration turns in about one hour.
The above process is repeated with 60 milligrams of the end product, C1. After 6 triturations the C2 is ready.
The above process is repeated with 60 milligrams of the end product, C2. After 6 triturations the C3 is ready.
The provers store the C1, C2 and C3.
At the end the provers thank the plant for the information given. They end the proving consciously and wash them self physically and or emotionally to clean themselves from the proving.
To round the proving off the results were discussed with all the participants. This was mostly done in the late afternoon.
This often produced some more symptoms, that were forgotten, unsaid or not realized. It shows connections and associations, gives comparisons and differentials with other remedies.