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Title: A homoeopathic drug proving of Acridotheres tristis
Authors: Hoosen, Asima Goolam 
Issue Date: 2010
The aim of the study was to determine the effect of Acridotheres tristis 30CH on
healthy volunteers (provers) and to record the clearly observable signs and
symptoms produced, so that Acridotheres tristis 30CH may be prescribed
according to the Law of Similars, as required by homoeopathy.
The proving of Acridotheres tristis took the form of a randomised, placebocontrolled
trial on 30 healthy volunteers who met inclusion criteria. The 30th
centesimal potency of the tail feather was administered as lactose powders and
fifty percent of provers were randomly administered an identical placebo-control
The collection of the data from the provers took the form of a journal in which
each prover‟s symptoms were recorded for six weeks, including a one-week
observation period prior to taking the powders, and a proving period of five
weeks after administration of powders. On completion of the proving, each
journal was assessed by the researcher to determine the suitability of the
recorded symptoms for inclusion in the materia medica of Acridotheres tristis.
These symptoms were then translated into the language of the materia medica
and repertory and the remedy picture then formulated. Data from case histories,
physical examinations and group discussions were also taken into account
during the analysis of the proving symptoms.
The homoeopathic drug proving of Acridotheres tristis, conducted as a doubleiii
blind, randomised and placebo-controlled study produced a wide range of
symptoms. In the collated edited data arising from the proving 396 journal entries
were extracted and 595 rubrics in total were formulated, of which 56 rubrics were
new. The main symptoms belonging to the mental and emotional spheres of this
remedy include depression, anxiety, memory weakness and isolation
accompanied by a need for solitude. The characteristic physical symptoms
include headaches, dizziness, extreme fatigue, skin eruptions especially pimples
and rashes, haemorrhoids, numbness and severe dysmenorrhoea. Other
symptoms indicate a possible use in the treatment of gastro-intestinal complaints
which include nausea, abdominal cramps, abdominal distention and heartburn.
The investigation supported the hypothesis that Acridotheres tristis would
produce clearly observable signs and symptoms in healthy volunteers. It is
essential that the proving symptoms be verified and expanded through clinical
trials and further provings of Acridotheres tristis in various potencies, so that it
becomes well-utilized remedy in the future.
Mini-dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master's Degree in Technology: Homoeopathy, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2010.
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