In all the years of homeopathy, we had never developed a clear understanding of what provings are. What was missing was a model that could explain provings and at the same time place them within the greater body of homeopathic theory. In this book, we will discuss the technical fundamentals of provings and develop a model that translates them into successful results in your practice.
Comprehending the applications of provings should not be relegated to first year homeopathic curriculum and then shelved for occasional reference. Keeping this cornerstone of our profession central in the homeopath's mind will help practice outcomes from the initial prescription through long term follow-up care. The reason for this is that day-to-day practice follows exactly the same rules, protocols and outcomes that provings do.
These skills are described in this book. We first apply them to the proving, and then indicate how the same skills are useful to find the correct remedy for a patient. It is important for you, the practitioner, because understanding provings can dramatically sharpen your clinical skills, and help more of your patients get better.
In addition, this volume contains the first modern proving of Alcoholus, a remedy which has been used often and with good effect in the treatment of children with autism, attention difficulties, and behaviour issues.
Paul Herscu, ND is the author of several other books and articles on homeopathy including, Stramonium, & The homeopathic Treatment of Children.
Praise for Provings, Volume I
Paul's teaching, while often genuinely innovative, has always been framed in the historical context of homeopathy's master prescribers. The apt quotations from both famous and obscure homeopaths in Provings provide further evidence of his depth as a scholar. His previous books, of course-one on children's remedy types, and a second that outlines his theory of Cycles and Segments through a study of Stramonium- have been important contributions toi homeopathic literature. While I look forward to reading the additional books he promises here, his position as a teacher and theorist is quite unassailable with the publication of this one.
-Peter Wright, ND, American Homeopath
I am impressed by Paul's ability to go deep into original sources of homeopathy and extract important features of our profession making them available to a large community of students and active practitioners of homeopathy. His work has always made us think and frequently reset our approaches to various things that we thought we knew and understood so well.
I highly recommend this book to all my colleagues. It also should be read by any student of homeopathy. Provings is a very important and reliable reference for scientific endeavors in the realm of homeopathy. Dr. Herscu offers a clear description of the theory and practice of provings based on numerous important classical texts provided unabridged in the main body of the book.
In my opinion his new book advances our community. This book is refreshing. It brings back the feeling of having a solid, powerful foundation. The intent of the author is clearly to unite, to strengthen our community by clarifying very important points of the theory and practice of the tade.
-Edwards Shalts, MD
Provings, Volume II further classifies the work of Provings, Volume I. Using original source materials, Dr. Herscu reviews each article and shows how a clear model finally answers many of the dilemmas that have plagued the testing of our medicines.
The volume ends with two original works: a description of an experiment that shows clear effects of homeopathy and a piece which lays out a distinct method of deciding which symptoms to accept during the course of a proving.