Case histories and comments on Capsicum annuum

IL MEDICO OMEOPATA n. 37 (April 2008)
Dr. Gustavo Dominici
This paper shows some successful cases of Capsicum annuum (sweet pepper or chili pepper). The well-known effectiveness of this remedy for the treatment of acute otitis and mastoiditis was confirmed. Its therapeutic action on subjects showing a tendency to obesity, gastric and intestinal complaints, indolence, surrender of his/her activity, melancholy down to depression, nostalgia, irritability was also proved to be effective. We suggest that a suitable use of this homeopathic remedy could utterly change the evolution of these pathologies and bring the patients back to their normal life.

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Fig. 1 - Proteus vulgaris


Proving and clinical use

School of Homeopathic Medicine of Verona

Dr. Gustavo Dominici

The Homeopathic School of Verona in Italy organizes hahnemanian provings for experimental and educational purposes. In 2013 was tested Proteus vulgaris. The results of the proving and the data in the literature allowed the clinical use of the remedy.

Participants: 15 experienced provers, 10 expert supervisors; 1 coordinator; 1 director. Potency tested: 200 K; 3 placebo or blank (20%). It was a triple-blind proving. Observation time: 30 days; periodical checks until to 1 year.

The mental symptoms of the proving of Proteus vulgaris are characterized by extreme violence in any event. There are restlessness, uncontrollable mobility; it is polemic, hard, aggressive; there is destructive criticism. It breaks consolidated relationships. There is insomnia. The most affected systems are: gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. Are affected the finger joints. There are many headaches. The symptoms in the literature complete the pathogenesis-clinical picture and allow the prescription.
Differential diagnosis: Iodum, Hyosciamus, Medorrhinum, Mercurius solubilis and corrosivus, Staphisagria, Syphilinum, Tarentula, Pyrogenium.
The Author shows three clinical cases, two of which are children cases: the first with many behavioral problems and mild autism; the second with ADHD syndrome; the last one is a young woman’s case with manic-depressive syndrome.

The proving is the best method for defining the pathogenesis of a new substance. The results must be completed with the literature data. Proteus is a homeopathic remedy with very intense and characteristic symptoms and can be used successfully in the clinical practice, particularly in children with behavioral disorders including ADHD syndrome as well as in adults.

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An example of Streptococcinum: method, results, clinical applications

69rd CONGRESS OF THE LMHI – Paris, 16/19 July 2014
School of Homeopathic Medicine of Verona

Dr. Gustavo Dominici

Homeopathic experimentation, otherwise known as proving, provides the opportunity to learn about the pathogenetic and therapeutic potential of dynamised substances according to Hahnemann’s method. The author has refined the original Hahnemannian methodology by making several significant modifications: 1. Placebo control groups; 2. Double or triple blind trials; 3. Expert supervisors who monitor a maximum of three provers each; 4. Frequent direct contacts between supervisors and provers; 5. Use of potencies equal or superior to 30CH 6. Prolonged use of the substance; 7. Importance of objective symptoms; 8. Follow-ups of the symptomatology of each prover for up to one year; 9. Initial seminar for choosing participants and final seminar for comparing symptomatology. A single proving, using this refined version of the Hahnemannian method, makes it possible to obtain the typical symptoms of the tested substance and therefore provides information about its use as a remedy. The author describes the proving of two strains of Streptococcinum Streptococcus pyogenes Rosenbach and Mercy nos. 433, 434 – which were tested at the School of Homeopathy in Verona in 2012. The proving consisted of a triple blind trial with potencies of 30CH (4), 200CH (4) and MK (4), and a placebo control group (4). The observation period lasted 30 days with regular check-ups for up to one year. The symptoms that were produced were intense and distinctive: cutaneous symptoms similar to scarlet fever; symptoms affecting joints similar to rheumatism; symptoms affecting the digestive system; symptoms affecting the pharynx, the tonsils and the main parts of the respiratory system; general symptoms, such as lack of energy, listlessness and intense drowsiness. The author describes a clinical case of serious post-urethritic reactive arthritis, chronic sinus infections and recurrent episodes of tonsillitis. The patient had benefited from other homeopathic remedies, Medorrhinum and Lycopodium, without definitive results. In under one year, Streptococcinum restored the patient back to a normal condition.

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Proving 2012 conducted by the School of Homeopathy, Verona

School of Homeopathic Medicine of Verona

Dominici G., Allegri F., Andreotti M. C., Calieri R., Mariani I., Pomposelli R., Tonini E., Lanza L.

The Streptococcinum nosode is a homeopathic remedy produced from two strains of Streptococcus pyogenes Rosenbach, Mercy n. 433, 434. The School of Homeopathy in Verona conducted the proving of Streptococcinum between February and May 2012. The participants were recruited from students and teachers at the school: 16 provers, 6 supervisors, 1 coordinator and 1 director. The proving consisted of a triple blind test with a 25% placebo control sample. 30c (4), 200c (4) and MK (4) potencies were used together with placebo control samples (4). The observation period lasted 30 days. The provers were consulted at regular intervals to assess the persistence of the symptoms for up to 12 months after the start of the proving. The pathogenesis and symptomatology is particularly interesting. Under experimental conditions, it seems to reproduce certain pathologies caused by Streptococcus pyogenes such as scarlet fever and rheumatism. The digestive system was particularly affected. Proving has been confirmed to be a reliable experimental method and a source of important information both for the substance being ‘proved’ and the intensity and duration of action of the homeopathic remedy.

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Proving results and clinical use of Hydrogenium peroxide in humans and animals

63rd CONGRESS OF THE LMHI – May 20-24 2008, Oostende (Belgium)

Dr. Gustavo Dominici – Dr. Mauro Dodesini

The homeopathic proving of Hydrogenium peroxidatum (H2O2) was carried out between February and June 2004 using a double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial (1),(2). The elaboration of the data turned out to be demanding, due to the slow development of symptomatology in the provers. Hydrogenium peroxidatum was administered in 30 CH potency. Two provers continued the trial receiving a 200 K potency. The present paper shows proving results and clinical use of Hydrogenium peroxidatum in humans and animals. Clinical results underlined the ability of this homeopathic remedy to improve and even to recover functional and structural intellectual deficit. The first encouraging results show that the remedy could be very important in the terapy of degenerative diseases of CNS, which are currently strongly increasing. In this case the homeopathic terapy might be useful where traditional medicine have no chances.

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Double-blind, placebo-controlled homeopathic pathogenetic trials: Symptom collection and analysis

© 2006 The Faculty of Homeopathy

G. Dominici, P. Bellavite, C. di Stanislao, P. Gulia and G. Pitari

Homeopathic pathogenetic trials (provings) are fundamental to homeopathy. Since most of the data from available provings have not been statistically evaluated, it is unclear how specific reported symptoms are and how they differ from those reported by people taking placebo. Method: We combine and analyse data from two different homeopathic pathogenic trials — including 10 and 11 provers, respectively, and both including 30% placebo — to test the null hypothesis that there is no significant difference between the number of symptoms in placebo and verum groups.
Results: The principal results were:
– Placebo reported less symptoms than verum groups.
– Symptom distribution according to predefined classes (common symptoms increased in intensity and/or duration, cured, old, new and exceptional) was statistically different between placebo and verum group at a high level of significance (P < 0.001). Compared to verum, placebo provers reported less new and old but more common (increased in duration or intensity) symptoms.
– Within repertory categories, other differences were detected.
– The two groups differ in terms of the duration of each symptom and kinetics of symptoms: most symptoms were more persistent in verum than in placebo groups and verum provers recorded a decreasing number of symptoms with time. Placebo provers did not show such a temporal pattern.
Conclusions: If confirmed by other studies these results would demonstrate the non equivalence between homeopathic medicines in high dilution and placebo and contribute to the improvement of proving methodology and evaluation.

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Proving of Colibacillinum

Homeopathic School of Verona 2011

Presented at the Fourth International Symposium of Italian-Brazilian Homeopathy organized by FIAMO.
Assergi, L’Aquila (Italy), September 16-18, 2011

G. Dominici, F. Allegri, M. C. Andreotti, M. Impallomeni, C. Marcolin, I. Mariani, E.Tonini, R. Pomposelli

Colibacillinum is a relatively unknown nosode. The Homeopathic School of Verona organized a proving of the homeopathic drug which was conducted between February and May 2011. The subjects were recruited from students and teachers of the school: 15 provers, 6 supervisors, 1 coordinator and 1 director. The proving consisted of a triple blind test with a 20% placebo control sample. 30CH (6), 200CH (3) and MK (3) potencies were used together with a placebo (3). The observation period lasted 30 days. The article describes the symptoms experienced (pathogenesis). The results show that Colibacillinum can be prescribed as a homeopathic medicine.

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Proving symptomatology and clinical results

58th CONGRESS OF THE LMHI – April 22-26 2003, Graz, Austria

P. Gulia, G. Pitari, G. Dominici

Etna lava was prepared as homeopathic remedy from 2001 sicilian volcano eruption. The proving occurred from October 2001 to March 2002, including 3 prover groups, 3 supervisor and 1 coordinator. The rules of classical hahnemannian proving have been followed, using 30 CH potency and subsequently 200K. 27% placebo was included. More then 300 symptomatological notes have been registered; the repetition of unusual general and mental symptoms has been observed. The present paper shows: the symptomatology of double-blind multicentrum proving compared to previous reported data, new prover descriptions of the remedy and some clinical results.

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Healing, Simillimum, Proving

October 2-3 1999, Rome, Italy

Dr. Gustavo Dominici

Healing homeopathically means searching for each case’s Simillimum. Such a search often proves difficult. A careful analysis of the patient and a diligent study of the remedies are not enough: it is necessary to develop a marked sensitivity in recognising and defining waht is really important both in patients and in the remedies. In order to achieve this, the doctor must undergo a meticulous training which, in the first phase, involves an accurate study of his own symptoms and an evaluation of how they change in response to the haomeopathic treatment. At a later stage, the doctor can tackle proving which he will perfect as he comes to know about symptoms that are alien to his own nature. Consequently, proving provides not only a way of studying new medicaments but also the quickest means of becoming an excellent therapist. The case of an aspiring prover is shown. The work is intended to be a testimony that encourages others to explore the unknown in order to improver themselves and enrich the homeopathic community’s knowledge as a whole.

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