Appendix III


Preparing the Proving Diary


Preparing the proving for publication is a vital process but it takes considerable effort and many provings never see the light of day thus wasting the effort of the provers and depriving the homœopathic community of a remedy. Care and a little effort in preparing the diary can save a great deal of work at a later stage.

The symptom as presented in the proving should read as one or more natural narrative sentences. It should have a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. It should not contain abbreviations or repertory language. Within the narrative should be a description of the symptom, an indication of any modalities or other things that modify and expand it (CLAMS) and, unless it is completely new, a description of how it differs from the prover's normal state.

Each individual symptom should be presented separately. If two symptoms are linked or connected in some way they should be reported together but the way in which they interact must be clear.

If a symptom occurred many times during the proving it should appear in the diary only: the first time it occurred; any time where it was different or changed; either the last time it occurred or in your summary where its frequency should be noted. i.e. "I had a throbbing headache in the evening every two or three days during the proving."

Proving dreams tend to be clear and striking with a particular focus and narrative. If a dream is wandering and confused it is unlikely to be a revealing part of the proving.

Have a look at modern provings, on the internet or in books, to get a feel as to how symptoms should be presented.

People should never be named. Always use generic terms: my husband, my son, my daughter, the dog, etc.

The symptoms in the diary should be presented in the following format:

03,13.30, NS, I had a terrible headache, it started after lunch and got worse when I went out. The pain was hot and throbbing, was in the right temple and extended into the right ear. My husband commented that the pupil of my right eye was dilated.

The first number is the day. The day you took the remedy is day 1, the next day is day 2. The second number is the time. If there is no specific time use an X.

Do not use any symbols or unusual punctuation. Even dashes do not move between formats and different software programmes. Never use tables or fancy formats.

The final diary and overview should be checked by your supervisor and then submitted to the proving organizer as an RTF file (rich text format, which is an option in "save as" in all word processors).