The Homopathic Proving
Common Name: Oriental cockroach.
Cockroaches are among the most primitive living, winged insects (almost unchanged for more than 320 million years) and are among the oldest fossil insects.
The cockroach prefers a warm, humid, dark environment and is usually found in tropical or other mild climates. Only a few species have become pests. The insect damages more material than it consumes and emits a disagreeable odour. The diet of the roach, which includes both plant and animal products, ranges from food, paper, clothing, and books to dead insects, especially bedbugs.
The Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) is considered one of the filthiest of household pests. It is oval, shiny black or dark brown, 25 to 30 mm long, with a life cycle similar to that of the American cockroach. The male has short, fully developed wings, and the female has vestigial wings. This cockroach has been distributed by vehicles of commerce from its Asiatic origins to all the temperate regions.
-Encyclopedia Britannica 2001
PROVING PROTOCOLS & METHODOLOGY:
(i)The remedy was selected by Dr.Rupal Desai, my friend and colleague. It was not revealed to me or to the provers till the end of the proving. It was the 30th potency.
(ii)Total number of provers were 5 [1 male + 4 females]. Two of the female provers continued the proving for 2 weeks and later dropped out for unknown reasons.
(iii)The effect of the proving lasted for approximately 4-6 weeks.
(iv)Each prover had an observer (usually a close friend) to augment the process of symptom collection.