Experience of Medicine: Volume 2

by Alastair Gray

  • Experience of Medicine: Volume 2

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The Students of Nature Care College St. Leonards Sydney

Four provings by students of Nature Care College/Sydney College of Homeopathic Medicine:

  • Blatta Orientalis, Indian Cockroach;
  • Cactus Grandiflorus;
  • Bufo Rana, Common Toad;
  • Hippocampus Kuda, Seahorse.


I recently read an article about the possibility that SARS may have been spread by the cockroach. If any part of this is true then this proving is going to be of immense value. I have now used it extensively in my clinic and taught the use of it and the symptoms of this proving widely. I recall the bizarre symptoms of swelling of the legs and the exhaustion, deep and profound exhaustion which was created in these grumpy provers in 2002. The difficulty in respiration, and the fatigue, oh my god! the fatigue. The symptoms were firmly centred in the respiratory system and the incapacity to breath was deeply troublesome. Married to the other provings of Blatta this information will serve to solidify our previously shaky assertions about this remedy.

Early last century, a small minded agriculturalist with finger nail vision imported the cane toad from Puerto Rico to Queensland to take care of the cane beetle that compromised the sugar cane crops. The rest is an appalling history. These beasts have taken over, eat anything, kill native fauna and anything that moves. Some love them as pests. Some run them over as a duty; in fact it’s considered un-Australian not to line them up and get as many as you can. Others use them to practice some golf swings and I must admit that there is some satisfaction to thwacking the pest that is destroying the countryside and improving your game at the same time. Others boil them down and drink the juice in the absence of other hallucinogenic excitement. The cane toad has much similarity to the toad proven here. The predominant residue from the proving was dumbness and an utter inability to think.

Cactus grandiflorus was a small but valuable proving. I feel the results here will ultimately complement our understanding of the remedy as it is used currently. It produced the most extraordinary flushes of heat. Cutting, stabbing and pressure in the chest. Blood circulating like fire.

This proving was conducted to complement the more recent proving conducted in the USA. Seahorses are in trouble arounds the world. They are struggling in their environments with the onslaught of human encroachment. They are endlessly fascinating. A massive one was washed up on Bondi beach the other day with the autumnal post cyclonic swells that battered the coast. Given their extraordinary nature I was surprised at the blandness of the symptoms given its animal origin. Perhaps it goes to confirm that only truly toxic substances in the wild make for the best provings.

To the generosity of these students who acted as either provers or supervisors or researchers over these years, my thanks for your perseverance and courage and time and generosity. I am sincerely grateful.

  • Author: Alastair Gray
  • ISBN: 9780975798218
  • 317 pages
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2005
  • Printed in Australia