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Vol. 12, No. 3, 2005
Issue release date: June 2005
Forsch Komplementärmed Klass Naturheilkd 2005;12:152-158

Assessing Homeopathic Proving Using Questionnaire Methodology: Consideration and Implications for Future Studies

Brien S. · Lewith G.
University of Southampton, Hampshire, Great Britain

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Homeopathic pathogenetic trials (or provings) provide the foundations for the clinical practice of homeopathy. The most recent review of proving studies indicated that provings are generally of poor methodological quality. Methods to improve the quality and scientific rigour are needed to critically assess the clinical basis of homeopathy. This article describes a methodology using a symptom diary with a selection of predefined remedy specific symptoms (proving questionnaire). The proving questionnaire was developed as an alternative to the traditional qualitative proving methods in an attempt to provide a quantitative method that could rigorously validate the original provings. This article considers the advantages and disadvantages of this approach and provides suggestions for future work in this area.

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