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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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