Remedy source:

The remedy was made up by Helios Pharmacy of Tunbridge Wells, England, using a piece of dried leaf of Nicotiana rustica. The substance is freely available and was bought on line at the website www.mazatecgarden.com. It can be smoked like any other form of tobacco.

 

Proving:

Prover # Sex potency
3. Male 12c
4. Female 6c
5. Female 12c
6. Female 30c
8. Female 6c
9. Female 30c
10. Female 12c
12. Female 30c
13. Female 6c
14. Male 6c
15. Male 6c
16. Female 12c
17. Female 30c
18. Female 6c
19. Female 30c
21. Female 30c
22. Male 12c

There were 18 provers, 14 women and 4 men. 12 were from the San Francisco Bay Area, 4 from Southern California (San Diego), and two from Vancouver, BC, Canada. There were two placebo provers, one of whom dropped out.

 

The method of proving and analysis:

The proving consisted of a single blind study with two placebos used. Potencies used were 6c, 12, and 30c. Provers were instructed to take one single tablet 3 times a day for up to 2 days, but to stop at any point if an effect were noticed. On the day of the proving, all the provers from the San Francisco Bay Area met and took the remedy at the same time. For the next two hours, the group stayed together or took a walk alone. Any conversation was kept to a minimum and provers could not discuss their experiences when taking the remedy. The intention behind this was to create an atmosphere where the consciousness of the substance and of the provers could be elucidated more clearly. When beginning a proving in the midst of daily life, provers can easily miss more nuanced effects, so the environment was controlled to see if a greater level of consciousness could be achieved. Analysis of the proving symptoms showed that a few provers definitely had very immediate effects. This methodology has been one of the more disputed aspects of modern provings, some people feeling that it potentially distorts the authenticity of a proving and leads to false conclusions based on notions of the collective consciousness of the proving process. However, the main intention was to see if more subtle influences of the remedy could be perceived in this way.

About 2 hours prior to the proving commencement, a small earthquake hit the San Francicso Bay Area. Not everybody felt the earthquake yet the proving also reflected its influence. Commentaries and references to the earthquake were included in the proving as seemed appropriate. The possibility that the provers were in fact partially proving "earthquake" is an interesting consideration. Given the notion of the synchronicity of events that seems to surround a proving, some connection between the earthquake and that of the proving might be speculated (or hotly debated depending on your position on these things). The symptoms produced did seem to mingle both influences, with the images of cracks opening up, and the feelings of falling and sinking, at times into the earth and at other times just a falling sensation. However, given the fact that taking the remedy, feeling the earthquake, and experiencing the first symptoms all happened around the same time, references to the earthquake became recorded in the symptoms in the same way as any other phenomenon. It should be noted though that some of these images