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/prov·ing/ (prldbomacv´ing) in homeopathy, the administration of a medicinal substance to healthy persons in doses large enough to elicit a symptomatic response without causing irreversible toxicity in order to determine its therapeutic properties.


noun The method used in homeopathy to test new substances for therapeutic potential. In a proving, the agent of interest (the “remedy”) is administered to a group of healthy individuals to determine the pattern of symptoms evoked by the remedy. In the second stage of proving, the symptoms evoked by the remedy must be reversed by the remedy.


(proo′vĭng) plural.provings
In homeopathy, an assessment of the symptoms experienced by healthy volunteers after they are treated with a proposed remedy.

Patient discussion about proving

Q. Do doctors normally do ultrasounds to prove you have mis carried?? 2 weeks ago i found out i was pregnant, i started spottion so we went to the hospital where they toldl me i miscarried, but they did not do any alternative tests to prove it not even check my Hcg levels. Im wandering if i should get a second opinion to make sure.

A. Congratulations on the new pregnancy - that's wonderful news!

Q. Is it really working? My boyfriend practice Chinese medicine and he always advocate Chinese medicine and brings many examples in which regular medicine failed for many years and one treatment of acupuncture cured the problem. I know it sounds convincing, but maybe these stories are misleading? I find it hard to believe in this meridian thing. It seems just like an old and out-of-date theory. What do you think?

A. As a successful practicing doctor of Chinese medicine I can tell you this: it doesn't matter what a patient believes if the diagnosis and treatment is correct. I treat patients every day who benefit from treatment as seen by objective sign and symptom changes. I am not providing new-age this or that, or ambient music, or BS talk. It's a standardized form of medicine with a complete theory at its foundation. Those who say otherwise are uneducated, inexperienced, and full of empty speculative opinions. This is real clinical experience talking, having worked and practiced in 5 clinics with vastly different patient demographics.

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