An evaluation of the homoeopathic drug proving of Naja Mossambica in the light of a doctrine of signatures analysis and a comparison between the proving symptons and the venom toxicology
This study was conducted by administering Naja mossambica 30CH (a homoeopathic remedy derived from the venom of the Mozambican spitting cobra) to healthy individuals in order to elicit and document the resulting mental and physical symptomology. These symptoms were compared to the toxicology of Naja mossambica venom as well as a doctrine of signatures analysis of the snake in order to expand and clarify the remedy picture. Existing knowledge of the venom toxicology gives a clear indication of the organs and body systems that the substance has an affinity for. Many poisonous substances used homoeopathically rely heavily on inferences made from the toxicology of the substance, as much of the gross pathology in the symptom picture cannot safely be elucidated in a proving. The aim of this study was to determine the sphere of action of Naja mossambica by utilising symptoms obtained from the proving and from the toxicology of the venom. This was done in order to determine the remedy's usefulness in a homoeopathic clinical setting by expanding our understanding of the substance and thereby facilitating the treatment of disease based on the law of similars.