INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE, NAGPUR
Coach - Dr. Aadil Chimthanawala
Head- Dept of Homoeopathic Cardiology, The National Academy of Homoeopathy, India
Director – “Aadil Homoeo Heart Care Centre”, Hanuman Lane, Sitabuldi, NAGPUR -12
Ph: (0712) 2766286, 2532008, 2522563; firstname.lastname@example.org
While the Rajasthan Royals were playing against Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League cricket matches at the Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Jamtha Stadium at Nagpur, this April, another league was also being played in the city: that of Aadils Achievers versus Fatemas Farishteys. Our match was in the field of Homoeopathy and the pitch was at The National Academy of India’s Shaad homoeopathic Hospital Complex & Research Centre, Nagpur. The match commenced at 11.25 am on 6th April and ended on 16th April 2010.
Aadils Achievers comprising of 26 players actively participated in the Reproving of the drug Spigelia Anthelmintica (Pinkroot: Order Loganiaceae) while Fatemas Farishteys numbering 26 were the controls. The representation of Aadils Achievers was wide as regards age (21- 61 years) and geography. The following is the list of Provers
1. Dr. Mohammad Rafeeque aged 34 years from Cochin, Kerela (Captain)
2. Dr. Amit Singh – aged 22 years from Dhamtari, CG (Vice Captain)
3. Dr. Mohammad Qutbutddin aged 40 years from Darbhanga, Bihar
4. Dr. Rashmi Bhagat aged 25 years from Chandur Bazaar, Maharashtra
5. Dr. Ashish Kumar Shukla aged 30 years from Nepalganj, UP
6. Dr. Anita Paikra aged 25 years from Raipur, CG
7. Dr. Sandhya Rai aged 21 years from Risali, CG
8. Dr. Anant Khotpal aged 61 years from Nagpur, Maharashtra
9. Dr. Anju Dewangan aged 23 years from Raipur, CG
10. Dr. Uttareshwar Sakhare aged 26 years from Mahajalgaon, Maharashtra
11. Dr. Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal aged 27 years from Amethi, UP
12. Dr. Shubra Sahu aged 23 years from Durg, CG
13. Dr. Parul Sharma aged 22 years from Raipur, CG
14. Dr. Anupama Rajput aged 23 years from Bhopal, MP
15. Dr. Anilesh Kumar Tiwari aged 25 years from Rewa, MP
16. Dr. Pinki Tharwani aged 24 years from Bhopal, MP
17. Dr. Ranjan Belsare aged 26 years from Warud, Maharashtra
18. Dr. Manish Chaurasiya aged 25 years from Bhopal, MP
19. Dr. Ishrat Bano Hassan aged 24 years from Raipur, CG
20. Dr. Jyotsana Bindra aged 23 years from Raipur, CG
21. Dr. Motilal Chaurasiya aged 24 years from Pratapgarh, UP
22. Dr. Narendra Singh Verma aged 22 years from Shajapur, MP
23. Dr. Vivek Kumar Pandey aged 24 years from Allahabad, UP
24. Dr. Prasant Kumar Singh aged 26 years from Bhopal, MP
25. Dr. Kirti Bajpai aged 22 years from Bareilly, UP
26. Dr. Preeti Yadav aged 27 years from Bhopal, MP
The chairperson of the Selection panel, Dr. Pratibha Dangre conducted a detail case taking, physical examination, laboratory investigations including ECG of all the players (provers & the controls) prior to the start of the project. Those who were suffering from chronic disorders or were already under homoeopathic treatment or addictions (Tobacco, cigarette, Betel Nuts, Nus, Perfumes, etc.) were not included.
Aadils Achievers won the toss and elected to bat. So, 6 globules of Spigelia of Number 20 in 30C potency were bowled per orally on 6/4/2010 at 11.25 am. The Match Referee was Dr. Riyaz Ahmed – Senior Homoeopath and former Lecturer, Department of Materia Medica, Nagpur College of Homoeopathy, Nagpur along with distinguished umpires Drs. Kasim & Sagira Chimthanawala. The temperature at Nagpur was 41 degrees Celsius and the pitch was dry. Then, began the tedious task of systemic and meticulous noting of the evolution of drug effects and the comparison of scores (day books) of all the players (provers) to determine the true characters of the drug disease.
Mind and Disposition: Initial restlessness followed by calmness. No urge to speak to anyone. Urge to go to the Ram Temple (opposite the hospital) and sit there (1,5,7,9,11,12,14,20,21,22). Sudden anxiety about the future. This thought repeated 3-4 times (2,6,13,18).Difficulty of thinking and disinclination for mental exertion (6,9,11,12,15,18) started 2 hours after the drug administration and lasted for 8 hours. Absent mindedness, could not concentrate in the lectures (2,3,4,6,8,9,12); went to the room during the lecture and slept. Drowsiness lasted for 2-3 hours more in the evening.
Head: Vertigo on standing up that lasted for 1-2 minutes (9, 14, 19, 24). Pulsating headache in the left forehead (started 2 hours after drug ingestion), spreading to the left eye; worse from motion and noise. Relieved by resting and lying (1,4,6,9,11,16,17,21,23,24). Recurred after the 2nd and 3rd doses as well (3, 4, 5, 13). Started early morning just after Yoga and remained the whole day (2,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19).
Eyes: Burning both eyes started about 15 minutes of the drug intake and lasted for half an hour (6, 11, 16, and 19). Pain in left eye > rubbing but returning as soon as the rubbing stopped (12, 15). Pain Left eyes, deep in the sockets, could not concentrate on the slides of the lecture. Dryness of conjunctiva, heaviness of lids, The eyelids seem to hang down and immovable (8,10,11,15,16,17,18,22,23,25,26). Lachrymation;
Ears: Sensation of stuffiness during the lecture, immediately after the drug ingestion. Lasted for 2 hours (4, 10).
Nose: Sneezing, Thin watery discharge from the left Nostril < evening. It lasted for 2 days (2,8,9,11,12,13,14,16,17,21,26). Next day, posterior nasal discharge, thick white sputum. Dryness with nasal blockage Left > Right. Aggravated by heat of sun and ameliorated by cold water
Mouth: Dryness in the mouth started 25 minutes after drug intake for 15 minutes. This was repeated after the 2nd & 3rd dose (14). Bleeding gums lasted for 2 days and stopped (11, 14).
Throat: soreness and congestion with sensation of splinter in the upper part of throat. The feeling lasted for 3 hours (6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19). Hoarse voice < night (14, 18, 19). Cough dry more in the day along with choking in the throat > cold water. Lasted for 5 days. 4 provers had to be given Bryonia, Spongia, Coccos cacti and Hepar sulph respectively since they could not bear the intensity of the cough. Liquids difficult to swallow.
Stomach and Abdomen: Loss of appetite, with violent thirst for chilled, cold water or aerated drinks. Weight increased by 3 Kgs in 4 days. (3,4,10,11,12,14,15,17,21,25, 26). Sensitiveness of the pit of the stomach to the touch.
Stool and Anus: Frequent
inefficient urging to stool. Constipated hard stool with increased straining
Male Sexual Organs: Erections and increased fancies, but without sexual desire. Seminal emissions every night for 3 nights (2,3,11,15).
Female Sexual Organs: Heaviness
in the lower abdomen and stretching in the thighs. (7,9,14,19,25).Sensation as
if menses would come but no flow. Started in the evening and lasted for 4-5
hours. Menses started - dark clotted blood lasting for 2 days (expected dates of
menses 18th, 20th , 26th of April) (7,9,12,25)
Heart: Palpitation - sensation as if he could hear his own heart sounds. Oppression of chest with heaviness- Left side. Pain started in the left supra mammary region and spread to the left shoulder, left forearm. The muscular pain started 7 hours after the first dose and remained constant for 2 days (2,7). It then radiated to the lower back as well < movement. ECG was normal. No relief with pressure. Pain was unbearable and hence the drug effect had to be antidoted in the above 2 provers. Dry cough started in 2 hours and lasted for 7 days (3, 5, 8, 17, 18, 19). Hypertension with systolic BP increasing by 10-14 mm Hg and Diastolic BP increasing by 10mm Hg over previous states. (7,9,11,15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26).
Sleep: Great sleepiness during the day, (1,2,3,4,5,8,10,11,15,16,17,18,22,23,25,26) even in the morning, with late going to sleep at night. Restless, unrefreshing sleep at night and sleepiness in the morning.
Aggravation : after washing; ice cream, rice, from least motion, noise; on rising from a seat; Better: Rest, lying on the left side, cold water
Conclusion - We agree with Dr. T.F. Allen who pens in the preface of his Handbook of Materia Medica – “Much might be said concerning the reliability of our symptomatology, the errors that have been perpetuated from year to year in old material and in new material obtained by faulty methods are well known. There is no doubt that some of even Hahnemann’s symptoms were observed in the sick both as apparent results of drug action and as probable cures, it is also true that most provers have allowed themselves to record as effects of drugs taken for experiment, symptoms which would have arisen spontaneously or which were suggestions of a mind watching for such effects. There is no doubt that many if not most symptoms have been observed in only one or two persons as the effect of the drug and that many of these would fail confirmation by repeated experiment. But after all these allowances have been made there remains a good and true pathogenesis sufficient for a working Materia Medica and capable of justifying itself by unfailing results when put to the test of homoeopathic therapeutics. Numerous provings each consisting of but a single observation even the result of but a single dose appeal to our knowledge of the effects of analogous drugs as genuine; they must be utilized, their symptoms guide us unerringly to the saving of life and they cannot be discarded.”
In the reproving of Spigelia, many symptoms that have already been proved by previous provings have been found in our provings as well. Some new symptoms include sustained hypertensive state lasting for 3 days in provers who previously were not hypertensives, violent thirst for chilled cold water and starting of menses or pre-menstrual symptoms in females whose menses were not due.
This has given a new confidence in all our players of IPL of both the teams - Aadil’s Achievers because they were the provers themselves and Fatema’s Faristey’s who have closely seen and observed the proving symptoms amongst their friends and team mates of the other side.
Hail Hahnemann!! Hail Homoeopathy!
© Dr Aadil Chimthanwala