Ginkgo biloba, also called as Galisburin Adiantifolia, Maidenhair tree, Fossil tree, Fan tree, Japanese nut tree, Japanese temple tree, elephant’s ear tree, forty coin tree and grandfather-grandson tree, is the oldest living fossil. The Hahnemannian proving was conducted in the year 1933 by E.A. Maury with the mother tincture. Some of the important proving data included pale face, general lameness with chill, uneasiness and sensation of oppression and great physical fatigue with the sensation of general weakness. At mental level, there was unreasonable fear with rapid flow of words, desire for open air and rest, needs to criticise or indulge in autocriticism; bad effects of suppressed anger. Weakness of memory and difficulty to think or intellectual weakness, feeling of heaviness of the frontal region with or without left-sided supra-orbital pain; vertigo, shriverring of the right hand with trembling, dryness of mouth, yellow tongue towards the base, pressive precordial pain and pain along the sternum, with lameness of the left arm; congestion of the parotids, difficult expectoration with thick mucus phlegm an
d dyspnoea are other symptoms covered.
A recent proving was conducted by “Schule der Homoeopathie” of the Homoeopathic Forum Gauting with 16 provers, which were looked after by 16 supervisors. Collective symptoms of both old as well as new provings are given below to have comprehensive characteristic symptoms of the drug.
Unreasonable fear with rapid flow of words. Needs to criticise or indulge in autocriticism; bad effects of suppressed anger. Weakness of memory and difficulty to think or intellectual weakness. Left and right hemispheres of the brain are alternately emphasized, promoting sometimes analytical, sometimes intuitive thinking. Feeling as if brain were falling apart. Before falling asleep, perceiving himself on a diagonal axis between the sky and the bottom of the ocean while he is constantly swinging to and fro between the ends of the axis. Feeling as if a car is crashing into him and as if a person is walking through him. Desire for open air and rest.
Vertigo, shivering of the right hand with trembling, dryness of mouth, yellow tongue towards the base. Vertigo with nausea.
Feeling of heaviness of the frontal region with or without left-sided supra-orbital pain. Pressure feeling. Sensation as if top of skull lifting up, or weight sitting on head. Headache; like a hair-band, as if brain were falling apart, extending from the neck. Headache in temples, behind the eyes. Worse light, moving the eyes, mental exertion. Better distraction, firm pressure and eating.
Feeling as if everything were confused behind the eyes. Burning, pressure and dryness of the eyes. Sensation of a grain of sand. Twitching of eyelid. Blurred vision.
Sensation; as if cold water is running out of his ear, as if hot and cold waves went through her. Sounds in ear.
Stuffed up nose, and watery discharges.
Congestion of the parotids. Pale face. Dry skin with rashes.
Aphthae; rough, dry, burning tongue. Sensation of a hole and heaviness of the tongue. Bleeding gums. Toothache; pulling sensation.
Sensation of swollen tonsils. Dryness: sensation of crumbs. Constant clearing of throat caused by mucus. Rough, dry burning sore throat better warm drinks. Swollen lymph nodes.
Heartburn. Lack of appetite and ravenous hunger. Cramping tension in stomach from emotions. Nausea. Desires coffee, beef broth, spicy, sweet, fruit and ice cream.
Bloating and rumbling. Swelling of liver.
Sensation of fullness in rectum with or without urge for stool. Increased stool in the morning. Hard stool that doesn’t want to move. Soreness of anus.
Increased urination at night. Difficulties emptying bladder; pain in urethra. Urethritis after coitus.
Reduced desire and impotence.
Shortened menstrual cycle. Dysmenorrhoea. Decreased sexual desire.
Pressive precordial pain and pain along the sternum with lameness of the left arm.
Difficult expectoration with thick mucus phlegm and dyspnoea. Cough with dyspnoea and mucus.
Pressure on the heart. Palpitation with stitching pain in the heart as if with a knife, as if in a heart attack.
Feeling as if back would break apart. Chills along back. Hot wave of energy through spine into top of skull. Multiple neck complaints: tensed, stiff, difficult to turn the head right and left. Stiffness of back.
Stitching pain from exhaustion and breathing. Sore sensation. Pain in lungs, hinder breathing, feeling of choking.
General lameness with chill. Heaviness of legs, as if filled with lead; paralysed sensation. No contact of legs with the ground like stilts. Stumbling gait. Unsteady hands, clumsiness. Muscle twitches, trembling of arms. Restless legs at night. Ice cold hands and feet. Pain in hip extending into foot.
Restless sleep. Feeling as if beaten, when waking up.
Numb sensation of skin; as if anaesthetised. Confluent rash of small spots; on skin and mucous membrane.
Uneasiness and sensation of oppression. Great physical fatigue with the sensation of general weakness. Dryness in general. Stiffness, numbness and soreness, twitches and trembling. Lack of energy; tiredness, worn out feeling and weakness. Sensation of coldness of the bones.
Sensitive towards draft, generally towards cold. Better fresh air, sleep, motion and eating.
Compare: Calcarea phosphorica, Causticum, Camphora, Ignatia, Lac humanum, Opium, Sepia and Stramonium.
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