Ciconia ciconia

White stork


Homeopathic proving results

Proving supervisor: Olga Fatula

summer 2007

Translation from Russian: Leonid Anikeev.

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The proving of Ciconia was a planned one in the series of provings of the newly prepared but still unexplored remedies that we had at our disposal.  At that time we could not get the pictures of such remedies from anywhere but our own provings.

The fully blind proving of Ciconia was conducted among a group of volunteers; all of them were 20-25 years old students.  One doze of the drug was taken at the same date and time. The potency was 200K, M.Goyens pharmacy. The proving duration was three months.

The stork

The white stork (Ciconia Ciconia) is a large marsh bird of the Ciconiidae family.

This is best-known representative of storks. It is a white bird with the black wing tails, a long neck, a long thin red beak and long reddish legs. When the wings are closed, the stork creates the impression of being all black in the rear part of the body. The length of a white stork is 100-125 cm,the wingspan is 155-200 cm. Adult white stork very seldom voices a low-key cawk, more often, it hisses or clicks with its beak. Baby birds of a white stork peep and cry in a voice similar to kittens’ miaow.

The average lifespan of a white stork is 20 years.

White storks live in both Europe and Asia. They spend winters in India and the tropical part of Africa. Migrating storks fly only in the daytime. They fly at a high altitude, often soaring. For this purpose, they select the most convenient aerodynamic conditions, terrain-wise. They avoid flying over open water.

White storks inhabit low meadows and boggy areas; quite often, they nest near human habitation.

Their diet consists of small vertebrates such as frogs, toads, small fish and snakes, and various non-vertebrata: grasshoppers and locust, earthworms, maybeetles. When searching for food, storks walk slowly and quietly, however, having seen the prey they quickly run up and catch it.

Initially storks nested on trees near human habitations arranging huge nests made of twigs. Subsequently they used for this purpose roofs of houses and other constructions, including those made by people expressly for this purpose. Storks use the same nest for a number of years. The older is a nest, the larger it is. In most massive nests, storks coexist with various small birds.

Males arrive for nesting late March – early April, somewhat earlier than females, at times covering up to 200 kilometers a day. The male mates the first female appearing at his nest.

A couple hatches their eggs together, making specific ritual poses and snapping their beaks. As a rule, the male is on duty in the daytime and the female at night.

The parents feed their chicks initially with earthworms. At the age of 70 days, baby birds become self-sufficient and in the end of August, they depart for the winter being routed by instinct, without adults.

Storks are perfectly introduced in tales, proverbs and legends of any nation hosting them. The stork is usually associated with good luck, happiness, protection, and beneficence.

Main themes of the proving

The main themes of the drug proving are enumerated below, which have been noticed as remarkable or unusual for the provers.  We left out much of the commonplace context where it did not give information of any significance.

Strength. Power. Energy

“The feeling of power and victory marching inside.”

“Calm sea. Strong storm.”

“Strength and a pivot inside.”

“This energy inside me is strong and influential.”

“This motivation inside me does not allow me to come to a stop. I am over endowed with stamina.”

“Feeling of my own insignificance in relation to this big world. There is determination and abilities to master it.”

“Desire to move powerfully and energetically.”

Spiritual practices. Ascetics / Superfluity

Chi Kung, mantra, yoga. Kundalini. Samadhi.

“Looking into myself.”

“Looking into my consciousness.”

“Saw horror dreams of incorrect Chi Kung practice.”

“Penetrating deep into own inside senses.”

“More concentration when practicing yoga.”

“Strict to myself. Self-restrictions.”

“Keep a strict regimen.”

“Surfeit. Desire everything and a lot of it.”

“Desires are unnatural.”

“Putting too much salt in the food.”

“Sex, lengthy.”

Dream. “Went after my partner like a sex glutton.”

Certainty / Uncertainty

The theme has expressed itself with the provers in different contexts and variations.

Mental balance. Endurance.

Clear awareness of the direction.

The right choice.

Orientation. Determination.

“Sensation that there is a line, an Ariadne’s thread, and you know which way to go. As if nearby, at the right hand, there is a grey thread with whitish glow. You orientate by it, it shows you which way to go. I went places far from home but always walked out precisely where needed.”

Nervousness. Restraint.

Uncertainty. Indecision. Doubts. Panic.


Study of medicine, biology.

Study oriental practices.

Study homeopathy.

“Recollected the smell of the school and my inquisitiveness.”

“Decided to change profession, entered another university.”

“Careful browsing through everything around does not annoy me.”

Activity / Idleness

Activity. Physical training.

Long walks.

“I stroll around. Rambling about 10 km each day.”

“I walked 12 kilometers on the top of a monorail. I knew which way to go.”

“Walked tremendous distances without fatigue, without any unpleasant sensations in my legs.”

“Desire just to stroll was an inherent requirement that resulted into many kilometers of walking. Did not want to make use of transport.”

“Desire to move strongly and energetically.”

“Laziness. Loath to do anything.”

Aversion to any activity.

Tiredness. Time for a rest.

“Gaping about, staring at crows and floating in the clouds.”


“Desire to talk to people, even strangers.”

Familiar people.  Unfamiliar people.

Classmates, school friends.

“Relations with my girlfriend are strained.”

”Cohabitation is unpleasant.”

“Became very communicative.”

“Tenderness, embracing.”

“Desire to hide in the cuddle forever.”

“We should all live together in the country house.”

“Communications with men turn out to be easier.”

“Scared of men.”

“Confrontation towards men.”

Dream.  “I keep passing in a tram by many familiar people and the girl who was my classmate in the 10th form.”

Quarrels. “Inflated with bitchiness straight in the morning.”

Aggression. Fear. Helplessness

Aggressive groups of people.

An Indian prison.

Close-handed fight.

Martial arts. Fights.

Dream. “Beaten with sticks.”

Dream. “A flock of bikers attempts to capture the house.”

Dream. “Shooting of a Jackie Chan film, where he fights with a partner.”

Secret services. A spy.

Music, aggressive.

Nightmares, horrors.

Dreams. Monsters. Transformation of people into monsters.

Nature. Sunset

Dreams about country house.

Dream. Wandering in the countryside.

Desire to be out in the nature, to go to the countryside.

Walked to the park, picked up herbs.

Filming scenery.

Desire to acquire a chameleon.

Discussing animals: lizards, snakes.

Desire to study biology.

Desire to film the sunset.

Dream. “I was walking by a factory; there was a giant red sunset.”

“This is as simple and ingenious as the sunset.”

“Bought fertile soil and replanted flowers. I had not done it for many years before.”

Unity / Separation

“Separation from the partner.”

“Feeling of unity with the friend.”

”Cohabitation is unpleasant.”

Tenderness. Embracing.

“Desire to hide in the cuddle forever.”

“We should live together in our country house.”

“We worked as a team; I liked the feeling of unity.”

Time. Changes. Childhood / Old age / Death

Dream. “Time, the interval before death.”

Dream. “Made a boast of my long beard in front of everybody.”

Dream. “Expecting death in prison.”

Dream. “Death of an official of high standing.”

Dream. “They put old men into prison to go into a Samadhi state and to die.”

Caring attitude towards own body.

“Did not miss a single puddle. I liked to stride in them. A sensation of childhood overflowed me. Happiness because of it. A new taste of life. Water, splashes, mirroring. I fancied that I have different body forms.”

“The beginning, the new.”

“Get rid of everything old."

“To do little but to change a lot.”

Art. Creative work

Dream: Harry Soukachev’s concert (a Russian pop singer).

Dream: “A design order for me and my classmate to execute on a blanket. We have to elaborate and create the Da Vinci Code.”

“Went to the theatre in the evening.”

“To invent something unusual. To devise something majestic.”

Dream. ”A concert in our yard, Jackie Chan participating. During the whole concert I practiced combat maneuvers.”

“They gave me a disk of “Aria” group to listen to. The aggressive music.”

“I had goosebumps when talking of music.”


Dream: “Maggots, dug out from a pit surrounding a tall building were strewed around along the road.”

Desire to acquire a chameleon.

Talking about animals: lizards and snakes

Dream. “A Labrador dog is running in my house but I don’t see mine. I find my dog in the bathroom. Plastic bags are put on its head and legs and stuck into its chaps.”

Dream. “I brought a dog into an empty room. I found there two parrots. I gave them food; they pecked it.”

“We picked a cat out in the street. Craws tried to peck it to death.”

My partner set upon me like a vulture.”

Phrase constructions

“The day was colored by motley shades of unusual affections.”

“My planet is on ash breeze today.  The mighty storm of emotions has departed.”

“The day was drowsy owing to the weather and wet owing to Masha’s tears.”

“The after-rain clouds pretend to be dyed by aquarelle.”


Recurrent themes of transport:  Underground, trams, travelling, bus.  As an opposite, unwillingness to make use of any transport.

Secrecy: Dream. A friend of mine says that he is the agent of two intelligence services, a double secret service agent.

The energy of the source

The manner of arranging the living space:

“We shaped up our living room.  The decision came straight at once, unexpectedly. We strived at airiness, like in the clouds. Brought in a mattress, I laid on it. It is a feeling of domesticity, I watch my girlfriend to move something aside. As if I lie on the clouds and behold. As if we decorate a nest. Airiness as in the rainclouds, something charged with water. Desire to strike root, to settle down. It is a square room but we attempted to make a circle by moving cupboards. Decorating the build of the room, we made it as if a round one like a ring. We made every effort to separate our living space from any external interference. We wanted to cover the windows with cupboards, to create insularity, to build a fence around our bliss to protect it from strangers’ glances. We manhandled the mattress, declined offers to give us a lift. We did not argue. As if both of us knew what should be done and how. It was heavy but nevertheless a big fun.”

A tendency to walk straightening spine:

“Sensations that something makes you walk with a straight back, to “pull” the spine. As if the spinal column goes itself, ahead of the rest. There is no choice, no way to stoop. An exceptionally straight back. It is not the chest forward or the belly up. Both are on the same level, everything stays within a definite line.”

Black and white.

Dream, in the first night. “Two of my friends are in a minibus. Both wear black suits, white shirts and black ties.”

Key physical symptoms


 - Lightness, sensation, in the whole body

 - Fullness, sensation, in the whole body

 - Strength, sensation, in the body

 - Tiredness, strong

 - Desire to have a rest

 - Warmth, sensation, left half of body

 - Physical training, exercises, ameliorate

 - Strict day regimen, ameliorates

 - General state, worse in the morning

 - Sweat, smell offensive

 - Sleep, no desire, overfilled with energy

 - Drowsiness, daytime

 - Drowsiness, after beer

 - Vision, improved


 - Forehead, pulsation

 - Eye brows, pulsation

 - Right eye, pulsation

 - Chin, hot flushes

 - Cheeks, hot flushes

 - Brows, hot flushes

Stomach. Food

 - Appetite, increased

 - Appetite, “wild, canine. Scaring quantity of consumed food”.

 - Appetite, bulimia

 - Food, desire, any kind

 - Sweet, desire, want of


 - Legs, filled, sensation

 - Legs, all blood went downwards, sensation as if

 - Foot, right, wet, sensation as if

 - Leg, right, immersed in hot water, sensation as if


 - Eruptions, acne

 - Eruptions, acne, suppurating, smell offensive

 - Acne, aggravations due to day regimen violation

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