Branta canadensis = Canada goose/= cackling goose
Substance: egg from
be simple, direct and to the point
A New Endeavor:
The first modern proving conducted at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in 1998 was the Canada goose egg (branta canadensis ovum). Eric Sommermann, PhD, CCH, RSHom (NA) led this proving. Sommermann was my mentor; as his protégé, I completed his unfinished work on his three provings after his untimely death in March 2007, including this beautiful proving of the most common waterfowl species of North America.
What’s in a Name?
Branta comes from the Old Norse meaning ‘burnt goose’, referring to their grayish appearance.
Preparing the Substance:
Bird remedies can be prepared from the eggs, feathers, feet or talons, or blood of the bird, as any part contains the genus of the substance. This remedy was prepared by using a single egg of the Canada goose. Eric submitted the substance to Michael Quinn at Hahnemann Laboratories, in San Rafael, California.
Proving Mental Themes include but are not limited to:
Hearty appetites and a high metabolism (the Canada goose eats 1-5 lbs. of grass per day; they are herbivores, and our provers were craving vegetables during the proving).
The well-known water-bird sensations of flying and floating and wanting to be in or around water all-day or for long periods of time also appeared.
There was a strong desire for order, preparedness, and industriousness with a sense of urgency.
The individual appears mentally scattered (bird-brained) with a nostalgic longing for home.
The desire to protect their family and children, yet to quarrel heartily with them
A desire for group activities and togetherness, and yet a longing to be alone, only to feel isolated, forsaken, and separate when alone.
A strong heart-felt desire to mate for life.
Matter of fact, simple, direct, and to the point.
Over-sensitivity, hyper-alertness, and vigilance.
Trapped sensations and the accompanying desire to escape (geese will not enter enclosed areas willingly; they want direct access to open space or open waterways, rivers, ponds, lakes, or streams or the ocean).
Proving Physical Themes include but are not limited to:
Head symptoms, including migraines, headaches, pains of the head, and wave-like sensations of goosebumps along the scalp.
Hearing acuity, especially sensitive to electronic sounds and motors.
Face symptoms including the sensation of stretched skin, chapped lips.
Mouth symptoms including dry mouth, and a metallic or bloody taste in mouth.
Throat symptoms including rawness, sore throats, lump in throat, etc.
Back and neck symptoms, including a stiff neck, painful on turning, and a strong desire to stretch the neck.
Vision acuity, alertness, better outdoors, aggravated when indoors.
Skin, chapped and dry, with goose bumps.
Extremities awkwardness and histories of accidents (incurred while traveling).
“There is an absence of my usual introspection. I’m usually always thinking about things, turning them over in my mind, but now I feel much more simple and direct.” It is as though what you see is what you get: “I usually feel like I have an external and an internal self, but during this proving I have felt like they are the same.”
From Clinical Practice:
Awkward, clumsiness, body dysmorphia.
Censorious and argumentative.
Difficulty with concentration, unable to focus
Fear of being alone.
Fear of thunderstorms and wind.
A deep sense of loss.
Pain in the occipital region, neck, upper back, and shoulder region.
Air hunger, ameliorated in the open air.
When to give the Goose:
Canada goose types suffer from grief, with ailments from grief ameliorated by domestic chores and eating; these activities completed with an urgency and systematic efficiency. They will have high metabolisms; finishing a meal and considering what they will eat at their next meal. They prefer to eat meals in family groups, rather than alone. The familial experience of these individuals is often full
of ruffled feathers, disagreements, and high-drama.
For the patient needing this remedy there is an inner feeling of being caught between two worlds and in transition, for example between heaven and earth, to which realm do I belong? This results in
an inner feeling of awkwardness and unsteadiness. With the remedy, the individual finds a sense of being included in group systems.
Physically, this remedy has been used in several cases to heal injuries as the result of whiplash and injuries to the neck and spine.
Excerpts from the Proving that as Representative of Canada Goose:
Protecting the Family:
Geese are fierce protectors of their young, hissing and charging at predators and humans that get too close to their goslings. One prover reported, “Now I feel long-necked and watchful, like the overseer, to alert myself and others to danger in matter-of-fact way.”
Family and Socialization:
Several provers felt more sociable than normal, desiring companionship, closeness, family-time and frivolity. Meanwhile others were annoyed by the presence of others, and only wanted to be alone.
“While watching a movie with my partner, I did not have my usual feeling of being suffocated by her being cuddled up next to me. Normally I would be agitated and restless, and instead I was content,” and, “I have great desire to be left alone today with no connection or communication with outside world.”
Awkwardness, Clumsiness, and Propensity towards Accidents:
The proving and clinical practice have indicated patients needing the Canada goose remedy have a propensity to accidents and feel awkward on their feet and in their bodies. Migratory geese have brought down airplanes, geese crossing roadways have caused major accidents, and some geese have purportedly broken the arm or legs of men.
Incredible Lightness of Being:
In many of the recent bird provings provers report feelings of being light, out of body, with dreams of flying and the sensation of being a bird. Our provers felt this in their Ajna (Third Eye) or forehead region.
Sensation of Feathers:
Sensations provers felt in their scalp and skin included feeling as though feathers were protruding from the skin. “There is tightness and inward stretching of my skin over my face, with the sensation
as if feathers are standing on end over my forehead, temples, cheeks and chin. There’s continued outward pressure over the third eye area, unsure if it’s out farther, swollen, or if it’s my imagination
(this sensation was intermittent all day long).”
The Canada goose is widely distributed throughout
and on the arctic tundra.
Herbivores and eat grasses/roots/tubers/leaves of various food plants.
Goose flesh was a source of protein for Native Americans and to European
immigrants coming to
Mind: Cleanliness and Order
Anxiety in stomach
Forgetfulness, Losing Items, Jumbling Words, Hard to Concentrate
Nature, The Outdoors
Sociable vs. Solitary
Increased Appetite, Increased Thirst
Nasal Congestion, Influenza
Skin Problems, Canker Sores
Head: Chill on vertex;
Pain [< noise/< light/< motion/> fresh air)/aching behind ears/< Bending forward/frontal (l.)/occipital/facial/throbbing/accompanied by eye pain/dull (r. side/l. side/forehead and temples)/
Stiffness ext. into neck
Vertex; pressure on
Hair “As if rubbed the wrong way”
Vibrations l. side
Scalp; Waves of goose bumps along scalp
Acute (Clearer than before) (outside)
Ear: Pain (stabbing/stitching)
Ache behind and into l. ear, started with cramping sensation in gland in neck l. side.
Hearing: Acute, sensitive to mechanical sounds
Nose: Congestion, especially at night
Discharge: thick and clear/clear and watery/thick, white and bland/bloody/green with blood
Crack in r. nostril
Smell: acute - when outside/when in bed
Rotten odor inside nose
Eczema around eyes
Pain - < eating/in jaw
Mouth: Canker sores
Lips – dry/chapped
Taste – metallic/fishy
Palate hard “As if scraped”
Swollen; speech difficult
Gums - palpitations while sitting bent at waist/swollen from eating apples
Pleasant clean feeling like peppermint
Teeth: Pain – l./throbbing/drawing/< cold drinks/< eating
Palpitations r. side
Throat: Pain – sore/raw
Dry (3, 7)
Cracking sounds with movement
Stomach: Appetite increased/thirst increased
Pain with spasms
Urethra: Pain - spasms
Male organs: Sexual desire increased
Male organs: Sexual desire increased
Difficult < warm room
Cough: Tickling in throat
Mucus in throat
Thick, green/light green
Back: Sacral pain – piercing < movement
Stiff after headache
Itching shoulder blades
Legs - walking swaying side-to-side
Hand on back chapped
Fingertips sensitive to heat
Dreams: Accidents/Adventurous/Animals (dogs, cats, dolphins, frogs, turtles)/Airplanes/Jets/Beaches/Birds (cockatoo, goose, swans, crows)/Birth/Cars/Children lost/Church/Colors,
shapes and designs/Cooking/Dancing/Danger/Daughter/Death/Deceit/Dentists/Desert/Despairing/Doctors/Ecstasy/Festivals/Finances/Money/Firefighters/Flying and soaring/ Freedom/Genitalia/Ghosts/Gooseberries/Families/Grandfather/-mother/Hospitals/Houses/Ocean, shore/Neighbor(hoods)/Nests/Parades/Party, receptions/Ponds/Pregnancy/
Pursued (by men/a large cat)/Responsibility/Romantic/Seduction; Sexual/Sister/Snow/Stool/Teeth decaying/Vineyard/Vivid/Wedding/Winter
Sensitive to light touch
Generals: >/desire for open air
< Warm room
lack of vital heat
Pain alternating sides
Food and drinks: Aversion to: eggs; Desires: Vegetables/sweets/bread/meat/fish/citrus fruit/wheat grass;
Allerlei: Traditionally used to ease coughs and colds. Mixed with herbs and applied to the chest goose grease has a long history of folk medicine use. Relieved chapped hands and face; for ear infections; to sooth rheuma.
When geese fly high in the sky the saying, “All is well and the goose
hangs high,” indicated good weather to early Americans. The goose is associated
with Juno, the goddess of marriage and childbirth, adviser and protector of
Romans and Celts associated geese, because of their watchful nature and aggressive temperament, with warriors and protectors, legend has it that their warning cries sounded when attack was eminent
(Rom was saved in this way). The Celtic people kept geese, but did not eat them; considered totem animals or spirit guardians, geese remains and ancient warriors’ found in the same graves.
Thought that geese aided the warriors and shamans on their soul’s journeys to other worlds; therefore, the goose is a messenger between heaven and earth in many cultures.
Geese are guides associated with communication (use of stories). The term of endearment “silly goose” is for silly behaviour, and the scolding term “cackling goose” is for people who engage in idle chatter or gossip.
Native American: a harsh winter was on its way when geese flew south in early August