Comparison of Loxodonta africana and Lac Loxodonta africana


[Speckmeier, Forbes, 2008]

Ivory from a male African elephant (Loxodonta Africana dens) was proved at DUT In her study, Speckmeier (2008) compared the proving symptoms with the doctrine of signatures.

She states that while this comparison is subjective, it revealed a relationship between the proving symptoms and the nature of the substance.

Forbes (2008) compared the proving symptoms with that of Lac loxodonta africana (Herrick, 1998). This comparison revealed that numerous symptoms were common to both

Loxodonta Africana and Lac loxodonta africana (Herrick, 1998).


l Synthesis, Schroyens (2009) groups symptoms according to various categories (rubrics). The symptoms that were similar to Loxodonta Africana and Lac loxodonta africana

have been grouped according to the categories found in the Essential Synthesis (Forbes, 2008)

[Barry Forbes]

Many similarities were identified in the comparison of this proving of Ivory from the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with of the proving of Lac Loxodonta africana (milk of the African elephant).


Mind: Ancient feeling

Anxious from pain


Delusions - body and thoughts separated


Prostrated; mental exhaustion, brain fag

Quick to act

Sad, despondency, depression, melancholy

Tranquility, serenity, calmness


Vertigo: with headache

with perspiration on forehead

Head: Pain in forehead - l./l. to r./r./ext. to neck

Ears: Itching

Eyes: “As if tired”

Nose: Coryza


Mouth: Itching

Face: Pain

Throat: sore

Stomach:  Appetite: capricious/diminished/increased



Abdomen: Distented


Female organs: Bubbles: “As if water or air in vagina”

Menses: early/heavy/clots

Chest: Aware of heart’s beating




Perspiration in axillae

Back: Pain in dorsal region in scapulae

Extremities: Cramps

Pain in joints

Legs: trembling/weakness

Sleep: Deep

Difficult falling asleep



Sleepy in morning on waking

Dreams: Animals (lions)/cars/cooking/of crimes/concealment/evil impending/feeding/fighting people/food/hopeless/dead relatives/ship going to sea/suffering of others/water

Generalities: Heaviness


Pain - cramping



Summary of the relationship between proving symptoms of Loxodonta africana and the nature of the African elephant (Speckmeier, 2008: 172-178)





suppressed anger

Adult elephant bulls go through a period of Musth, which refers to an increase in anger and aggressiveness.


Aversion to company


Adult elephant bulls live solitary lives and may only associate with a herd of elephants temporarily.


Desire for company


Elephants are highly sociable, with the adult females and their offspring remaining close to each other. They utilise various methods in order to establish group cohesion and

synchronise their behaviour.


Confusion or difficulty in concentration


Even though the African elephant is an

intelligent animal, it has a relatively small

brain and brain cavity.


Tiredness and being active


Elephants spend the greater part of their lives travelling in search of food and water and defending themselves within a herd.




African male elephants compete with each other for dominance, especially for the purpose of mating.


Dreams of large masses of water


Elephants are fond of bathing and wallowing in water or mud.


Dreams of massaging or being massaged


Elephants are fond of rubbing themselves on rocks and trees.

They communicate affection to each other by touching and rubbing.



Elephants travel great distances in search of food and water, which is necessary for survival.


Sensation of fullness in the head


An elephant’s skull is fused into one structure.


Heavy headedness


Elephants are a large, heavy head. They are the heaviest mammal and can weight up to 6000 kg.


Diminished, blurred or hazy vision

and vision that is out of focus


Elephants have poor eyesight and relatively small eyes.


Hot flushes in ears



Elephants have large vascularised ears,

which they use as cooling mechanisms.


Allergic rhinitis, post nasal drip and dust allergies


Elephants have a habit of sucking up dust in their trunks to dust themselves to protect themselves from parasites.


Tiredness and heaviness of extremities


The entire weight of the elephant is

supported by the forelegs.


Insomnia and restlessness during sleep


Elephants sleep standing for a few minutes

at a time, as they are nocturnal and diurnal.




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