Bob Lawrence at the Helios Homoeopathic Pharmacy made the 12 c and 30 c potencies of Dama dama in October 2003 and these potencies and placebos were taken during this month by the 2002-2004 Dynamis, Malvern group, which included the authors. There were 21 provers, 2 placebos.
Bob made the remedy by obtaining a handful of tufts of fur from Philip May, the Manager of the Prinknash Bird and Deer Park in Gloucestershire (www.prinknash- bird-and-deerpark.com). Philip was able to clip the fur, as the female deer (doe) is tame enough to eat out of his hands. It was taken during the rutting season, but the doe was not pregnant. Bob cut the tuft of fur as finely as possible with scissors, then, with water, ground this to a paste and triturated it.
The doe was in good health and had not had an injury or trauma to Philip’s knowledge. If you visit the park or look at the website, you will see that there is a tranquil feel to this environment.
(Extract from Introduction by Sue Twigg and Mark Elliot. Dynamis School UK)
Fallow deer were present in Britain during the last interglacial period but became extinct after the last glacial advance. They were re-introduced in the 11th century by the Normans and established in parks or royal hunting preserves. Over the last century the wild population of fallow deer has steadily increased and there are now as many as 100000 as well as around 20000 enclosed within parks or farms. They may be found in most counties of England, Wales and regions of Scotland as well as in four out of the six counties of Northern Ireland, with feral populations close to the parks from which they escaped, They inhabit most woodlands with many grassy glades and good shrub vegetation from which to feed. They also feed on acorns, crab apples, cereals, legumes, fungi, berries, chestnuts. Their breeding season, or ‘rut’, is from mid-October to early November – the exact time of the proving, and this was significant for the proving themes and symptoms.
This article presents a case of Dama dama to illustrate some of the themes of this remedy. The case is interspersed with experiences of the provers to demonstrate why Dama dama was prescribed for this patient.
Dama Dama Case
This case of Multiple Sclerosis demonstrates some of the strong themes of Dama dama which revolve around caring, nurture, family and the home, as well as conflict between home and career. The full proving of Dama dama including many more mental and physical themes will be published in the future at www.provings.com.
Case taken by Jeremy Sherr in November 2003
Patient: Female. age 46 years.
Occupation: Decorative painter -“the easy stuff …”. Murals. furniture painting.
Presenting Complaint: Multiple Sclerosis. for the past five to six years.
Theme: Weakness/Numbness – extremities
Theme: Right sided/Left sided
The problems started with what the patient describes as, “tennis elbow. My arm got weaker, and my hand got weaker. My right leg also became weak – worse when I walked the dog.”
This was generally worse on the right side and was eventually diagnosed as MS. The MS symptoms started five or six years pre- viously and MS was finally diagnosed one year ago (November 2002).
She says she had no previous physical problems in her life.
There were many similar symptoms during the proving:
“Weakness in arms and hands, as if strained, worse left side, with tingling, – throughout proving” (prover 17)
“Heavy weakness legs. worse whilst walking” (prover 14)
“Left knee weak after walking” (prover 16)
“Knee pain and weakness in both knees throughout proving” (prover 20)
“Legs weak. tired, heavy, throughout proving” (prover 7)
“My foot and my leg were numb. A lack of feeling and left leg goes into spasm, like an electrode, I went to see a neurologist and I finally had the diagnosis of MS twelve months ago. Now takes a long time to turn on the TV screen because of MS,”
Desire to stretch. Desire to do a cat stretch.
Theme: Activity/Centred – Scattered/Restless
She describes herself as an outdoor person who needs to work continuously, to do things. She says that she works things off by activity, such as building a wall, mowing the grass. She loves doing things, being busy: “if I can do a lot I’m more centered in myself’, but she can also be disorganised and restless.
In the proving there are many examples of this opposition between being very active and focused or being disorganised and experiencing a sense of restlessness:
“Phenomenally busy at work but lots of energy, enthusiasm and centeredness.” (prover 3)
“Mind is scattered. Flighty and confused. Restless mind very active.” (prover 7)
“Quite distracted …very interested in other people about – restless” (prover 15)
Theme: Outside – Nature – Indoor – Hibernation/Home
The patient reads National Geographic. As a child she liked being outdoors and climbing. She still likes climbing, walking and nature, playing tennis.
The desire to be outside “in nature” was very strong in the proving:
“Aware of beautiful day and want to walk- much better outside in countryside” (prover4)
“Celebration. Grateful for glory of the day. Go into woods …feel happy, free” (prover 13)
“More desire to be outside in nature, especially with trees. Feel more comfortable with trees and woods” (prover 14)
“We sat in the sun in the woods -just lovely” (prover 15)
“Desire strongly to go into countryside. must go into woods. Can hear the inside of tree trunks,” (prover 17)
But the patient also says:
“Now I have to be still. But I reckon we should all be hibernating in winter,”
Again. similar symptoms to those of provers:
“I have an overwhelming desire to hibernate.” (prover 11)
“Felt very comfortable hibernating in my dark hole” (prover 17)
“During the day, felt I would like to hibernate.” (prover 4)
These feelings seem to relate to the whole central theme of caring and nurturing, in that the sense of hibernating is that of being warm and cozy and safe in the home, thus home is also an important aspect which links to caring, family etc. Provers felt a desire to stay at home, to be ‘homely’, with a marked interest in activities such as cooking/baking for the family and tidying and cleaning the house.
The patient says she doesn’t know where to live and dreams she has left home:
“We need roots, we need roots to grow. With plants it is all about location – they need the right place and people need their roots in the right soil. Plants in the wrong place die …”
She also likes things to be in order and says, “You can breathe in order. You can add chaos in order but you have to start from order.”