In my last post I talked about my growing confidence in the clinical homeopathic data recorded in modern repertory books and databases. I have also written about how gaps in the data are being filled through extrapolation of well-tested homeopathic principles by the work of homeopaths such as Jan Scholten on mineral remedies.
Similar work is being undertaken by the very experienced Indian homeopath Rajan Sankaran on understanding the remedies from the plant kingdom. Plants are the source of many homeopathic remedies but relatively few of them have been fully proved and clinically used. Sankaran has used the MacRepertory database to look at the similarities and possible remedy pictures of plant remedies in his books ‘Insight into Plants Vols I, II, III’.
Here is Jan Scholten’s comment in his foreword of the books:
“In the beginning of February 2002 I attended the Mumbai seminar. It was a great inspiration. As I was listening to the new approach of Rajan Sankaran in handling cases and finding remedies in the Plant Kingdom I got more and more excited. Here were great new possibilities to look at and solve difficult and till now unsolved cases.
Sankaran developed the possibility to analyse which plant is indicated. The first step is to find the botanical family that’s indicated. This is done by comparing the basic sensation of the patient with that of the family. The next step is to differentiate the members of the family by ‘miasms’. Sankaran developed 9 miasms, that signify a way how they feel about a problem, how it is handled. An example by Sankaran can make the approach more clear. A young woman feels lost in the world, as a plane in the sky, without direction. this feeling of being lost is common to the family of the Magnolianae; it’s an expression of the vital sensation of “strangeness” in that family. The woman feels desperate and wants it to be solved immediately, she needs direction from other people. The desire for help from others and to get it immediately as a relief is typical for the “typhoid” miasm. The remedy in the typhoid miasm in the Magnolianae is Nux moschata and that remedy cured the patient.
The approach looks very much that of the group analysis in “Elements”, where series and stages are “crossed”. Here Families and miasms are crossed. The concept of miasms has to be taken “relative”. Miasm is used in many different ways in homoeopathy. Sankaran uses it for a way of feeling and reacting to a basic sensation.
This approach is bringing homoeopathy again more into the second scientific stage, the stage of classification, categorisation and grouping. It gives homeopathy the strength of predicton. His approach makes it possible to extend the pictures of little known remedies, so that they become full and meaningful pictures.”
I have succesfully used the methods and thoughts in the books to justify my choice of plant remedy with excellent results. 21st century homeopathy is greatly enriched by the inspiration of Jan Scholten and Rajan Sankaran.