Insight into Plants vol  3

Insight into Plants vol 3

  • Rajan Sankaran


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Building on the work undertaken in the previous two volumes, this book covers Brassicaceae / Cruciferae, Carnivorous plants, Dioscoreaceae, Fungi, Piperaceae, Rosaceae, and Rutaceae.
776 pp hb
ISBN 978-81-903378-4-7


This volume includes an updated understanding of the earlier families along with some illustrative cases, especially of rare remedies, from Dr. Sankaran and his colleagues as well as new families with their sensations, miasms and illustrative cases.


Acknowledgements -- 1011
List of Contributors -- 1013
Introduction -- 1019
A Query and its Clarification -- 1021
Notes to the Reader -- 1041
Part I -- 1045

Summary, Additions, and Illustrative Cases
Anacardiaceae -- 1045
Berberidaceae -- 1063
Cactaceae -- 1065
Compositae / Asteraceae -- 1117
Conifers -- 1147
Euphorbiaceae -- 1193
Hamamelididae -- 1217
Labiatae / Lamiaceae -- 1247
Leguminosae / Fabaceae -- 1265
Liliiflorae / Liliidae -- 1289
Loganiaceae -- 1309
Magnolianae -- 1319
Malvales -- 1359
Papaveraceae -- 1367
Primulaceae -- 1383
Ranunculaceae -- 1391
Rubiaceae -- 1433
Scrophulariaceae -- 1437
Solanaceae -- 1445
Umbelliferae / Apiaceae -- 1461
Violales -- 1495


Derivation of Vital Sensation, Miasms and
Illustrative cases, Differentiations, Source Words

Brassicaceae / Cruciferae -- 1507
Carnivorous plants -- 1537
Dioscoreaceae -- 1637
Fungi (Kingdom) -- 1657
Piperaceae -- 1701
Rosaceae -- 1741
Rutaceae -- 1815


Plant Families: Differentiations -- 1845
Difference Between Sensation and Miasm -- 1850
Table of Plant Sensations -- 1851
Table of Miasms and Remedies -- 1862
Jorg Wichmann's Chart of Plant Classification -- 1864
Index -- 1873

Rajan Sankaran

(1960 -     )

Dr. Rajan Sankaran was born on May 24, 1960, in Mumbai, India. Inspired and nurtured by his father, Dr. P. Sankaran, Rajan graduated Gold Medallist from the Bombay Homeopathic Medical College in 1981. He is the Assistant Professor in the department of Repertory in Smt. C.M.P. Homoeopathic Medical College, Mumbai and is attached to its hospital as the Honorary Physician.

He is the Editor of the Asian Edition of the Homoeopathic Links and is also the Vice-Chairman of the International Council for Classical Homoeopathy (Asian Region).

Throughout his twenty years of practice Dr. Rajan has worked to unearth a system for homeopathy that gives consistent results. He has given us the classification of remedy states into kingdoms and has added miasms to the already known ones.

His concept of disease as a Delusion changed the process of case taking from mere data collection to understanding the patient beyond the physical level.

In the year 2000 Dr. Rajan began work on classification of the Plant Kingdom remedies, and also introduced the concept of Vital Sensation. His findings further extended his ground breaking approach to classical homeopathy.

Dr. Rajan has taught since 1986, in UK, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Russia, Greece, USA, Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Spain. He is affiliated with the CMP Homoeopathic Medical College.

Dr. Sankaran has written the following books:

  • The Spirit of Homoeopathy
    which explains his concept of disease as a state.
  • The Substance of Homoeopathy
    which explains his idea of miasms, classification of states, as well as his idea of classifying remedies and states into kingdoms.
  • The Soul of Remedies
    in which he has given his understanding and essence of a hundred remedies.
  • Provings
    a compilation of the provings of eleven remedies.
  • The System of Homoeopathy
    which gives a detailed report for over 40 successful cases and explains, step by step, his system of working with cases using the concepts of delusions, miasms, and kingdoms.
  • The Sensation
    Sankaran's homeopathic understanding of kingdoms, potency, miasms and case analysis.
  • Sensation Refined
    continues with the work started in The Sensation and clarifies issues faced by practitioners of his method.

In addition to publishing his own books, Dr. Rajan also edited the works of his father, Dr. P. Sankaran, creating two volumes called Elements of Homoeopathy.


from Simillimum
Reviewed By Neil Tessler ND, DHANP

This present volume is the capstone of Rajan's work on plants. As with previous editions, each plant family is extensively illustrated by cases.

The new volume covers a number of new families, case contributions from his practice and cured cases from many contributors around the world using his method. Each of the contributors is given a brief biography in the beginning of the book.

Rajan's introduction:

The discovery of the sensation level, which is deeper than the delusion level, came because that was the only way in which the plant families could be understood.

The discovery of the seven levels completely revolutionized the process of taking cases and opened up new horizons in practice. This has been elucidated in the book The Sensation in Homeopathy.

The earlier two volumes of An Insight Into Plants described twenty-one families with how to come to the common sensation of each family and how each remedy in a family could be classified into a specific miasm, thus making a kind of grid of the families and miasms enabling practitioners to choose a remedy.

Consequent to the publication of these volumes, several colleagues from different parts of the world have applied these remedies using this method in their practice with very encouraging results.

They have been sharing their cases with me and these cases along with my own have not only helped to confirm the ideas in the earlier volumes but they have also made the understanding of these families clearer and more comprehensive.

We also could add some more remedies into the tables thus filling some of the gaps.

I felt it would be really worthwhile to bring out these cases along with the more updated understanding in a book form. Meanwhile, the understanding of some other families has been developing and getting confirmed in practice. And there was a demand that a third volume of Insight be brought out with the newer families.

The volume that is presently in your hands includes the more updated understanding of the earlier families along with some illustrative cases, especially of rare remedies, from myself and my colleagues as well as new families with their sensations, miasms and illustrative cases.

I have included my own comments for many of these cases. I have also included "Alert words"/ "Source words" for all families including the families from the previous volumes. These words are very useful in practice.

At the end of the book, I have included a table of all the families with their Sensation, Active reactions, Passive reactions, and Compensation; there is also a Miasms and Remedies table.

A new reader is strongly advised to read the books The Sensation in Homoeopathy and An Insight Into Plants Volumes I and II before embarking on this volume in order to have a sound foundation in this new methodology.

I have noticed that many beginners and even some experienced practitioners tend to read only the tables and not the text. I must strictly warn that this is very risky. Understanding of an experience cannot come by merely reading some discrete words.

The words are very useful but cannot by themselves convey the whole experience its context and how it can manifest in people. That can only happen when you read the actual text, the derivation, the quotations from materia medica and cases.

It is then that you know clearly what the experience is and you are able to identify it in your patients and also differentiate it from similar sensations. Without this groundwork, merely looking at the tables and prescribing is often a recipe for failure.

It is for this reason that volumes I and II, and now volume III, have been written. Only after reading these and absorbing them, can the tables be very useful and effective.

So we see that Rajan is not in any way supporting a superficial approach to his work. It was very evident at the recent seminar that the more the homeopath is grounded in general materia medica and philosophy, the better the foundation for the assimilation of this new approach.

If it weren't for their highly advanced knowledge of homeopathy, the Bombay School would not have been able to take this massive leap forward.

Let no one doubt the brilliance and utility of this work. The concept of the single sensation and its opposite, as a fundamental indicator of plant remedies, is a revelation with tremendous clinical application.

While the details are still evolving, the extensive information attained to thus far, so well illustrated in the present volume by examples of practical application, is an incalculable contribution to homeopathy.

One of the most important thoughts from the seminar was Rajan's assertion that while a plant is always a fundamental sensation and its opposite, the animal is always a series of sensations.

This tremendous clue has had breakthrough consequences in my own practice. We are in such a different position today with the rapid development of systems of classification that can be a great aid in knowing where we are in the case and in the materia medica.

This is a critical volume for those hoping to fully understand these developments and their successful application.

Reviewed By Neil Tessler ND, DHANP
in Simillimum
Summer/Fall 2007 Volume XX

Reprinted with permission from the
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians