Insight into Plants - vol 1 and 2

Insight into Plants - vol 1 and 2

  • Dr. Rajan Sankaran

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Overview

Illustrated with over a hundred successfully treated cases and several provings, this book opens up the plant kingdom as never before.

Sankaran also introduces his recent approach to case taking which emphasizes the importance of going beyond body and mind to what he terms the vital sensation.

India
992 pp hb
2 volumes

Details

An Insight into Plants, Vol. 1&2, by Rajan Sankaran, was published in 2002.

This book is replete with over a hundred successfully treated cases and contains several provings. Sankaran also introduces his approach to case taking which emphasizes what he terms the 'vital sensation'.

He attempts to create a structure for understanding and classifying the plant kingdom.

Sankaran discerns the common sensation of each plant family and demonstrates how this sensation can be seen in the remedies of that family. Then he assigns the remedies to one of the miasms, thereby creating a relationship between the sensation of the patient and that of the remedy.

From the Book

Jan Scholten in his Foreword:
"Rajan Sankaran has added a new and vital discovery to homeopathy. After his important steps about the basic delusion and situational material medica in his book "The Spirit of Homeopathy" this new discovery is a major break through."

Dr. Sankaran illuminates the sensation common to the remedies of each plant family and differentiates the remedies by the miasm to which they belong. Illustrated with over a hundred successfully treated cases and several provings, this book opens up the plant kingdom as never before.

Dr. Sankaran also introduces his new approach to case taking which emphasizes the importance of going beyond body and mind to what he terms the vital sensation. He explains how a thorough understanding of the chief complaint itself leads to this deeper level and acts as the pivotal point around which the case revolves.

Used in conjunction with the understanding of the plant families, this new approach has shown remarkable results in practice.

This is the latest book by the author of "The Spirit of Homeopathy" and "The System of Homeopathy". The earlier books proved to be milestones in Homeopathy introducing the ideas of delusions, miasms and kingdoms. In this book Dr. Sankaran provides a framework of how the plant kingdom can be classified and understood.

He traces the common sensation of each family and shows how this sensation can be seen in the remedies in that family. The remedies are differentiated by the miasm to which they belong.

Thus a grid of plant remedies is created that looks like the periodic table of the elements. Illustrated with over a hundred successfully treated cases and several provings, this book opens up the plant kingdom as never before.

Dr. Sankaran also introduces his new approach to case taking which emphasizes the importance of going beyond body and mind to what he terms the vital sensation. He explains how a thorough understanding of the chief complaint itself leads to this deeper level and acts as the pivot around which the case revolves.

Used in conjunction with the understanding of the plant families, this new approach has shown remarkable results in practice.

Contents

Introduction to Plant Kingdom -- 19-28
Development in Last Two Years and a New Approach to Case Taking -- 29-37
A Sample List of Questions for Sensation and My Concept of Miasms -- 49-72
1] Anacardiaceae -- 73-116
2] Berberidaceae -- 117-126
3] Cactaceae -- 127-144
4] Compositae -- 145-218
5] Conifers -- 219-242
6] Euphorbiaceae -- 243-268
7] Hamamelidae -- 269-294
8] Labiatae -- 295-316
9] Leguminosae -- 317-362
10] Liliflorae -- 363-468
11] Rubiaceae -- 469-524
Tables -- 525-532
12] Loganiaceae -- 541-588
13] Magnolianae -- 589-632
14] Malvales -- 633-682
15] Papaveraceae -- 683-754
16] Primulaceae -- 755-770
17] Ranunculaceae -- 771-812
18] Scrophulariaceae -- 813-836
19] Solanaceae -- 837-876
20] Umbelliferae -- 877-918
21] Violales and Appendices -- 919-992

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.

Reviews

From:
LINKS
Reviewed by Corrie Hiwat,
The Netherlands

Fresh from the press, Rajan Sankaran's latest book ' An Insight into Plants', was delivered at my doorstep. Being the sixth book in what seems to be a body of work, Sankaran shares his development as a homeopathic doctor with the professional world.

His earlier works -'The Spirit of Homeopathy', 'The Substance of Homeopathy', 'The Soul of Remedies', 'Provings' and 'The System of Homeopathy', represents his experience, growth and deepening understanding of, perhaps not so much what homeopathy is, but more how to improve its application in daily practice.

The body of work consistently shows a desire to master the difficult task of the homeopath - to find the correct remedy and restore the health of the patient. All of his work shows a creative, inventive, structured and intelligent mind, with the capacity for clear explanation.

His last book 'The System of Homeopathy', includes 35 cases to demonstrate the system that he explains step-by-step. There is also a chapter on the miasmatic classification of disease. His latest book includes, again, a chapter and a map of the miasms, but taken one step further.

Although his latest book is in sequence (in terms of the professional development of the author) to earlier work, it's also unique in its own way. To review the book best, in my opinion, much space is needed for the introduction:

With the two volumes we have a total of 983 pages consisting of the following chapters: Part I - Concepts, Part II - Families and, finally, Part-III -Tables.

Part I: Introduction to Plant Kingdoms, Development in the last two years, A new approach to casetaking, A simple list of questions to case taking, and My concept of miasms.

Part II: Plant families in alphabetical order starting with the Anacardiaceae and ending with the Violales.

We find the remedies belonging to a particular family, their common names, the connection between members of the family, description of the remedies, their active or passive reactions, their compensations, their sensations, the miasm they belong to and relevant cases. ('Just' this part is worth reading the book.)

Part III: Table of sensation and the periodic tables of miasms and remedies.

The introduction
This part of the book is equally important to the above, because it explains the thinking and step-by-step process of how Sankaran came to the ordering of plants for homeopathic methodological use. He describes all the questions he had during his study of the plant remedies.

For example: '...a cursory look at the list of remedies, belonging to a particular plant family, shows no discernible common feature. Let us take the example of the family Ranunculaceae, which includes remedies such as Aconite, Pulsatilla and Staphysagria. The intense fear of death that marks the Aconite mind seems to have nothing to do with either the mildness and the weeping nature of Pulsatilla, or with the indignation of Staphysagria.

It may even lead to the question whether the botanical classification has any validity in homeopathy, i.e., do plants classified under one family have only morphological resemblance and not really any deeper similarity?...' His understanding - he calls it his breakthrough and the answers he comes up with are fully and satisfactory explained.

A very important next step is the concept of 'sensations' as the most inner condition of the patient. According to Rajan, the sensations are even deeper than the mind state. He explains carefully what the value of this concept is.

Where he writes that the concept of sensation led to the understanding of the various levels of perception (six levels), I couldn't follow him (either to a lack of understanding on my part, or a poor explanation on his part).

His initial intention was to include the work on sensations as a chapter in this book, but due to the vastness of the information, this is going to be a separate book.

There is also information in the introduction on case analysis, in which he introduces some interesting concepts.

1. Sensation and action (not function!) are equal and opposite.
2. The opposite is equally true of whatever is said.
3. There is no one or nothing out there other than myself.

If these sentences puzzle you, do not worry. It is well explained. These concepts actually are so interesting because they go beyond the realm of homeopathy yet are very applicable for homeopathy. Especially in the introduction we witness the probing mind of the author and the never ceasing questions.

Rajan Sankaran himself emphasises the fact that this work is not a final answer. He hesitated even to bring it out, but was convinced by experienced colleagues that there was enough valuable and workable information. I fully agree with that, not in the least due to the clear explanations.

The hardest part of a system to me are always the finer nuances - is it really that sensation, and if so, which remedy of the family and to which miasm does it belongs? In short, the application of the information in our daily practice, where the patient 'plays' freely with the method and all that seemed so clear on paper isn't suddenly so clear anymore.

I often think that the person who developed the method is the only real master of the method (which should not remain the case, of course). For this reason, and many others (periodic table, families, classification, predictability of unknown remedies, etc.) we find similarities between Sankaran's and Jan Scholten's work. So it is not surprising and very justified that there is a foreword by Jan Scholten in this book.

Along with Jan, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to both student and experienced homeopaths. Indeed Jan, this is a 'must'.

Reprinted with permission from Homeopathic Links