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Which Homeopathic Medicine Do You Need According to the Sensation Method?

Each Individual differs from one another so their medicines also differ, so let’s see in which kingdom we are? — Editor´s Note from Bharti Nathani

One Patient, One Medicine

Anita, who suffers from migraines, hormonal problems, colitis, memory loss, elevated cholesterol, depression, and anxiety, consulted with us for the first time earlier this week. She listed the names of five current physicians: a psychiatrist, cardiologist, internist, gastroenterologist, and neurologist. Her list of medications was actually reasonably short, for having that many doctors: Cymbalta, Trazodone, Omeprazole, and Metropolol. In response to the question on our medical history form, “What brings you to consult us?’ the patient responded, “Frustration with my current doctors. I am given too many medications and have too many side effects.”

Bingo! This is precisely the reason to consult a homeopath. Homeopathy could not be more different from conventional, or even alternative, medicine in this regard. The premise of homeopathy is that there is one single medicine for each individual, the simillimum, which can strengthen the vital force and bring the organism back into balance. That is a tall order, given that there are now at least 3500 homeopathic medicines available! It is the science and art of homeopathy to have the expertise to find that one medicine for each patient. This selection is based on an in-depth interview, or homeopathic case taking, followed by a case analysis, and a prescription. When the correct medicine is found, the change is clear, profound, and, may be quite rapid. But, how in the world can a homeopath find that one substance in nature that the patient needs?

We are not suggesting that you can read this article and then choose the one substance, among the 3500, that is the one that best fits you. To the contrary, homeopathic case taking, case analysis, and the prescribing of the simillimum is a science and an art. We continue, after thirty years of practice, to learn more about materia medica (the medicines) and about the intricacies of case taking, of understanding our patients, and of prescribing the best possible medicine. But, this article will hopefully provide a basic understanding of the Schema of homeopathic prescribing developed by our teacher, Dr. Dr. Sankaran Sankaran, of Mumbai, India. It is most important to grasp what is called the vital sensation. This is the common sensation, or experience, that connections the mind and body and runs, as a thread, through all of the patient’s symptoms. Through an in-depth focus on the chief complaint(s) of the individual, focusing on the specific experience rather than the patient’s life story, we come to a point where the vital sensation reveal itself beautifully. It is not a mental process. In fact, in the course of the homeopathic interview using the vital sensation approach, the patient enters a space beyond the mind. What (s)he begins to relate may not even make sense in a logical fashion. It is at this point that the homeopath knows that the homeopath knows that the patient will lead us to the medicine, or substance, that is the simillimum.

We are trained, in this method, to follow the energy of the patient. When s(he) begins to enter the realm of experience of the vital sensation, moving beyond logical thought, something else interesting often begins to happen. The individual becomes animated and excited, and begins to gesticulate with hand gestures. These gestures are a representation of this energy and lead the person to indicate which medicine is needed.

Kingdoms and Subkingdoms

In the great majority of cases, the individual will need a medicine belonging to the mineral, plant, or animal kingdom. There are other groups of medicines, such as those made from nosodes (the products of disease),rarely imponderables (such as Sun, Magnetic poles, Electricity), or particular drugs made into homeopathic medicines (also very infrequently). Through understanding the homeopathic “map” of these kingdoms, it is often possible to find, in an exciting yet straightforward and confirmable manner, the simillimum. Once the kingdom and subkingdom reveal themselves, then the homeopath needs to find the specific member of the kingdom or subkingdom needed by the patient. This is where the concept of miasm becomes relevant, which we will discuss later in the article. This article is a very brief summary of the sensation method, which we have been studying and practicing since 1993. It has revolutionized our practice, as well as those of homeopaths worldwide. We routinely prescribe medicines we never would have even heard of, much less considered using for our patients, prior to studying with Dr. Sankaran.

The results have been, in many cases, spectacular and mind-boggling. And the process of case taking has taken on a life of its own. Each case is fresh and one of a kind.

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5:20AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

I think this article could have been written much better, as I got quite confused about the various medicines and how they actually find the vital sensation connecting all the symptoms - it's a very interesting topic and quite widely practiced in India (I know people who swear by it), but it should have been explained better...

4:06AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Very very interesting....I didn't understand much butthe more I read the more I will learn, however slow! :-)

6:43AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Wonderful article which should lead those interested to more study and body awareness - that's what medicine should be!

4:26PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Too complicated, can't follow.

9:10AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

i don't get it either

3:13AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

am a little lost.. point form writing would have help a great deal!

1:51AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for posting.

7:18PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Homeopathy is such a great addition to the human field of knowledge - and properly understood as complementary to allopathic treatments could be the epitome of holistic health care...

5:05PM PST on Nov 18, 2012


2:40PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Complete rubbish!

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