Sunday, January 29, 2012

Emotional Disturbance Is The Root Of Disease

I have practised and taught homeopathy for 22 years and I listen with a sinking heart to patients who tell me they were under homeopathic treatment for many years before coming to me. What they are actually saying is a practitioner who they have trusted with their health for years as not been able to treat them successfully. If they still need another opinion, why else would they be seated in front of me?

Finding the right remedy for a patient is not easy. I say this, not because homeopathy is a difficult skill to master but because a large number of homeopaths are given to taking shortcuts. When this is the case – and this has implications for both the lay person and the practitioner reading this blog – it means the homeopath is no different from a conventional medical doctor, whose basic medical philosophy limits him to administering symptomatic treatment.

Through the posts on this blog and though my teachings in various countries, I explain that the homeopath can be sure that the patient has completely healed when they undergo a complete transformation, in both mind and body. Anything less is tantamount to symptomatic treatment and suppression, which is the antithesis of this healing art and science. Practitioners who fall prey to these methods are guilty of what I call the Sin of Oversimplification.

We All Need A Remedy!
Most of us are so divorced from our true selves, defending against the stress and strain of life, grappling with its traumas and overcoming the odds that our constitutions are far from optimum levels. So even when we don’t have any obvious ailments, we are far from a state of balance and well-being. Conversely, if the patient arrives with only a ‘physical complaint’, it implies by default that his/her constitution is out of whack and their body and Mind need to be brought back to a state of balance,

Through all this – and again, this has implications for both the lay person and the practitioner – it is the MIND that plays a pivotal role. Most disease starts with the mind (Mind impacting Body). And, conversely, the reversal of disease and return to good health through the right remedy must therefore be reflected in the patient’s demeanour, thoughts and appearance as well (Constitution impacting Mind). Now that is a complete transformation!

The case I have selected for this post is one that shows how an emotional disturbance directly impacts the disease process and causes a chronic disease to flare. It perfectly illustrates how an emotional crisis can throw the constitution completely out of gear and literally make a individual sick. (This is the best visible manifestation of the intertwining of Mind and body at the physical level) By implication, if you don’t exactly fall ill when you’re deeply troubled, don’t for a moment imagine that your body is not taking a beating inside.

When the Burden Lifts...
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What must the practitioner do when they are confronted with a patient, who through the course of treatment, seems to take a U-turn in their health? I repeat from previous posts – the homeopath must ask: what is the patient defending against and how exactly has he/she been defending against it? The answer to these two very basic but powerful questions will reveal the right rubrics and therefore the right remedy. In other words, it is the Key To Cracking The Case.

But there’s more… a lot more. Which brings me to a new element I would like to introduce to this blog – Dr Rajan Sankaran’s Kingdom Theory. You could call it Class VIII biology with a twist! So a sarcastic comment about someone “being like a snake” may actually be on the button, from a homeopathic perspective.

What does all this mean? Well, homeopathic remedies are derived from the natural world, and the sources of these remedies can be broadly classified into three Kingdoms – plant, animal and mineral. Each kingdom is defined by a basic set of characteristics that apply to all members of that kingdom. In much the same way, human beings, and the way they react to the world around them, too exhibit the very same basic characteristics and themes. Our basic constitutional nature determines the kingdom to which each of us belongs and, accordingly, the right remedy is determined by our Kingdom. I spent the first decade of my practice learning from the teachings of Dr Sankaran and I have found his Kingdom Theory to be an excellent entry point to a case.

Classifying a patient according to Kingdom is not difficult but it takes some practice and the homeopath must discover the underlying theme of the patient’s basic nature as it pervades their entire being – their perception of the world, their reaction to it or, in other words, their very experience of it. Amazing, isn’t it?

There are many facets of the patient that reveal their kingdom, such as their nature and disposition, the way they phrase their sentences, their thought and speech patterns, their handwriting, their fears, dreams and interests. The homeopath must, therefore, be a keen observer of human nature, and this is invaluable in assessing every case.

Are You A Plant, Animal or Mineral?
So what are Plant, Animal and Mineral people like?
Plant Kingdom: Plants are rooted to the soil and the only way they can grow and flourish are by being sensitive to their environment. And since the environment is constantly changing, they need to keep adapting.

‘Plant people’ are typically soft, sensitive, emotional, easily hurt, moody, mercurial and whimsical. Some are nervous and fragile, and they hyperventilate over minor issues or even non-issues. They get ‘inflamed’ easily and cry at the slightest provocation. Their thoughts seem random and they lack structure. Their core issues centre around support and nurturing. They are hypersensitive in their relationships as they get hurt easily. They are also dependent on people and need to be anchored by someone. (The “I can’t do without you…” syndrome)

On the creative side, people in this kingdom have highly developed aesthetic sensibilities and may be creative and artistic.

Animal Kingdom: Taken from evolutionary biology, the Animal Kingdom in homeopathic practice comprises individuals who view the world through the prism of competition and a struggle for survival. They are always in a predator versus prey or persecutor versus persecuted predicament. ‘Animal people’ are typically concerned with sexuality (mating), competition, territoriality and hierarchy.

They compete in every area of their lives… in love, friendship, family, even a seat on the bus! Life is all about winning, not losing. ‘Animal people’ are either better at everything than everyone else or they suffer from low self-esteem because they feel they are just not good enough. Acceptance is crucial to them and they are also excessively concerned with domination and authority figures. Social status means the world to them and they need to feel powerful.

People belonging to the Animal Kingdom are a colourful lot. They are vibrant, extraverted, magnetic and charismatic personalities. Their nature and disposition ranges from affectionate, caring, warm and possessive to dominating, aggressive and even downright cruel. They tend to be aggressive, pushy and may attack if provoked. Jealousy and envy are central emotions. This polarity of positive and negative aspects of their disposition sometimes causes a ‘split’ in their perception of themselves.

Mineral Kingdom: At the chemical level, every mineral has a definite structure comprising chemical bonds. People caregorised as minerals are therefore crave structure and organisation. In fact, their raison d’etre is maintaining the structure, fafety and security of everything that concerns them – their relationships, families, work, finances and performance. But their need to perform and achieve stems out of a need for safety and security rather than to compete as in the Animal Kingdom.

‘Mineral people’ are also rigid, inflexible and perfectionists who are fastidious about details. They usually opt for careers in accounting, computer science, engineering and quality control.

But this kingdom is a little more complex than the first two, and may be sub-divided into two further groups: salts and metals. ‘Salt people’ are particularly sensitive to relationships of all types. Thus their core disturbances also revolve around relationships and attachments. There is a pining to be nurtured or a feeling that they cannot live without a particular person. They may have troubled relationships or they may be overly dependent on someone significant in their lives. The nuances are many.

People who are Metals are concerned with their identity, social status, performance and power, family, financial status, health and home. It’s all about maintaining the ‘structure’ and integrity of these aspects of their lives.

The above illustration is an oversimplification of Dr Sankaran’s Kingdom Theory but, for the lay reader who wonders how the homeopath assesses their patients, it does provide a valuable insight into this healing science. It is a vital part of my own approach and will always remain one of the cornerstones of classical homeopathy.

Re-awaken the healer in you…
- Dr Anita Salunkhe, MD

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  1. I'd like to share a small secret in my practicing homeopathy, it is called "magic questions learned by Anita Salunkhe". The first three I heard several years ago when I first met her:1.What is the patient sensitive to, 2. What is more or less in this patient, 3. What is out of control or pervered in this patient. I spent about 5 years in analysing my cases by means of these question. A year ago she taught me the next "magic" one, very useful in treating children:4. "What happened to the mother during pregnancy, what was she most sensitive to" which turned the pregnancy from normal to pathological one. Today I got the next two: 5." What is the patient defending against and 6. How exactly has he been defending against".

    1. Hello Violeta, I know this reply is many months delayed but I am overwhelmed by your very sweet and generous comment. I am so happy I have been able to pass something on to a fellow homeopath, one who is so committed and dedicated to what she does. Carry on the good work, Violetta and I hope we can collaborate again some time.

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  2. Small questions which helped me and the people I treated. I dare say this is the principle of the light - gives one the clarity of the picture and the steps where he has to put his feet on.

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  4. this is very informative thanks madam.

    Dear Dr. Anita,
    I am a homeopath from CMPH medical college currently practicing at Nerul Navi Mumbai.
    I have been following you and predictive homeopathy since past 6-7 years.
    I am having certain difficulty in tackling a schizophrenic case and need your help.

    She is 55 years old female having schizophrenia since past 15 years. She had a paralytic attack. She was treated and was better 50%. She was taking homeopathy before also (Bach Flower) for 1-2 years.

    She came under my treatment in dec 2011.
    She is sensitive, no expression, less communication, talks to herself as though someone from inside is commanding her to do this and to do that and she refuses and shouts at her. there is conflict within herself.

    Listens to music sad old songs, reads books, walks out in the garden. but no socializing or talking to outsiders or goes outside for anything.

    I had given her Anacardium Orientale mother tincture in jan 2011.

    she did some improvement and later she is used to be better at some time then down at other times. so mother tincture was repeated. i was told when given the liquid (mother tincture) she feels better that week but again down the next week. so i increased the dosage and repeated in 1st week July 2012 anacardium 200.

    after this she became more restless and she has been bad after that and is on placebo but not improving.

    need your advise on this or if you could give appointment to consult this patient.

    Awaiting your reply,


    Dr. Kishma Vinod

    BHMS (CMPH medical College)

    1. You may contact Mr. Mahesh Gandhi as he has expertise in treating Schizophrenics.

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  7. Dr. Anita,

    Does Scientific Homeopathy has any connection with Occult Science/ Past Life Regression?

    I have read long time back that Psoriasis has some connection with some past unclear dreams and one person actually got treated through homeopathy by which his dream pattern was changed and he got cured through it and started sering the dream clearly. Is this a fact or just a gimmick.

    1. I cannot comment on that but what I can say is that homeopathy realigns and heals one's entire constitution and restores one to a state of health and well-being. Thank you for your comment.

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