An Insight Into Plants Vol - III

Language
English
Type
Hardback
Publisher
Homoeopathic Medical Publishers
Author(s) Rajan Sankaran
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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 of Dr. Rajan Sankaran 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 Dr. Sankaran and these cases along with his 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 mentioned below into the tables thus filling some of the gaps.

Dr. Sankaran 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. These include:

(1) Brassicaceae / Cruciferae, (2) Carnivorous plants (3) Dioscoreaceae (4) Fungi , (5) Piperaceae (6) Rosaceae & (7) Rutaceae

And there was a demand that a third volume of Insight is brought out with the newer families. This volume includes the more 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.

More Information
ISBN9788190337847
AuthorRajan Sankaran
TypeHardback
LanguageEnglish
Publication Date2007
Pages1878
PublisherHomoeopathic Medical Publishers
Review

This book review is reprinted from Volume 20, Winter 2007 Edition, with permission from Homeopathic Links.

Reviewed by Harry van der Zee, Netherlands

Come Hiwat's review of "An Insight into Plants Volume I and II" (published in LINKS volume 15 issue 3/2002, page 169) discussed the outlay of the series. The volume under review here was published earlier this year. For an understanding of the philosophy and practice behind this series the reader is recommended to read "The Sensation in Homoeopathy" by the same author.

If you take yourself seriously as a homeopath and if you want to keep in touch with the direction in which homeopathy is developing, you cannot ignore Rajan Sankaran's work and the increasing number of books he has written. Throughout the years there has been a clear line of development evident in his books; among them the three volumes of "An Insight into Plants" form a set of handbooks every homeopath should have close to hand.

Many homeopaths all over the world have worked for several years now with Rajan's concept of the Vital Sensation and with his interview technique and case analysis of reaching to the Vital Sensation in their patients; the first two volumes of "An Insight into Plants" have proven to be of value in finding a remedy from the plant kingdom if indicated.

To the twenty-one plant families discussed in the first two volumes this third volume adds five more (Brassicaceae/Cruciferae, Dioscoreaceae,Piperaceae,Rosaceae,Rutaceae), as well as one kingdom (Fungi) and one group (carnivorous plants).

In Julia Schiller's excellent article "An Insight into Taxonomy" in LINKS volume 18 issue 4/2005 she challenges Rajan to improve on his work, among others things by incorporating more input from the homeopathic community. Showing that these volumes indeed are a work in progress, Rajan has entered many new cases of the previously discussed families from a wide variety of internationally well-known homeopaths. These cases partially confirm the ideas expressed in the earlier volumes, but also help improving the understanding of the families and have allowed the addition of some plants filling some of the gaps in the earlier tables of families and miasms. At other levels too, Rajan responds in this new volume to Julia's constructive criticism of the two earlier volumes.

Whether or not taxonomy purely based on genetics should be the basis for forming homeopathic families of remedies remains a valid question. In the way Rajan has formed his families he to some extent already took the liberty of deviating from strict taxonomical rules, which I think is a practical and valid approach. His group of insect-eating plants, for instance, consists of five plants coming from four different families. There are many ways to constitute families of practical use to homeopaths. Within the plant and animal kingdom genetics is only one, biotopes that transcend not only the borders of families but also of kingdoms are another.

To save homeopaths from having to leaf through three volumes in one's daily practice, this third volume includes tables in the appendices that include all families investigated so far, together with four new ones (Araceae, Ericaceae, Piperaceae, Theales) that are apparently under construction. The Chart of Plant Classification by Jorg Wichmann, as the last appendix, makes clear that not only Rajan, but all of homeopaths dedicated to further exploring the width and depth of the homeopathic materia medica still have a long way to go in gaining insight into plants.

Review

This book review is reprinted from Volume 20, Winter 2007 Edition, with permission from Homeopathic Links.

Reviewed by Harry van der Zee, Netherlands

Come Hiwat's review of "An Insight into Plants Volume I and II" (published in LINKS volume 15 issue 3/2002, page 169) discussed the outlay of the series. The volume under review here was published earlier this year. For an understanding of the philosophy and practice behind this series the reader is recommended to read "The Sensation in Homoeopathy" by the same author.

If you take yourself seriously as a homeopath and if you want to keep in touch with the direction in which homeopathy is developing, you cannot ignore Rajan Sankaran's work and the increasing number of books he has written. Throughout the years there has been a clear line of development evident in his books; among them the three volumes of "An Insight into Plants" form a set of handbooks every homeopath should have close to hand.

Many homeopaths all over the world have worked for several years now with Rajan's concept of the Vital Sensation and with his interview technique and case analysis of reaching to the Vital Sensation in their patients; the first two volumes of "An Insight into Plants" have proven to be of value in finding a remedy from the plant kingdom if indicated.

To the twenty-one plant families discussed in the first two volumes this third volume adds five more (Brassicaceae/Cruciferae, Dioscoreaceae,Piperaceae,Rosaceae,Rutaceae), as well as one kingdom (Fungi) and one group (carnivorous plants).

In Julia Schiller's excellent article "An Insight into Taxonomy" in LINKS volume 18 issue 4/2005 she challenges Rajan to improve on his work, among others things by incorporating more input from the homeopathic community. Showing that these volumes indeed are a work in progress, Rajan has entered many new cases of the previously discussed families from a wide variety of internationally well-known homeopaths. These cases partially confirm the ideas expressed in the earlier volumes, but also help improving the understanding of the families and have allowed the addition of some plants filling some of the gaps in the earlier tables of families and miasms. At other levels too, Rajan responds in this new volume to Julia's constructive criticism of the two earlier volumes.

Whether or not taxonomy purely based on genetics should be the basis for forming homeopathic families of remedies remains a valid question. In the way Rajan has formed his families he to some extent already took the liberty of deviating from strict taxonomical rules, which I think is a practical and valid approach. His group of insect-eating plants, for instance, consists of five plants coming from four different families. There are many ways to constitute families of practical use to homeopaths. Within the plant and animal kingdom genetics is only one, biotopes that transcend not only the borders of families but also of kingdoms are another.

To save homeopaths from having to leaf through three volumes in one's daily practice, this third volume includes tables in the appendices that include all families investigated so far, together with four new ones (Araceae, Ericaceae, Piperaceae, Theales) that are apparently under construction. The Chart of Plant Classification by Jorg Wichmann, as the last appendix, makes clear that not only Rajan, but all of homeopaths dedicated to further exploring the width and depth of the homeopathic materia medica still have a long way to go in gaining insight into plants.