The Spirit of Homoeopathy gives the essentials of Sankaran’s approach in homeopathic case taking and case analysis. The concepts of ‘basic delusion’, ‘central disturbance’, or ‘situational Materia Medica’, make their appearance on the homeopathic scene to inspire a whole generation of homeopaths.
This book is meant for the serious student of Homoeopathy and for those who sincerely want to find answers to questions about health, disease and cure. It does not promise solutions, but it does present an honest search over the past several years and contains some observations and ideas from my practice. The book is divided into four sections. The first section looks at what disease is. It examines the origins and the dynamics of disease. We shall look at Natures law of cure and, from this, the evolution of homoeopathic thought and its application in practice. In the second section I shall focus upon a much talked about, yet still nebulous area in Homoeopathy, namely the understanding of the mental state of the patient. We shall trace my journey to the understanding of delusions and ultimately to the understanding of the mental state as a whole. In this section we shall also examine the body-mind connection. The third section covers the artistic aspect of Homoeopathy, namely, case taking or the process of understanding the patient. In this section I shall once again emphasize the philosophical aspect before proceeding to give very specific and detailed hints and techniques. In the final section I shall be laying the foundation for a new way of understanding remedies, and shall present some remedies as examples. Interwoven into these sections are thoughts on various practical questions such as the importance of pathology, remedy relationship, homoeopathic prognosis and a homoeopathic method of psychotherapy. Each chapter is illustrated with several clinical cases and also some models for better understanding. I have included as the first chapter the fundamental principles of Homoeopathy and also kept the language simple so that even the beginner may follow. The second chapter, namely The story of this book, is a birds eye-view of the whole book. I believe that the aim of the teacher is only to stimulate the teacher within each of us. If this book stimulates you to observe and think, it would have more than fulfilled its purpose.