‘the other song – International Academy of advanced Homoeopathy’ had organized a 2-day seminar by Dr. Rajan Sankaran, on the 10th and 11th January, 2015, at Pune. The seminar marked the beginning of ‘the other song’ joining hands with ‘Prana: World’s first homoeopathy yoga centre’ situated in Pune, to fulfill their common aim of providing premium homeopathic education and clinical training to students and practitioners. This seminar was also supported by the Indian Homoeopathic Forum (IHF)
Dr. Sankaran, the chief speaker at the seminar highlighted bedrock homoeopathic concepts important for our practice. Sharing from his vast clinical experience of 30 years, he explained the skillful and practical application of these concepts in cases and their utility in remedy selection. He demonstrated the art of case-taking through cases, with special emphasis and importance of going with the patient flow and being a good listener. He emphasized the significance of the integration of the old and the new approaches i.e. by the application of ‘Synergy’ in Homoeopathy. Dr. Sankaran put forth case after case, where the symptoms when amalgamated with the Sensation, viz the system understanding, lead to surer and definitive results which were also reproducible.
Dr Sankaran shared a case of a man, 50 years of age, seen at the other song on the 6th September, 2012. The patient complained of pain in the lumbar region of the back over the last 5 years and was diagnosed of having L1-L5 degeneration on MRI scan. He could not lift his left hand and complained of pain in shoulder area. When asked to describe the exact location of pain, the patient pointed to the deltoid area. When asked to describe the pain, the patient said that he could not raise his hand and the pain was better when he relaxed it. The pain was worse by exercising, > holding on to support. The pain was mainly in the deltoid region.
Besides, he also felt the pain in back, so he did an MRI of back, which diagnosed the problem as prolapsed intervertebral disc. This pain was worse from riding a bike, lifting heavy weights or long travelling. He felt as if his muscles had become incapable of working and that their capacity had decreased. To elicit other modalities, the patient was then asked to bend and stretch to see the effect on pains. On this the patient said that he was better when bending and worse when stretching. He also stated that he had a habit of swinging holding on to a fixed support and this often helped the pain in his shoulder as he felt that the joint relaxed then, this has no effect whatsoever on the back pain.
He had knee pain, which was felt more in left knee when walking. Pain is more at the medial side of the knee joint. The pain in knee is better by rest too and is worse on waking and when ascending the stairs. It felt to him as if his bones are pricking. Last year, both his big toes had ingrown toe nails. There was a gap between skin and nails, and to him it felt that it was because of cigarette smoking. He did shirshasan (yogic posture which involves the person balancing the body weight on head) and pranayam, so that if there is deficient blood supply in the body, these could help. His son who was in 3rd year of B.H.M.S (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery) told him that it could be because of smoking, so he immediately stopped it.
This is as far as the symptoms go. Dr. Sankaran said that each symptom was elicited in detail with regards to the location, sensation, modalities and possible concomitants. Symptoms thus carefully characterized by eliciting these, are peculiar and can directly lead to a group of remedies. What is important is that the symptoms have to be asked again and confirmed, so that we can be completely sure. The symptoms thus carefully noted, in themselves form a clear totality. Now, that the symptoms have been elicited in detail, we move on to the other aspects and ask about the patient’s nature.
When asked about his nature, the patient said that he was a perfectionist by nature and expects things to be done in the same perfect way each time. He always felt that if the work was not done, his reputation would be affected. He is an engineer and prides himself on doing good work. If the work is not properly done, he would feel that he is cheating; he would feel guilty thinking that he has not given good value for client’s money. The patient feels very bad when he was wrongly blamed, feeling that despite behaving so well, people did not respect him and dominated him.
He was highly ambitious. The feeling was always that he should be best at whatever he did. If he was the best, he would have a good name in the society, would earn good money, and would be financially stable. He would be able to successfully fulfill his family and social responsibilities and would be economically stable. This would make him happy and would keep his frustration at bay.
When he was asked about his hobbies and interests, he said that he liked playing chess and also likes to read up about medicines, like the materia medica. He was of the opinion that everyone should have some basic knowledge about life and also of medical knowledge as it was closely related to daily routine. He studies pranayam and yoga. He likes exploring philosophical readings in depth. He felt that philosophy was a vital part of our life, without which life would be vulgar. When asked about vulgar, he said that, ‘Vulgar means you drink alcohol, you are not accepted in the society. You will be arrested and as a result will get no work. Then life will be difficult. You are unable to help and run the family because of lack of money. You lose all reputation in the society. So you should set up a good self – image. Try and maintain status. Maintain a good routine and keep in good health. Keep good company. All these will help.’
According to the patient, it is important that one studies legal matters. The patient does property evaluation, so it was important for him to have complete knowledge about these matters or he would be dominated. Someone could file a case on him for a small mistake and he would be arrested and may end up in jail. His character would be affected. No one would then come to him for his consultancy services. He would be treated as if he is a rank criminal, and his career would be destroyed. It would seem like he is a complete failure if this were to happen, especially since he has worked so hard to achieve money, name and a good career. In such a situation, he would be guilty, because it would be his fault if this happened.
The patient was then asked about his experience in such a situation. He said that he would feel like a complete failure. No one would love and respect him. There would be no use to his life. He would feel it would be better to end his life slowly and become a saint. And then live a life of renunciation and just meditate. There would be no worry of living, dying or no botheration about the society. He is very sensitive to criticism and when criticized wrongly or falsely accused, he got very angry. If someone contradicted him he felt like hitting the person or throwing things at him as he felt insulted and his self confidence and self respect was affected.
The patient had a lot of anxiety about health too. He felt that if he was completely fit, then 3 years down the line all his body cells can be rejuvenated. Earlier, he did not care for his heath as much, as he was busy making a name for himself. Now, he regretted, with a feeling that if he were careful about his health, he would not have had these complaints in the first place. He now felt that he has to maintain his health first in whatever state it is, it should not deteriorate any further.
When asked about his dreams, the patient said that he dreamt of flying, as if he was flying from the terrace of one building to the other, naturally using his wings. He would see that he would complete a task at one place and take off flying to another village immediately. He would enjoy this immensely, and would feel free and happy as he saw this type of travel incurring no expenses. He saw that he is almost floating; gliding as there is not much movement of the wings. He concluded that he always fantasized about this mode of travel and jokingly added that even his joints would not have been affected if that would have been possible. He continued to see this dream till 28 years of age, and thereafter it stopped, as he then started travelling on his own bike.