Homeopathy Book Reviews

Body Language and Homeopathy

Written by Dr. Manish Bhatia

Body Language and Homeopathy

ISBN: 9788131908884

Format: HB, 792 pp

Edition: First,  2009

Price: USD 40.00

Publisher: B. Jain Publishers

Reviewed by: Manish Bhatia

Body Language is a nonverbal, usually unconscious, communication through the use of postures, gestures, and facial expressions. Whether we realise it or not, we are communicating all the time. Irrespective of what our mouths are saying, our body language transmits our thoughts and feelings like a primal beacon. Before I talk about this book, let me share with you some common non-verbal behaviour and its interpretation.

Brisk, erect walk Confidence
Standing with hands on hips Readiness, aggression
Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly Boredom
Sitting, legs apart Open, relaxed
Arms crossed on chest Defensiveness
Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched Dejection
Hand to cheek Evaluation, thinking
Touching, slightly rubbing nose Rejection, doubt, lying
Rubbing the eye Doubt, disbelief
Hands clasped behind back Anger, frustration, apprehension
Locked ankles Apprehension
Head resting in hand, eyes downcast Boredom
Rubbing hands Anticipation
Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed Confidence, superiority
Open palm Sincerity, openness, innocence
Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed Negative evaluation
Tapping or drumming fingers Impatience
Steepling fingers Authoritative
Patting/fondling hair Lack of self-confidence; insecurity
Tilted head Interest
Stroking chin Trying to make a decision
Looking down, face turned away Disbelief
Biting nails Insecurity, nervousness
Pulling or tugging at ear Indecision

So you see, every gesture tells us something. Gestures are something that all of us see and use in everyday life – however, we do not observe them carefully and not many use them from a clinical point of view. Body language is a term for communication that transcends conscious contact and works instead of, or additionally to, sounds and language. This can be anything from subtle creasing of the eyes if someone finds something amusing, to the strong gesture of crossing arms when someone feels vulnerable or enraged. By utilizing and fully comprehending this paralanguage, master communicators – those who are trained to understand the significance of body language – can foresee how people will react to certain information and how they are feeling, although they often haven’t said anything. This can be beneficial to a homeopath for understanding the patient as a whole.

This book by Ajit Kulkarni brings together the world of Kinesics and Homeopathy. Its purpose is to make the reader understand the body language of the patient and then use that information clinically.

The book is divided in 4 sections. Section I deals with Introduction- History and Understanding the Language in general. Section II is on Communication – Body language as communication, Communication skills, Intra-psychic communication, Silence and Characters of body language. Section III focuses on the core elements of body language like Personal Appearance, Gestures, Posture and Stance, Facial expressions, Eye expressions, Voice and Intonation, Space and Distancing, Tactile Communication, Vocabulary and Universal gestures. Section IV takes care of the Homoeopathic perspective including clinical repertory and practical cases.

The detailed text with illustrations under each and every section is very insightful. The author has thrown light on minute expressions and has explained their significance from psychological, philosophical, spiritual and homoeopathic points of view. The ultimate benefit of this book is that it widens and expands our consciousness at all levels. This book has a different perspective on understanding not only the world around us, but also the world inside each of us. This book will help in increasing the ability of the homeopathic physician to observe a peculiar expression in their patients and then use that information for a deeper understanding of the case and a resulting better prescription. This book is useful for all homeopaths, as it is one of the first detailed works bringing together Kinesics and Homeopathy.

About the author

Dr. Manish Bhatia

- BCA, M.Sc Homeopathy (UK), CICH (Greece), MD (Hom)
- Associate Professor, Organon & Homeopathic Philosophy, SKH Medical College, Jaipur
- Founder Director of Hpathy.com
- Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone
- Co-author - Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Integrative Practice, Principles and Research
- Author - Lectures on Organon of Medicine vol 1, 2, 3. CCH Approved. (English, German, Bulgarian)
- Awardee - Raja Pajwan Dev Award for Excellence in the Field of Medicine; APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Excellence in Homeopathy Education
- Visit Dr. Bhatia's website

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