Homeopathy Book Reviews

Body Language and Homeopathy

kulkarni body language and homeopathy

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.

NONVERBAL BEHAVIORINTERPRETATION
Brisk, erect walkConfidence
Standing with hands on hipsReadiness, aggression
Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightlyBoredom
Sitting, legs apartOpen, relaxed
Arms crossed on chestDefensiveness
Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunchedDejection
Hand to cheekEvaluation, thinking
Touching, slightly rubbing noseRejection, doubt, lying
Rubbing the eyeDoubt, disbelief
Hands clasped behind backAnger, frustration, apprehension
Locked anklesApprehension
Head resting in hand, eyes downcastBoredom
Rubbing handsAnticipation
Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossedConfidence, superiority
Open palmSincerity, openness, innocence
Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closedNegative evaluation
Tapping or drumming fingersImpatience
Steepling fingersAuthoritative
Patting/fondling hairLack of self-confidence; insecurity
Tilted headInterest
Stroking chinTrying to make a decision
Looking down, face turned awayDisbelief
Biting nailsInsecurity, nervousness
Pulling or tugging at earIndecision

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

Dr. Manish Bhatia

- BHMS, BCA, M.Sc Homeopathy (UK), CICH (Greece)
- Asociate Professor, Organon & Homeopathic Philosophy, SKH Medical College, Jaipur
- Founder Director of Hpathy.com
- Editor, Homeopathy 4 Everyone
- Member, Advisory Board, Homeopathic Links
- Co-author - Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Integrative Practice, Principles and Research
- Author - Lectures on Organon of Medicine vol 1 & 2. 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
- For consultation, write to [email protected]

1 Comment

  • I THINK IT’S VERY GREAT EFFORT OF DR. MANESH BHATIA TO ISSUE UNDERSTANDING OF BODY LANGUAGE, A VERY USEFUL TOOL TO REPERTEROZE THE CASES OF CHILDREN AND WHO CANT SPEAK.

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