Homeopathy Book Reviews

Survival – The Reptile by Rajan Sankaran & Meghna Shah

Written by Joe Rozencwajg

Survival – The Reptile by Rajan Sankaran & Meghna Shah is reviewed by Joseph Rozencwajg, New Zealand

Survival – The Reptile







Authors: Rajan Sankaran & Meghna Shah

Homoeopathic Medical Publishers, 2011,


Softcover  – 1178 pages Reviewed by Joseph Rozencwajg, New Zealand

Reprinted with permission from Homoeopathic Links Autumn 2011, Vol.24: Page 199

Having learned a lot from “An Insight into Plants” 1 was looking forward to this book. After the usual introduction and reminder of the Sensation System, and the very wel­come reminder that this method should be used only after a full training and under­standing of basic homeopathy, Sankaran guides us through general information about the reptiles, then through every cate­gory: turtles, crocodiles, snakes, lizards, tuataras and even dinosaurs, reviewing most of the members of each family, with the exception of the dinosaurs. There is a lot of zoological information, in­sights into the lives and behaviours of those animals and as a “biology enthusiast” I really enjoyed those details… but where is the homeopathy? Instead of looking up and grouping the findings in provings, cured cases and reper­tories, most of the space is spent telling us about the “possible expressions in humans” (sic). There are some rubrics, material medica and provings when available but only in very small, restricted amounts (I was going to write in “homeopathic dilutions..”.). Ap­parently Dr. Sankaran has transposed the rep­tilian world unchanged into the human world. That is called anthropomorphism, or for homeopaths it is the old Doctrine of Signatures reborn in the 21st century.

Provings do show the human expression of pathology; that is what we are after. For ex­ample, on page 779 we find the food crav­ings of Elapscorallinus, as Sankaran himself discovered during an earlier proving of the remedy; this snake does not eat any of those foods! On page 900, we read in the mentals of the Crotalinae “a snake scared of its own violence”. That is a human ex­pression; for the snake “violence” is normal, healthy behaviour. Certainly, the opposite is true: we find symptoms in a proving and can then relate them to the specific lifestyle of the particular reptile, allowing us to dif­ferentiate from others and to memorise the facts. But to claim that a patient who re­tracts himself and closes up needs a tortoise remedy because that is what a tortoise does naturally, seems to be a bit of a stretch. Re­lating the clairvoyance found in snake pa­tients to the snake’s ability to find its prey and “see” through infrared sensors and vi­bration sensors is a far-fetched interpreta­tion even though the facts are correct. As usual, there are plenty of cases that re­acted very well, some of them still needing repeated doses (then they are not cured, isn’t it?), others having returned to normal­ity. This is proof enough that the system works, no doubt about it. And certainly, the parallelism between the way of life of cer­tain animals (normal) and the behaviour and pathologies in patients (abnormal) is present and clear, but the way it is present­ed in this book makes it a direct projection from one realm to the other without its pathological transformation that we can find when doing a proving. The Reptile appears to be more a detailed exploration and explanation of Sankaran’s Sensation system, rather than an informa­tive material medica like the Insight into Plants. It will certainly appeal to his stu­dents and followers, and rightly so. For those of us who only want to understand the remedies better, it is a good addition to the regular textbooks, a very detailed illus­tration with fabulous pictures and detailed biological knowledge.

Editor’s note:  This is the 2nd review of this book we’ve published.  The previous review was by Laura Sholtz.

About the author

Joe Rozencwajg

Dr. Joseph (Joe) Rozencwajg, MD, PhD, NMD, OMD was born in Belgium in 1951. After medical school, he went on to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a surgeon. He subsequently learned Acupuncture, Homeopathy, TCM, Nutrition, Flower Remedies, Aromatherapy, Naturopathy, Reiki and other modalities. He has a PhD in Homeopathy and one in Natural Medical Sciences as well as a Doctorate in Naturopathy and one in Osteopathy. Dr. Joe lives in New Plymouth, New Zealand where he practices exclusively Natural Medicine at his clinic, Natura Medica Ltd. He developed a entirely new series of homeopathic potencies and is the author of numerous articles and the books :The Potency. Advanced Prescribing in Homeopathy, Homeopathy through the Chinese looking glass: Homeosiniatry revisited,. Dynamic Gemmotherapy and, Drainage, Detoxification and Organotherapy. His books are available from www.lulu.com Visit Dr. Rozencwajg at his website: www.naturamedica.co.nz

1 Comment

  • He has a profound understanding of the symbolic language and the meaning of it to human health. Just like Dr Lilley, but more related to an even more basic part of the intelligence than the basic limbic system, wich is the reptilian (sensation) system. Thank you for sharing. For now I cant but those two books, but Im hoppeful for soon.

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