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Animal Kingdom Remedies: A New Path

The author proposes a new approach to selecting the simillimum for animal remedies. It is grounded in the theory of evolution and a correlation is suggested between evolutionary classes of animals and the periods of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table.

Translated by Natalia Rogotovskaya

It is thanks to the works of Dr. Rajan Sankaran and Jan Scholten that we now have a well-enough developed algorithm for finding the most suitable remedy from animal or mineral kingdoms. However, up to the present moment, selecting the right animal remedy has, in most cases, depended on the correct identification of the ‘portrait’ of an animal. Occasionally, the physician’s ability to identify correctly the group ‘portrait’ of the type of the animal, could also help to find the simillimum. Furthermore, the process of recognition is hampered by the mere number of species of animals in the world – 36 thousand species of protozoa, over 5 thousand species of sponges, about 130 thousand species of molluscs, over 750 thousand species of insects, 20 thousand species of fish, 9 thousand species of birds, 4 thousand species of mammals, etc1.

The present article proposes an essentially new way of finding the curative simillimum of the animal type, drawing from the theory of evolution.


Figure 1 schematically represents the evolution of species of the animal kingdom.

Fig.1 An evolutionary tree

The tree diagram shows how, in the opinion of some scientists2, the development of the animal world proceeded, and the evolutionary relations holding among various biological species, as they could be inferred from the present vantage point. The animal world, as a whole, descended from a common ancestor – the prehistoric basic single-cell organisms (Fig.1 (1). Both the various unicellular organisms (Fig.1 (2),(3),(4)) and the pluricellular organisms seem to exhibit the same ancestry. In the course of evolution more and more complex animals appeared, including the vertebrates. The primitive bilayer organisms served as the immediate common ancestor for two different evolutionary branches: one led to the development of the complex invertebrates (mollusks, crustaceans, and insects), the other – to the development of the vertebrates. The directions of the development of the animal world can be studied from the diagram. The numbered nodes, representing various groups of animals, include both the now-existing and the now-extinct species:

1 Primitive unicellular organisms;
2 Amoeba;
3 Infusoria;
4 Flagellata;
5 First colonial flagellates;
6 Porifera (sponges);
7 Inferior bilayer pluricellular;
8, 9, 10 Coelenterata: anthozoa (sea anemones, corals), hydrazoa (hydra), cnidaria (jellyfish);
11 Platyhelminthes (flatworms)
12 Nematodes (roundworms);
13 Ancient ctenaphora ;
14 Ctenaphora (comb jellies);
15 Primitive annelid (ringed worms);
16, 17, 18 Mollusca: gastropoda (snails, bivalve mollusk), cephalopoda (squid);
19 Crustacea (crabs, lobsters, crayfish, krill, shrimp, barnacles);
20 Arachnida (spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, harvestmen);
21 Myriapoda (millipedes, centipedes);
22 Insectum;
23 Annelida (earth worms);
24 Polychaeta (sea ringed worms);
25 Crinoidea (sea lilies);
26 Echinodermata (brittle stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, sea cucumbers);
27 Asteroidea (sea stars);
28 Urochordates (tunicates);
29 Amphioxiformes [branchiostoma] (lancelets);
30 Prehistoric fish;
31 Contemporary fish;
32 Sarcopterygii (lungfish, bony fish);
33 Amphibias (frogs, toads, salamanders);
34 Prehistoric reptiles (dinosaurs);
35 Reptiles;
36 Birds;
37 Mammals.

When selecting a remedy, it is the kingdom (plants, minerals or animals) that has to be determined first. Detailed instructions for the correct selection of kingdoms of remedies could be found in Sankaran 3.

While studying the main themes of remedies from the mineral kingdom, as they are elaborated in the works of Scholten4 and Sankaran5, we have noted the following pattern: to the themes of every period of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table, there correspond not only the chemical elements of that period, but also the main themes of a specific group of animals. More interestingly, the more complex the animal is (see the theory of evolution), the higher are the numbers of periods in the Mendeleev’s Table. It appears that no study of the pattern described has yet been attempted, the pattern itself having yet been universally unrecognized.

Selecting a remedy: step one (remedies to periods correlation)

Below we briefly outlined the apparent correlations holding between species of various evolutionary stages, periods of Mendeleev’s Table, and animal remedies.

Remedies correspondent to the first period, would be those prepared from viruses and microbes (eg. nosodes). Themes of the first period are: ‘the sense of unity with the universe’, ‘dissolution of the self in the universe’, symbiosis with the surrounding world’. Delusions of the first period are: ‘others don’t see me’, ‘I don’t exist in the eyes of others, “I’m present everywhere”.

Remedies of the second period are those prepared from sponges (porifera), corals (hydrozoa), jellyfish (cnidaria), comb jellies (ctenaphora) and mollusks. The themes of the second period are: ‘basic needs satisfaction (food, drink, sex)’, ‘priority of physical fitness and well-being’.

Subsumed under the third period we find the crustaceans, the arachnoids, reptiles and the amphibians. The themes of the third period are: ‘family relationships’, ‘attention-seeking’, ‘self-localization’, ‘appearance’, ‘love and hatred’, ‘a sense of possession’ (“it’s mine – not yours”).

In the fourth period we find remedies prepared from insects and farm animals (pack animals, primarily). The seemingly strange ‘co-habitation’ of such dissimilar animals in the same group could be explained by the apparent regression of the latter. Evolutionary regression of domesticated animals stems from and manifests itself in the ceding of the greater part of their survival capabilities (self-defense, food-finding and even reproduction) to humans. The themes of the fourth period are: ‘activity’, ‘practical undertaking’, ‘diligence’, ‘specialization’, ‘protection’, ‘sense of guilt’ and ‘sense of responsibility’.

The fifth period is correspondent to the birds’ survival technique. The themes of this period are: ‘creativity’, ‘exploration of new fields’, ‘new and unusual achievements’. The delusion of this period is, ‘I am a mediator between God and men’.

The sixth period corresponds to the survival skill of mammals.

The lanthanides of the Periodic Table correlate to humans.

The seventh row corresponds to sarcodes. The prevailing theme of the seventh period is ‘beginning of decay’.

Selecting a remedy: step 2 (miasm selection)

Miasms are indispensible when choosing the correct simillimum among the number of possible ones. We have used the miasm classification as developed by Sankaran6 (3-4).

Specific animal miasms have been little studied so far. This is partly due to the fact that remedy selection by means of ‘identification’ does not strictly require recognition of the miasm, which has been used mostly in evaluating the seriousness of the pathological process. Thus, many authors have been subsuming insects under the tuberculosis miasm. Conversely, as a result of the carefully conducted research, we have come to the conclusion that such un-alike insects as bees, aphids, praying mantises and butterflies exhibit reactions of varying type and intensity and, therefore, should be related to different miasms. It is also not uncommon that the same specie is related to different miasms by different authors.

Selecting a remedy: step 3 (habitat selection)

Main types of habitat are: ground, water and air. We also find it necessary to differentiate underground environment as a distinct habitat. We also concede the existence of a mixed typed of habitat, such as underground-ground, ground-air, ground-water and air-water.

To each type of habitat there correspond specific themes. Thus, to the ground type we can correlate the following themes: ‘heaviness’, ‘pressure’, ‘dirt’, ‘dirty brown colour’, ‘green colour’. The air type would have the themes of ‘flight’, ‘lightness’ and ‘transparency’ as its correlates. ‘Watery’ themes are – ‘flow’, ‘purity’, ‘blue colour’. Such themes as ‘swimming in muddy water’, ‘swimming’, ‘swirling movement’, ‘jet-like movement’ would also fall under this category. For the underground type of habitat we can list themes of ‘pressure’, ‘closed or restricted space’, ‘black colour’.

Drawing from the above and to facilitate the process of animal simillimum-finding, we can propose the following example table for the sixth period (correspondent to mammals):




typhoid psora ring-worm








Microchiroptera (bat)


Lac delphinum

Ambra grisea

Lac phoca vitulina (seal’s milk)

Castor fiber (beaver)



macaca rhesus

Lac primatum

Lac felinum

Lac ursus (bear’s milk)

Marmota bobac (bobak marmot)

Lac loxodonta (elephant’s milk)

Lac macropus (kangaroo’s milk)

Lac caninum

Lac lupinum

Lac orycto-lagus (rabbit’s milk)

Lac Suinum

Lac Lepus (hare).

Lac moschus(deer)

Lac rattus (rat’s milk)

Lac tiger

Lac black


Lac panthera onca (jaguar)

Lac canis aureus





Tulpidae (mole)

The information presented in the example table is to an extent tentative, requiring further research and investigation. The author will be greatly indebted to anyone wishing to comment on the above, or to share their insights on the subject. Please, write to Dr. Belyaev at: [email protected].


The article proposes a new approach to animal remedies simillimum selection, grounded in the theory of evolution. A correlation between evolutionary classes of animals and the periods of the Mendeleev’s Periodic Table is suggested. An approximate three-step algorithm for selecting animal kingdom remedies is outlined.


  1. I.K. Lopatin, ‘Raznoobrazie zhivotnogo mira: proshloe, nastoyaschee, problemy sokhraneniya’ (‘Diversity of the Animal World: Past, Present and the Problem of Conservation’), Soros Educational Journal, #7, [Moscow, Russia 1997].

  2. Rajan Sankaran, Dusha lekarstv (The Soul of Remedies), Similiya Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2002].

  3. Jan Scholten, Gomeopatiya i elementy (Homeopathy and the Elements), Similiya Publishers, IMEDIS Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2003].

  4. Rajan Sankaran, Oschuschenie v gomeopatii (The Sensation in Homeopathy), Similiya Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2006].

1 The figures are quoted following I.K. Lopatin, ‘Raznoobrazie zhivotnogo mira: proshloe, nastoyaschee, problemy sokhraneniya’ (‘Diversity of the Animal World: Past, Present and the Problem of Conservation’), Soros Educational Journal, #7, [Moscow, Russia 1997], pp. 34-39

2 The evolutionary tree in Figure 1 is just a typified example of the many possible rooted phylogenetic tree-diagrams. Inasmuch as various trees differ in their representation of the relations between leaf nodes, the implications of favouring a particular type of representation for use in the remedy selection algorithm proposed here remain to be evaluated.

3 The reader may be referred to Rajan Shankaran, Dusha lekarstv (The Soul of Remedies), Similiya Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2002].

4 More particularly see Jan Scholten, Gomeopatiya i elementy (Homeopathy and the Elements), Similiya Publishers, IMEDIS Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2003].

5 Rajan Shankaran, Dusha lekarstv (The Soul of Remedies), Similiya Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2002].

6 Rajan Sankaran, Oschuschenie v gomeopatii (The Sensation in Homeopathy), Similiya Publishers, [Moscow, Russia 2006].

About the author

Vladimir Belyaev

Dr. Vladimir Litmanovich Belyaev was born in 1956 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) into a family of doctors. He received his degree from The Leningrad Pediatric Medical Institute (now St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy). He has worked for over 30 years as an emergency doctor, a pediatrician and a children"™s resuscitation specialist at the largest children"™s hospital in St. Petersburg "“ Children"™s City Hospital ?1. He is a certified specialist in pediatric surgery, pediatrics, allergology, resuscitation, rehabilitation and homeopathy. Dr. Belyaev has been practicing homeopathy for the last 12 years. As well as his work at the hospital, Dr. Belyaev continues his academic work and teaching. He is Sub-Dean of the Department of Homeopathy of the International Open University of Holistic Medicine in St. Petersburg, Russia.


  • This article is fascinating. It is vision like this that brings the art to the science of homeopathy. Thank you for sharing this overview of your work.

  • the article looks incomplete,it requires to be more substantial & more matter in the package.hope for next time,

  • Carefully written article.much research is required before accepting the method and adopting in daily practice.However doubt arises due to following reasons; Nash had observed that,”prescribing on keynotes alone is an absurdity”.At least the master prescribers agree about this and likewise know too well that prescribing on modalities alone, prescribing on mental symptoms alone, prescribing on constitution alone are all absurdities. Totality of symptoms is the only legitimate guide in selecting a remedy. Now,can any system of prescribing,not consistent with Hahnemann’s methods of selection of remedies be as effective ? Drifting away from mainstream homeopathy is a dangerous trend for the future of this highly effective,scientific healing system. George Vithoulkas had already conveyed his displeasure as discreetly as possible. Hahnemann also had warned that”homeopathy is a narrow path which we have to stick to,if we do not want it to be a caricature of what it once was”.

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