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The Soul of Remedies – Crocus sativus

Dr. Rajan Sankaran shares his remedy portrait of Crocus sativus, a remedy where he finds alternating attractiveness and aggressiveness.

Crocus sativus is a remedy that belongs to the sycotic miasm. It is prepared from saffron. Although it is a plant remedy, it does have some features that are common to the remedies of the animal kingdom, for example attractiveness and aggressiveness. It also has many features that are common to the group of “drug” remedies. For example, like Cannabis indica, it has cheerfulness, liveliness, hilarity, illusions of fancy, fancies of hearing music, etc.

In Crocus the attractiveness and aggressiveness alternate with each other. At times, the patients can be extremely attractive. This is manifest in behaviour such as very affectionate kissing, embracing, loving and caring. They are also very talkative, they sing and dance, and they are often the life of a party.

This can resemble Lachesis or Hyoscyamus or even Tarentula. But in Crocus this suddenly changes into an aggressiveness, and they can become very angry, violent, with biting and shrieking.  But this rage is followed by quick repentance. It is as though the Crocus person feels the need to keep the attention of the other person (especially of the opposite sex) by his attractive behaviour, but at the same time shouldn’t allow himself to be dominated by this person.

He can be very impulsive. In my experience, Crocus is indicated more for females. There is a feeling of dependence on the man, a feeling of being unfit for business, and a need to be attractive for the man.

The situation of Crocus might therefore be that of a woman who is being neglected by her very dominating husband. There is a threat of his going away because he is no longer attracted by her. In this situation, her attractive behaviour would serve to keep him drawn towards her, while the aggressive behaviour and rage prevent him from being too dominating. And so the combination of the need to attract and the rage, which alternate with each other.

Another feature of Crocus is the singing. She cannot resist the impulse to sing, even if she hears a single note sung at a distance.

Among the strong physical concomitants are the stringy discharges, especially the stringy blood of the menses and the epistaxis.


  • Affectionate.
  • Dancing.
  • Jumping.
  • Kisses everyone.
  • Loquacity.
  • Singing involuntarily.
  • Whistling.
  • Cheerful, gay, happy.
  • Fancies, vivid.
  • Delusion, fancies he hears music.
  • Mirth, hilarity, liveliness, etc..
  • Laughing involuntarily.
  • Laughing loudly.
  • Biting.
  • Rage, fury.
  • Quarrelsome alternating with singing.
  • Rage alternating with affectionate disposition.
  • Singing alternating with anger.
  • Anger alternating with quick repentance.
  • Delusion that he is unfit for business.


  • Abdomen: sensation of something alive in.

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About the author

Rajan Sankaran

Rajan Sankaran, MD (Hom), is reputed to be a clear and original thinker and is best known for his path breaking concepts in Homoeopathy. His understanding of ‘disease as a delusion’ followed by his discovery of newer miasms, classification of diseased states into kingdoms and the seven levels of experience, brought in much more clarity into understanding diseased states. The Sensation method has now evolved into a more comprehensive and synergistic approach, which strongly advocates to encompass and integrate the old, classical and traditional approaches with the latest advances.

Dr. Sankaran heads ‘the other song—International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy’, in Mumbai. This academy primarily focuses on imparting advanced clinical training to students and practitioners, integrated with a homoeopathic healing centre. Also he has his own personal clinic at Juhu area of Mumbai, India. He is also the President of Synergy Homeopathic, which is dedicated to the development of reliable, comprehensive homeopathic software and teaching tools. www.theothersong.com www.sankaransclinic.com www.synergyhomeopathic.com

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