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The Soul of Remedies – Helleborus Niger

Dr. Rajan Sankaran shares his remedy portrait of Helleborus Niger. The Helleborus person finds the outside world painful and shuts himself off.

Helleborus is a plant remedy of the typhoid miasm. It is very closely related to “drug” remedies like Opium but is more acute in its manifestations. Curiously, it is a plant remedy with a completely opposite manifestation than the usual plant characteristic of sensitivity. In fact, Helleborus is the most insensitive of all the remedies in our Materia Medica.

The main feeling of the Helleborus person is that the outside is so painful, unpleasant, horrifying and shocking that he completely shuts himself from the outside world. He remains completely absorbed. He does not see, even if his eyesight is clear.

He can’t hear though his ears are intact. He is completely indifferent to both pleasure and pain. He takes a lot of time before answering a question. But in my experience such manifestations represent an extreme stage which may be seen in conditions like encephalitis.

In normal circumstances, Helleborus persons live with a tremendous dullness; nothing interests them anymore. They cannot register things in a normal conversation; when they read, it does not register.

One of the “Ailments from” of Helleborus is “head injury”. Here it compares with Arnica. Helleborus has many other peculiar mental symptoms and delusions and needs to be studied and understood better.


           • Answers, reflects long.

           • Answers, repeats the question.

           • Answers, slowly.

           • Automatism.

           • Indifference, desire, has no, no action of the will.

           • Indifference, everything, to.

           • Indifference, external impressions, to.

           • Will, muscles refuse to obey the will when attention is turned away.

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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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