Materia Medica

Understanding The Kingdom Classification: Introduction to the Mineral, Plant and Animal Kingdoms

In most of the cases the patient will give us a good hint by showing an intense connection with the source animal. The connection may be in the form of intense fear, fascination or aversion to some animal or dreams.

Hints: A simple question like “How do you react to animals?” may unfold the whole connection. E.g. Most of the cases of Reptiles would show intense fear or dreams or liking for snakes.

  • The patient may mention many animals – but throughout the case the energy of the animal and the energy of the patient should be compared. He may mention other animals just for their specific quality and they do not resonate to it as a whole. E.g. he mentions horse for power etc.
  1. Kind of attack and being attacked feeling

The issue of survival is the key issue of the animal kingdom (Seen in all animals).

  • The victim and the aggressor. Somebody doing this to me. Words like teased, bullied, victimized, harassed, nagged, abused, forced, tortured etc.
  • Hierarchy – Superior / inferior. Somebody above / somebody below. Words like dominated, dictated, high level, low level, under someone etc.
  • Issue of survival – Threat to life, fear of death, fear of being attacked, feeling pursued and desire to hide. Violent death. Pounce, survive, chased, killed, murdered etc.
  • Malicious.
  • Caged, trapped, wants to be free. Bound and trapped, captured, chained, shackles, imprisoned. Freedom, escape etc.
  • Lack of morality.

The above points will be present in all animals but each kingdom will have a very specific kind of Victim-aggressor feeling. That will help us to arrive at the sub-kingdom in the case.

3.Group feeling

Belonging to a group or a herd and paying the price for that. It is mainly seen in Mammals and Birds. (Solitary mammal or bird may not show this aspect)

4.High pace, hyperactivity

Speed, high pace, hyperactivity, restlessness. It is mainly seen in Arachnida, Insecta and in predator Mammals like Cheetah.


Sycosis or near Sycosis (Ringworm, Malaria)Mammals
TubercularArachnida and Insecta
Near Syphilis (Cancer, Leprosy, Syphilis)Predator Mammals, Lac leoninum,


Theme of attractiveness
(Seen in all animals)

  • Attractiveness
  • Attention – wants to be the center of attention.
  • Sexuality
  • Music

Other qualities (Seen in all animals)

  • Competition and one-upmanship.
  • A Conflict, which has its basis in a split within the self.
  • Loquacity and communicative.

Approach in an Animal case

With the chief complaint and later through out the case we see the issues of an animal remedy like Victim, Aggressor, Survival, Hierarchy etc.

To arrive at a sub-kingdom and the source good patience is needed. Explore the energy of the case (energy meaning the gestures, pace and movement observed) and the patient will give us various qualities of the source.)

In a case once we come to a conclusion that an animal remedy is needed, the next question is “which sub-kingdom does the patient belong to?”

  • What is the kind of victim-aggressor feeling (attacked and being attacked)?
  • What is the miasmatic range of the case?
  • Does the patient have high pace like Arachnida (spiders) or Insecta?
  • Is there herd mentality like Mammals and Birds?
  • Look for other characteristics

Once arriving at a sub-kingdom we look for the source. Fear, fascination, aversion or dreams of the patient (Connection with the source) become a good guiding point here.

About the author

Rajan Sankaran

Rajan Sankaran

Rajan Sankaran, MD (Hom), FSHom (UK) 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. This approach –‘The Synergy of Homoeopathy’, has resulted in a far greater predictability of results than ever before. 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 empowering practitioners, teachers and students alike through the development of reliable, comprehensive homeopathic software and teaching tools.

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  • i am homoeopathic doctor i would like to know about exact principle behind human mental aspect to organ activity as we all know thoughts related to sex trigers stimuli towards sexual organs in such way is there another pathway between emotions and organ responce