The young man was sitting sideway,
in fact, to be seen by the group
of students. Although he was shy,
he decided to come as a patient
on supervision. He had sweet smile
and avoided my eyes.
- Why are you here? I asked.
- Well, I can’t sleep at night,
since my childhood. Ten years
ago I had an accident with my
eye. I have an artificial right
- It isn’t seen at all. If you
wouldn’t tell me, I would never
notice it. It’s very well done.
Would you like to tell us what
- A teacher hurt me with a stick.
Involuntarily. I was 13 years
old. We were with another child
and she threw the stick on us
to quiet us down…
And she hit the boy right in the
eye. He stayed in the hospital
for three months and had several
surgeries. Then he got his first
“The incident” happened in an
orphanage in the town of Lovech
– he is parentless child. He has
been in many orphanages, as it
often happens to these unfortunate
- … Until then I could sleep.
Then I stopped sleeping. Since
the moment when I was hurt. When
they injured me, I felt very helpless.
My teacher had remorses.
- Did she come to see you in the
- No, she didn’t. She wanted to
contact me, when I came back,
but not me. When I see her, I
remember the accident and I want
to forget. (Bites his lips). …
I was in an adoptive family for
ten years. I didn’t feel so lonely
there. They passed away. I had
then the feeling that it was my
fault. Because they were affected
as soon as I was hurt… They died
6 years ago. I was in a hospital
again to have my artificial eye
installed. They were on the way
to the hospital to visit me and
they had a car crash. I felt so
bad; I didn’t know what to say.
I had all kind of thoughts – that
it all happened because of me,
if it wasn’t me, it would never
happen to them… Their younger
sun came with his wife to the
hospital to see me.
- Such horrible thing happened
to you. Can you cry?
-I cryed very quietly, when I
cry, there are no tears. When
I cry, I feel better.
- Was there someone to comfort
you? How do you feel if you are
- No I don’t like to be comforted.
I’m timid… I felt completely lonely
in the hospital. I’m afraid to
be with many people. Now I live
in a hostel (he’s a student last
year in the National Sports Academy).
We are two in the room but I feel
- How do you feel, when you are
- I love to be alone. Especially
at night!!! Even if there is somebody,
I feel lonely, I hear the complete
silence, the calmness. I am timid
and I love the peace. I love to
be lonely. If there is an uproar,
I am worried, I avoid the conflicts…
- How would you describe your
- Shy. I am good, I like music
(folklore music) and reading medical
books is my favorite occupation
(he wants to study kinesytherapy).
And to practice sports. I do everything
very precisely. I don’t like messy
people; I want everything to be
tidy around me.
- How do you feel during thunderstorm?
- I like it, because I feel alone.
- Any fears?
- When I was a child – from the
dark and the heights.
Ambithermal. No problems with
heat or cold. Concerning the food
– dislikes sweet, fat and meat.
Likes fruits, vegetables, soups
and musaka. Thirst – about 2 l
of water per day.
Sleeps on his abdomen. Turning
about in bed. Lays in bed about
2-2:30 at night. Cannot asleep
earlier. Wakes up about 4. Drinks
some water and gets asleep again.
Sleeps until 11. If he has to
get up at 7, he is inadequate
with headache for 2-3 hours, and
then he becomes able to work.
Dreams: “The moment when I was
hurt - I keep dreaming it and
I feel angry. Sometimes, in my
dreams, I want to kill her. But
only in the dreams. Otherwise
I feel very hurt. When I see her,
I immediately leave the place.
Once, (in my dream) I wanted to
hit her until she leaves the place.
I didn’t expect that I would hold
myself. When I didn’t hit her,
I started to cry and she left.
Another dream – I’m trying to
stop a train and it crushes me.
- What is your attitude towards
- Oh, perfect. I like plants.
My entire room is full of plants.
I like them; I like the green
color, the fresh air, the green
- What about animals?
- I like them too, dogs, sheeps,
- If the golden fish comes along
and tells you that you have the
right of three whishes, what would
- 1. To have a real eye. 2. To
have a home. 3. To start working
in the medicine academy of the
army (which is already agreed
as I understand).
Prescription Bell-p. 1 M
Ten days later the student who
brought him on supervision, called
me on the phone. She was too overexcited
and so enthusiastic (which corlresponds
to her phosphorus constitution),
that I start to doubt: “You can’t
imagine how much he changed.That
very evening he slept deeply and
didn’t wake the whole night. All
his colleagues are asking him
what is going on with him, he
One month later I am in the National
Sports Academy and there, a boy
talks to me:
-Hi, didn’t you recognize me?
I came to you and you gave me
I blink with perplexity.
- I am the guy with the artificial
He really is unrecognizable. Smiling,
cheerful, exhaling confidence.
A lot of friends around him, uproar.
It is unbelievable.
Follow up- March 30 2004 ă.
- The main thing that happened
- I felt much better. Most of
my teachers told me that they
found an enormous difference.
Two teachers asked me – are you
undertaking any treatment? I said
yes. There is a big change, they
told me and showed me a picture
from before. On the picture I
was very low spirited, insecure,
restless. I didn’t expect such
a big change. A friend of mine,
from Lovech, the second week after
the remedy told me: “Man, there
is a big change, Are you going
to a homeopath? (His mother is
homeopath) Did they give you a
pill? A small white one? What
was it?”… My sleep came to normal.
- How do you feel?
- For the first time I feel happy.
At the very moment I took the
pill, I felt calmer. Now I’m far
more confident. I get more involved
in the lectures. I don’t feel
suppressed. I will apply for master
degree in “Sports psychology”.
I go to the school with good spirit
every day, and before I had no
desire to go. I feel that from
the moment when I took the remedy,
my problems started to find solution
one by one. You know, they will
give me an apartment from the
municipality. What surprises me
is that I am very sincere with
people. I was quite concealing
before. It’s a pity that I didn’t
bring the picture. And the eye
with the artificial eye, it stopped
lacrimating immediately after
the remedy. I was quite concerned
about the artificial eye before.
My first artificial eye was of
poor quality and traumatized me
quite a lot. After 3-4 months
I understood that the woman who
made it was not a medical doctor,
but a technological chemist and
that her artificial eye caused
me serious injuries on the eyeball.
Later a physician from Lovech
made me another corrective surgery
of the eye and a good artificial
He is with people all the time.
He has four new friends. No fears.
No dreams. The “incident” doesn’t
even come to his mind.
Prescription: - without remedy
One year after the first prescription
– no change in his state. Feels
very well. Prescription – to call
in case of need.
I don’t think I would prescribe
this humble daisy-flower bellis
perennis, if I haven’t read the
admirable Sankaran’s book “An
Insight into Plants”. He writes
there about the sensations, specific
for the different plant remedies
and the sensations within a family
in the different miasmes.
One deviation. Once, while I was
teaching Sankaran’s method, I
did the following experiment –
I played a 3 minutes piece of
the Mozart’s Requiem (Lacrimosa)
and I asked my young colleagues
to describe with one word the
feeling they had, while they were
listening to the music. The words
were: grief, sorrow, graveyard,
boredom, tear, silence, greatness,
nervousness… and so on, over 50.
It was obvious that we were listening
to “different music” each.
It means that our sensibility
is individual, different. What
is in us will excite us, what
is in us, will make us ill. Whatever
are our sensations, such will
be our reactions, the kind of
pains, our illnesses. This is
what Sankaran wants to tell us
in his book. Our sensations are
something that passes through
our entire being. There is not
an external causing factor, the
causing factor is within us, our
sensation, our sensitivity towards
the external world, the external
impulse, towards everything we
love or hate, towards everything
that makes us happy or irritates
us. Action-counteraction. Simple
as that – low of nature.
In “An Insight into Plants” Sankaran
looks at the plant families by
putting them in 9 miasmes – acute,
typhoid, malarial, ringworm, sycotic,
tubercular, cancer, leprosy and
syphilitic, The miasmas show us
the speed of each case, the way
it dedvelops. The logics are that
if a process develops quickly,
like a rocket, we can’t give a
remedy that moves with the speed
of a cab. If the case energy has
sycotic character with intermittent
acute attacks, the remedy has
to have the same speed and module,
the same pattern, i.e. we need
a coincidence between the speed,
the rhythm of the remedy and the
If somebody slaps a man and this
one shoots the first one, it is
an inadequate reaction only at
first sight. It could also mean
that the one, who received a slap,
felt it like a shot, as if one
was killed. So, the reaction sometimes
shows us the miasm. And the only
important word is how. How do
As the sensation which my patient
showed, was hurt, I directed myself
to the family Decompounds – Compositae.
Because the main sensation of
Decompounds is: being injured,
hurt or insulted; shocked; burnt
or scalded; fear of being touched,
Here is how Sankaran ranges the
remedies according to their miasmatic
Acute miasm– Arn. and Calen. Typhoid
- Cham. Malarial – Cina and Eup-per.
Ringorm - Tarax. Sycotic – Senec.
Tubercular – Abrot. Cancer – Bell-p.
Leprosy – Inul., Lact., Lappa.
Syphilitic – Echi.
With Arnica and Calenula the shock
comes from a sudden injury, i.e.
Compositae plus acute miasm.
Chamomilla is in the typhoid miasm
– if I scream, shout, kick and
harass enough, they will stop
hurting me and I will recover.
Cina – malarial miasm – persecuted
by injuries – both physical and
Eupatorium – also malarial miasm
– to the idea of persecuted Sankaran
adds here insults.
Taraxacum - ringworm - tries to
fight with the injuries and insults,
sometimes by avoiding them, sometimes
by accepting them.
Senecio – sycotic – avoids injuries
and insults by concealing and
Abrotanum – tubercular miasm -
oppressed and suffocated by the
injuries and insults.
Bellis-perennis – cancer miasm
– the strange thing here is that
Sankaran doesn’t give any sentence
only for this remedy – tumors
and cancer of the breast after
injury, tumor and cysts from injury.
Inulla, Lactusa č Lappa – leprosy
miasm – isolated, despised, disgusted
by the injuries and insults.
Echinaceŕ – syphilitic miasm–
destroyed by the fact that is
hurt or insulted. Death of injury.
In that case of the boy, hurt
by the teacher, the cancer miasm
was obvious – suppressed, perfectionist,
loves the animals and the nature.
Loves the thunderstorms, which
he expressed in a very strange
way – “I love the storm, because
I feel alone”. As he used many
times during the interview the
words alone, lonely, I asked him
how he is feeling, when alone.
(Otherwise I should just take
the rubric MIND - COMPANY - aversion
to - alone; when - amel.) But
when we got to the core of his
state, it became clear, that he
puts a very different sense in
this word. He loved to be alone,
it is for him a kind of peace,
something pleasant. (It is not
by chance that Sankaran says that
we have to understand what the
patient feels, to ask, to pretend
that we are stupid and to keep
asking until we get the answer).
I thought about Staphysagria first,
especially when he told us about
his dreams, when he was feeling
so angry and wanted to kill the
teacher, but held himself. Staphysagria
also takes part of the cancer
miasm, but within another family
– Ranunculacea. But in this family
the main sensation is vexation.
Whilst the boy’s sensation was
rather this of injury. This is
why I directed myself to Compositae.
I looked in the box with the cancer
miasm and I saw Bellis-perennis.
I red the scanty information for
the mind rubrics – nothing prompted
me, that this remedy could help
the case. We all know Bell-p as
an acute traumatic remedy for
injuries, which follows well after
Arnica, and also as a remedy for
breast cancer. And that’s all.
The eternal daisy flower – loves
me, loves me not. To say it in
other words, if I was following
the information from material
medica and the repertory, I would
never give Bellis-perennis and
I am glad that I trusted Sankaran’s
ideas. The result was striking.
A few months later, on April 8
2004 a young woman, chemist by
profession, came to me. She was
complaining “that her nerves don’t
It became clear that she had a
problem with her mother in low.
She shouts a lot. Very dictatorial,
has no friends. “She paralyses
me. I’m shaking from her… My mother
in low stopped my milk. I hate
her. I want to take something
and hit her on the head. There
is no man whom I would hate, and
she hurts me. I accepted her as
a parent, as a step-mother. I
don’t want to hurt her, to insult
her, and she keeps hurting me...
I am a horrible perfectionist.
When things are contrary to me
or I am put before a fait accompli,
I feel angry and terribly crashed,
scalded. Or I start to shout and
say things that I couldn’t say
otherwise. I feel incredibly guilty…”
I this case I also thought first
about Staphysagria. Suppressed
anger, cancer miasm. I started
to “pick” her – how she is feeling
about her mother in low. I expected
her to tell me that she was insulted
“My mother in low doesn’t insult
me. It is a slap, it is an abuse.
It is like a running wound.”
Prescription - Bellis-perennis
She called me a few days later.
“You don’t know what happened.
I took the child to my mother
in low. For the first time in
six months she wanted to see the
child. And because it was late
and rainy, she invited me to stay
for the night, because it was
dangerous to travel back with
these turns. As there were many
people in the house, I had to
sleep in one bed – guess with
whom – my mother in low. I never
thought it could happen. We had
a long conversation, she told
me for the first time about the
hard times in her life, apologized
that she had treated me badly
during the years. What was this
Sleeping with the enemy sounds
qiuite like a soap opera title.
But the similimum can lead us
to the most unexpected outcomes.
Sankaran, R., “An Insight into
Plants”, Homoeopathic medical
Publishers, India, 2002