Common daisy: Loves me – loves me not
About the admirable Sankaran’s method and his insight for the plants

Ekaterina Tchamourliyska
MA, MSc, clinical psycologist

October 16 2003
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 eye.
- 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 happened?
- 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 artificial eye.
“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 children.
- … 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 hospital?
- 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 comforted?
- 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 lonely.
- How do you feel, when you are lonely?
- 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 nature?
- 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 plants?
- 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 plants …
- What about animals?
- I like them too, dogs, sheeps, all animals.
- If the golden fish comes along and tells you that you have the right of three whishes, what would you choose?
- 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 is unrecognizable...”
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 a remedy.
I blink with perplexity.
- I am the guy with the artificial eye.
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 eye...
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.

Case analysis
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 patient.
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 you feel?
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, hurt, approached.
Here is how Sankaran ranges the remedies according to their miasmatic belonging.
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 emotional.
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 hiding.
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. Cancer states.
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 hold anymore”.
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 or angry.
“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 1 Ě.
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 remedy?...”
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



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