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Innovations in Homeopathic Case-taking and Prescribing

by Michelle Finlay(more info)

listed in homeopathy, originally published in issue 102 - August 2004

For many years, students of homeopathy, while completely enthralled by their subject, were often struggling with literature from the previous century. Of course we all wanted to read the basic principles that Samuel Hahnemann laid down over two hundred years ago, and the philosophy of James Tyler Kent, but many of our Repertories of symptoms and Materia Medicas in which the remedies are explained contained terms that were archaic, to say the least. How things have changed! We now have state-of-the-art computer programs that contain a synthesis of all the books, all the remedies and all the symptoms; we have texts by Robin Murphy and Frans Vermeulen that bring the language up to date and we have new philosophical works by respected homeopaths like George Vithoulkas. Our bookshelves and computers are newly stocked, but what of our methodology and the recent changes to that?

George Vithoulkas
George Vithoulkas

Rajan Sankaran

In the last two decades the process of case-taking and the methods of selecting the appropriate remedy have undergone something of a revolution. This is largely due to the influence of, among others, Dr Rajan Sankaran of Mumbai. Dr Sankaran has been striving to standardize what has until now been largely an artistic process and turn it into a scientific one. He has introduced systems that we may follow in order to achieve more accurate prescriptions, more perfectly-matched remedies and better and longer-lasting results, including the reversal of chronic conditions and the cure of in herited disease.

Rajan Sankaran
Rajan Sankaran


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About Michelle Finlay

Michelle Finlay read English at Cardiff University and went on to work in publishing for several years before training as a homeopath. She registered with the Society of Homeopaths in 1995 and currently works for Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy in Tunbridge Wells. She can be contacted on

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