Homeopathy 2007; 96(02): 102-107
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2007.02.007
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The vital sensation of the minerals: reducing uncertainty in homeopathic prescribing[ ]

EA Thompson
J Geraghty
1  Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, United Bristol Healthcare Trust, Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JU, UK
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Received16 February 2007

accepted21 February 2007

Publication Date:
21 December 2017 (online)


We illustrate the ‘vital sensation’ of mineral-based homeopathic medicines as revealed by an interview style based on a synthesis of the Bombay method and Scholten's, understanding derived from the periodic table. The ‘Bombay method’, described by Rajan Sankaran, builds on homeopathic teaching giving a structure to guide the gathering and synthesising homeopathic data. The concept of ‘levels’ gives a route to the deepest reflection of the vital disturbance, the vital sensation. Moving through the levels of fact, symptom, emotion, delusion and finally vital sensation provides valuable prescribing information. These aspects are discussed in conjunction with the kingdoms: plant, mineral and animal, focusing on the mineral kingdom. By synthesizing information relating to the concepts of vital sensation and kingdom we can reduce uncertainly in homeopathic prescribing.

Based on a presentation given at the British Homoeopathic Congress, Edinburgh, November 2006.