2012 April

Exploring sarcodes: a very hurried man

by Ghanshyam Kalathia

As classical homeopaths, we know about sarcode remedies and most of us prescribe them. Still, we have very little information about sarcodes as group. I would like to present my understanding of sarcodes from my own cases and from what I have learned from my teachers, Rajan Sankaran and his team.  

The illustrating case is taken and analyzed using Sankaran's method of levels and sensation.

GK: Ghanshyam Kalathia; P: = patient; HG = hand gesture; my comments are in (brackets).

First consultation 4th, June 2007

A 35 year old businessman came to my clinic for treatment of allergic bronchitis; his verbatim report is as follows.

GK: Tell me all about your problem?

P: I have a problem of asthma; during asthmatic attacks there is a wheezing sound. This problem is my routine problem and I have become used to it. (Observation: He blinked his eyelids very fast and forcefully.)

GK: Tell me more about your asthma.

P: One and half years beforehand, I had severe acidity. At that time, I wasn’t even able to take any food, so I took some herbal preparations and I recovered completely from acidity. After that, my health was fine, but suddenly one night, I woke up due to difficulty breathing; I became scared from the wheezing sound of my respiration and my family members also got scared to see me in that situation, so they took me to the hospital immediately. After half an hour, I became totally normal but since then, I get these attacks every ten to fifteen days. I take so many therapies but nothing is very effective, so I came to you. (This is the level of names and facts.)

GK: What did you feel during the first attack? (shifting his level from fact to feeling.)

P: At that time, I got really scared, with much perspiration, but now, I have nothing to get scared of because I know that this wheezing happens due to a narrowing of my respiration tube. Almost all asthma patients have the same problems. Asthma is the enemy of sleep: during deep sleep, I suddenly had breathing problems (HG – he makes a fist with great speed.) and that arouses me because air is not able to come out of my lungs. I think my lungs get blocked and then they give orders to my brain and immediately brain awakens me. (His speech is very fast.)

GK: I understand, please go on.

P: During these attacks, I feel some heaviness in my chest as if my system is not ready to remove gases, so my breath neither comes in nor goes out; if at that time I take an asthalin (etophylin) inhaler then my system becomes normal. Since this asthma, I also have complaints of weakness – I feel that my legs start to get weaker.

 GK: Please tell me about weakness?

P: I am really scared to become paralyzed. I feel as if the functioning of my whole system is going to stop. I believe that the cells of my brain are dying.  Doctors tell me that it is nothing serious, but if I have nothing wrong, why would I get all these complaints?

 GK: What do you feel in your legs?

P: Suddenly my legs become loose (HG – he hangs his palm downward and oscillates it) as if there is not any power in them. It is as though my legs are sluggish, with no movement. (HG –hanging). I think that the activity and the blood supply of my brain become sluggish.

(His talking pattern is in the form of ‘as if’: that means these all are his perceptions, but they are still at a local level. With the next question, I try to make them generalized.)      

GK: Forget about your body; please tell me what is ‘sluggish’? (‘Sluggish’ has been mentioned more than twice).

P: Sluggish means there is not any power in you. Anything becoming totally loose (HG – hanging) is sluggish. An altered blood supply in your brain makes you sluggish. Blood makes you powerful, otherwise you become totally loose (HG – hanging) as if you are a plastic bag filled up with water.

(He shifted from ‘I’ to ‘You,’ that means he’s now generalizing.)  

 GK: Tell me more about ‘sluggish’ and ‘loose’?

P: Sluggish means it is not paralysis, but you have little or no movement. Your power is completely drained out. The experience of sluggishness is the same as when you have severe dehydration: in dehydration your body becomes totally loose (HG –hanging).

(He talk about ‘Experience,’ that means he is now at sensation level. He hangs his palm downward and makes very slow oscillatory movement when he describes sluggish repetitively, so I ask the next questions about HG.)

GK: When you talk about sluggishness you make some hand gestures, what is your experience of this? (I make the same HG).

P: Sluggish means you have very low blood pressure and it is not possible to move (HG – hanging) anything in your body. Your movement is because of your tone. Your blood has all kinds of bio-chemicals that keep your tone up. (HG – he makes a tight fist). If there is any alteration in your bio-chemicals then your body loses its tone very soon.

GK: Bio-chemicals? (New word)

P: I mean the contents of blood. In the blood, we have different kind of contents like cells, minerals, hormones, proteins, vitamins, etc. But if the blood’s ingredients are altered, then suddenly, your blood pressure goes down and from low BP and you feel weakness (HG –hanging). The body maintains all the contents of blood automatically and many processes are involved in it. So, finally, blood gives power (HG – he makes a tight fist) to the whole system.

(Here, HG of ‘hanging palm’ and ‘tight fist’ describe his energy pattern and ‘sluggish’, ‘loose’ and ‘tone’ are sensations, but to which kingdom do these sensations belong? His description “many processes are involved in maintaining the BP with the help of certain bio-chemicals” makes me think of sarcodes because ‘blood’, ‘processes’ and ‘bio-chemicals’ are words from physiology; my experience from other cases is that any sensation relating to physiology is a sarcode sensation.)          

GK: Now, tell me about your nature? (I want confirmation of sensations in other areas of his life.)

P: I’m a jittery kind of person, I want everything fast and I can’t bear waiting. Sometimes, I start fighting when something doesn’t happen my way. If I don’t find a solution then, I become restless because I want to solve everything very fast. When I chase any problem, I always go to the roots and I correct them very quickly.

GK: Tell me more about ‘I want all solutions’?

P: If you don’t find a solution then you are gone. If you drop down when fighting, then your opponent can overpower you. If you don’t have any power (HG – tight fist) then what is the difference between you and a water-filled bag? You are nothing. (HG – hanging)

GK: Please describe ‘water-filled bag’?

P:  A water-filled bag is completely loose (HG – hanging). It has no tone and no capacity to do anything. It’s dropped whatever way you want to drop it, it’s moved whatever way you want to move it. It has no capacity to stand tight (HG – tight fist).

(Same story of ‘loose’, ‘tight’ and ‘tone’)

GK: Please tell me about your dreams?

P: I never remember any dreams.

GK: Your interests and hobbies?

P: I am very fond of driving the car at speeds of 120-140 km/h. I never get tired of driving continuously for 400 to 500 km.


Prescription: Histamine 1MK


His description of physiological words ‘blood’, ‘processes’, ‘bio-chemicals’ makes me think of sarcodes, but I don’t know the sensations of ‘sluggish’, ‘loose’, ‘tight’, ‘tone’. I look up all the sarcodes and from the materia medica come beautiful references.

A. Murphy’s materia medica (Important words are written in bold)

Histamine is a capillary vessel dilator, an arterial vessel constrictor, a hypertensive in carnivores and herbivores; it constricts the bronchi and arouses the smooth tissues of the intestine, the uterus and the gastric and pancreatic salivary secretions and is normally used in the form of Histamine bi-chlorhydrate, which serves as stock for homeopathic preparations.Histamine has general asthenia as after physical exertion. Dryness of the mucous membranes. Feeling of constriction in different parts of the heart. Quivering and cramping contracture of the muscles. Irritable, susceptible, impatient with the need to walk up and down. Sensitive to the slightest trifles. Impatient, restless, with the need to move from place to place aimlessly. Quarrelsome, melancholic, sad, prostration which disappears by forceful walking. Waiting makes him particularly nervous, needs to walk up and down. Pain and gastric constriction when receiving news or remembering a painful experience. Contracture and muscular twitching of the eyelids and around the eyes. Spasmodic closing of the eyelids.Allergic and psoric constitutions. Asthma or chronic bronchitis with lack of air, feeling of oppression or constriction in the chest. Coughing fits which almost choke him.

B. Synoptic materia medica

"It is a powerful stimulant of gastric secretion, a constrictor of bronchial smooth muscle and a vasodilator [capillaries and arterioles] that causes a fall in blood pressure." [Stedman's][See: Jayesh Shah, Hurried and quarrelsome - Two cases of histamine, Homoeopathic Links, 3/97]

Constriction and Dilatation are the basic potentials of Histamine which are expressed as ‘tight’ and ‘loose’ in this case, so finally everything makes sense.  

Follow-up after one month

GK: How are you?

P: I’m fine. Since taking your medicine, I had two wheezing attacks, but this time they did not last too long. I took an inhaler and I recovered immediately.

GK: What about other complaints?

P: No other complaints except this asthma. The weakness in my legs is gone now.

GK: Any dreams?

P: I remember one… I had an examination and the bus did not come on time; I can’t tolerate waiting, so when the bus finally came, I fought (verbally) with the driver.

Plan: There are not many changes in his emotional state, but he starts improving at a local level, so wait and watch.

Follow up after six months

His wife calls me one morning to say that her husband has severe acidity. He is on a liquid diet because he can’t bear simple food. He has eructations and sometimes he vomits. I advise her to repeat the dose: he recovers quickly from the acidity.

Follow up after ten months

GK: How are you?

P: I’m fine. Thank you. During the last six months, I have not had a single attack of asthma. Unbelievable! One dose can cure acidity? In the past, I took 3kg of herbal powders to treat the acidity, but you cured me with only one dose!

GK: This is true; if your medicine is perfectly matched with your state then sometimes we get miraculous results. Tell me what differences do you notice between the past and now?

P: I used to be a very jittery kind of person, but now I think first before making any decision. In the past, I couldn’t wait for anything; I wanted everything straight away, but now, I first take a look at the situation and then I act accordingly. These changes make me business-wise also. In short, now I feel young.

(My observation: he speak slowly now and he has very little spasmodic blinking.)     

Until today, he has not had any complaints; he required four doses of histamine 1MK in total.

Information on sarcodes

You can find further information about sarcodes in my article “The Language of sarcodes” in ‘Homeopathic Links 1/10’. These are some selected paragraphs from the article.

A sarcode is prepared from healthy tissue and that tissue has a useful and healthy function. Why would anybody require a remedy made from useful and healthy tissues? When the whole being responds as if it were that one part, this can be considered as disease and that person requires a corresponding sarcode (See The Sensation in Homoeopathy, page: 681).A sarcode is prepared from healthy tissue, so it has a direct relation to physiology. The physiological process, phenomenon or function is the sensation of a sarcode.Sarcode patient’s language is often confused with the language of minerals because they sometimes speak about functions, but a mineral's function is related to structure. The mineral sensation is expressed as… “I'm missing something” or “I'm losing something,” while sarcode function is expressed as…“I must function properly, perfectly, appropriately and as required, neither more nor less.”

The sarcodes are prepared from healthy tissue or secretion, so they have the potential of that particular tissue. If we understand that potentiality of tissue then we can easily prescribe sarcodes.

Let’s look at the Histamine case with regard to potentiality. First, you ask the question: why does the body require histamine? What is role of histamine in the body? Histamine is meant for capillary dilatation and arterial constriction, or dilatation and constriction of smooth muscles, so dilatation and constriction is the potentiality of histamine. If somebody’s whole being responds as if he is histamine, then we prescribe histamine and it makes him more ‘human’.  

Photo: Philippe Pierson

Categories: Cases
Keywords: asthma, sluggish, impatience, speed, sarcodes, histamine
Remedies: Histaminum

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Thank you so much sir
Reply #12 on : Sun April 08, 2012, 06:28:45
Thank you sir,

this is very very interesting and easy digestible explanation... now i get understand everything about sarcode, will help me in my cases...

thanks for your supportive nature...

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Functions in sarcode
Reply #11 on : Sat April 07, 2012, 04:51:12
@ Dr. Patel,
This is extracted understanding from my articles on "Homeopathic Links", I think it'll help you to understand sarcodes in depth and will solve your three questions...

First we discuss my journey about how I discovered the general theme of sarcodes, then we see what is that general theme.

After my first case of sarcode [6] I tried a lot to get a “general theme” about sarcodes, but I failed; because we have not enough information in our materia medica and not enough provings. For making generalization of sarcodes I tried to compare each and every remedy of sarcodes but I didn’t get any common clue between them, so I got tired and put them aside.

But, fortunately two months latter one interview of a patient (the patient of RNA…[7]) made me think further about generalization of sarcode, because he talked two hours continuously about “physiology”. So at that time I thought, why should “body” not be a general theme of sarcode? Ultimately all sarcode remedies are coming from the “body”! So finally my general understanding became clear. Let’s discuss the themes step by step.

First we see Dr. Rajan Sankaran’s view and try to understand his opinion and then we see how I understand the sarcodes.

• “Any particular cell (tissue/secretion) take over the whole being is indication of sarcode” [2]

In one seminar [9] he explains this thing beautifully. His sentence… “For understanding this in a better way please take as an example that all people in a state become policemen, then imagine what’s the situation in the state? The same situation happens in any particular patient of a sarcode where their whole being becomes like any particular cell (tissue/secretion). I mean, some police is required in the state but when the whole state becomes police, it creates a problem and requires treatment”.

• “A sarcode is indicated when its function is seen predominantly in the case, when it becomes global and affects every thing.” [3]

Here his explanation has one word added ‘function’, which is something more precise then the previous explanation. So the understanding is when any cell becomes the whole organism then their expression in human terms is the ‘function’. When patient’s central issues are related to ‘functions of the body’ then we think of sarcodes.

Dr. Sankaran’s explanation is basic, but we have to understand that basis and make it in a kind of “practical form” which we can apply easily in all cases of sarcodes.

What is the ‘function’ in sarcodes?
If we look in our body we observe one thing…that every cell in the body is functioning throughout its whole life; if they stop functioning the body can’t survive, so the “function” is basic criteria of body’s survival mechanism and I understand the sensation of every kingdom by their survival mechanism.
• Plants are self dependant and on receiving any stimuli give reaction according to it, so their survival mechanism is to take the sensation and give a reaction.
• Animals are dependant on their environment so they experience threat from environment to their survival, so their survival mechanism is ‘survive’.
• Minerals are structure and they have to complete their structure by loosing or gaining something, so their survival mechanism is to loose something or gain something.

Similarly if we understand the survival mechanism of the body we understand a sarcode’s sensation. If the body wants to tell (express) anything, it speaks in the form of “physiology”, so the physiology is the language of the body.
• The body survives with the help of physiological processes, so the ‘body function’ is the core issue in sarcodes.

Exploring the sensation of sarcode
The sensation of sarcode would be expressed in the form of “functions of the body”. When we pass through all levels in the process of case taking and when we reach at the level of sensation, at that time the patient starts to talk about the functions. At this stage their expressions are related to “Action” rather then “Effect”. I mean the patient put weight on “Action” and these actions are related to the “Body”. Actions are like… doing, working, maintaining etc.
E.g., when our Histamine patient talks about sensation he feels that he cannot do anything or he cannot work or his body cannot maintain blood ingredients. So here he puts weight on ‘doing’, ‘working’ and ‘maintaining’. So it becomes clear that he is talking about functions and that these are related to blood, brain or body. So things become logical if we understand he is talking about “Body functions = Physiology”.

Function may confuse us with the mineral kingdom because minerals also have functions as a sensation, but minerals’ functions are related to their row in the periodic table: they are related to existence, separation, identity, security, performance, leadership or letting go. Sarcodes’ functions are related to “Body”. For example: health, blood, blood circulation, immunity, deficiency, excretion, filtration etc.

Sarcode patients’ expressions confuse us with “local or physical” information, because when a patient talks about local detail that is also related to the body, but the basic difference is the sarcode patient talks local-like information at the sensation level.
E.g., if patients talk at the level of fact they express very minute energy while at the level of sensation the energy is plenty and the pattern of energy is repetitive and obvious: they have movement (hand gesture/ body gesture/ facial expressions), sound and colour for expression of their experience while these things are lacking at the local level.

When I examine all cases of sarcodes I see one pattern in their functions. Their attitude is they want to maintain their state. This kind of understanding comes to my mind when I re-examine my cortisone case. During re-examination I wonder why anybody wants to become ‘proper, perfect and appropriate’? The answer is: she wants to maintain her state otherwise she becomes ‘oversensitive or unstable’. I mean if you don’t maintain your state then you become “hyper” or “hypo” functions wise and that’s creating a problem in the sarcode. This kind of ‘attitude’ expressed beautifully in Dr. Sankaran’s DNA case [3]. The patient maintains the attitude of ‘find something better’ and changed his place six times! This kind of attitude forced him to work in sharp, focused and right direction. In the case we see some more features like: (1) I can’t sit in one place, changes constantly; (2) I always try to survive in difficult situation. These expressions support our idea of maintaining.

I give one more example of ‘maintaining’ attitude. My RNA patient wants to work according to a time-table. He wants everything to be perfect and according to his way. Suppose his mom cooked “cari” instead of “dal”, but he doesn’t eat it, because cari is for Wednesday not for Sunday in his time-table of food. He becomes so much nutrition conscious that he made a fixed menu of food for a week and strictly follows that. This is the attitude of his behaviour. If he eats something irregularly then he looses his ‘healthy state’, which is he tries to maintain constantly by making a time-table for food.

How to select any particular remedy from sarcode kingdom?
In above chapter we discuss about general theme of sarcode but how to choose a sarcode remedy is one another issue that must be understood perfectly. “Potential” of any sarcode remedy makes their choice of prescription. For better way to understand this topic let’s make comparison of sarcodes with India. The Indians are recognized by their language, Hindi, but anybody coming from Maharastra state speaks Marathi also, or anybody coming from Gujrat state also speaks Gujrati, but their national language is Hindi. In the same way all sarcodes speak the language of “physiology” as a general, but at particular level they speak a different language of depending on “where they coming from”. For example, in the ‘Histamine’ case physiology is his language of sarcode but he also speaks the language of ‘contraction and dilatation’, because histamine’s potential is to contract or dilate vessels.

In other words, if a patient expresses complaints at sensation level he talks about ‘function of body’ which confirms the sarcode, but the type and quality of function point to a particular remedy. In my Urea case the physiological process is conformation of sarcode but the expressions of ‘excretion and filtration’ make the choice of Urea.

Differential diagnosis of sarcodes
1. Nosodes: (Here described the themes of nosodes I learn from Dr. Sachindra and Bhavisha Joshi) [8] [Themes are written in bold.]
Fist of all we compare sarcodes with nosodes because nosodes also have the issue within themselves rather then surroundings. Nosodes are diseased tissue so they want to become normal while sarcodes are normal tissues already. For better way to understand please take one example… One man falls in the pit on the road and tries to come out of it, while another man becomes conscious of a pit in the road and tries not to fall into it. The man in the pit is nosode and the man on the road is sarcode. The fallen person thinks he’s the stupid one who did not see properly and fell in this big problem so he becomes desperate to come out of it and finally feels helpless. He sees others on the road and feels they are lucky and he’s unlucky, faulted, abnormal and weak compared to the others. A person who is not fallen into a pit he’s aware of thinks he must become perfect, proper and conscious to prevent falling in. He tries his best to maintain his place. He must try to become better so he never ever falls into it.
2. Minerals: Some times the word “function” may confuse minerals and sarcodes because minerals also has a function as a “sensation”, but minerals functions are regarding something missing or loosing to make a complete structure; they speak related to function of specific issue of separation, identity, security, performance, leadership while sarcodes’ “functions” are mostly functions of the body and by the help of that function they want to maintain their healthy state or even become better.
3. Remedies of 11th Column: ‘maintaining’ is also an issue of 11th column of the periodic table. They constantly try to maintain their state and do not want to loose it. But their sensations are related to specific issues of the row. E.g. they have issues of security (Cuprum), performance (Argentum), leadership (Aurum) etc. While sarcodes want to maintain their healthy state. They are conscious to not become hyper or hypo in their functions.
4. Cancer miasm: ‘perfection’ is also an issue of cancer miasm. They constantly try to become perfect and are conscious to not become chaotic. But in the cancer miasm it is a coping mechanism and their issue is something different than ‘perfection’. The issues of remedies belonging to the cancer miasm depend on the kingdom they belong to. While ‘perfection’ is an attitude of a sarcode because they wants to maintain their healthy state.

Some sensation words for sarcodes…
Body, Nutrition, Energy, Filtration, Metabolism, Digestion, Power, Strength, Balance, Co-ordination, Cooperation, Handling, Caring, Immunity, Deficiency, Capacity, Health, Food, Weakness, Wasting, Blood circulation, Healthy systems, Organs

I believe that my work on sarcode is not a final and complete work, but it is a first step and if we work together I’m sure we make it complete. I try my best and now it’s your turn…

1. www.wikipedia.com, the free web encyclopedia
2. Sankaran R. The sensation in homeopathy. Bombay: Homeopathic Research and Charities; 2005
3. Sankaran R. Sensation refined. Bombay: Bombay: Homeopathic Research and Charities; 2008
4. Murphy R. Lotus Materia Medica. Pagosa Spring: Lotus Star Academy; 1995.
5. Vermeulen F. Synoptic Materia Medica. Haarlem, the Netherlands; Merlijn publishers, 1992
6. Ghanshyam kalathia, “The language of sarcodes”; New Delhi: Homeopathic links 2010; Vol 23/1; pp 52-55
7. Ghanshyam kalathia, “Exploring the sarcodes as a physiological process”; www.hpathy.com, August 2010
8. Sachindra and Bhavisha Joshi; Video seminar “Flight into the depth of Homeopathy” August 2010, Anand, Gujrat, India
9. Dr. Sankaran’s seminar Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India 2008.

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Reply #10 on : Fri April 06, 2012, 15:39:25
REALY amazing

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Simply thanks
Reply #9 on : Fri April 06, 2012, 12:37:50
Thank you so much sir,

very very wonderful case with superb explanation. but I have some questions... (1) What's talking pattern in sarcode patients regarding to functions?(2)How we differentiate that pattern with other kingdom's like mineral, animal, and nosode? (3) How we differentiate nosode with sarcodes?

If you guide me will be very very helpful to understand sarcode with little depth...
Thanks again....

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Reply #8 on : Fri April 06, 2012, 12:16:58
Thank you so much sir for wonderful case and very depth understanding of sarcodes, till most of people didn't no anything on sarcode, so it's completely new for me to learn... one more thing excellent you simplicity for explaining the minutest detail, this way we learn about how to proceed out journey during case taking...

Thanks for everything, and eagerly waiting for more article from you...

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Reply #7 on : Fri April 06, 2012, 04:03:38
nice work

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Simply Thanks
Reply #6 on : Thu April 05, 2012, 11:54:27
Thank you Julius Fernandes

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Fantastic case taking
Reply #5 on : Thu April 05, 2012, 07:06:15
I am amazed, who would have realized that Histamine could have cured an asthmatic case. No one would have come to such a conclusion. The beauty of the Sensation method has been proved here.

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Reply #4 on : Wed April 04, 2012, 04:39:40
@ dr. Vipul aghara, Bipin Bhalu, Manfred S.

Thank you all my friends...

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Histamine case
Reply #3 on : Tue April 03, 2012, 17:47:25
Thanks for sharing sarcode case..
this is the first case i had read..and know something about sarcode language...

thanks..Dr. Kalathiya
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