Ananda Zaren 1946 – 2008

Ananda Zaren 1946 – 2008 was an internationally renowned homeopathic practitioner, author and teacher.

The Carpinteria woman whose car veered right on Highway 101, and went over the cliff near Summerland, has been identified as Ananda Zaren. She was an internationally renowned homeopathic practitioner, the author of two homeopathic texts titled Core Elements of the Materia Medica of the Mind, Volumes I & II.

She was working on Volume III. Zaren ran the Family Homeopathic Clinic at 28 E. Canon Perdido St. in Santa Barbara. Zaren, 62, was returning home shortly before 6 p.m. with her dog, Lily, in the car, when her 2008 Porsche Cayman abruptly turned hard right and flew over the cliff, landing on the train tracks below. She died at Cottage Hospital four days later. Her dog, originally reported missing, was ultimately found dead near the crash site.

Ananda Zaren was one of the most experienced homepaths practicing today. She practiced homeopathy since 1977, including extensive study with George Vithoulkas in the United States and in Europe. She has demonstrated her considerable skills, applying homeopathic therapeutics for labor an delivery, neonatal illness, pediatrics and serious pathological conditions that are not frequently encountered in an office setting.

Ananda has taught internationally, presenting seminars in Holland, England, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and Israel. She began supervision homeopaths in Detmold, Germany and in Zurich, Switzerland in 1989; having provided clinical supervision for experienced homeopaths in Germany and in the United States.

Ananda has attended and presented at the 1st World Congress in Berlin, Germany and the 1st World Congress on Chronic Disease in Frankfurt, Germany. In April 2000 she gave a presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Chronic Disease in Stuttgart, Germany. She also was a keynote speaker for the National Center of Homeopathy in 1988 in the United States.

In 2002 Ananda presented for the University of California in Santa Barbara. Ananda is the author of two materia medica texts entitled: Core Elements of the Materia Medica of the Mind, Volumes I & II, as well as working on Volume III. She was also interviewed on KPFK radio on January 15, 2003.

Dana Ullman writes: “I am saddened to report that Ananda Zaren, famed and respected homeopath who practiced for several decades in Santa Barbara, California, was killed in a car accident on September 20, 2008.

“Ananda Zaren was initially trained as a nurse and as a midwife, but once she was introduced to homeopathy in the late 1970s, she was totally smitten by this science and art. She was one of the early students of George Vithoulkas, and she was a very serious student of George Vithoulkas‘ style of classical homeopathy.

“Early in her career in homeopathy, she integrated homeopathy into her midwivery practice, though after a short time, she realized that she loved homeopathy more than she loved practicing midwivery. She then specialized in homeopathic family medicine, ultimately opening a practice in Santa Barbara, California, and calling her clinic “Family Medical and Homeopathic Clinic.”

George Vithoulkas is known for having little respect for most homeopaths, not only because they didn’t practice precisely as he did, but also because he doubted the depth and breadth of their materia medica knowledge. I remember George Vithoulkas once telling me that he respected Ananda and her vast knowledge of homeopathic medicines.

“Ananda wrote two books: Core Elements of the Materia Medica of the Mind, Volumes I & II. The premise of these books were that people have a wound, a wall, and a mask, and she sought to understand what was underneth each symptom and each characteristic of a person. Sadly, these books were initially published by a German publisher who never paid her any sales, and she then re-obtained the legal rights to these books and published them herself.

“Sadly, she had so much more knowledge of homeopathy and of homeopathic materia medica than are in these books.

“Ananda was a well respected teacher of homeopathy who only wanted students who had a similar degree of high passion for homeopathy. Ananda did not teach a lot in the United States in part because she was so well loved in Europe, especially Germany.

“I remember that she once gave a day long seminar at a NCH annual conference, and she insisted upon having 8 (!) televisions in the room so that each attendee could see the interview up close. She wanted and even insisted upon people getting as close to the case as possible (and somehow, she felt that having many televisions in the room where people in the back rows could also see the case helped them to learn more)”.

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