Dr. P. Sankaran was born on 15th November 1922 in Madras, India. His father shifted to Bombay when he was 3-4 years old. He began his schooling here, but before he could complete it, his father died, leaving his family in a poor financial condition. The family of ten siblings was separated and were sent to various places to be supported by relatives. He went to Madras to stay with his paternal uncle Dr. Sharma, an Ayurvedic practitioner. Here he was put in a college where both Ayurveda and Allopathy were and qualified with a Licentiate in Indian Medicine (LIM). After working in a few jobs, he somehow managed to start his practice in the early 1950’s and was practising allopathy predominantly. Within 2-3 years of starting his practice, he fell ill and was not relieved by the best allopathic treatment of the day, but was cured of his ailment by the homoeopath. This removed his scepticism, and he became an ardent learner.
In 1955-56, he got the opportunity to go to London, where he studied at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital under famous teachers like Sir John Weir, Margaery Blackie, Alva Benjamin, Foubister and others. It must be mentioned that the dominant emphasis in the Royal Hospital was on the Kentian method, with a focus on the repertory and mind symptoms, etc. During this time, he met Elizabeth Wright Hubbard, who invited him to New York.