About Miasms and Homeopathy
The miasm theory was first introduced by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German medical doctor and founder of homeopathy in his book The Chronic Diseases which was published in 1828. As the result his clinical work for 12 years on many complex cases, Hahnemann discovered the chronic characteristics and disease history of mankind and put these into three distinct categories of disease. These three disease groups were named as Psora (psoric miasm), Sycosis (sycotic miasm) and Syphilis (syphilitic miasm). Miasms have a significant impact on the susceptibility of the individual to acute and chronic diseases, and impact a person’s mental/emotional state, their physical reactions to stress or to the environment and how allopathic drugs, pathogens or vaccinations will impact them.
The word "psora" is derived from the Hebrew 'tsorat' and Greek 'psora' which means a groove or stigma. Psora is called the miasm of deficiency. Psora is rooted as a miasm in the disease of leprosy and is derived from skin eruptions of various types, including as scabies (itch), leprosy and psoriasis. Hahnemann determined that psora was spread through skin to skin contract in humans and also in animals. Psora starts as an itching eruption of the skin and is very contagious. Hahnemann discovered that a single touch or contact with clothing or bandages from the patient infected with psora meant that person could contact the disease. All babies are exposed to the transfer of psora during pregnancy and the birth process from the mother. After contact, psora is immediately transmitted by the nervous system throughout the entire body because it is spread via the skin. Every human being will have psora and it is considered to be the "mother" of all chronic disease. Since all human beings will have psora, it is therefore responsible for the largest percentage of all chronic human disease. For this reason, Hahnemann referred to psora as a "hydra-headed monster".
On the physical plane, the psoric miasm is expressed as itchy skin, lesions, eruptions, vesicles or other skin related conditions. This includes skin diseases things like psoriasis, eczema and extends to allergies and asthma. There can be offensive discharges, itchy and oozing skin, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions that itch, sometimes very violently, and with or without vesicles or other eruptions. The skin will be itchy and dry, and sometimes be dirty looking and bad smelling from the discharges. Psora also has the symptoms of joint inflammation and arthritic conditions. The psoric person often has chronic ear infections and they may suffer from hay fever, allergies, sinus infections and asthma. They are worse for cold or open air and better for warmth of any type. The psoric miasm also has acidity, burning, constipation, epilepsy, flatulence and hoarseness.
On the mental/emotional plane, psora has a mental restlessness, and this is why it is also referred to as the “itchy mind”. There is anxiousness and also hunger at night. The person may over eat due to stress, worry and anxiety. There can be feelings of being forsaken, despair, anxiety about the future or any situation. The psoric miasm has strong religions affections. At the same time, there can be obsessive, negative and strong emotional reactions to grief, fear and loss. With psora there are many types of constant worries as well, such as fear of change, fear of health and fear of poverty. There can be hopeless as well as guilt and melancholy.
Psora fingernail formation: dry, brittle, rough
Psorinum is the nosode made from a scabies discharge and it is used in homeopathic practice to treat cases when appropriate.
The Sycotic Miasm (Sycosis)
The word sycosis derives from the word “syco”, Greek word for fig. Sycosis is named the "fig wart disease" and is the miasm of excess. Sycosis is derived from the disease of gonorrhea, either inherited - meaning transferred in its suppressed state down from one generation to the next or acquired. The wart came to be seen as the underlying physical symptom of this miasm and sycosis responsible for all warty excrescences and growths.
On the physical plane, there is swelling in the joints (edema) and connective tissues as well as arthritis and rheumatism. Sycosis has connected to asthma or a family history of asthma. Mucus discharges and catarrhs are thick and constant. There growths of warts, moles and also eczema. Arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, catarrhs, bronchitis, cystitis and urinary ailments are all partly or mainly sycotic in character. There can be thick, course and excessive growth of hair and ridged or thick nails. The sycotic miasm is responsible for many sexual and urinary disorders as well as affections of the joints and mucous membranes. The reproductive and hormonal problems associated with sycotic miasm including dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), herpes, ectopic pregnancies (blockages of the fallopian tubes), miscarriages, menstrual difficulties and sterility. Chronic or long term inflammation of joints, arthritis and cystitis are part of this disease group. The sycotic miasm is responsible for the sudden onset of any severe disease. There can be swelling in any part of the body (edema) and prostate enlargement as well as appendicitis. There is often a slower recovery from disease from a sluggish defense mechanism. The sycotic person's conditions are always worse in cold, worse damp, worse rainy season. They are better active or often at the seaside.
On the mental/emotional plane, with sycosis there can be suspiciousness, secretiveness, mischievousness, forgetfulness and absentmindedness. This is the miasm of excess. Because sycosis is the miasm of excess, the phrase "sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll" symbolizes the idea sycosis at work and represents the excessive nature of the sycotic mind and behaviors. There is a compulsive nature in this miasm. This also includes "work-aholism", chronic over work, ambition, striving to achieve more success, more possessions. Compulsive behaviors and desires in life is also part of this miasm.
Sycosis Fingernail formation: Ridged, irregular, corrugated; Pale; Thick; Convex
Medorrhinum is the nosode made from gonorrhea and it is used in homeopathic practice to treat cases when appropriate.
The Tubercular Miasm (Tuberculosis)
The tubercular miasm is the miasm of reaction. It is considered a "mixed miasm" of the equally dominant and joined characteristics of both the psoric and syphilitic miasms.
On the physical plane, people with a Tubercular miasm are more frail individuals who are sensitive to the heat, but may often feel chilled. They tire with excessive activity but feel better when moving about. here is a dislike or are sensitive to changes of weather and thunderstorms and are sensitive to environmental toxins, barometric or atmospheric changes. The muscular system, bone and other areas requiring oxygen to function properly are weaker in the tubercular type of person. There is a tendency to emaciation and feebleness, as well as weak lungs, respiratory system imbalances, frequent colds and sensitivity to the cold. There will be offensive discharges and intense body or head perspiration. The Tubercular person is worse from exposure to cold. They can have recurring nose bleeds, bleeding gums and bloody stools. Some will have long eyelashes, pale skin and hair. There will often be craving for salt (including salted meats like bacon), sweets and stimulating foods and beverages. Children may suffer from prolonged bed wetting. There is also a tendency toward hernias at birth. Milk often disagrees and may cause diarrhea or there is an aversion to milk. The tubercular person can be anemic, with a general inherited weakness. They may have ringworm, acne and white spots on their nails. There is a tendency toward suppuration and scarring. This person is more prone to exhaustion if overworked or stressed and may feel like they never have enough rest. The tubercular person is better with the sun and warmth.
On the mental/emotional plane, there is mental restlessness, dissatisfaction and lack of tolerance. The person may have difficulty in finishing what they started. The tubercular person may also have frequent nightmares, especially children. They often sense a need for change and alter their present status and therefore desire to travel. They can quickly change from a good-tempered mindset to being disagreeable and angry. In children, temper tantrums or "melt downs" are often observed. Such people seek stimulation and desire to experience new things and may be adverse to mental work. In the tubercular miasm we see alternations in the mental sphere, such as the person seeking protection and sometimes independence, inactivity and restlessness, depression and overly cheerfulness, violence and extremely sensitivity.
Tubercular Fingernail Formation: Stains, Specks, white spots, Glossiness, Hang nails, Pus formation where skin meets the nails
Tuberculinum is the nosode made from the spatum of a person with tuberculosis and it is used in homeopathic practice to treat cases when appropriate.
The Syphilitic Miasm (Syphilis)
The Syphilitic miasm is called the miasm of destruction. This miasm is held to be responsible for many diseases of the nervous system, the blood and skeleton as well as a range of psychological disorders.
On the physical plane there are putrid discharges, including gangrene. There are often issues with the eyes including cataracts and blindness. Ulcerations in veins and bones, cracks and fissures of the tongue, openings and skin are present in the syphilitic miasm. There are skin diseases that become infected may ooze with pus as well as ulcerated sore throats, frequent ear infections, ulcers of ear, nose, urinary organs or mouth. There can be hyperextension (high blood pressure) and bone marrow inflammation. There can be bone pains that are tearing, bursting and burning. Loss of smell and taste and deafness are part of this miasm. Rheumatism of long bones is also present. Reproductively, there is a history of miscarriages, stillborn pregnancies or sterility. This miasm is also associated with many heart conditions, some vesicular skin eruptions, recurrent fevers and diseases that have a definite nocturnal (night time) periodicity. All symptoms are worse at night.
On the mental/emotional plane there can be jealousy, enviousness, explosive anger and sudden destructive impulses - including suicidal tendencies. Diseases related to diminished memory, alcoholism, depression are also part of this miasm. The syphilitic miasm is usually active in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related diagnoses including Down's syndrome. The person of the syphilitic miasm may have distorted, fixed or rigid ideas and a pessimistic view on life. There is often forgetfulness, loss of memory, mental dullness and advancing to mental paralysis. Diseases of aging, include those that destroy function and memory such as dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are part of the syphilitic miasm. Certain types of cancer are part of the syphilitic miasm. In general, the destructive diseases that involve gene mutations are part of this syphilitic miasm.
Syphilitic Fingernail formation: Spoon-shaped, Paper-like, Concave, Fungal Infections
Syphilinum is the nosode made from syphilis and it is used in homeopathic practice to treat cases when appropriate.
The Cancer Miasm (combination of all miasms)
The cancer miasm is an equally dominant combination of all three miasms - the psoric, sycotic and syphilitic all together. The disease of cancer which attacks multiple organs and has cancerous growths (sycosis) and then destruction of tissues (syphilitic) is the main disease of this group. Also included are other autoimmune diseases such as AIDS, lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome.
On the physical plane, there are tendencies toward pneumonia, pernicious anemia or whooping cough. We will often see pale skin color, blue sclera of the eyes and spider veins in this type of person. There is sensitivity to the environment and environmental toxins in particular as well as negative reactions to vaccinations and allopathic drug use. There can be numerous illnesses over a short period of time or in childhood. There may be sensitive gums and teeth, headaches before a storm. There can be tics and Tourette's Syndrome in such types. Also present are skin diseases like vitiligo. There can also be thyroid and growth disorders, including dwarfishness and failure to thrive or develop properly in children on the mental or the physical plane. A person of this miasm is generally in a more weakened state when compared to the others miasmatic groups. Stress, environment, trauma, grief all have a deep impact on people in the cancer group. A family history of cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis or pernicious anemia is present. In this type, there can be improvement or aggravation by the seaside.
On the mental/emotional plane, the Cancer type may have difficulty thinking and making decisions. There can be perfectionist tendencies and fastidiousness - or also the opposite side of apathy. There can be tendency to depression or suicide. Children with learning disorders, Autism (ASD) and related diagnosis, Down syndrome, , etc. will often benefit from remedies in this Cancer miasm group. Carcinosin is an important remedy for vaccine damage in this type of individual.
Carcinosin is a nosode made from breast cancer tissue and it is used in homeopathic practice to treat cases when appropriate.
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by Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB