Miasms – Understanding and Classifying Miasmatic Symptoms- by Gina Tyler DHOM
In Hahnemann’s words,”the true natural chronic diseases are those that arise from a chronic miasm, when left to themselves, improper treatment, go on to increase, growing worse and torment the patient to the end of his life.” §78 Organon of Medicine
Hahnemann spent 12 years investigating miasms and collecting proof of his findings, the results of which can be found in his work, THE CHRONIC DISEASES. He named 3 miasms – Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis. Later a fourth miasm was added (by J. H. Allen), called Pseudo Psora or Tubercular Miasm.
The conditions that would modify a miasm in a person’s body would be things like: climate, and peculiar characteristic reactions of the person to it; mental delays; excesses, or abuses in life; dietary passions; habits and various customs. The medical profession (allopathic doctors) have put names on various diseases such as, jaundice, dropsy, leucorrhoea, hemorrhoids, eczema, asthma, hysteria, rheumatism, herpes, mania to name a few. Hahnemann considered all these were based on the same beginnings. The conventional medical profession treats each one of these diseases on an individual basis with seperate medical treatment for each one of them. But as far as homeopathy is concerned, all these names have no use and no influence on the practice of the true homeopathic physician, who believes in the theory of miasms.
In Homeopathy, only the totality of the symptoms of the individual state of each particular patient is used to cure the disease. So no real cure of miasms can take place without a strict particular treatment (individualization) of each case of disease. Chronic miasms are much hidden and the symptoms are much more difficult to be ascertained. Lot of questions need to be asked to trace the picture of disease, i.e., questions about the medical history of one’s family, mental delusions, dreams and peculiar symptoms.
Physical expressions of the miasms
The mind and body work together as a unit and the disturbances are expressed in both spheres.
A – Psoric Miasm: The reaction of body on exposure to environmental stimuli, to ones surroundings, like noise, light, and odors, producing functional disturbances like headache, nausea, and discomfort.
B – Sycotic Miasm: Hypersensitive (hypertrophic) response to something specific, arising from a deficiency of the normal response like tumors, allergies, keloids. Deficient feeling gives rise to an increased attempt to repair the fault.
C – Syphilitic Miasm: Not manageable, tissue destruction like gangrene, ulceration. Body and mind destroy itself, give-up.
D – Tubercular Miasm: Respiratory imbalance, weak lungs, offensive discharges, head sweating, worse from exposure to cold, reccourring epistaxis, bleeding gums, long eyelashes, craving for salt, enuresis, bloody stools, milk disagrees causing diarrhea, anemic, weakness, ringworm, acne, white spots on nails, nightmares.
A – Psoric Miasm: Highs and lows, struggling with outside world, becomes apparent at times of stress, lack of confidence, constant anxiety feeling, fear, like he can’t do it, insecurity, anxiety about the future but always having hope, mentally alert.
B – Sycotic Miasm: Secretiveness, hides his weakness, tense, constantly covering up situations, fixed habits, suspicious, jealous, forgetful.
C – Syphilitic Miasm: Strong, pessimistic view on life, cannot modify what is wrong, gives-up, destroy, no point in trying to adjust, sudden impulsive violence directed at himself or others, distorted rigid ideas. Mental paralysis, mentally dull, suicidal, stupid, stubborn, and homicidal.
D – Tubercular Miasm: Dissatisfaction, lack of tolerance, changes everything, does harmful thing to one’s self.
General Nature of the Miasm
A – Psoric Miasm: Itching, burning, inflammation leading to congestion – philosopher, selfish, restless, weak, fears.
B – Sycotic Miasm: Over production, growth like warts, condylomata, fibrous tissue, attacks internal organs, pelvis, and sexual organs.
C – Syphilitic Miasm: Destructive, disorder everywhere, ulceration, fissures, deformities, ignorance, suicidal, depressed, memory diminished.
D – Tubercular Miasm: Changing symptomology, vague, weakness, shifting in location, depletion, dissatisfaction, lack of tolerance, careless, “problem child”, cravings that are not good for them.
Dermatological Symptoms of the Miasms
A – Psoric Miasm: Dirty, dry, itching without pus or discharge, burning, scaly eruptions, eczema, cracks in hands and feet, sweat profuse < during sleep, offensive.
B – Sycotic Miasm: Warts, moles, unnatural thickening of skin, herpes, scars, nails are thick, irregular & corrugated, oily skin with oozing, disturbed pigment in patches.
C – Syphilitic Miasm: Ulcers, boils, discharge of fluids and pus, offensive, slow to heal, leprosy, copper colored eruptions < by heat of bed, spoon shaped thin nails that tear easily, gangrene putrid.
D – Tubercular Miasm: Ringworm, eczema, urticaria, herpes, recurring boils with pus and fever. Does not heal fast. Leprosy < by warmth of bed > by cold; nails, white spots.
Pains of Miasms
A – Psoric Miasm: Neurological type, sore, bruised, >rest <motion.
B – Sycotic Miasm: Joint pains, rheumatic pains are < cold, damp > motion, stitching, pulsating, wandering.
C – Syphilitic Miasm: Bone Pains, tearing, bursting, burning.
D – Tubercular Miasm: Great exhaustion, never enough rest, sun ameliorates, gives strength.
Miasmatic Clinical Diseases
A – Psoric Miasm: Acidity, burning, cancer, sarcomas, constipation, epilepsy, flatulence, hoarseness, itching of skin, leprosy, burning of spinal cord, watery discharge from nose and eyes with burning.
B – Sycotic Miasm: Abortion, acne without pus, angina pectoris, anemia, appendicitis, cough (whooping), colic, pelvic disease + sexual organs, piles, prostatitus, nephritis (kidney), gout, arthritis, asthma, dysmenorrhoea, herpes, rheumatism, warts, urinary ailments, swellings without any cause, overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the body, benign enlargements.
C – Syphilitic Miasm: Discharges putrified, blindness, ulcerations in veins and bones, carcinomas, fistulas, gangrene, hyperextension, bone marrow inflammation, insanity due to depression, leucorrhoea, rheumatism of long bones, skin disease with ooze + pus, ulcerated sore throat, history of abortions, sterility, immature death, ischemic heart disease, suicidal deaths, insanity, destructive/last stage of cancer, disseminated tuberculosis, ulcers of ear, nose, urinary organs, mouth.
D – Tubercular Miasm: Aching pain in knees, swelling, bedwetting, cancer, carious teeth, destruction of bone marrow, diabetes, dry cough (barking), eczema, emaciation, epilepsy, extreme fatigue, weakness, glands enlarged, tonsils, influenza, insanity, obstruction of intestines, malaria, insomnia, nocturnal perspiration, palpitation, profuse hemorrhage of any orifice, pneumonia, ring worm, short temper, nasal coryza, worms.