Homeopathy Tips for 12/07/10 Miasms

Miasm is defined by Hahnemann as a noxious influence or the infectious principle, or virus, which when taken into the organism, may set up a specific disease. I prefer to describe it as a predisposition to the expression of a particular disease either inherited, acquired or acute.

Miasm is a particular study within homeopathy than can be vast and open to much discussion. Plenty has been written about miasms and even to this day new miasms are being discovered and described.

Hahnemann recognized the mother of all Miasm as Psora. This was the original susceptibility to the itch from scabies. Prior to this was the healthy state of man when susceptibility was limited to only acute, self resolving expressions of disease. But when Psora came it opened the door to the first expressions of chronic disease. It was the first departure from the “Garden of Eden”. Man became susceptible through great fear of a new and chronic nature. Great sensitivity, both to temperature and temperament effected the state of man. If this was not healed in a persons lifetime it became inherited by future generations. It is said that all persons have been effected by Psora.

The next level of susceptibility came in the form of Syphilis and is the Syphilitic miasm. It is a contagious disease acquired through sexual contact. It is a venereal disease characterized by lesions to the skin. If left untreated will destroy bones and the mind, creating insanity. The quality of destruction is the main essence of the syphilitic miasm. It destroys all systems eventually, including the morality of man.

Hahnemann identified Sycosis as the next level of acquired miasm. It is the venereal disease from gonorrhea. It is characterized by inflammation and mucopurulent discharge. Eventually, if untreated, can go on to effect the urinary tract,  joints and heart. The common personality traits are sexual addictions, drug addictions, and a self centered nature. It is the idea of more, more, more. This character trait also is expressed physically in many extra growths, warts and excrescences.

The tubercular miasm is said to be a combination of all of the previous three miasms. It is the chronic disease of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis can affect any area of the body but most commonly affects the lungs. Mentally this miasm will create the need for more exploration and curiosity. Hence the desire for travel and change. But the downside for this is a great sense of dissatisfaction. Nothing is good enough. Because it affects the lungs it can cause dypnea or shortness of breath. This is symbolic of impeded inspiration. Now it is easier to see how without a feeling of being inspired  leads to great dissatisfaction and the need to travel or change to find what is perceived as missing.

These miasms are the original miasms that were identified by Hahnemann and mentioned in the Organon and Chronic Diseases. Kent expanded about these in his Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy. H. Choudhury gave us Indications of Miasm. Since the early masters more miasms have been discovered. Some of these have been controversial. But the most commonly accepted additional miasms are Cancer, Radiation, Malaria, Ringworm, Typhoid, AIDS, Heavy metals, Leprosy.

Rajan Sankaran identifies the miasms by a single quality. I share this from his book  An Insight Into Plants;

  • Acute – Panic – The feeling of acute threat and the reaction is strong and instinctive.
  • Typhoid – Critical – The feeling is that of a critical situation which, if properly handled for a critical period, will end in total recovery. The reaction is an intense struggle against it.
  • Psora – Struggle – The feeling that one must struggle to succeed. Anxiety and doubts about his ability, but is hopeful, and failure does not mean the end of the world. He must struggle to maintain his position.
  • Ringworm – Trying – Characterized by an alteration between periods of struggle with anxiety about success and periods of despair and giving up.
  • Malaria – Persecuted – The intermittent threat that comes up in phases. Between the phases is an underlying chronic, fixed feeling of being deficient. The miasm is characterized by sudden acute manifestations that come up from time to time followed by periods of quiescence.
  • Sycosis – Fixity – The feeling of a fixed , irremediable weakness within himself. The action is to cover up the weakness and compensate with egotism, compulsive acts, secrecy, etc.
  • Tubercular – Change – The feeling of intense oppression and desire for change. The reaction is intense, hectic, activity in order to break free from the oppression.
  • Cancer – Perfection – A feeling of weakness and incapacity inside, with the need to perform perfectly well and live up to high expectations. It is the super-human effort, stretching himself beyond his capabilities. Survival depends on the struggle, because without it, would mean death and destruction.
  • Leprosy – Isolation – The feeling of intense oppression, hopelessness, isolation and intense desire for change.
  • Syphilis – Destruction – The feeling that the situation is beyond salvage. This leads to complete hopelessness and despair. In a desperate effort to change the situation the result is usually destruction.

I find that considering miasms during the case can be confusing at times. Unless there is a very clear understanding about what is asking to be healed, it can be very misleading if an incorrect miasm were chosen that led to a selection of remedies that was inaccurate. Hahnemann made it very clear that all medicines should be given for the person and their state of suffering. Many times in the treatment of chronic disease a remedy is very clearly indicated. When difficult management of the case leads to the need for a better understanding, having a well rounded knowledge of miasms is very helpful. Sometimes it can be the missing link that solves the case.

18 comments so far

  1. eugenie hallaj schoucair on

    thank you for this briefing hope read more about clinical cases and discuss them

  2. Dr.Rajendrasinh Devadhara on

    very simple and important explenetion about miasms.

  3. Michelle on

    I think I favor the school of thought that says there are really only three miasms that mirror the three categories of disease- those that are characterized primarily by inflammation, excesses (such as mania and neoplasms) or degeneration (mental and physical) and that all the other miasms are just forms and combinations of these three. I think it is also not so unwieldy to think in terms of three more distinctive miasms instead of so many with shades of this or that in them.

  4. K.Rajagopala Kurup. on

    To be honest I should say that I still not understand its selection ( miasms ).
    Sorry to express!.

  5. Asghar Ali on

    Although we shall not be averse to new developments yet too much mixing up may not be very helpful. If we are able to know what needs to be cured we will be there to hit the target and, God willing, relieve our client of the sufferings.

  6. Sharon Rose on

    Thank you , appreciate the info.

  7. Meena Supnekar on

    I would like to go with Dr. Prafulla Vijaykar’s consideration of miasms a very simple and correct explanation of miams. Some people believe that after giving treatment we must give a miasmatic remedy like Thuja, Medorrhinum, Psorinum, Sulphur, etc. to treat the person and go in a backwards direction in regards to cure. How much do u advocate this. Eg. People give Thuja 1M or Medorrhinum 1M as per hot or chilly how much is this correct.

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Meena,

      Thanks for your question. I do not find following this is necessary or even prudent. Each case speaks for itself. The vital force always lets us know what to do next. If one of these remedies is indicated then by all means give it. But as a routine protocol I think that this goes against all of the reasons to give a remedy. Not every case is dependent on clearing a miasm with one of these remedies. To do this would be prescribing a remedy with an allopatic intent, or at least not with a homeopathic intent. The symptoms presenting are the reason to give the remedy, not any protocol.

      Thanks again,

  8. Dr, Ejaul Haq Siddiqui on

    Good explanation of maisms, the new maisms as stated may be the consequences or branches of the Main maisms

  9. ROBERT LAL on

    When God drove Adam And Eve out of Eden Garden ,they were not only hurt emotionaly,and spiritually but they were left to live a secluded and cursed life in a cursed surroundigs. As a result suffered from one or other miasms.Thanks to Dr Robert for giving note on Miasms.

  10. sara on

    felicitaciones por la claridad y la explicacion de miasmas referente a la psora hay un remedio importantisimo como es el grafitis donde paulatinamaente vamos borrardo las ruta y huellas este tratamiento a largo plazo produce resultados exelentes

  11. Dr.Syed Mubashir Ahmad Shah on

    When difficult management of the case leads to the need for a better understanding, having a well rounded knowledge of miasms is very helpful.

  12. Dr.Syed Mubashir on

    Miasms sy amraz ky bnyad ka pta chlta hy

  13. C.Fernandes on

    Dear Dr. Robert,

    Could you let me know in detail whether advance homeopathic medicines are curable instead of the patient going for surgery for the knee when the cartilage in the knee gets worn off.



  14. Dr.Syed Mubashir on

    Could you let me know in detail that the knee without surgery can not curable.

  15. Dr.Kh.Mahbubur Rahman on

    I think that vaccinosis can be added to the additional
    list of Miasms.Thanks.

    Dr.Kh. Mahbubur Rahman,Dhaka,

  16. surendra kerkar on

    Dear Dr. Robert,

    Wish you a belated happy new year.
    Can you please help me with some homeopathic medicine for my painful tennis elbow ??


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