In this day of DNA mapping and modern thought on genetic hi-tech treatments in our near future it turns out that homeopathy has always been capable of affecting our inherited weaknesses to bring us closer to health. I am proud to say that Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, developed the theory of Miasms way back in the early 1800s. Miasms refer to an inherited weakened state that allows susceptibility to many chronic diseases. Hahnemann found that unless these inherited miasms were addressed the chronic diseases of his patients would not be cured.
His premise was that we are each born with patterns predisposing us to illness and health based upon our ancestors and back and back to man’s beginning. This theory was before its time then (just as were his theory of “like cures like” which was taken for the development of immunizations by his contemporary Louis Pasteur – of course, ironically, Homeopathic philosophy teaches that immunizations can be detrimental to the health.)
According to Hahnemann, all disease can be traced to the three basic miasms: Psora (the itch), Syphilis and Sycosis (Gonorrhea). I used to be embarrassed about Hahnemann’s Miasmatic theory because it seemed too far out – but in the light of today’s thought on genetics it seems right on the mark. Also, Hahnemann taught that suppression of disease is partly the cause of it becoming part of the genetic code – so it might be that we are creating new miasms through the rampant suppressive treatments in modern medicine.
The complete homeopathic approach to any chronic illness includes an analysis of what miasms are manifesting in the body and then addressing this with a remedy similar to the symptoms as well as one which is known to be curative for the miasm. An experienced practitioner, very devoted to this science and to your health would be essential for this process to be ultimately curative. The potential of Homeopathy holds promise for our future generations, and the world’s health.
Miasms – Psora
In the last issue of HomeopathiCare News – April / May 2003 – a series of articles was started to explain the concept of miasms. The miasms that we inherit do not always lead to specific diseases but more often to constitutional states that affect the way we manifest or experience disease.
Psora is considered the mother miasm and has been called “the internal itch disease”. It may be that all humans have inherited this miasm, which probably started in prehistoric times as a result of continuing suppression of a primordial skin disease. Psora is the primary, underlying weakened (deficient) state which allows susceptibility to many chronic diseases and to the other two miasms.
Hahnemann theorized that 70% of chronic disease has psora at its root. The ailments that arise in a psoric person are rarely life threatening but are very annoying and draining functional states which tie them down, weaken and limit the body – like allergies, eczema, acne, candidiasis, psoriasis, headache, asthma, ear infections, colds, endocrine problems, fatigue and poor digestion. There are also characteristic psoric mental symptoms namely – anxiety, timidity, fears, depression and inhibitions. All symptoms reflect deficiency, weakness, and limitation.
When a homeopath can see that chronic, inherited factors are causing a patient’s health problems she will use miasmatic treatment to alter and improve the underlying state. When the skin is itchy, erupting and unhealthy it is always best NOT to suppress with external drug applications but rather to work from the inside to strengthen the vital force.
The remedies known to be helpful in psora are Sulphur, Calcarea Carb, Arsenicum Album, Silica, the Natrums, Amazon listing optimization, the Kalis and MANY more. The psora nosode (remedy made from disease) is Psorinum. The remedy chosen based on the Law of Similars is the best remedy in every case.
Miasms – Sycosis
Sycosis is the second of the three dominant miasms (inherited tendencies to disease) which Samuel Hahnemann theorized as the causes of chronic disease. The word sycosis means “fig-wart disease”. Our ancestors who contracted gonorrhea were treated with ineffectual and / or suppressive drugs – driving the disease inward – and then they spread it in a secondary form to their wives. The children and grandchildren inherit sycosis, not gonorrhea, and now a good percentage of the world’s population experiences disease in a way which reflects the constitutional taint of sycosis.
People with the sycotic miasm manifest symptoms of overgrowth or proliferation of tissue-like warts, tumors, enlarged organs, cysts, and obesity. They also manifest problems in the reproductive organs, have excess mucus, and mental emotional traits which include irritability, restlessness, selfishness, hurriedness, suspiciousness, immorality and absentmindedness. They are worse from suppression of discharges and from cold, wet weather. Reactions from vaccinations bring out tendencies to sycosis.
The main remedies used to balance the sycotic miasm are Thuja, Natrum Sulph, and Nitric Acid and the nosode (remedy made from disease – in this case gonorrhea) is called Medorrhinum.
A professional homeopath is the best one to analyze your constitution to decide which miasms are predominant and to create a plan for treatment. It is always good to be an educated consumer. The info you share with your homeopath is what will lead her to the right remedy. Physical characteristics like body build, bone structure, and teeth, skin and hair types are also used to decide your miasmatic typology.
Miasms – Syphilitic Miasm
The third main miasm (inherited tendency to disease pattern) is called the syphilitic miasm and stems from our ancestors contact with syphilis, and possibly the disease’s subsequent suppression with drugs. The syphilitic miasm is known for its destructive and degenerative force on the body, i.e., ulcers, cancer that eats away at the body, joint disease which erodes the joint. Congenital deformities are attributed to this miasm. The mental pattern is more extreme than the other two miasms, (psora and sycosis) and includes alcoholism, violence, cruelty, suicide, and deviance. The fears and depressions are stronger and deeper than the other miasms also.
The remedies known to counter the syphilitic miasm are Syphilinum (the nosode made from the disease), all of the Mercury remedies, Aurum remedies, Nitric Acid and many more.
A professional homeopath is well versed at treating the whole person, taking the miasmatic tendencies into account, and attempts to clear these constitutional patterns that dictate how one experiences disease. When a couple chooses to begin parenting children, an ideal scenario is to seek homeopathic treatment before conception so that children’s health and future generations are healthier.