When Hahnemann discovered homeopathy he had
very good results from it but he couldn't understand why
it didn't produce one hundred percent success. In his book
"Chronic Diseases" he discusses his theory that
all disease has an underlying root, a morbific influence,
a Miasm, which sometimes has to be addressed
directly before cure can be achieved with the usual homeopathic
He associated miasms with specific diseases
that had dogged mankind throughout the ages. The first,
the most fundamental and ubiquitous of these he called 'Psora':
the itch. This was typified by Scabies, but relates to any
condition that erupts on the skin and which specifically
itches (there are skin eruptions which don't itch). Because
scabies epitomised Psora he concluded
that the homeopathic remedy to address Psora should be produced
from scabies itself. Hence the homeopathic remedy to directly
address Psora is a product of the scabies vesicle, and is
known as 'Psorinum'.
Psorinum is a nosode.
It is unlikely that anyone is free from
the miasmatic influence of Psora. It is considered as the
most all-pervasive miasm of all the world over and the basis
for the origination of disease. Its keyword is underfunction.
Therefore any disease process typified by underfunction
is said to be of the Psoric miasm
Other miasms Hahnemann
discusses are the 'Sycotic' miasm (keyword overfunction)
and the 'Leutic' miasm (keyword self-destructive).
These original three presented by Hahnemann 200 years ago
have been added to progressively since his time, the best
known being the Tubercular Miasm (keyword restriction)
and the Cancer miasm (keyword suppression).
Having a miasmatic influence
doesn't mean the patient suffers from the illness that the
nosode is produced from, i.e. the Psoric miasmatic influence
doesn't mean the patient will have scabies, rather they
will have ailments of underfunction; (as this is a broad
brush it will be discussed in greater detail elsewhere).
Similarly the other miasms do not imply the patient will
have the disease associated with them, but their influences
will be seen, e.g. suppression will be seen in those with
the cancer miasm.
All diseases are said
to have miasmatic influences so, the specific nosodes aside,
all homeopathic remedies are also said to have a sphere
of action addressing different miasms to either a greater
or lesser degree. The top Psoric remedy is said to be Sulphur,
the top Sycotic remedy is Thuja, and the top Leutic remedy
is Mercury. Thus knowing which miasm is dominant in a case
helps to determine the remedy. E.g. Itchy skin is an symptom
of underfunction and therefore Psoric, so Sulphur will be
considered. Warts are a symptom of overfunction and therefore
Sycotic, and so Thuja will be considered. Ulcers are a symptom
of self-destruction and therefore Leutic, so Mercury will
A single miasm may be
dominant throughout a case or there may be more than one
miasm evident at different stages of treatment. Therapeutically
the effects of the miasms are addressed by remedies that
have a strong affinity to the dominant miasm or by the use
of nosodes. The nosodes each address a specific miasm whereas
most remedies can be said to be multi-miasmatic.
See also Miasmatic