Chronic Diseases & Miasms
Hahnemann explains that diseases cannot be of mechanical or chemical changes in the material substance of the body. However, is a dynamic, spirit like untunement of vital energy?
Miasms & Homeopathic treatment for chronic diseases
Miasm comes from the Greek word "miasma" which means taint, stain, pollution. Organon stresses the importance to understand the fundamental cause and the totality of the symptoms. A miasm is often defining by homeopaths as an imputed "peculiar morbid derangement of the vital force.”
Hahnemann observed that the chronic diseases have 3 phases a primary, latent and a secondary/tertiary state. The outcomes of these miasms were then may be passed from one generation to the next by inheritance and caused susceptibility to certain disease syndromes.
Types of Miasm
Hahnemann noted that there were three basic miasms common to most if not all people. They are as follows:
- Psora (itch disease),
- Sycosis (fig wart diseases),
- Syphilis (chancre disease).
Hahnemann’s miasmic perception
Hahnemann observed that some cases that may be appeared as Psora but not exclusively on an external skin eruption for its development. He observed that this disease might possess primary, latent, and secondary symptoms as well as inherited forms.
He decided that a miasmic agent with a distinct etiology caused it so he separates its symptoms from Psora and constructs a new classification called the Pseudo-psora, the TB miasm. All of these miasms may acquire through a primary infection or through heredity.
Hahnemann’s indicated in the Organon: “a child with small-pox or measles communicates to a near, untouched healthy child in an invisible manner (dynamically) the small-pox or measles, which is in the same way as the magnet communicated to the near needle the magnetic property”
Kent’s miasmic perception
In his lecture, Kent mentioned about shortcomings of prescribing based on the simple totality of the symptoms without putting emphasis on the underlying miasms.
He explains; let us take Asthma, when it is hereditary, is one of the sycotic miasm. For years, I was puzzled with the treatment of asthma. When a patent came to me and asked, "Doctor could you cure asthma?" I would say, "No."
Now I have learned that asthma is a sycotic disease, and since I have made prudent application of anti-sycotic remedies. I can be able to relieve or cure a great number of such patents.
Wherever asthma was cured, it can be by anti-sycotic remedies. That is what I noted that outside of sycotic it would be rarer to find a cure for asthma.
Kent also speaks about the limitations of the Homeopathic use only based on the symptoms without considering underlying miasmic causes and its syndromes.
He takes asthma treatment as an example; while Ipecac, Spongia, and Arsenicum will correspond to the supervening symptoms that you can find about the case, still what do they do? They soothing the symptoms; they suppress the symptoms; but asthma is no relieved or cured.
The reason that Ipecac, Spongia and Arsenicum will not cure; it is that they are the not antipsychotic remedy.
Miasm & homeopathic remedy
We can see that in Hahnemann's method of the totality of the symptoms includes the symptoms of the miasms classified by their layers and listed in order to their development.
The active miasm is the core on which the symptom totality is built, so that the chosen remedy matches with the underlying miasm syndromes.
Hahnemann explains in “The Chronic Diseases” that in severe chronic cases, the homoeopath may have to go for a series of anti-miasmic remedies to attain the cure. This is because in complex chronic diseases, the layers may represent several causes or origins of disease, and the miasms can require different remedies as they become exposed.
In complex chronic diseases, it may not be that much easy to treat the entire case with just one single remedy. It may need a series of remedies to remove the miasmic layers as the person moves toward the state of health.
Therefore, it is important to know the order of the layers it formed along with the timeline, so that they can discard in the reverse order in which it developed.