Every person is born with a unique constitution which comes with its own set of strengths and vulnerabilities. As the body matures, these predispositions influence the types of physical imbalances and diseases it develops. Akin to Biology's genetics, in homeopathy this energy or predetermined set of chronic imbalances is called a miasma. The miasma not only encourages particular types of diseases, but also gives its very own hue to any acute condition that may occur along the way. Knowing an individual’s miasma is then beneficial since it can give a peek into what is more likely to happen to his health. This can in turn allow for lifestyle and thinking modifications to minimize risk. The three classic chronic miasmas as identified by Dr. Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, are called Psora, Sycosis, and Syphilis; Psora is the underlying miasma in all of us and the root of the others. These miasmas are believed to have originated long ago due to the suppression of skin eruptions, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis, respectively. The miasma produces certain types of conditions which are reminiscent of symptoms experienced by people afflicted with the aforementioned diseases, post suppression.
A Psoric patient is vulnerable and afraid. When in balance, the human being is at peace and does not fear nature or the body. But as homeostasis is lost, the mind becomes sharply aware of this loss and vulnerability sets in. Fear of life and death are born and with it, powerlessness. Nature becomes a chaos to be endured. The Psoric person is fearful, vulnerable, and does not trust easily. He is mostly concerned with protection, even when
“… protection means the destruction of whole ecosystems – even if it means destruction of other Human Beings… Most philosophical schools, as well as the Whole Body of Allopathic Medicine and militarism, have stemmed from this Psoric awareness of vulnerability.” (Mullen, 2002)
Emotionally, the Psoric is often confused, does not trust himself or his thoughts, is very anxious, and finds it hard to connect to other people. Physically, the constant fear makes the individual more susceptible in general to just about any disease or chronic condition. This patient is hard to cure of superficial manifestations because the root of his condition is this deeply rooted miasma and as soon as one symptom is gone another pops up. This ironically only deepens his anxiety and strengthens the grip of his miasma. Psora can progress into Sycosis.
The Sycosic covers fears with a feeling of invulnerability; there is no room for anxiety. Powerful and larger than life, control is forced upon everything and everyone, further feeding the illusion of grandeur and power. The Sycosic is controlled, organized, and does not like uncertainty or unpredictability. He is clear headed, self-confident, and able to provide for his family, but does not know what is happening inside himself; his relationships are shallow even with his own family. This larger-than-life attitude manifests physically in a similar aggrandizing manner by producing warts, elevating blood pressure, and other symptoms of a “too-big, too-much” nature. (Mullen, 2002) These manifestations usually push the Sycosic to overwork, consume stimulants, and create any distraction to avoid seeing the true underlying miasma, psora. Sycosics often get heart attacks. If this miasma is not healed by relinquishing control and diminishing back into Psora, it will continue into Syphilis. It is worth mentioning that clearly this does not imply the person develop the actual diseases after which it is named, merely some of its qualities.
The Syphilitic miasma leads to self-destruction. The ability to decide right from wrong is compromised by this miasma so big mistakes are made by this person; antisocial and harmful behavior is not rare. He does not sleep well and does some of his best work at night. He needs constant distraction from the horrible noise in his head and will drug himself to quiet it. Self-esteem see-saws from believing he is very important to the lowest of the low; suicide rates are high in this group. The syphilitic also has no control over himself which can lead to violence; he will destroy anything he consider a threat. He often ends in up in a mental institution, a prison, with a chronic incurable disease, and often untimely dead. (Mullen, 2002)
Remedies may not work if they do not correspond to the individual’s miasma. Treating miasmas, the root of all disease, is also very difficult and requires years of experience from the homeopath. Perhaps the easiest cure would be to ultimately face our own mortality with clear and open eyes, accept it for the absolute that it is, consider ourselves what we are, not any more or less important that the rest of nature, and enjoy the ride under the comfort of knowing exactly how it will end.
Mullen, J. M. (2002). Understanding Homeopathy and integrative medicine. United States: 1st Books Library.