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 that 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, affected the state of man. If this was not healed in a person's lifetime, it became inherited by future generations. It is said that all persons have been affected 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, it 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 affect the urinary tract, joints, and heart. The common personality traits are sexual addictions, drug addictions, and 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 dyspnea or shortness of breath. This is symbolic of impeded inspiration. Now it is easier to see how a lack of feeling 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 on 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:
I find that considering miasms during the case can be confusing at times. Unless there is a very clear understanding of 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 were 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.
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