This is part two of my post about miasms, or the inherited root causes of disease. For part 1 click here.
Below are the symptom manifestations typically seen with the five major miasms.
Keynotes of Psora: Skin eruptions, itching, fears about poverty and survival, pessimism.
- When there is a Psoric miasm influence, it is common to experience worsening of skin symptoms – with skin eruptions that are itchy and scaly.
- There is often mental restlessness and there can be a tendency to overeat due to stress, worry and anxiety.
- Body odor indicates toxicity within the body’s inner terrain.
- Problems with the digestive processes of assimilation and elimination are common in Psora.
- Psora types often experience joint inflammation and arthritic conditions, hay fever, allergies, sinus infections and asthma.
- Person will often be fearful and anxious with worries about money, abandonment, business failure, and survival. There is the feeling that there will not be enough – even when there actually is.
- Experience chronic over-stimulation of the fight or flight mechanism.
- There may be issues with temperature regulation (either too hot or too cold) and climate adaption.
- They may have an empty, weak, hungry feeling around 11am and often struggle with blood sugar regulation.
- The Psoric person feels worse in cold or open air and feels better from warmth of any type.
Common symptoms: Acne, allergy, anxiety, Asthma, skin boils, bronchitis, eczema, dermatitis, insomnia, psoriasis, scabies, sciatica, skin ulcers and upper respiratory infections.
Keynotes of the tubercular miasm are coughs, breathing issues and lung problems, respiratory system imbalances, frequent colds and sensitivity to the cold.
- The most favorable place for the tubercular person is said to be up in the mountains and in fresh air.
- Often have problems with breathing or constriction around the throat.
- Weakness in the thyroid gland.
- Often struggle with self-expression in some way.
- Often frail and sensitive to the heat, but also easily chilled.
- They are sensitive to weather changes, environmental toxins, atmospheric and barometric pressure changes.
- Children with this miasm may have prolonged bedwetting, frequent nightmares, temper tantrums, and often have an aversion to milk.
- They also tend to be susceptible to ringworm, acne, and white spots on the nails.
- Experience loss of appetite.
- Tendency to have parasites and allergies.
- Have a fear of dogs.
- They are prone to exhaustion if stressed and may feel as if they never have enough rest.
- Desire to travel (or if travel is not possible, the desire to change clothing often and move the furniture frequently).
- The tubercular person is better with the sun and warmth.
- The Tubercular type has a sense that things could be changed or improved, or that there is something missing.
- There is a strong drive for freedom and a resistance to any kind of restriction.
- Driven to re-discover and connect with the Divine.
Common symptoms: Allergy, asthma, astigmatism, autism, bronchitis, teeth grinding, croup, compulsive disorders, bed wetting, lymphoma, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ringworm, upper respiratory infections.
Keynotes of the Sycotic miasm are warts, skin tags, discharges, mucus, tumors (not cancerous), inflammation, blood disorders, emotional cruelty, suspicion, and love of power.
- Sycotic people tend to be extremists.
- There is too much of everything being produced in the body – too many warts, too much mucous, tumors and growths.
- There is also a tendency to urinary and hormonal issues as well as sexual problems. Often early sexual trauma can activate a sycotic miasm.
- Individuals who have a Sycotic miasm are susceptible to the shock of surgical removal of skin eruptions such as warts, cysts, moles – which can lead to the activation of the latent miasm.
- Swelling in the joints and connective tissues as well as arthritis and rheumatism are common.
- Tend to have thick, coarse hair and ridged or thick nails.
- This miasm is believed to be responsible when there is a sudden onset of any severe disease.
- Areas of vulnerability with this miasm include: reproductive/urinary organs, mucous membranes, connective tissue, and issues with healthy boundaries between self and the rest of the universe.
- There is a tendency to form kidney or gall stones, swellings or deposits in the joints.
- There are issues with fluid accumulation and sinus congestion.
- Emotional symptoms can include: suspiciousness, secretiveness, forgetfulness, and a tendency toward being a workaholic.
- The sycotic person’s conditions are always worse in cold, damp weather; better with activity and at the seaside.
Common symptoms: Allergy, asthma, herpes, hypertension, interstitial cystitis, migraines, sinusitis, warts.
The cancer miasm is an equally divided combination of the original three miasms of Hahnemann: Psoric, Sycotic and Syphilitic.
Keynotes of the Cancer miasm are emotional sensitivity and/or repression of emotions like anger, fear, and aggression.
- Susceptible to pneumonia, chemical toxicity or multiple allergy syndrome, overexposure to chemicals, and situations where the immune system seems to go into overdrive, reacting to everything.
- This miasm is also commonly seen when there are reactions to vaccinations and allopathic drug use.
- There can be perfectionist tendencies, depression, and even apathy.
- A person with this miasm activated will have the tendency to be over-reactive to many things without the ability to determine what is healthy and what is not.
- There is often a history of repeated and severe childhood illnesses and infections, sensitive gums and teeth, growth disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism spectrum disorders.
- This miasm if likely activated when there are significant challenges with relationships between human beings, specifically with our individual, one-to-one relationships.
- The greatest challenge with this miasm is the ability to stay open emotionally and yet feel protected and safe at the same time.
- The cancer miasm has a tendency to be too accommodating and agreeable, to one’s own peril – often known as the “doormat syndrome.” When the true self is continually suppressed to the needs or wants of others, this miasm is awakened.
- Deep sadness, grief, guilt or anger is also seen with this miasm.
- The tendency to be over concerned with others or to go along with others so as not to upset anyone seems to be deeply ingrained in this person.
- This miasm is usually suspected in those with a family history of cancer or diabetes.
- Working with this miasm will help to improve one’s ability to grow in relationships, will strengthen and balance the immune system and the spleen in particular.
Common symptoms: Chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, constipation, diabetes, immune system weakness, insomnia, ovarian cyst, PMS, tics, developmental delays, vaccine reactions.
Syphilitic miasm is easier to understand and remember if we think of it as the opposite of the Sycotic miasm. The Sycotic miasm is about over-expansion, over-production, growth … the Syphilitic miasm represents breakdown, destruction and contraction – it is called the miasm of destruction.
- From a consciousness perspective, this miasm teaches us not to get too attached to things that we’ve created or accumulated, because everything in nature is transient and changes form eventually.
- There are often issues with the eyes including cataracts and blindness, skin diseases that become infected, ulcerated sore throats, ulcers of the ear, nose, urinary system and mouth and heart conditions.
- There is often a history of miscarriage, stillborn pregnancies, and sterility.
- The Syphilitic miasm is also marked with addictions due to lack of self-worth and self-destructive behaviors such as alcoholism.
- Most of the pains or aggravations occur during the winter months or at night.
- With this miasm, we often see the deepest depths of depression and despair.
- Common emotions can be jealousy, envy, explosive anger and a pessimistic view of life.
- Diseases of aging that destroy function and memory such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are part of the Syphyilitic miasm.
- A theme of this miasm is learning to let go.
- The miasm may be triggered by severe loss – job loss, relationship loss, the loss of identity.
- An emotional keynote of this miasm is the feeling that he/she is on the verge of losing control, when emotions are overwhelming and intense.
- The Syphilitic miasm is associated with feelings of being stuck and fears of moving forward.
Common symptoms: bone pains, skin ulcerations, distortions of anatomy (like cleft palates, strabismus), neuralgia, anorexia, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, scoliosis, growing pains.
Stay tuned for part 3 of my series on miasms. In part 3, I will discuss nosodes to treat the five major miasms.