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Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association Fall Conference 2014: Part 1.

Roger Morrison, MD: Miasm

Dr. Roger Morrison hails from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Health Sciences Medical School. He spent two years studying at the Athenian School of Homeopathic Medicine in Greece under the tutelage of the famous homeopath George Vithoulkas. He has also studied in India with Rajan Sankaran. He is the cofounder of the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in Richmond, California, and the author of numerous publications and books on homeopathy, including his desktop guide for homeopathic prescribing.

A cardinal principle of prescribing homeopathic remedies is to seek the simillimum, the remedy that mostly closely mirrors the patient's nature. Miasms, or inherited constitutional weaknesses, provide a means of grouping remedies to make prescribing more accurate and less time consuming. Morrison reviews the miasmatic groupings of several homeopaths, including Hahnemann, Boenninghausen, Kent, Knerr, Ortega, Vithoulkas, and Sankaran. There was almost no agreement as to which remedies apply to which miasm.

Vithoulkas defines miasms in three parts. Infectious a miasm must be contagious. Heredity--a miasm or the susceptibility to a miasm must be transmissible from parent to child. Nosode--a nosode must be obtainable from the miasmatic disease.

Sankaran postulates that each remedy is assigned to a specific miasm and only one. Each miasm is given extremely clear and tight defining characteristics--both physical and mental--which are readily identifiable in the homeopathic interview. Each patient has only one miasm evident at any time.

Ortega gave the three miasms of Hahnemann specific characteristics. Psora: inhibition. Sycosis: excess. Syphilis: destruction. After studying with Sankaran, Morrison evolved the number of miasms to 10.

The New 10 Miasms

1. Acute (Hahnemann)

2. Typhoid (Sankaran)

3. Malarial (Sankaran)

4. Ringworm (Sankaran)

5. Psora (Hahnemann)

6. Sycotic (Hahnemann)

7. Cancer (Foubister)

8. Tubercular (Vithoulkas)

9. Leprosy (Vakil)

10. Syphilitic (Hahnemann)

Morrison offers brief descriptions of each:

Acute miasm manifests as life-and-death feelings, shock, terror, panic, and violence. Adrenaline, escape, and instinctive reactions. Changing and dependence, rapid heart rate, flushing. Childishness, magical thinking, and superstition.

Remedies: Aconite, Arnica, Belladonna, Cactina, Calendula, Camphora, Chocolate, Coffeinum, Croton Tiglium, Digitoxin, Elaterium, Ergotaminum, Hydrogen, Hypericum, Lithium, Melilotus, Morphinum, Oenanthus, Stramonium, Strychninum, Veratrum. Nosode is Lyssinum, Morbillinum, Diptherinum.

Typhoid miasm. Urgency and crisis, security and materialism, fear of poverty. Selfishness, hyperactivity, ruthlessness, ambition, aggression, contradiction, order and routine, do what it takes to get what you need, enough money makes you secure, they want to be at rest, go-go-go then collapse, intense febrile course, frustrated, excitatory, late-stage prostration, sepsis, diarrheal conditions, dentition, greedy appetite, craves beer and meat.

Remedies: Abelmoschus, Acetic Acid, Aethusa, Ailanthus, Anantherum, Argemon, Asclepias, Tuberosa, Baptisia, Benzoic Acid, Bryonia, Carbo Vegetabilis, Carnegia gigantean, Chamomilla, Doryphora, Euphrasia, Gallic Acid, Gambogia, Helleborus, Hyoscyamus, Ipecac, Lycopus, Mancinella, Nux Moschata, Nux Vomica, Paris, Petroleum, Polystyrene, Podophyllum, Pyrogenium, Rheum, Rhus Tox, Sacchrum Album, Sulphuricum Acidum, Thyroidinum, Veratrum Veride, Viscum.

Malarial miasm. Periodic attacks, IBS, stuck feeling/ frustration, never completely well. Migraines. Unfortunate, miserable, abused, harassed, tormented, averse to touch, and are the biggest complainers. Whine, whine, whine. Periodic complaints: IBS. Painful complaints: gallbladder colic. Not life threatening, pinworms, neuralgia.

Remedies: Ammonium Muriaticum, Angustura, Antimonium Crudum, Aurum Muriaticum, Kalinatum, Berberis, Boletus, Cactus, Capsicum, Ceddron, Chelidonium China(and its salts), Cina, Clematis, Colchicum, Colocynthis, Eupatorium Perfoliaattum, Eupatorium Purpureum, Iris, Kalmia, Magnesia Muriatica, Menyanthes, Natrum Muriaticum, Peonia, Prunus, Ranunculus Bulbosus, Sarracenia, Spigelia, Sumbulus, Verbascum.

Ringworm miasm. Slowly progressive but not life threatening. Learn to live with it. Can't take it anymore, frustration, effort, and struggle. Oppression and weight gain. Acne, psoriasis, eczema, scleroderma, allergy, hay fever, sinusitis, prostate conditions, BPH, scalp and nail issues.

Remedies: Actea Spicata, Allium Sativa, Calcarea Fluorica, Calcarea Silicata, Calcarea Sulphurica, Dulcamara, Fagus, Gossypium, Magnesia Sulphuric Opunta vulgaris, Pseudotsuga, Rhus Venanata, Sarsaparilla, Taraxicum, Teucreum, Upas, Veronica officianalis, Viola Tricolorata. Nosode: Ringworm nosode.

Psora miasm. Confidence, effort required not without uncertainty. Success in the outer world, ego, ambition, dreams of failure, self-sufficiency, skin disorder, eruptions behind ears, ailments from suppressed eruptions, itching, redness, craves beer and eggs.

Sycotic miasm. Hidden and secretive, feels flawed and inadequate, shame and guilt, anticipation anxiety, avoidance, fixed, ridged, nothing can be done. Physically has pathological vegetations, warts, tumors, growths. Sinus conditions, green discharges, clearing the throat, allergies, asthma, food allergies, chronic structural pathologies such as osteoarthritis, bunions, etc. Craves oranges and ice, is better at sea.

Remedies: Argentum Metallicum, Borax, Bovista, Calcarea Bromata, Cannabis Indica, Caulophyllum, Crocus Sativa Digitalis, Gelsemium, Kali Bichromicum, Kali Bromatum, Kali Sulphuricum, Lac Caninum, Lac Delphinum, Natrum Sulphuricum, Palladium, Pulsatilla, Sabadilla, Sanguinaria, Silica , Thuja. Nosode: Medorrhinum.

Cancer miasm. Chaos and control, need to excel, desperation, overwhelmed, boundaries not good, sympathetic (Carcinosin is the most sympathetic remedy), very sensitive to injustice. They are prone to tumors, moles, malignancies, neurological disorders, diabetes, blue sclera, twitches, breast swelling and tenderness, and anorexia and crave hot spices, fruit, and fat.

Remedies: Agaricus, Anacardiium, Anhalonium, Argentum Nitricum, Arsenicum Album, Asarum, Baryta Arsenica, Beilis Perenis, Calcarea Arsenica, Calcarea Nitrica, Causticum, Conium, Ferrum Arsenicum, Ignatia, Kali Arsenicum, Kali Nitricum, Natrum Arsenicum, Nitricum Acidumk Opium, Physostigma, Ruta, Sabina, Staphysagria, Tabaacum Viola Odorata. Nosodes: Carcinocin, Scirrhinum. There are multiple carcinocins available depending on the organ of origin.

Tubercular miasm. "Wild man," rebellious, loves to try everything, knows better than his boss, behavioral issues, rebels without a cause. Frantic pace, romantic, independent, adventuresome, travel, freedom, fears suffocation, restless, destructive, addictive personality, rock climbing, gambling. Good for ADHD (also tarantula), lung disorders, emaciated, night sweats, wandering joint pain, worse in cold and damp, foggy weather, and pine forests.

Remedies: Abrotanum, Acalypha, Apis, Aranea, Arsenicum lodatum, Atrax, Balsamum, Brucea, Bromium, Calcarea lodata, Calcarea Phosphorica, Cereus Bonplandii, Cimicifuga, Cistus, Coccus Cacti, Coffea, Drosera, Elaterium Euonymus, Ferrum lodatum, Ferrum Phosphoricum, Fluoric Acid, Ginseng, lodum Kali Phosphoricum, Lactrodectus, Magnesia Phosphorica, Mygale, Myristica, Myrtus Communis, Natrum Phosphoricum, Oleander, Phelandrium, Phosphorus, Pix, Rumex, Salix Niger, Sambucus, Senega, Succinic Acid, Tarantula, Theridion, Ustilago, Verbascum, Vespa. Nosode: Bacillinum Tuberculinum, also TB avium and BCG.

Leprosy miasm. They have feelings of worthlessness, contaminated/dirty, disgusting, dreams of excrement, isolated, outcast, depression, self-mutilation, cursing, poverty, and childhood abuse. Physical signs of skin disorders, vitiligo, psoriasis, gangrene, melanoma, crusts all over body. Mentally abusive, morbid obesity, downturned mouth, cravings for bread and milk.

Remedies: Aloe, Ambra, Androctonus, Aristolochia, Aurum Sulphuricum, Azadirachta, Baryta lodata, Baryta Sulphurica, Cereus Serpentinus, Cicuta, Coca, Coceinum, Comocladia, Curare, Cycloamen, Fumaria, Gratiola, Homarus, Hura, Hydrastus, Hydrocotyle, Indolum, Kola nut, Lac Defloratum, Laurocerasus, Ledum, Mandragora, Mephites, Ocimum sanctum, Rhus glabra, Secale, Sepia, Skatolum, Solanum Tuberosum Aegrotans, Spirea. Nosodes: Leprominium, Psorinum.

Syphlitic miasm. It is the most destructive of all the miasms. It gives emotional turmoil, train wreck, acute flares, extremes, rage, turning-point destructive, revenge, hopelessness, murder, suicide, all is black, terrorists, suicide vests, school shootings. They know that death is coming. State of acute crisis. Physically destructive, bone lesions and pain, vascular aneurysms, especially aorta, optic atrophy, progressive blindness, ALS night time aggravation, progressive degeneration (CNS, heart, bone), disorders of nasal septum, segmental complaints. Craves alcohol, sardines, and indigestible foods.

Remedies: Alumina, Anagallis, Aurum, Cenchris, Clematis, Crataegus, Echinacea, Elaps, Hepar Sulphur, Hydrocotyle, Lachesis, Lathyrus, Leptandra, Mercurius, Origanum, Osmium, Naja, Platinum, Plumbum, Plutonium, Psilocibe, Stillangea. Nosode: Syphilinum.

Miasms Are Deeper Remedies

Morrison reminds us that after an acute illness responds to homeopathy and then more chronic symptoms reappear, it is important to look for an underlying, miasmatic remedy. It seems as if he offers quite a few choices for the different miasms. I think it is most helpful to have a good homeopathic repertory to look at the various remedies and make the best selection for your patients. I also love my Biomeridian EAV computer to check on my homeopathic remedy selection accuracy and dosage.

by Michael Gerber, MD, HMD
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Date:Feb 1, 2015
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