“Hahnemann’s Chronic Diseases”
Samuel Hahnemann’s book,
The Chronic Diseases
, establishes three miasms are responsible forall chronic disease conditions which hinder the body’s natural healing ability for recovery from anotherwise acute condition and therein are the true cause of susceptibility to an ill state. Syphilis,Sycosis and Psora are the names assigned by him to each condition. The first two he classifiedas venereal diseases, the third, Psora, the result of suppressed skin itch, caused by contagion.Psora he deemed as the ultimate cause of a multitude of ailments ranging from marginal skineruptions to severely destructive pathologies. Over one’s lifetime, a Psoric miasm functions in adevolutionary manner, its resultant ill health effects becoming more difficult to reverse with thepassage of time. In other words, as we age the degeneration and manifested quality of the psoricmiasm becomes a greater threat to a life. Syphilis he addressed independently with none of theskin itch or further degenerative ailments that accompany a psoric state of progression. Instead itis listed as an ulcerative chancre, independent of anything else; when treated properly it isrelieved, and when suppressed it is fatally destructive to the living organism. Of Sycosis he wrotelittle beyond identifying it as the result of Gonorrhoea, another venereal disease, but one that ischaracterized by the growth of ‘fig-warts’.
When two or more of these miasms are evident in the body, confusion and error can occur indiagnosis and treatment. All three ably express themselves on the skin but the respectivecharacteristics of their expression are distinct from one another – Chancre, growth, itch. Any ofthese treated in a suppressive manner drive that particular disease deeper into tissuemanifestation and more obscure in terms of establishing which disease quality is dominant orrather the obstacle in the restoration of health.
The context of what Hahnemann wrote then must be considered.
The Chronic Diseases
was lastpublished in 1838, but Hahnemann had begun writing on the subject 20 years earlier. During thattime he’d written five editions of T
he Organon of the Medical Art
, completing the 6
edition beforehis death in 1843. Practising homeopaths of the time were working from 3
editions ofhis Organon, noteworthy, since as the Organon evolved in edition, so too did Hahnemann’stheories, a demonstration of his open-mindedness to new insights. Every declaration Hahnemannmade was unwaveringly firm, until new experience would cause him to revise his previouslyissued directives. Not all practitioners of that time or since have necessarily updated theirknowledge accordingly.
Hahnemann, The Chronic Diseases, pp. 1-20.
, pp. 36-51.