December 2010|Vol 7|Issue 12

December 2010 | Volume 7 | Issue 12


Understanding of Psora


Dr. Leela D’Souza-Francisco, MD(hom)
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         Psora is the most important of the three miasms. Its expression varies a lot – from a simple, incredibly itchy cutaneous expression, to it suppressed and latent expression, to secondary and tertiary expressions of psora.
    In the latter two, diseases involving the deeper organs, bones and cancer have also been included by Hahnemann. Would some of this expression actually suggest combined miasms (Psora-Sycosis, Posra – Syphillis)?

    In Aphorism 80
         Incalculably greater and more important than the two chronic miasms just named, however, is the chronic miasm of psora,

         After introducing the venereal miasms which were more easily perceived as chronic expressions following infection in his day, Hahnemann next introduces his perception of Psora. To those in his time, it was probably the most ridiculous theory of disease ever propounded and yet he persisted with it, facing all the criticism and ridicule with courage. “Aude sapare”, he said. The ridicule and lack of acceptance was however, not only restricted to the allopaths, but also some homeopathic colleagues, many of whom had not fully understood or applied the law of similars.

         Hahnemann considered Psora to be the most important of the three miasms, for various reasons which he begins to explain below. Let us see if we can follow his line of thought.

         The observations made by Hahnemann in The Chronic Diseases regarding the venereal maisms. He talks of the miasmatic change caused in the ENTIRE BEING BEFORE the external manifestation of disease, after the point of infection with the miasma. While these are easily attributable to specific organisms with common symptoms in almost all affected people, Psora too has such a miasmatic expression, but the expression and its subsequent development vary widely. does also, after the completion of the internal infection of the whole organism, announce by a peculiar cutaneous eruption, sometimes consisting only of a few vesicles accompanied by intolerable voluptuous tickling itching (and a peculiar odor).

         Psoric activity is initially observed by a cutaneous eruption often resembling vesicular rashes, but incredibly itchy. Most often, today an individual will not even remember such a history in their past or in childhood, as almost immediately an antihistaminic cream would have been applied, or an anti-allergic remedy given along with a soothing lotion. In Hahnemann’s day, Sulphur based applications were one of the commonest modes of treatment. This inevitably suppressed Psora into latency which quietly progressed into secondary and tertiary manifestations.

    These manifestations he has enumerated below:
    The monstrous internal chronic miasm – the psora, the only real fundamental cause and producer of all the other numerous, I may say innumerable, forms of disease1, which, under the names of nervous debility, hysteria, hypochondriasis, mania, melancholia, imbecility, madness, epilepsy and convulsions of all sorts, softening of the bones (rachitis), scoliosis and cyphosis, caries, cancer, fungus nematodes, neoplasms, gout, haemorrhoids, jaundice, cyanosis, dropsy, amenorrhoea, haemorrhage from the stomach, nose, lungs, bladder and womb, of asthma and ulceration of the lungs, of impotence and barrenness, of megrim, deafness, cataract, amaurosis, urinary calculus, paralysis, defects of the senses and pains of thousands of kinds, etc., figure in systematic works on pathology as peculiar, independent diseases.