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PSORIC MIASM by George Loukas
If we wanted to describe the common feature of the hundreds of psoric symptoms, we would mention two qualities, oversensitivity and deficiency. Deficiency is pointed out in some books, oversensitivity in some other ones.
We can understand the sense of oversensitivity through a simple example. If two different persons are subjected to an external stimulation, each one will respond in a different way. The psoric patient reacts more intensely than a supposed “normal person”. There is an excessive reaction. This reaction is in the right direction but has an increased intensity. This oversensitivity occurs in all the functions of the psoric patient. There is an increase in the recording of impressions. The psoric person observes much more from the environment. He is also easily affected. He is sensitive.
He easily gets angry too. After having expressed his anger, he will sleep well. He is not resentful. He cries easily too. He feels better after having cried. There is an emotional variability that is due to oversensitivity. The psoric’s oversensitivity goes together with pure expressiveness. He is profuse in his expression. He spreads emotion. The psoric person is a scientist or an artist. He is oversensitive to light, sounds, smells. He is easily scared on trivial occasions. Regarding body the most characteristic spot of oversensitivity is itching. External or internal itching, e.g. tickling is a sign of psora.
Repression of physical manifestations of psora through unsuitable pharmaceutical treatment results in mental itch, which is even more tormenting for the patient. These kinds of repressions have lead Hanhemann to discover the psoric miasm and to describe it.
The other major feature of psoric miasm is deficiency. This deficiency in terms of phychism manifests itself as a feeling of inadequacy. There is a deep feeling of inferiority. It is the case of a businessman who always needs somebody to lean on, although he is skilful, intelligent, and active. He always seeks a partner. If his partner is cunning, he may take advantage of him. He always needs support, he always seeks protection, that is to say.
It is the case of a scientist who constantly asks for the support of his teacher or his colleagues, though he has a very good command of his science. Of his relationships he asks affection and compassion. He needs a friendly environment so that he may express himself. This is due to shyness generated by his feeling of inferiority. He is the type of person full of inhibitions. There is an inner voice that puts on the brakes at every step he takes. He is filled with anxiety, he is easily scared.
This feeling of inadequacy makes him live in an imaginary world. This, however, is not the autistic world of a schizophrenic. It is just the feeling of inadequacy that prevents him from fulfilling his dreams. His rich inner world is consequently compelled to express through imagination. We have therefore the case of a person who attends a lecture but most of the time he fantasizes some situations instead of paying attention to the lecture. There is a loss of contact which is due on the one hand to some intense emotions, on account of his oversensitivity, and on the other hand to non- expression of these emotions, on account of the feeling of inadequacy.
Therefore they are persons with a very rich inner world, which is not expressed, not fully materialized, because they lack courage. The feeling of inferiority causes them a kind of stagnation, immobility and restraint. If it weren’t for this feeling of inferiority they could have been happier and more useful to community. Realizing this “helplessness” of theirs makes them sad. For all their sadness they see a light at the end of the tunnel. The saying “Hang on, one day the sun will shine on you” expresses the psoric sadness. There is still hope inside them; it is not all gone yet.
The psoric person takes other people’s opinion into great consideration; he respects customs and traditions, he feels remorse if he breaks the law. This is easy to explain considering the feeling of inadequacy. This feeling of inadequacy makes him always ask for somebody’s backing. He makes relationships of solidarity, bonds of solidarity and he does not want them to come to an end because without them he will be left alone. Behind the great sense of sociability often hides this need for backing from the group. He is in great fear of rejection.
These needs of him cause a constant inhibition of “I want” in favor of “I have to”. For instance, every time the psoric is about to make a move, he wonders if this is the right and proper thing to do and he usually restrains himself. Psoric patients have a keen sense of proper pride towards relatives. They easily get annoyed at people’s comments, they are touchy. That’s why it takes them long to express their anger, and when they do, they forget the incident.
The psoric person inclines towards platonic loves. Let’s suppose that a psoric man likes a woman. He thinks to himself: “What a lovely lady…What a delicate creature…I wonder if she likes me. There must be so many men after her, why should she choose me? What if she turns me down?”. There is an inhibition here too. An inhibition which is due on the one hand, to his feeling of inadequacy and on the other hand, to the fear of the society rejecting his behavior. This makes him experience love as a fantasy. He is a person who has fallen in love several times but has fulfilled his fantasies only a few times. He is also easily affected, he easily gets upset, he easily gets hurt. His love fantasies are heterosexual. He is pure in feelings. He falls in love with the face, not with the breast, the legs e.t.c. He appreciates personality, he does not consider his love partner an object of pleasure.
The psoric person also inclines towards religion. He is not religious in the strict sense of the word. His faith is philosophical, it is a need for searching, it is an existential anxiety. It is, let’s say, the feeling of human inadequacy compared with the vastness of universe. In general the psoric person tends to conform to manners and customs, to social rules and has a developed social consciousness. He believes in notions, such as family, labor e.t.c. He wants to have a family, likes to work and fulfills dutifully his social obligations, the military service, for instance. He considers it an honor to serve the community and does not put his self-interest above all.
The feature of deficiency regarding body manifests itself in various ways, such as inadequate nourishment. He eats all the time but the organism cannot assimilate the foods and the result is deficiency. Those who mention that deficiency of vitamins and minerals are the cause of various diseases go together with the homeopathic thinking because they focus on the point related to psoric miasm. For instance deficiency of vitamin A causes dryness. Dryness is one of the main symptoms of psoric miasm. When Hanhemann wrote about psoric miasm, he was not aware of the existence of vitamin A.
Deficiency of minerals causes a disorder to the normal function of the organism. Calcium deficiency causes osteomalacia, cardiac disorders, neuromuscular excitability Potassium deficiency causes cardiac dysfunction and disorders of the acid-base balance. Sodium deficiency causes withholding or loss of water of the organism. Iodine deficiency causes goiter. Magnesium deficiency causes neuromuscular disorders, cardiac dysfunction and osteomalacia. Ferrum deficiency causes anaemia. Zincum deficiency causes dermatological disorders, dysfunction of retina, diabetes, azoospermia, abortion, senility. Copper deficiency causes hepatolenticular degeneration, osteoporosis, anaemia. Cobalt deficiency causes anaemia and general weakness. Selenium deficiency causes muscular dystrophy and cardiac dysfunction. According to the above Hanhemann’s theory is confirmed, by which he considered psoric miasm to be the basic of the entire human disease.