Sycosis Miasm

Signs and Symptoms of Sycosis Miasm given in the book A Comparison of Chronic Miasms by Tyler, ML…


Cross, irritable.

Oppression and anxiety when weather changes.

Fits of anger. (R)

He is suspicious, the suspicion extends to the point where he dare not trust himself, and he must go back and repeat what he has done or said and wonders if he has said just what he means, he goes back and starts again. he is suspicious that he will be misunderstood, that his hearers will give the wrong meaning to what he is attempting to convey. This suspicion when turned upon others leads to the worst forms of jealousy of his friends, for he knows full well that he is not understood. (R)

There is a peculiar tendency for making a secret of everything.

Sycosis is ever anxious lest his secrets are out, lest he is found out. Just as he is himself anxious to keep his mind from others, he thinks that others are also of the same mentality and are trying to keep things from him. Thus is necessarily suspicious.

If he writes or says something he will repeat it over and over- he always suspects that the idea has not been correctly laid out.

He broods over thing. (B)

Sycosis coupled with Psora is the basis of criminal insanity and of most suicides. (R)

Men and women who commit suicide to-day are mainly sycotics.

When SYPHILIS and SYCOSIS are combined, these patients are sullen, smouldering, threatening to break out into dangerous manifestations. (R)

Degenerates are sycotic or syphilitic or result from both. (R)]

The sycotic taint develops the worst forms of degeneracy, because of the basic suspicion and jealousy; patients will resort to any kind and all means of vindicating themselves in their own light. This is the most markedly degenerate of the stigmata in its suspicions its quarrelsomeness, its tendency to harm others and to harm animals. This produces the worst forms of cruelty and cunning deceit and the worst form of mania of any of the stigma.(R)

Sycosis is the most mischievous of all the miasms. He is ever bent upon the mischief’s and misdeeds. The sycotic mind is so grossly debased. Sycosis makes the victim devoid of all sense of righteousness. It makes him a liar and a vicious scoundrel; makes him destitute of all love and affection for others; makes him mean and selfish. All the vicious individuals on earth- thieves, robbers and murderers are the products of Sycosis. It makes a beast out of man. (B)

Absent minded only in certain things. Forgets words, sentences and previous lines that he has just read- he wonders how the simplest words are spelled; he has momentary loss of thought, or he loses the thread of his discourse frequently; he is constantly stopping to find it, which causes him to repeat.

Often this is due to his inability to find the right words. If writing he is not certain of using the right words or he is in about spelling. He drops words or letters or uses wrong ones.

Has difficulty in giving his case to the Physician-afraid he will not give it correctly. In speaking, afraid he will forget something. This is painful to him and causes him much annoyance and suffering.

In reading and any mental effort causes pain in head.

Recollection of recent difficult whilst they can recall things of the past.

The reasoning powers are slow and they are constantly condemning self.

Cross and irritable and disposed to fits of anger.

These patients are better of their mental stress and disturbances, like Psora by some external expressions of the disease : for instance leucorrhoeal or a gonorrhoeal or catarrhal discharge of any form returned, ameliorating a sycotic patient at once.

In the tertiary stage patient is better by an eruption of warts. (See Provings of Murex.)

Mental conditions of sycosis are all better when warts or fibrous growths appear; they are always better in general from return or breaking open of old ulcers or old sores and markedly by return of acute gonorrhoeal manifestation. (R)

Quite often from suppression of both SYPHILIS or SYCOSIS a baisler meningitis is set up which induces all forms of mental aberrations. The degenerate and all his kin is either SYCOTIC or SYPHILITIC- usually SYCOTIC or deeply impregnated with a SYCOTIC taint or a SYCO-PSORIC one.

Self condemnation which is the moral reaction to the inception of the disease state. (R)

To sum up, the mentality of Sycosis is; suspicion, mischievous, mean, selfish and forgetful. (B)

The mental symptoms arising from moral insanity usually arise from a mixed miasm and SYCOSIS combined with PSORA figures largely in the criminality of our country.


Vertigo beginning in the base of the brain are more apt to be of a SYCOTIC or syphilitic nature or may be of TUBERCULAR origin.

Frontal or on vertex worse at or after midnight.

Headaches of sycotic children are more common than we think, worse at night, producing feverishness, restlessness, crying fretting and worrying. Better by motion. Headache in vertex or there may be a frontal headache; these are worse lying down and at night, especially after midnight. (R)

The patient is restless and wants to be kept in motion which ameliorates. (R)

The head symptoms resemble the syphilitic in that they have the night aggravation and there is the same type of vertigo at base of brain. (R)

Headaches worse on lying down and at night.

Headaches usually worse riding, better by motion, worse by exertion either mental or physical.

Usually accompanied by coldness of body, sadness and prostration. (R)


Hair falls out in little circular patches.

Hair falls out in beard due to skin eruptions.

A fishy odour from the hair.

Child smell sour.

Stubby, dead broken hair in beard.


The hair falls out in circular spots; the hair of the beard falls. (R)

The sycotic scalp perspires but there are not the moist matting eruptions of syphilis. (R)


Ulcerations and specific inflammation; corneal inflammation in young people. Chronic corneal ulcers in children where there is no trace of syphilis but based on Tubercular diathesis. Sycosis never gives a true ulcer.

Thick copious pus formation or discharges, especially if greenish or yellowish-green are distinctly TUBERCULAR or SYCOTIC.

Gout of the eyes.

Arthritic troubles of the eyes are a combination of SYCOSIS and PSORA; there are also neuralgias which are worse on change of weather, worse change of barometer and worse rainy weather. (R)

Sycotic pains may come on at any time but are worse by barometer changes or by moisture, rainy or stormy weather.

Babies born from sycotic parents sometimes have ophthalmia neonatorium.


Gouty concretions in ears of baby born of sycotic parents.


Loss of smell.

Hay fever-nose clear one hour, the next he cannot get a particle of air through his nasal passages.

A red nose with enlarged capillaries.

Snuffles in children. This is unusually moist and there is no ulceration and no crust, or if purulent, is very scanty and has the odour of fish brine or stale fish.

The stoppage is due to local congestion and thickening of the membrane or enlargement of the turbinated bodies due to congestion, the discharge is yellowish-green, scanty except in fresh winds when it is copious thin mucus.

New babies of sycotic parents often get “snuffles” – nose dry, stuffed up: frequently child will scream with anger in its attempt to breath with its mouth closed. May last few days or weeks but usually displaced by something more serious especially if local measures are applied to relieve it.

Children from sycotic parents complicated with gout take cold easily at slightest exposure and frequently suffer from acute coryza – discharge from nose becomes copious, watery, and often excoriating.

Gouty concretion in nose.


Erysipelas of face, psoric and sycotic.

All warty eruptions, moles, papilomati.


Gouty concretionss in mouth of young baby born of sycotic parents.


A putrid, musty or fishy taste.


Craves beer and whilst this is not a desirable element in his diet it causes much less aggravation than do wines. (R)

(Meats arouse the latent sycosis as in psora. The sycotic patient should take sparingly of meat and should have more nuts, beans or cheese. Gouty conditions cannot digest nuts. (R))

Likes either hot or cold foods. (R)

All toxic drugs become sooner or later prime disturbers of psora or the chronic miasms in general but particularly PSORA.

Desires and aversions sand high in therapeutic value as they are basic miasmatic symptoms next in importance to perverted mental phenomena in disease.


This patient, especially a child is worse by eating any kind of food whatever and is better by lying on stomach or by pressure over region of stomach, and by violent motion, walking rocking, etc. Pains are always crampy or colicky, paroxysmal, and better by hard pressure and motion.

Meat in sycotics stimulates or assists in developing the uric acid and gouty diathesis.

Prefer beer, rich gravies and fat meats-well seasoned with salt and pepper.

They are better for hot drinks and prefer food warm.

Children born of sycotic parents often suffer from colic almost from the moment of birth; not the ordinary flatulent colic but one of severe and specific nature continuing often from one to three months after birth. The sufferings that these children have to undergo is simply indescribable; they writhe and twist and squirm with pain, drawing up their limbs and screaming often for hours at a time. The pain usually comes in paroxysms or it is better by pressure or by the child lying on the stomach or by being carried about; shaking or rocking gently seems to modify things. Heat gives temporary relief but all foods worsen greatly, even the Mother’s milk, although food when first taken seems to give amelioration for the time being. Gas is frequently expelled from the stomach with great force and is often quite pathognomonic, of sycotic colic. Many times relief has been given with Lycopodium or Argentum Nitricum, both remedies seem frequently required.


Cough of sycosis has very little expectoration, usually of clear mucus; occasionally this is ropy and may also be of cottony nature. A great deal of coughing is required to raise it, hence the prolonged teasing cough. Coughs of sycotics are usually bronchial. Always having bronchitis, hard dry racking coughs, often in early Autumn and or Winter. Often the troubles begin with coryza-much sneezing with profuse watery flow from nose-in a few days it will go down to the bronchii and they have a week, ten days or longer of coughing spells. Expectoration scanty. In Summer time usually free but always taking cold in the head on least exposure to cold air or dampness. They cannot as a rule breathe through the nose.

Imperfect oxydation of food products and their deposits in tissues in the form of gouty concretions and lithic formations.


Sycosis produces the same from reflex rheumatic troubles, especially if local applications are used to relieve the pain.

Very little disturbances in heart troubles, even at critical periods of the disease. They may have heart trouble for years without causing them any more than occasional dyspnoea or some pain. They die suddenly without warning.

This heart patient is better motion as walking, riding or gentle exercise.

These patients usually deny they have any cardiac troubles, or they are usually unaware of them.

Fluttering and oppression and difficult breathing at intervals. Seldom much pain or suffering unless in rheumatic difficulties, when we may find severe pains, but not so constant or persistent as psoric. Much soreness and tenderness often worse motion of arms. Pains from shoulder to heart, of from heart to scapula in rheumatic cardiac troubles.

Often pulse is soft, slow and easily compressible.

Valves become roughened due to acid condition of system the walls enlarged, the muscles flabby, soft and lacking power. Patients as a rule are fleshy and puffy, their obesity often lies at the bottom of their dyspnoea and they are constantly gaining in flesh.

Frequently face blue, synotic and apt to be venous congestion or rather stagnation. These conditions are very much worse for high living, rich spicy food or spirit liquor. (R)

SYCOSIS and PSORA produce marked anasarca and dropsical conditions. (R)

but seldom in SYCOTIC patients.

The SYPHILITIC and SYCOTIC heart conditions are much dangerous than the PSORIC, but the PSORIC patient worries about his conditions, takes his pulse frequently, fears death and remains quiet. In the combination of sycosis and PSORA we get the right soil for valvular and cardiac disturbances with changes in organ structure; these are the conditions that cause the fatalities. With these SYCOTIC heart conditions there is none of the fear and apprehension that we find in PSORIC patients. (R)

Gout of the heart.


They sycotic colic is better doubling up, by motion or hard pressure. True colic-colicky pains in bowel troubles of children. Often the simplest form of food produces colic and pain in abdomen or throughout the intestinal tract.

We have the same thing in a SYCOTIC child with the TUBERCULAR element present, but the pus is yellowish green, watery thin, excoriating and offensive, often of a fishy or fish brine odour.


Colic rather diarrhoea but if the latter it is spasmodic and of a colicky nature, accompanied with a slimy, mucous stool and gripping colic and rectal tenesmus. Stools of Rheum.,Chamomilla and Mag. Carb. are typical.

These diarrhoeas have the most pain and stools are forcibly ejected from the rectum. Croton-tig., Chamomilla, Laurocerasus and Colocynthis, etc., are indicative.

Intestinal pain colicky and makes patient angry. Bowel troubles all produce irritability-they are cross and irritable with their pains; stools are changeable usually greenish yellow mucus, seldom bloody; greenish watery, sour-smelling with cutting colic- even the child smells sour in marked cases of inherited sycosis.

In sycosis, these children want to be rocked constantly, or carried or moved about. The colics are better firm pressure or lying on abdomen; they are worse eating fruit.

Dulcamara has a typical sycotic stool.

Diarrhoea from getting wet.

The grass green stools of Ipecac., Mag. carb., Croton-tig., Gratiola., Arg-Nit., etc., are apt to be sycotic.

Bleeding haemorrhoids.

Pruritus and usually has scanty, thin watery discharge oozing from rectum, that has fishy or fish-brine smell.

Strictures in the rectum, sinuses fistulous and fistulous pockets are all of a TUBERCULAR origin or of PSEUDO_PSORA nature but are greatly magnified by SYCOSIS.

Cancerous affections, malignant growths and diseases have as a rule All the miasms present, especially the SYCOTIC and the TUBERCULAR combined PSORA can never be lift out malignancies no matter what other element may combine with it; it fathers them all.


A sycotic element in children when they scream when urinating (Lycopodium Sarsaparilla)

Painful spasms affecting urethra and bladder.

Gout of the bladder.

Gouty concretions in urethra of young babies when born of sycotic parents.

If sycosis is present in these diabetic patients it is more malignant and more fatal.

Bright’s Disease.

Fibrous changes in kidneys.

Prostatic troubles where sycosis is the exciting medium.

Rectum-when there is and addition of the sycotic stigma the conditions are greatly aggravated, and there is much more tendency towards malignancy, for combinations of the tubercular diathesis with sycosis produce cancerous affections. (R)


Very often pains and diseases of uterus and reproductive organs if they are spasmodic, colicky, and often paroxysmal- the acrid discharges. the pruritis, painful and often frequent urination, the fish-brine or stale fish odour of the catarrhal discharges.

Menstrual flow acrid, excoriating biting and burning the pudendum.

The menstrual pains of sycosis can well be understood when we study remedies such as Colocynthis; Mag. CArb., Crocus Sativa, Sepia, Lac, Can., and Caulophyllum.

Another class that represents the rheumatic element are Rhus.tox., Ac-rac., Bryonia, Cham Colchicum, Cyc., Dulcamara, Gelsemium, Phytolacca, Pulsatilla, etc.

These menstrual pains are spasmodic, extremely sharp, colicky, coming in paroxysms- the flow often only with the pain offensive, clotted, stringy, large, dark, even black, Usually excoriating and acrid.

Leucorrhoea thin, looks like dirty green water, sometimes greenish yellow; scanty, acid, producing biting or itching and burning of parts. Odour of stale fish or fish brine. May be pungent or like that of decayed fish. Patient forever taking douches on account of odour, and acridity of discharge. Often this produces little vesicles of excoriations on the pudendum which are a source of great annoyance to patient.

Many of the ovarian or tubercular symptoms that develop during menses are dependent more on sycosis than any other miasm.

The most frequent location of the sycotic manifestation in women is in the pelvic organs. Pelvic inflammations such as an inflammation of the ovaries, inflammation processes of the fallopian tubes, in fact all of the inflammatory diseases of the female pelvis may be traced to this taint. In the more chronic types we get cystic degeneration of the ovaries, the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

Again the infection may pass on into the peritoneal cavity and we find general peritonitis and general cellulitis.

Appendicitis is directly traceable to sycotic influences.

The fish-brine odour is characteristic of the sycotic taint, and it may appear in all sycotic taint, and it may appear in all discharges, but especially in the discharges of the genital tract. (R)


Pains in joints or periosteum are due to gouty concretions or chalky deposits in the tissues conveyed from circulation.

Shooting or tearing pains in the muscles or joints. Pains in fingers or small joints Worse rest; patient is better moving, by rubbing stretching and better in dry, fair weather; worse at approach of storm or a damp, humid atmosphere, and a falling barometer, or becoming cold; heat does not always ameliorate.

Stiffness and soreness, especially lameness, is very characteristic of sycosis. Worse stooping, bending or beginning to move.

In arthritis or rheumatism we have an infiltration of inflammatory deposits but it readily absorbs and is never formative as we find in SYPHILITIC and TUBERCULAR changes which are permanent unless dissipated by treatment.

Rheumatic pains worse during cold damp, better moving or stretching. (R)

Arthritic-deformans-sycotic. (R)

Nails ridged or ribbed.

Chilblains are based on all the miasms- we have the PSEUDO- PSORIC TAINT, with a SYCOTIC element as a basis- that is why they Prove such a dreadful disease producing agent when suppressed by local measures.

anasarca and such as SYCOTIC, SYPHILITIC and PSEUDO-PSORIC.

Gouty; gouty diathesis rheumatic gout.


Scales patchy and in circumscribed spots.


Circinnatus herpes and herpes zoster.


Tine barbae; Tinea tonsurans.

Tinea Vesicular.

Warts and warty growths.

Condylomata will reveal the presence of both SYPHILIS and SYCOSIS, also verruca accuminata, pointed papillary growths, coxcomb and warts.

Skin lesion in tertiary stage, warty eruptions or growths- verruca filiformis, verruca vulgaris, verruca plana.

Verruca vulgaris found in children suffer from hereditary SYPHILIS.

Verruca filiformis comes as a tertiary lesion in an acquired form of Syphilis.

Verruca plana is another hereditary form, found more or less upon the backs of hands and faces of children and young people.

The filiformis appears in adults with acquired Sycosis who have had it suppressed. Usually appear on sexual organs, trunk of body-small in diameter, one-eight of an inch long, often shorter, brownish or greyish, pointed with spindle-like attachments.

A form of acne-large red, angry, blunt pointed looking papules at about menstrual period, they do not suppurate, but are sore to touch and sensitive- quite isolated and separate from each other.

Lupus-whether of erythematous or of the common form, belongs without doubt to the tubercular family of skin diseases with a sycotic element present.

The malignancies develop at any age. Malignancies of the skin are more violent and intractable in proportion as the Sycotic taint is increased. (R)

All forms of facial skin diseases that are contracted in Barber’s shops except Tinea favosa.

In scalp and beard Tinea circumscripta which cause a form of alopecia.

All form of ringworm.

The suppression of ringworm brings rheumatism, chronic headaches, stomach, troubles, chronic bronchitis, chronic coughs, melancholia, mania, hysteria in women and malignancies Variola and varicella in all their different forms have very marked characteristics of the sycotic element present, or of SYPHILIS and SYCOSIS combined.

The serum of vaccination has, without a doubt, both of these elements present.

Erythematous eczema; erysipelas, especially in the phlegmonous variety; herpes zoster and impetigo contagiosa.

Psoriasis has the gouty element so characteristic of Sycosis.

The spider dot (tertiary) upper portion of face usually about half an inch below the lower eyelid or over centre of malar bone consists of little sprangle of dilated capillaries, resembling somewhat the meshes of the spider’s web. In children-pale of bleached or quite red and prominent. Red mole-a tertiary symptom, pinhead to pea- smooth round shiny often red as blood, appearance of polka dot on skin.

If sycotic element is present, in abdominal operations, the possibility of a stitch abscess is increased.


In Ichthyosis (fish skin) we find all the chronic miasms and were we find them all present, we usually find an incurable skin disease- especially if hereditary. often the moles and warty eruptions of SYCOSIS. All miasms are present in erysipelas carcinoma epithelioma – lupus.

In nevus or congenital markings of the skin we have all the miasm as in elephantiasis.


The Sycotic patient is barometer. When it rains he has pain; when the atmosphere is filled with moisture he suffers; when the elements clash, his organism is at war with itself; the rain, the snow, the cold, the barometer’s rise and fall are his enemies.

Margaret Lucy Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler, 1875 – 1943, was an English homeopath who was a student of James Tyler Kent. She qualified in medicine in 1903 at the age of 44 and served on the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital until her death forty years later. Margaret Tyler became one of the most influential homeopaths of all time. Margaret Tyler wrote - How Not to Practice Homeopathy, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, Repertorising with Sir John Weir, Pointers to some Hayfever remedies, Pointers to Common Remedies.