Sycosis


J.H.allen described the miasm sycosis, its development, course, symptoms and treatment….


If that which is set forth in Vol. I of this work is of vital interest to every physician who is desirous of looking into the mystery of disease and of knowing its true etiology, this volume ought to be of still greater interest, as it uncovers the true etiology of the diseases that are so prevalent today, permitting us to get at the fundamental principles of the very basis of the diseases we meet in daily practice. For every earnest and thoughtful physician must have seen before being long in practice, that there is something about the diseases he encounters, that makes them difficult to eradicate; something that, lying as a basis, makes disease stubborn, persistent and positive in its nature and difficult to cure. These cases and these principles we wish to deal with in this little work; and in dealing with this dreadful miasmatic scourge that is wrecking and destroying the race as no other disease is (excepting that of tuberculosis), we will not speak of it from its historic standpoint, nor from any sociological point of view, but simply from a miasmatic basis, treating with many of the factors pertaining to its action upon the human organism. Other writers have written fully and clearly upon subject of gonorrhoea, therefore, it will not be necessary for me to even describe to you a typical case of gonorrhoea, save as it relates to the subject of Sycosis. We will deal with it simply in the relation it bears to other miasms and to disease in general, both acute and chronic.

We must treat it then, not only from an etiological, pathological, pathogenetic and nosanic point of view, but must also study it carefully from its therapeutic side, looking closely into the dangers of the unscientific methods of treatment of this dreadful disease, and the grave danger that lies in suppressing it in any stage of its action.

It was Dr. Charles J. Hemple who said that “Disease is the totality of the effects by which we recognize or perceive the action of a peculiar order of subversive forces upon an organism which has been specially adapted, or prepared for their reception.” Out of these subversive forces comes, either directly or indirectly, all that which is known as disease. Hahnemann has recognized three special forms which he has designated as Psora, Syphilis and Sycosis. This triune of the subversive forces also called the chronic miasmata, are the vicarious embodiment of the internal disease, each having its own peculiar type or character by which its sole purpose and effort is to conform the organism to its nature. Each of these forces becomes a creative force, and at no time is the life force able to free itself the bond of any of them (either alone or in combination with the others), without some either assistance. Just how these subversive forces, Psora, Syphilis, or Sycosis, combine in the organism, or rather with the life force, can probably never be explained or accounted for.

It is true, however, that their introduction into the organism (which has undergone a process of adaptation capable of receive them) is followed by an endless history of subversive changes and diseased phenomena peculiar to each type. This is shown in Psora, and still more clearly in Syphilis, whose history we are fully able to prophesy with all its multiplied and polymorphic lesions, from its initial physical expression in the organism to its tertiary destructive processes in the bony framework of the body itself. At this true of Psora, and Syphilis, so it is also true of Sycosis. It has its primary, secondary and tertiary stages, and world of phenomena peculiar to itself, stages, accompanying each stage or setting of the disease. But a small number of our medical men today have any conception of the great depth and the degree of action of this specific miasm upon the organism, or the frequency with which it is met in practice. It is the *prima cause of much of the suffering and of innumerable ailments to be met with every day in general or special practice.

Very few Homoeopathic physicians today contest the fact that Hahnemann’s psoric theory is true, and all those who have carefully and honestly given the subject study will bear me out in this statement. Few are the physicians who have not frequently recognized the sudden and mysterious appearance of disease in the human organism, coming at it seemed from nowhere, and developing out of no apparent cause, coming as it were out of the invisible, remaining either permanently or temporarily a functional disturbance, or developing into innumerable or varied pathological states, often causing untold suffering, and many times endangering the life of the sufferer. Yet how few have come to any positive solution of the subject in their own mind. Hahnemann has solved the mysterious problem for us, and today if we will but listen to his words of wisdom, we will learn whence cometh that sudden pain, the rheumatism, the eczema, the ulcer, the papular eruption or any of the multiplied expressions of disease.

They surely develop from the disturbances of the life force, due wholly to the action or continued action of these chronic miasms of Hahnemann. Thus arises the papular eruption, the inflammatory process, the stasis internal organs, the cough, the spasm, the convulsions, even all the multiplied phenomena of mind and body, tabulated and known as *disease. All this falsifying of life and its processes, this anatomical and physiological deflection from that which is true, can be reasonably and positively shown to be caused by, and to arise directly or indirectly, from the three chronic miasms-Psora, Syphilis, or Sycosis, either singly or combined with each other in various degrees of combination. The oldest of these subversive forces, we all agree, I believe, to be Psora; it therefore becomes the basic miasm, the first cause of all disease in the human organism. But there are other chronic miasms than Psora to be studied, and the miasm of Syphilis is one of those whose far reaching dynamis, whose slow but sure destructive action, is well known to every healer of the sick; and how closely pathologists have studied the complex and almost endless phenomena that are presented throughout the course or stages of its prolonged history. Its slow progress, its persistent nature, whether it be of its pains, its ulcers, or its gummatous growths, or in whatever presentation it may come, we cannot but have noticed the positiveness of its bond with the life force.

Sycosis is not a new name for gonorrhoea, neither is it gonorrhoea in any sense of the word. The well known specific urethritis, presents only in its initial stage, similar phenomena to that of Sycosis, and the history of the two diseases differs widely in their constitutional developments and progress. Gonorrhoea simplex is not a basic miasm, while Sycosis comprises one of the chronic miasms of Hahnemann, and next to Psora it is the most persistent of the great triune of the subversive forces, Syphilis, Sycosis and Psora. Sycosis, implanted on a rich pseudo- psoric soil, develops into one of the most formidable enemies of the race, whose destructive power and depth of action upon the organism cannot be expressed by any combination of words. What the pathologists of today call gonorrhoeal infection, is what we term Sycosis. But it is not an infection from a supposed gonorrhoeal catarrh, for gonorrhoea simplex does not affect the organism as does gonorrhoeal Sycosis.

The early history of gonorrhoea simplex is a history of painful and spasmodic symptoms, and of decided vesical irritation, of chordee, and marked specific urethritis, while the history of a typical case of Sycosis in its initiatory stage is lacking in many of the above symptoms, and should the symptoms be present, they are so modified that a casual observer can readily distinguish between the two. As a rule in Sycosis very little pain is present-sometimes but not always there is a decided soreness and some tenderness is felt along the anterior surface of the first third of the organ. The patient experiences more or less burning at the meatus, but it never assumes that degree of severity experienced in the spasmodic or simple from of the disease. The catarrhal discharge in the sycotic from is scanty, and as a rule mucopurulent at a very early date. The color varies in the different cases, but it is generally a dirty colored pus, yellowish green, or a mixture of brown, yellow and green. Quite often it is offensive, and in many cases has a state-fish, musty, or fish-brine odor, and it maintains this peculiar offensiveness more or less throughout the various stages of the disease.

Its incubative period is from five to ten days, and these patients early show more or less mental anxiety, with a desire to frequently examine the organ. These are the first symptoms to present themselves, and they frequently follow the disease throughout in its various phases, usually developing into an over-anxiousness as their condition. This very noticeable and undue desire to give special attention in their case is decidedly, if not emphatically, impressed upon the attending physician, and it frequently embarrasses him and hinders a cure. The patient’ anxiety sometime forces the physician to resort to means unprofessional an against his better judgment in his haste to dry up or suppress the discharge, which the patient thinks is the embodiment of the disease.

In truth it is but the eliminative process, for when the discharge is suppressed, a secondary stage of the disease develops, characterized by stasis to internal organs, more manifest in the pelvic inflammation of women-a field so fruitful of late, to the work of the modern surgeon. Should the disease not be cured by constitutional treatment, it will by no means end with the secondary stage, but usually within a period of from one to three years, it passes into a tertiary form (or true Sycosis), which if not cured, may last the entire life of the patient. Quite frequently, however, the disease runs into some malignancy, such as scirrhus of the different organs of the body, or cystic degeneration, fibrous growths, stasis in internal organs, chronic rheumatism, and gouty condition. This last may be shown by gouty concretions of the joints, gout of the heart, stomach, or any of the internal organs. Mania, insanity, and many other mental aberrations can be traced to a suppression of this miasm. In fact, out jails and our prisons are filled with these poor unfortunates, far out numbering the victims of Syphilis. Sycosis is more potent than Syphilis as a cause of mental diseases, of moral insanity, and of those degenerative processes which form a basis for much of the criminality of our own country as well as that of Europe.

Sycosis may be said to be the most venereal of all venereal diseases, as it is seldom contracted (outside of gonorrhoeal ophthalmia) in any other way than through sexual congress. It is a disease of lust in the broadest sense of the word, hence the appearance of the mental phenomena in its early history. That monarch of the mind, the Will, is overthrown. *He thinks, he wills, he acts, and out of that false triune develops the lust disease. A precept of the decalogue is broken, and man falls by virtue of the breaking of that genetic principle which is an epitome of the character of his Creator, after whose image he was formed. He at once becomes a victim to the false and disintegrative power of broken law and the true physiological process at that moment ceases, and a false one is set up within that organism. Yes, all its processes, whether moral, spiritual, mental, or physical, are interfered with, and in some measure they at once take on a retrograde metamorphosis; the miasm (Sycosis) becomes a force co-existent with the life force; therefore, the *life forces are from that moment propelled forward in the direction of its influence and power which is always unfavorable to the good of the organism. What was at first a mental process, an unholy thought, implants the seeds of death within the physical organism and its presence with the life force is first manifest in the members that violated that divine precept. At first the disturbing element is functional as it is in all disease, to become later on an organic disease, and the fons et origo mali of many of the diseases of today.

So generally is this miasm, Sycosis, distributed among adult males that it is estimated that fully eighty percent are affected by it. Of course this estimate includes the latent as well as the active forms. No wonder that so many of our women are sufferers from pelvic affections, rheumatism or chronic gout. This large proportion is without counting heredity, for the disease is congenital, as is Syphilis and Psora. This will be understood more fully as we proceed in the study of the subject.

The majority of married women suffer in some way from Sycosis, either from the suppressed or imperfectly cured forms. Children born of such parents invariably show some form or manifestation of the disease and not infrequently ophthalmia neonatorum. If they escape this dread disease, they suffer with colic almost from the moment of their 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 of a spasmodic nature, sometimes relieved by pressure or by the child lying upon the stomach or by being carried about in the arms of the nurse; again shaking or rocking gently seems to modify their sufferings. Heat gives temporary relief, but all foods greatly aggravate, even the mother’s milk; although food when first taken seems to give relief for the time being. Gas is frequently expelled from the stomach or bowels with great force, and is often quite pathognomonic of sycotic colic. Many times I have relieved these little sufferers with a few powders of Lycopodium or Argentum nitricum. Both these remedies seem to the frequently called for in these cases.

Again if they should be fortunate enough to escape the colic, other manifestations of the disease are met with, such as indigestion, catarrh of the bowels, vomiting of food without apparent nausea; diarrhoea, the stools being smelling, acid and excoriating the infant about the perineum. Quite often these children escape the gonorrhoeal ophthalmia and have in its place, snuffles, which makes its appearance a few days after birth. The mother or nurse will tell you that the child has taken a cold in the head, so closely does the disease resemble the ordinary coryza, yet on examination of the nasal passages, we will find a specific form or rhinitis, known as the snuffles. The nose is dry and has a stuffed up feeling; quite frequently the child will scream with anger in it attempt to breathe with its mouth closed; this is more noticeable when the child nurses. The disease may last a few days, or it may continue for some time, but is usually displaced by something else of a more severe nature, especially if local measures are applied to relieve it.

The history of the parents will reveal Sycosis that has been suppressed or imperfectly cured. The diarrhoeas of these children are usually of a greenish, sour, slimy, mucous nature. The stools of Chamomilla, Rheum, and Mag. carb. are very characteristic of Sycosis. Often the child itself will smell sour and no amount of bathing seems to sweeten it. I have sometimes noticed that a case of snuffles coming on soon after birth, would be followed by a case of purulent ophthalmia. The length of time between the suppression of Sycosis and marriage, seems to make little difference, for children born to these parents, always show forth the disease at an early age. The time to cure them is in infancy, or during childhood, as they them quickly respond to Homoeopathic treatment.

I have noticed in a number of cases that children born of very sycotic parents, complicated with gout, were affected with gouty conditions in the urethra, ears, nose and even in the rectum and vagina. These children take cold at the slightest exposure and frequently suffer from an acute coryza; the discharge from the nose becomes copious, watery and often excoriating. You are able to make a diagnosis of Sycosis in these children, you need not look for speedy cures or rapid results form your remedies; you must in some way make the parents understand that you have a deep constitutional disease to deal with. You are fighting for time, and you need plenty of it.

If the snuffles should suddenly leave and a good brisk case of colic develop, it will help you out, for you then can inform this impatient parent that the baby will suffer more or less from this for at least ninety days. If, however, you should be fortunate enough to select the right remedy you will put the colic out of business much sooner. You can easily do this, if you will study a little over your materia medica, and give a high enough potency. Give nothing lower than the 30th, and the 1m, 10m, 45 or 50m, and even cm. may be needed. It will take the highest you have to cure them sometimes, as it is a deep-seated disease. Remember that *potency means power. You have no power curative, outside of potency, with which to cure disease. Whether you believe it or not, it is the truth nevertheless, and it will stand the test of every man who applies it through the law of cure which no Homoeopath disputes. When you have found the right remedy (which will require a close study of the provings, until you get the true picture of it in your mind), give it and then wait on its action, only going higher up in the potency when the lower potencies cease to act, and so on until you have exhausted the action of the highest in your possession. You will get ten times more prompt action in this deep chronic disease from the cm. potency than you from the lower ones. In acute diseases remedies will work many of them, anywhere from the tincture upwards. Yet I have many a time stopped completely, on modified severe pain like that of neuralgia, rheumatism or pleurisy in from three to six minutes, with the hundred thousandth potency. I am not alone in making this statement; hundreds of men who use these high potencies can testify to this fact. You limit your own power when you limit the power of potency; you believe God is infinite in all things, do you not? Well then prove Him, and see for yourselves if this is not true. Let us remember that life in the beginning was but a breathing. Is it not so yet? It is not the body you are trying to cure, it is the distuned life, or that which cares for, sustains and animates the body. Disease puts it out of working order. Is snuffles the disease? Yes, to an allopathic physician, to a materialist, but not you, dear reader. We say Sycosis was the real disease, and the snuffles but the expression of its presence in the young life. But do not think for a moment that snuffles is confined to the infant alone, we find it all through the life of the sycotic individual. We see it in every cold he takes, in his many catarrhal conditions, in and in some forms of hay fever. When Sycosis is present, the nose may be clear one hour, and the next he cannot get particle of air through his nasal passages. We see it also in his lagrippe, coryzas and winter colds. You will soon become familiar with sycotic snuffles by a careful study of th disease.

Gouty concretions, so frequently found in gouty adults, are also found of birth in the mouth, nose, ears, rectum, and urethra, and in the outlets of the body, in these babies of sycotic parentage. I call to mind, a case in a new born male child where it was unable to urinate until the gouty concretions were removed from the urethra. In fact a probe had to be used in order to remove the concretion, which consisted of the usual crystalline formation found in common gout.

As has already been mentioned, the disease is not ushered in by such painful spasmodic symptoms, as we find in the simple catarrhal form of gonorrhoea, but the main difference is that it shows no tendency to a spontaneous cure. The acute stage gradually subsides in from six to eight weeks, and the disease settles down to a scanty catarrhal discharge of a characteristic yellowish-green color, generally purulent, and more or less offensive. If not interfered with by local treatment, the patient suffers from no special pain, simply a slight soreness along the urethra, and the mental disturbances before mentioned, produced by the fact that he has a specific venereal disease that must be stopped at once, and at all hazard.

Quite often the discharge dwindles down to a single drop of a creamy consistency and greenish-yellow color. Now it is this apparently insignificant drop, which to the patient seems of so little consequence, that he thinks it ought to be disposed of at once. Little does he know of the specific virus contained in that small drop of purulent matter. Each corpuscle contains a virus as specific, as malignant and as far reaching in its profundity of action, as the little seropurulent drop from the true chancre. Behind it is that dynamis of death. Like the bloody spot on Lady Macbeth’s hands, all the multitudinous seas could not wash it out, when conveyed to an unaffected organism. It is the “damned drop.” It damns the body at its birth, and it condemns the organism forever after, until it is fully eradicated from it by and through that God given principle, *”the law of Similia.” No other system of medicine yet known can remove the effects of that specific poison, from the organism, but the Homoeopathic, with its well selected remedy. An attempt to cure by any other method has been fully shown to be impossible, we think, to the satisfaction of all Schools of Medicine.

John Henry Allen
Dr. John Henry Allen, MD (1854-1925)
J.H. Allen was a student of H.C. Allen. He was the president of the IHA in 1900. Dr. Allen taught at the Hering Medical College in Chicago. Dr. Allen died August 1, 1925
Books by John Henry Allen:
Diseases and Therapeutics of the Skin 1902
The Chronic Miasms: Psora and Pseudo Psora 1908
The Chronic Miasms: Sycosis 1908