Sycosis Miasm

This proving of Medorrhinum brings out the rheumatic states, the soreness in the bottoms of the feet, headaches in day-time, periodical headaches, restlessness, pains from sunrise to sunset, which are so characteristic of sycosis (syphilis has pains at night, from sunset to sunrise), and many deeper symptoms which are found in sycotic diseases. This proving confirms everything that I have told you about sycosis-all that we learn from the study of the disease itself.

Many severe cases of asthma, the result of suppressed gonorrhoea, are speedily cured by Medorrhinum and the symptoms of sycosis are brought out. Medorrhinum develops the suppressed miasm, so that its symptoms are harmonious and consistent. It does not cure the miasm. It does not cure gonorrhoea. It acts as a developing remedy, as does Psorinum and Syphilinum in the other miasms.

Deep rheumatic attacks are often due to gonorrhoea, though this is not always recognized.

Children may be born sycotic, where one or both parents are afflicted with gonorrhoea. Such children are likely to have cholera infantum, marasmus-pining children. I have watched these cases and have often found Medorrhinum the only medicine which will save the lives of these little ones.

As Psorinum has many times brought about a vital reaction after a typhoid fever when all energies were suspended, and when psora was at the bottom of the trouble, so will Syphilinum cause the some vital reaction if it be syphilis that is the cause of the suspended energy when convalescence is prevented; and so also will Medorrhinum cause a reaction when the sycotic miasm is the cause of slow convalescence. A careful study of the provings and ample clinical experience lead me to state these things with assurance.

Psorinum does not cure psora, and Syphilinum does not cure syphilis, nor does Medorrhinum cure sycosis.

I have traced epithelioma, red phthisis, cauliflower excrescences, sterility, and erosions to a sycotic origin. Pernicious anaemia often has gonorrhoea as its base.

This led me to the discovery of Picric acid as a sycotic medicine through its relations to pernicious anaemia. It even cures figwarts and gonorrhoea-of course, when indicated.

Iritis is supposed to belong almost exclusively to syphilis; syphilis when not suppressed may produce iritis. Gonorrhoea produces it only when suppressed.

One, two, or all three miasms may exist in the system at the same time. They may complicate each other. Let a patient start out with psora, then let syphilis ravage his system, finally the gonorrhoeal miasm is added, while all the time he is being filled and overpowered with drugs. Just think what a complication we have to deal with.

Hahnemann recognizes the alteration of one miasm with another. He gives Mercurius for syphilis, perhaps then psora comes uppermost and he finds Sulph. indicated, then sycosis comes and alternates with one or the other, and so on.

Make note of what you see in the backward course of disease (i. e., when it is getting well), and you will see more and more the relation of these things. Do not make haste to prescribe for old symptoms that come back. Be sure that the symptom is going to stay, for you will have flitting images. Old symptoms come and go and need no further repetition of the medicine.

If you give a new remedy when not needed, you spoil your case. Never prescribe for a moving image, wait till it rests. It is your duty to understand your business before you attempt to do anything.

Miasms are the foundation of all chronic diseases. He who sees in Bright’s disease nothing but Bright’s disease, not the deep miasm back of it, sees not the whole disease but only the finishing of a long course of symptoms which have been developing for many years.

If you go at it like a common thinker you may cure acute sickness, but on your life, do not tamper with these chronic diseases. With your best endeavor you will make mistakes, but make them as few as you can. Do you see the necessity of going to the foundation of these things?.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.