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The homeopathic nosodes include the earliest living organism on earth. For about a billion years there were only primitive organisms such as bacteria on our planet.
A second point is often difficult to ascertain is the exact composition of our nosode prescription .Bacteria cannot be taken in isolation, as they are too small. Nosodes are made from sputum, tissue like lungs, discharges, cultures in Laboratories and so on. So they are mostly not pure but for the most part can be mixed with the material they are living in.
Nosodes are strongly connected with miasm. Miasms  can also be inherited and as such can be seen as  more general qualities. They can be viewed as the state behind all symptoms and syndrome.
Hahnemann started with the three miasms, psora, sycosis and syphilis, two of which are connected with bacteria, Neisseria and Treponema.
Homeopathy can treat the residual effect of infection even when the infective agent is not present. What we will study is the impact of infective agents on the development of the chronic disease, and how that impact can be transmitted to offspring’s, even without the infective agent present.
There are two aspects to any infective disease condition. One is the material aspect that can be seen with the microscope and the other is the energetic aspect which remains unseen.
When a homeopathic remedy is prepared from a nosode, it is no longer material; what it becomes is an artifact  of the original substance from which it is made. This is what homeopathic remedies actually are - an energetic artifact of the original substance. When discussing, studying, or even seeing the effect of these nosodal homeopathic remedies ,it is always important to keep in mind that the homeopathic remedy itself is energetic. There is nothing left of the original substance ; therefore , a nosode is no longer infective by all conventional standards.
Disease has always been what society chooses it means – neither more nor less. A number of important considerations lead to this generalisation. Among these are following
  1. The definition of disease had varied with time and place in history.
  2. The names assigned to diseases are ultimately abstractions ,although it is useful at times ot act as though they are real.
  3. What we mean by diagnostic term's, as with words in general ,can be discerned more accurately by what we do with them than what we say about them.
By Robert P Hudson


The symptoms of scabies which Hahnemann described in an early monograph on the subject do not resembles his later psora. Boenninghausen arrived at the same place that Hahnemann came to the realization that a list of symptoms will often not reveal the correct remedy and that a deeper, coherent order of symptoms must be found.  Boenninghausen added many characteristic  symptoms to sycosis.
Miasm concept in the late 1800.
Through late 1800,s Hahnemann’s miasmatic theory was further elucidated by James Tyler Kent. Kent was a American Homeopath who viewed homeopathy through both  his  Swedenborgian and his moralistic  Victorian perspective.
Kent equated psora with original sin and with mistaken thinking. He held that disease resulted , firstly from what man is – in substance, in form  and in  ultimate development- and secondarily, from the additional effect of more local influences, both physical and psychological.
J.H.Allen, a contemporary to Kent, echoes the same viewpoint.
Also in the late 1800’s an English homeopath named J.C.Burnett introduced a homeopathic remedy potentised from breast cancer- Carcinocin Burnett, although not deemed infectious in nature the concept of cancer miasm also developed.
Miasm Concept in 1900
In the 1940’S Ortega and others first presented their theories on miasms. These theories were even more all – encompassing. Reflecting their times, the approach was more metaphysical.
For Ortega, a Mexican homeopath, amongst other concepts , miasms are characterised by primary colours:
Psora= Blue
Sycosis= Yellow
Hahnemann's original concept held that miasms arise from specific infective instances in the patient's own history, or that of his family. This approach it would seem is expressively contradicted in Ortega’s writing.
George Vithoulkas in "The Science of Homeopathy" pointed out in similar fashion to Boenninghausen, that there may be more than three miasms. Vithoulkas defines miasms as “predisposition towards chronic illnesses"
  1. Which is transmissible from  generation to generation and
  2. Which may respond beneficially to the corresponding nosode prepared from either pathological tissue or from appropriate drug or vaccine.


By close to 20th century the moralistic tone of Kent and of early other homeopaths was been questioned by Harry Van Zee. Different authors approach classification using different criteria. For Sankaran it is the primary delusion or sensation of the state; for Vijayakar it is the dominant cellular defense mechanism. Elsewhere, miasms of varying number have been variously conceptualized as a map of the ageing process, a gradation  of degree of isolation or as sequence of evolutionary signs and possibilities.
Miasm Concept in 2000
It is really in the beginning of the 21st century that we see the development of some strong defining characteristics in the modern reading of miasms.
Jemmy Sheer has written a book "Dynamic Materia medica of Syphilitic remedies" using as a guide the Boeninnghausen organisational matrix. Sherr’s book is also an attempt at a full integration of both the science of [microbiology] and the art of medicine and art in general.
Vijayakar, a modern homeopathic physician in Mumbai utilizes the miasms to map out the direction of cure in an individual patient using as template the comparative and related study of embryonic tissue and cell growth. He describes the survival mechanism of the body as
  1. Homeostasis
  2. Growth and repair
  3. Defensive/ destruction
Defining more than three miasms
For many of the modern homeopaths, the broad division into three miasms was unsatisfactory.Each infective disease entity becomes a new miasm that can be defined, traced, and filled with a particular range of homeopathic remedies.
In 1960’s and 1970’s Othon A. Julian published in France a series of papers on nosodes that culminated in his book Materia medica of Nosodes with Repertory: Treatise of Dynamised Micro Immunotherapy.
Sankaran elucidated a number of miasms discussing the Tubercular, Leprous, Cancer, Malarial, Typhoid and Ringworm miasms in addition to Hahnemann’s original miasm.
Jan Schoten then placed these miasms in his revolutionary schema, the stages of the periodic table. All these new miasms assigned a stage on the periodic table  soon contained other homeopathic remedies made from plants and other substances besides minerals. Jan Schoten a graph showing the full periodic table with the associated between stages and miasms will be published in "Volume 2 OF Miasms and Nosodes."
Hahnemann uses a number of homeopathically poetized nosodes, one called the acute nosode, a precursor of Mordern Medorrinum, and other that we have already met in this introduction of pseudo –psora
Specific genetic discoveries are just one part of our larger homeopathic puzzle. From our homeopathic point of view, we must add a third factor – the energetic. The whole issue with miasms is that the impact of the disease is not only genetic, but also involves some sort of inherited energetic body or energetic force. It is this vital force as we and many others have termed it before us that can and must motivate not only the healthy body, but also in the defectiveness, the manifesting of disease states.
A nososde is just the disease and often, if the state arises from hereditary transmission, it can be very subtle in its symptomatology and therefore quite difficult to grasp.
I have not only utilized the nosodes in the situation never well since... a certain disease infection or ailment following........ I had also been steadily observing and grasping the dispositional mind and of “action state” of the patient needing a nosode.
For these still – obscure nosodes, the history of having a similar disease or condition would often be the only trigger for the homeopathic prescription. Having more information should certainly help to confirm and most importantly, to identify the necessity of the nosode while still in the latent stage prior to pathology developing.
Two different types of Nosodes and states
For the purpose of prescribing the nosodes there are two different kinds of patient presentation, each arising from miasmatic influence. The first derives from recent infection ,which I would term a near acute nosode, while the second, which  I would term a generational or more chronic nosode picture, derives from a family trait or inheriting trait.
The second type concerns someone who has a family history of the disease. The second scenario is much more difficult to detect. Usually a first remedy from a plant, mineral or animal has worked and now, this type of nosodal state appears. At times the situation is such that there is little of the disposition evident { the disposition that I have associated with which ever nosode } and in its place solely the disease remains itself.
But then, nosodal remedies can in general be difficult to identify and prescribe.
The nature of indication of nosode remedy is not for the effect of disease, but for the disease it self. As I have discussed, you could say that the nosodal state is a primary state and, in many cases devoid of situational information or framework. This is unlike the typical prescribing experience when perceiving a plant homeopathic remedy or indeed other types of remedies, where the prescription follows the practitioner’s observation that the patient is in reaction to, or part of a certain situation.
This is rather elusive in explanation but not in action -  at least, for someone with clinical experience.
For example, in the homeopathic nosode toxoplasmosis we see in some cases a whole dispositional picture that includes a love of cats and clinging, along with many fears. At other times, the disease itself will be the most remaining clue - and in the case of Toxoplasmosis the clue must be just that the person has had recurrent glandular swelling with a history of exposure to sick cats.
If you are fortunate with the case that needs one of these remedies you may see that there is family or personal history of a particular disease. How ever it is more likely that the disease symptoms of the patient, even though they are not exactly like the disease symptoms, of the nosode needed will have some quality of that disease which the nosode can cause in its crude form.
The Miasm represents All polarities; the nosode move towards one polarity
Choosing a nosode to cure a chronic condition is a different solution from that which Hahnemann initially conceived when introducing the miasmatic theory.
For example, one such remedy for the cure of Sycosis of Sycotic miasm is, as suggested by Hahnemann was Thuja. It is interesting to note that in his original work Hahnemann did not suggest Medhorrinum, the actual nosode for Gonorrhoea.
But why would you prescribe a nosode rather than one of the plants or the mineral {or even other animal kingdom remedies} that were originally suggested in the list drawn up by Hahnemann and by Boenninghausen?
One polarity of action of these remedies is reactive (the non nosodal plant remedy.) The other category and polarity is proactive (the nosode of that  miasm and to a lesser degree animal source remedies in the miasm)
In the “miasmatic grouping” we can then utilize many remedies from vastly different sources for patients with many different dispositional aspects and actions. A patient falling within a particular miasmatic category can be in a very injured ,reactive state triggered either by the infectious disease or by circumstance and thus need a more “reactive” remedy for that. Another patient may themselves be the causative and even disruptive influence in the family and therefore need a more “proactive” remedy, but within the same miasm.


But once you get to the nosode, metaphorically at the “centre” of that grouping, you find that the state is more active but less distinct.
If they had a plant remedy prior, the nosodal state will be softer and reactive; if they had a animal remedy within the same miasm, the nosodal state may be more pro-active and reflective of theat. An effective description of a nosode will have flavours of both portraits.
Knowing what patients miasm can be predictive of the nosode. Determining the moasm can be done in a number of ways.
  1. Using a grouping of remedies in a Miasm
From the beginning, homeopaths grouped remedies into miasmatic categories. I started with a brief list from Hahnemann and was expanded upon by homeopaths like Boenninghausen and kent in their respective repertories.
Now, Contemporary homeopaths are adding new rmiasms; those consolidated by Sankaran and Scholten.
With the addition of Jan Scholten’s reading of the periodic table a natural grouping mechanism has been born. In Jan Scholten’s schema, remedies, even those that are non – elemental, are grouped into stages and miasms each of which has clear prescribing indications.
I had clinically recognized multiple miasmatic  aspects within one remedy. Clinical practice has shown me that a remedy is not restricted to one miasm, nor, in the case of mineral, to the stage it is in.


However by assigning one Miasm to one stage, strong and useful tools have been developed.
  1. 2.  Diagnosed disease indicating a miasm
Certain diseases may have a proclivity to certain underlying infectious etiologies. This is the case for Grave’s Disease{ or certain other thyroid problems} and   Yersinia Enterocolitica or again for Crohn’s Disease and Johneinum.

This point needs some further discussion and elucidation because it is one that is very important to the health of homeopathy in general. As already noted, I do not subscribe to an isopatic or sequential method.
You should access dispositional state relative to a specific nosode and determine the individual thematic quality of each taxonomic order { or sometimes a family or genus} of bacteria, virus and similar micro organisms.
The Homeopathic remedy for Crohn’s disease is not always the nosodal remedy Johneinum and the only remedy for Grave’s disease is not always the nosodal remedy Yersinia Enterocolitica .
  1. 3.  Genetic Relationship
The  chronic pancreatitis appears to have genetic  link s to typhoid. For example, a patient has complaints including chronic pancreatitis and Cotalus Horidus works initially. Then three to five years later they present again, this time with only pancreatitis .This is evidence that crotalus Horidus has stopped working, so now I can consider the typhoid Nosode.
  1. 4.  Finding the Miasm yourself
You can find the miasm that encompasses the pertinent aspect of a remedy that you have already successfully applied in an case.
For Example I noticed many years ago the Ignatia was indicated for the Plague [Yersini pestis] in Boenninghausen’s Repertory. I took note of it but did not understand its implications, nor did I feel I had any use for the information.  Now Knowing the nature of the Yersinia or plague miasm , I can see the use of the nosode Yersinia pestis following a prescription of Ignatia in certain cases. For Buenninghausen, his inclusion of ignatia in the rubric of plague rubric was most likely the result of having used ignatia in the case of the individual with the disease or a history of the disease.
Direct Methods


The ideal method of prescribing matches the largest totality of the patients problem , fully revealed and grasped, to the similar picture of the remedy , also abundantly revealed. The ideal start for this complete symptom picture of a remedy is either a proving, or an accurate predictive methodology.

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Comment by Dr.Sharad Shangloo on January 18, 2012 at 12:11am

Thank you all .Please continue writeing. Debate is a ladder to conclusions.

Comment by Hans Weitbrecht on January 15, 2012 at 12:17pm

Dear Dr Shah

For reference to the definition "miasma" I direct you to my blog.

You seem to be unfamiliar with the Org.: 6th edition.

Here Hahnemann explicitly advises, that only and exclusively the disease symptoms form the indications for the homeopathic remedy. The "miasm" does not form any indication! ORG.:70

You are well advised to correct your basic understanding on that pivotal matter , so that you will stop sending younger inexperienced homeopaths into the wrong direction by passing on misleading information.

As outlined above, continuing to do so will have negative effects on you.

Comment by Dr. Habib Khan. on January 15, 2012 at 9:01am

Miasm is only disease producing agent, but its pathogenesis is different in different patient according to their own susceptibility. Hahnemann never instruct us that you must have to select your medicine only on miasmatic basis, if you are not agree with me then why we have  need plenty of medicine. Only 3 medicines Sulphur, Merc-sol and Thuja should be sufficient to cure all the disease. The correct prescription always is based on sympto-similarty, the fundamental rule of homoeopathy but the disease producing agent also may be considered. Patient need different medicine for different disease produced through various pathogenesis, even same miasm. 

Comment by Hans Weitbrecht on January 15, 2012 at 6:43am

Dear Dr. Khan

It may have slipped your attention, that Dr S K Banerjea did not write the book "chronic diseases", in fact he only translated it. Ghattack wrote the book.

But this is not my main point.

It makes no difference what generation a homeopath is, if he blindly repets what the older generation wrote / thought, they are prone to carry forth the previous generations missconceptions.

If a blind man follows a blind man who follows a blind man, --

And this is the case here.What research was carried out?

Scientific research was carried out in the Institute of history of medicine Stuttgart from 2003 onwards. The original journals were used. Latest results show, that Hahnemann himself did not use miasmatic classification as a means of determining the remedy in his last 4 years of practise. Boenninghausen did not classify his cases either and G.H.G Jahr spoke out publicly against the theory in 1856.

Ignoring these facts will and does lead to faulty remedy selections. Knowingly putting out wrong information will backfire the person who does so and will create negative KARMA for the person who does not speak the truth. Following such advise will increase and prolong suffering in our patients.

A fine example of misguided remedy selection by using miasmatic theory is found in the appendided cases of S. K Bhannerjea's book on chronic diseases.

There he cites a case selecting Sulphur based on his miasmatic understanding (psorea being the main active miasm). this remedy does not improve things, actually things got worse and the patients suffering was increased and prolonged. A few days later he took the same symptoms again, leaving aside the miasmatic idea and gave Bryonia (as indicated by the symptoms). Bryonia cured the case.

I argue here, that Sulph was not homeopathic, and should not have been applied at all. (if we act in the best interest of the patient)

Let this be a lesson to you: Dr Khan, Dr. Shangaloo, Dr. Sharma!!

Comment by Dr.Sharad Shangloo on January 14, 2012 at 7:16am

Thanks Dr.Wequar Ali Khan. I am highly greatful

Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on January 13, 2012 at 10:44am

Dr S K Banerjea is a fourth generation homeopath,and they have all researched Miasm and developed protocol to treat keeping Miasm in the forefront.

His book "Miasmatic prescribing" deals with issues as, its philosophy, diagnostic classification, clinical tips, miasmatic repertory, & miasmatic weightage of medicine.
Comment by Hans Weitbrecht on January 11, 2012 at 6:01am

Der Dr Sharad Shangloo

Would you kindly answer my two questions. You can show your expertise doing so.

Have you researched homeopathic principles as shown in the Organon?

Comment by Dr.Sharad Shangloo on January 10, 2012 at 11:46pm

thanks Dr. Binay .K. Sahu but I am a researcher and my opinion is not same as yours and Hans

Comment by Binay krushna sahu on January 10, 2012 at 2:12pm

My opinion is also same as Hans Weitbrecht

Comment by Dr.Sharad Shangloo on January 9, 2012 at 1:54am

thanks Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma

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