I remember the first time that I heard somebody
talking about the work of Dr. Alfonso Masi Elizalde, it was in the
beginning of the nineties and I was in the company of French colleagues
who leaned towards pluralist homeopathic approaches. Their comments
were rather derogatory and I think they did not understand what
Dr. Masi was aiming for. Pluralistic homeopathy usually has a more
conventional medicine type of outlook on prescribing. The practitioner
aims at treating the complaint, but the deeper seated aspects of
the case are conveniently forgotten.
That is where Dr. Masi was so different. Before he concluded a
prescription was effective, the patient had to be liberated of the
obstacles deep inside, which prevented her from moving forward in
life. Removing the obstacles also helped the body to find a good
health balance. It is only when such deep healing was attained that
serious disease would be successfully eliminated and patients became
free of their hindrances to enjoy a good life for many years. Years
of feedback were required before a case could be labeled as successful).
To achieve this, Dr. Masi said we should not search for remedy pictures,
but rather he advised we should look for the dynamic that creates
the different pictures of each remedy.
He explains how to search for these dynamics in every remedy.
High expectations for homeopathic prescriptions have become more
acceptable in the last 10-15 years and other schools of thinking
have raised the bar to similar heights.
It was when I took up studying with homeopaths who were very much
influenced by Masi’s work, that my homeopathic prescriptions
started to produce results and make sense to me. Others say that
his teachings are out of reach for most, because of his
interest in the Thomism philosophy.
So was Dr. Masi out of touch?
Hopefully this edition of Homeopathy for Everyone will help you
in deciding for yourself.
To come to a balanced decision the reader will have to trawl through
this rather meaty edition of our E-zine. We have assembled a great
number of articles on the subject of Dr. Masi and his work, written
by a number of homeopaths. I advise you to make time to read, study
and digest all the material if you’d
like your opinion on his work to be thoughtful. That is of course
asking a lot, but do we not owe it to our patients to be thorough
and to take up any invitation that may improve our practice?
Dr. Masi did not leave us with much writing about his work. Most
of the information has been provided by those who made the effort
to understand his work by attending his seminars and then working
hard to diffuse it throughout the wider community. But as you will
find out, they are also enjoying their homeopathic practice much
more, since their discovery of this work.
Each of the articles will help you by using different words, a
slightly different angle or by concentrating on a different aspect
in clarifying what you need to understand about the work of this
Many articles have been translated from German, French, Spanish
and Portuguese. The team wishes to thank all of those who worked
hard to finish the work in time for publication.
One of the major aspects you will discover is that Dr. Masi did
not place the patient into a miasm to find a remedy, but used the
concept of miasms to discover different aspects of each remedy.
This is a fundamental conceptual take on homeopathy: If miasms are
different ways of expressing the essence of a remedy, miasms are
not diseases that invade us and do not need to be addressed in the
patient. If, on the contrary, we define a miasm as something to
treat, the miasm is an external disease we may want to address with
a particular prescription.
In the former, treatment is always directed at the individual
expression of the patient. In the latter, the prescription made
to ‘cover’ the miasm is not directed at the individuality
of the patient but determined by something, a disease, that invaded
the patient and is not directly related to the patient’s individual
way of reacting. I have put this dichotomy in black and white to
highlight its existence because of the role it plays in some of
the differences in the world of homeopathy.
If you don’t have the time today, please print out the material
and take it with you when you have a break. It will most likely
help you in moving forward as a homeopath.
There is a note that follows this editorial which I invite you
to read first. It is a simplification of some of Dr. Masi’s
teachings which will hopefully help you in finding your way through
the material that is about to land on your computer.
Last, but not least, we would like to dedicate this edition to
Dr. Masi’s widow, Marta Rossi, to whom the team sends their
The team sincerely hopes you will enjoy this edition and, as always,
please be generous with your feed back at [email protected]
Edward De Beukelaer
Homeopathy for Everyone
A brief synopsis to help the reader understand the different articles
in this edition.
— Edward DeBeukelaer
Because of the originality of Dr. Masi’s work and the absence
of any official manual to guide the reader towards understanding
his approach, I will try to help the reader find their way with
this synopsis. The following is a very simplified synthesis of Dr.
Masi’s work. It should not be regarded as a replacement for
the thorough and serious study of the material in this E-zine. Hopefully
it can help with making the first step.
Dr. Masi didn’t not try to explain how remedies follow each
other or how layers are peeled to arrive at the patient’s
essence. Rather, he argued that good homeopathy comes from understanding
the patient by thorough analysis (comparable to the work of Rajan
Sankaran and Ananda Zaren). He does this by relying on an established
philosophy and study of man based on the Thomist philosophy. He
states that the remedy should be studied in the same way as the
Thomism is a further development from Aristotle’s thinking.
Masi argued that Hahnemann based his thinking on this philosophy,
so that using it to develop homeopathy further, makes perfect sense.
Dr. Masi believed that those who study the tragedy of man without
studying the metaphysical dimension of tragedy, are naïve.
Homeopathy is the par excellent technique for treating the tragedy
of the individual.
I will briefly develop Masi’s work in a simplified way. According
to these philosophies, a living being is the result of the action
of the soul on matter. The soul is the principle that assembles
matter (chemistry and biochemistry) into the shape that determines
an individual: the “appearance”. (This is opposed to
the principle of Descartes who separated matter from non-matter.)
This concept is not original to Thomism and can also be found in
other life philosophies.
Symptoms are the result of the mal functioning of the appearance,
the appearance being what matter is organised into, by the soul.
Matter cannot influence the appearance, therefore to improve the
matter we have to work on the soul, which determines appearance.
The soul is what makes each living creature an individual.
Homeopathic remedies through their ‘non matter’ quality
are therefore the logic choice for treatment. However, they need
to be able to touch the ‘soul’ of the patient, if we
want them to commence a real cure.
If we apply this view of the living individual to the remedies,
the symptoms in the pathogenesis (the result of the interaction
of a potentized substance and a living being -prover), are the outward
signs of the essence of the remedy; they are not the essence of
The remedy can cure the individual because there is a similarity
between the “appearance” of the substance and the “appearance”
of the patient. Mental and physical symptoms have the same value;
they are both the expression of the same determination, of the interaction
of the appearance with the surroundings (both patient and remedy
through its proving).
To know a remedy, it is essential to tie all the symptoms, physical
and mental, into one idea which is the soul of the remedy = what
lies behind the accidents (=symptoms) of the substance (=interaction
of the substance with the prover/surroundings).
To do this we need to read the symptoms through a certain type
of filter. Using various myths and other symbolic explanations as
a filter, we can never be sure about our conclusions. This is because
of the great variety of possible explanations, depending on cultural
Masi concluded that we should use as a key, the Divine Attribute
described in Thomism, to reduce the ambiguity when studying symptoms
in the pathogenesis. In this philosophy, God is manifested where
the traits or qualities (attributes) of living beings are perfect.
The patient suffers from the perception that he/she does not possess
one particular capacity/quality (which exists and is perfect in
the divine attribute). Consequently, there is a sense of loss (not
having the capacity/quality) which is not understood by the patient.
This causes a sense of punishment for a mistake (which is totally
imaginary) and a sense of nostalgia and fear of punishment. There
is disregard of a human faculty, because the patient envies the
analogical perfect faculty present in God. God being the expression
of each and every thing that is perfect.
The attributes are: simplicity, perfection, good, infinity, immensity,
immutability (=no need for change), eternity, unity, knowledge of
God, invisibility, incomprehensibility, comprehension, truth, wisdom,
life, will power, love, justice, empathy, providence, strength and
It is as if the patient senses being punished by the absence of
one or more of these qualities, and then will compensate for this.
(Therefore, the importance of the symptoms “as if” in
The patient will react in the following ways to compensate for
his perceived/sense of incapacity: egolysis (accepts the loss and
withdraws), alterlysis (makes other’s suffer for its sentiment),
egotrophy (tries to convince others it does not exists) egotrophy
2nd degree (he is better and tries to convince the other he has
the Divine attribute).
This is Masi’s view on the miasms. They are not tools to
classify the patient, but ways in which the patient can respond
to a certain sense of loss. Each original sense of loss is present
in one remedy. The way the patient expresses the sense of loss is
through one the ‘miasmatic mechanisms’ or through the
‘miasmatic dynamic’; the remedy covers the sense of
loss, regardless of the way the patient expresses it. The miasmatic
dynamic is a filter which allows us to recognise the sense of loss
behind the patient’s response/reaction.
Dr. Masi sees the patient as somebody who needs to be liberated
from perceived limitation (called psora) so he/she can live freely.
Once the patient can overcome this and live happily with this limitation,
he is on the road to cure (mental and physical).
The brief explanation of Masi Elizade normally covers about 30
pages of lectures on philosophy, and so this synopsis should be
seen as only approximate. The full text is available in French from
AFADH, Clos de Corsac, Imm .Les Marroniers, 43700 Brives Charensac,