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Understanding the Concept of Allergy in Homoeopathy

Atul Rajgurav
Written by Atul Rajgurav

Dr. Atul Rajgurav discusses the concept of allergy in homoeopathy as it relates to individual sensitivity and miasmatic influences.

Allergy is an allopathic description of a condition attributed to various causes not identifiable. The Homoeopath understands “allergy” as a morbid susceptibility of the deranged Vital Force, just like any other condition ailment. The allergy is caused in the individual mainly by two types of allergens, exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous allergens are again of four varieties viz, Inhalants, Ingestants, Injectants and Contactants. In the Homoeopathic parlance, according to Hahnemann, these are termed the inimical, dynamic influence. As the name itself implies, they are dynamic and inimical to health. The inimical dynamic influences are atmospheric, thermic, telluric, and geographic

  • 116 : “Some symptoms are produced by the medicines more frequently – that is to say, in many individuals, other more rarely or in persons, some only in very few healthy bodies.”

According to Master Hahnemann, individuals are susceptible to diseases because of “Idiosyncrasies”. In aphorism § 117 Hahnemann states that,  “To the latter category belong the so called idiosyncrasies by which are meant peculiar corporeal constitutions which, although otherwise healthy, possess a disposition to be brought into a more or less morbid state by certain things which seem to produce no impression and no change in many other individuals. But this inability to make an impression on everyone is only apparent. For two things are required for the production of these as well as all other morbid alterations in the health of man­‑ to wit, the inherent power of the influencing substance, and the capability of the vital force that animates the organism to be influenced by it – the obvious derangements of health in the so called idiosyncrasies cannot be laid to the account of these peculiar constitutions alone, but they must also be ascribed to these things that produce them, in which must lie the power of making the same impressions on all human bodies, yet in such a manner that but a small number of healthy constitutions have tendency to allow themselves to be brought into such an obvious morbid condition by them. That these agents do actually make this, impression on every healthy body is shown by this, that when employed as remedies they render effectual homeopathic service to all sick persons for morbid symptoms similar to those they seem to be only capable of producing in so called idiosyncratic individuals.”

Kent in his lecture states, IDIOSYNCRASIES are over sensitiveness to one thing or a few things. There may be a chronic idiosyncrasy from a chronic miasm and an acute idiosyncrasy from an acute miasm.  This over sensibility is very important and it explains in a measure the susceptibility to the remedy that will cure. If an idiosyncrasy to the remedy is not present, the patient will not be susceptible enough to be cured.

There are persons who are sensitive, not merely to one or a few things; but to all things; oversensitive to the high potencies, oversensitive in taste, oversensitive to light, and a great many other things. This is a constitutional state; the patient is born with it. There are persons on whom you will see the sensitiveness only when you go away from the plane of nutrition into the plane of dynamics.

The Hahnemannian Theory of the Miasms:  It is a well-known fact that the Master, after erecting the doctrinal monument of homoeopathy together with its corresponding curative technique, observed in his own practice (which surely followed the principles of his methods) that the results, while relatively satisfactory and clearly preferable and superior to those of old-school medicines, still left a large question mark with respect to relapses or the emergence of new diseased states in the apparently cured patient. That is, the later persisted in a condition of relatively good health but had a tendency to manifest periodic or successive syndromes or pathological states with a certain similarity or relationship with one another. In other words, the really sick patients were seen to pass through periodic or states of illness which appeared distinct to the superficial observer but in which careful examination disclosed a nexus of identity, a characteristic connecting link, thus, the apparently different illnesses presented by the same sick persons, as judged by his bio-pathology, were in fact linked by a background which constituted a predisposition to a characteristic form in respect to both dysfunctions and to the legions themselves. This predisposition, whether constitutional or merely a constant aspect of organic man which persists in the form of its expression was called by Hahnemann: MIASM OR CHRONIC DISEASE.

Hahnemann wrote ‘I observed that the non venereal chronic disease even after having been repeatedly and successfully removed by the then known homoeopathic remedies, continually reappeared in a more or less modified form, and with a yearly increase of disagreeable symptoms.  This proved to me the fact that the phenomenon which appeared to constitute the ostensible disease was a mere fragment of a much more deep seated, primitive evil, the great extent of which might be inferred from the new symptoms which continued to appear from time to time. This showed me that the homoeopathic practitioner ought not to treat diseases of this kind as separate and completely developed maladies.

          ‘I became convinced that the first condition of finding out one or more homoeopathic medicines which should cover all the symptoms characterizing the whole disturbance was to discover all the aliments and symptoms inherent in the unknown primitive malady’.

‘This primitive disease evidently owed its existence to SOME CHRONIC MIASM.  For as soon as it had reached a certain height, it never yielded to the simple acting of robust constitution, or to the best regulated diet or mode of life; on the contrary, it grew worse form year to year, to the end of life, gradually assuming different and more dangerous symptoms.  This is the case with every chronic miasmatic disease.

This internal enemy I shall designate by the general term psora (Hahnemann 2000)

In most of the patients observed, Hahnemann verified a past history of psora.  Psora, he says, is the common well spring of many chronic diseases which seem to differ in essence but ultimately are one and the same.  ‘In Europe, as well as in the other continents, we have been able to discover but three chronic miasms which cause diseases manifesting themselves by local symptoms, and in which most chronic ailments originate.  These miasms are syphilis (which I have also termed the veneral chancre,) Sycosis, and then Psora, which forms the basis of the itch’

‘Though this psora is the oldest, most universal, and most pernicious chronic miasmatic disease, yet it has been misapprehended more than another.  For thousands of years it has disfigured and tortured mankind; and during the last centuries it has become the cause of those thousands of incredibly different, acute as well as chronic, non venereal diseases with which the civilized portion of mankind becomes more and more infected upon the whole inhabited globe psora is just as tedious as syphilis and Sycosis…unless it is thoroughly cured, it lasts until the last breath of the longest life, not even the robustness constitution, but its own unaided efforts, is able to annihilate and to extinguish psora.

Review of characteristics of miasm:

Psoric Miasm

Primary Psora:

Primary Psora expresses itself in locations like skin, mucus membrane and mind. It throws up characteristic, classical eruptions and discharges.

Secondary Psora:

When peripheral expression of primary Psora is blocked through suppressive measure, there is internalization of trouble with increasing involvement of more vital organs in secondary Psora:

Locations in secondary Psora are:

  1. Metabolism and nutrition
  2. Glands
  3. Reticuloendothelial System
  4. Cardio Vascular System and Central Nervous System

Cardinal Features  of Psora:

  3. There are mainly FUNCTIONAL changes with minimal structural changes
  4. There is NO IRREVERSIBLE structural alteration
  5. Activity runs at high pitch at all levels
  6. Psycho Neuro-Endocrine mechanisms are alert, active and responsive to challenges.
  7. There is quick response at all levels, which are acute, sharp intense and changeable.
  8. There is increased sensitivity to pain3
  9. Simple inflammatory processes resolve rapidly without suppuration and residue.
  10. Qualitative alteration of susceptibility is evidenced by:

Defective recognition which leads to auto immune and collagen disease

Non recognition of self and non – self leads to proliferation of tumour cells

Sympathetic system is Hyperactive and hence endocrines are activated.

Example: Thyrotoxicosis without goitre

  1. Labile hypertension under stress etc.

Sycotic Miasm:

An over stimulated, hypersensitive and responsive system (in Psora) under continuous bombardment of adverse environmental input is driven into disorientation. Since activity has failed to arrest the disturbance, the biological intelligence tries to swing in the opposite direction.  This leads to inactivity which further leads to inappropriate, inefficient, aberrant immune response.

Cardinal Feature of Sycosis:

  1. Anaemia: Severe refractory to hematinic
  2. Weakness: Disproportional to cause < Suppression of discharge.
  3. Fatigue: Slowness and dullness
  4. Dullness of perception, slow registration of input.
  5. Physical level

<3 Suppression of eruption and discharges                                                  ↓

Chronic inflammation at local and remote area (example: Non specific chronic, urethritis)

About the author

Atul Rajgurav

Atul Rajgurav

Dr. Atul Rajgurav M.D. (Hom.) is a consulting Homoeopath working in Pune. He is HOD and Associate Professor in the Department of Homoeopathic Pharmacy, Dr. D.Y. Patil Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune.

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  • “Understanding the concept of allergy in homeopathy ” has been nicely correlated with the miasmatic theory. If you have already treated few cases basing on these concepts; then, citing those would infuse confidence in homeo students. Thanks for your good effort.