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Associate Professor of the Department of Homeopathy at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Professor Ashley Ross is part of the global campaign with a mission to transform the life of 5000 Homeopaths, titled: Mission 5000: I Stand Up for Homeopathy. 

Prof Ross is among the 90 best speakers of the world who have partnered with Enlightenment Education on a year-long online master webinar series with 108 sessions and 160+ hours of teaching, which started on 4 June 2021 and is expected to end on 10 April 2022. He held his first two-hour presentation titled: Concepts of Miasms in the 21st Century online, last Saturday, 12 June 2021. 

Unpacking his topic, Prof Ross first spoke about Hahnemann’s Theory of Miasm, stating that in the early 1800s, Hahnemann conducted the Peruvian Bark Theory experiment, where he stumbled upon the Law of Similars. Further he said that Hahnemann published his first article about the Law of Similars and took up a practise as a Homeopath. 

“He was applying the Law of Similars and it seemed to be working in patients presenting with a particular set of symptoms. He identified the substance in nature as best able to produce that set of symptoms. Although, in each acute ailment the patient seems to respond very well to the application of the similar remedy, their health at the very deepest levels of their being has not changed. They keep coming back with recurrent acutes. This is a problem we see quite often in the practise; that it is easy to deal with an acute problem but patients tend to come back with different things or with the same things repeatedly,” said Prof Ross. 

He said Hahnemann came to a profound realisation that there must be some disease process deep within the individual beyond the symptoms that were overtly manifested in each acute episode. Furthermore, Prof Ross said although the presentation of Tonsillitis looks like Chamomilla, Eczema looks like Rhus tox, there must be characteristics within each of those acute presentations which talks to the fundamental nature, the invisible disease process for which there is a need to find a similar remedy. Explaining the Concept of Miasm, Prof Ross said Hahnemann described the deep, chronic disease process as Miasm, it came from a Greek word ‘miasma’. 

“It was an idea of some sort of pollutant, some contamination. The idea of miasm was that somehow the biology that was being impacted by some external thing. In the early 1800s, Germ Theory was relatively unevolved and Hahnemann thought there were three miasms, one of them being Psora, which in chronic diseases Hahnemann describes it as being something which we contract. Psora is easily contracted, even as soon as we are born, we can see ourselves as being born Psoric. The other two miasms of Sycosis and Syphilis were understood to be overtly infective and Hahnemann related them respectively to Gonorrhea and Syphilis. Hence today, we are uncertain of having some ancestor who had contracted Gonorrhea or Syphilis at birth,” said Prof Ross. 

Explaining the use of miasm to differentiate similar remedies, Prof Ross said the Miasmatic theory remedy’s a particular, a particular expression and the patient has a particular nature or expression which is different from a remedy. He said the remedy can be eliminated on its specifics or because it is actually miasmatically in a different space. For example, he said Phosphorus and Causticum present very similar symptoms. 

“Miasmatic theory is massively enriching from a patient understanding perspective but also critically extremely useful. Few authors believe the miasmatic theory as an old theory written by some old man in 1820 and has no relevance in the 21st century. It has nothing to do with anything. They just look for remedy that matches. But the miasmatic theory has a profound insight. We start seeing Homeopathy more and more as working at the level of epigenetics, maybe, it’s the epigenetic inheritance that is really being spoken about when Hahnemann spoke about miasms. We just need to try to understand miasm in a more global context, and then it becomes clinically useful. Miasm is not just a list of symptoms, it is something much bigger,” said Prof Ross. 

Pictured: Prof Ashley Ross

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