Cancer miasm

From one day seminar with Colin Griffith HOMEOPATHY AND CANCER on Friday 21 September 2007 



  • Psora is about the susceptibility to playing host to either parasites (the acute disease) or emotions and/or notions that cause an unbalancing degree of anxiety and feelings of inadequacy (the chronic miasm) and

  • Syphilism is about being susceptible to the depredations of either an aggressive and invasive bacterium (the acute disease) or destructive emotional and spiritual negativity (the chronic miasm) and

  • Sycosis is about the effusive proliferation of either congestive mucus and pus (the acute disease) or the disturbance of mind caused by separation from reality that creates the confusion of duality (the chronic miasm) and

  • Tuberculism is about the need to find equilibrium in a body which is either ravaged by a malignant bacterium (the acute disease) or charged by a dissatisfaction with the past and present and illuminated by a false dawn of idealised hope along with the need to express life in as brilliant a way as possible under increasingly physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging circumstances (the chronic miasm) and

  • Leprosy is about either the creeping and destructive activity of a tissue destructive bacterium (the acute disease) or the abdication of individuality altogether (the chronic miasm)


Cancer can be about any or all these things because each of the other miasms has its own route into the cancer miasm and will pervade, inform and colour the physical pathology that may result.


The cancer miasm is about

  • maintaining the status quo (and becoming stuck in it) for fear of having to face painful change;

  • the loss of purpose of the whole where ‘purpose’ is intended to mean the creative, forward-moving spirit of life;

  • facing and dealing with the collective damage to one’s gifts from negative experience that we have failed to settle and resolve;

  • karmic influences coming to bear on a life in order to create a situation that is conducive to resolution not only for the patient but also the family or forbears; this is true even of young people who, one would have thought, might not have lived long enough to look into such a dark well.



There are different ways of manifesting the miasm.

  • Instead of physically manifesting symptoms of hurt and anger, patients learn to shut down on painful emotions so effectively that no-one could guess that anything might be permanently amiss. They appear healthy and energetic even though this is part of a façade. They may feel fatigued at times or they may find that they become less tolerant of heat or cold (though heat is commoner) or alcohol or other such factors. Those who know them really well might see them as emotionally distant. Such a state of hidden emotional suppression is acquired conditioning, usually from parental influence. It is a virtue, in the British at least, not to display emotions. Yet the cost is great for those schooled in the nursery to control their natural feelings. Little signs betray the way things can go – perhaps, to start with, nothing more significant than early evidence of ageing. There might be greying of the hair; wrinkling of the skin on the neck; failing eyesight; more frequent need to visit the dentist; trembling of the hands; a weaker bladder; an imperceptible increase in the lack of confidence; a rise in blood pressure. More trivial instances tend to cause greater anxiety. The ability to cope becomes more of a struggle.

  • There are those who are perpetually angry. They are driven by aggression. They are often workaholics. They tend to put pressure on others. They live in a state of constant combustion which they might fuel with rich food and drink and even drugs. They do not notice that anger, wine and deadlines all stoke the liver to dangerous levels. We might think that we are dealing with someone who speaks his own mind and who ‘lets it all hang out’. What is being suppressed? The risk for such people is to feel the softer, gentler emotions. The suppression is of warmth and cherishing. They have lost the ability to nourish the spirit with loving kindness.

  • Then there are those who are trapped in a world of deadened emotions. Like the princess in the fairy story whose tears were jewels and who was beaten so often that she could cry no more. Such people appear calm and demure or cold and uncaring. Their reserve hides little for they have been rendered speechless to express the void in their hearts. Look into their eyes and you will see an empty well. People in this state become ‘doormats’ for others to use.

  • The direct contrast to this is the bright, bubbly character with the almost hysterical laugh that they would so like to control but which bursts out of them before they can stop it. They cover their timidity with an avalanche of gabble; they find amusement in a shopping list. They become exhausting company even if they are attractive to start with. For them, life might have begun in a genuine state of delight but, for whatever reason, the suppression of some part of their life force has meant the assumption of a desperate mask of false jollity.




Cancer and the Crown chakra

Planet: Moon: dispassion; cool reflection. The point of connection between Divine and human consciousness where personality is born; the quality of receptivity of spiritual purpose. Spiritual connectedness & perception; the centre where negativity and the denial of instinct lead to fragmentation of purpose.


Indications: Sleep; dreams; vertigo. Head injuries; results of drug abuse. Loss of awareness/consciousness. Dislocation of the body from the spirit after general anaesthesia. Pathology of the psyche.

Also those states that are due to negative inherited karma: negative karma in the ancestors that was never resolved or even acknowledged and must be in the present generation. When this is strong enough a force it can lead to cancer in young people who suffer their disease in order to attempt to bring resolution to whole families. In all this, the patient’s heart chakra and thymus centres are also very strongly involved. In successful treatment the patient will always be seen to travel back towards Psora.



Positive traits:

  • Renewed discovery of purpose

  • Ability to regenerate in the face of all adversity; to start again no matter what

  • Absolute trust in the wisdom and purpose of the universe

  • Ability to react creatively with what best reflects the combined forces of karma, miasmatic inheritance and spiritual intention that inhabit the individual

Negative traits:

  • Loss of creative purpose

  • Loss of intuitive grasp

  • Suppressed ‘ego’ and absent ‘id’

  • Inability to recover positive momentum in any disease state

  • Absolute stagnation


Remedies for the Crown chakra

Opium, Cannabis Indica, Anhalonium, Helium, Hydrogen, Luna, Carcinosin.

New remedies: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Buddleia, Dolphin Song, Goldfish, Himalayan Crystal Salt, Sandalwood, Ayahuasca, Moonstone, Purple, Sequoia, Rainbow, Hornbeam, Frankincense, Sugilite and Stonehenge.


©Colin Griffith