Colors and miasms by PS Ortega

Dr Saritha M

One admirable coincidence among the many encountered by a studious person concerning the miasms and general knowledge about them related to colors. There are three miasms, and the primary colors also three in number Blue, Yellow, and Red.

Amazingly each of the primary colors is an incontrovertible reflection of the characteristics of one of the miasms. Blue as we know is a cold, temperate, passive color. Yellow is brilliant, ostentatious color is gray. Red is hot and passionate with the destructiveness of fire. All this is useful because, with a closeness of it which seems fated, a color can be assigned to each miasmatic condition.

KEYWORDS: Miasms, colors, observation, combination

Each patient or clinical case will have its own color. Logically each human will have a specific tint in functions which will emerge little by little as we delve more deeply into the subject. Application of the miasmatic doctrine to the static and dynamic in the observation of human beings.

The homeopath can extent his observation beyond his patients to encompass the whole human race. Each of our fellow humans will pass in front of us with the personal characteristics which current pathology designates as idiosyncrasy or simple as personality.

Let us stand in the doorway of our home or office and observe who passes by. If we are not used to the practice of observation, it is difficult to find an association between them.

For the present, the majority are very far from any ideal prototype in our minds and even what is considered to be normal. Some will be wearing eyeglasses, indicating astigmatism, short-sightedness. Some seem too thin, others too short, others very tall. Some are obese, others emaciated. Others of clearly disproportionate physical make-up, still others with certain parts better developed than others which are small and undeveloped.

In some people manifest such obvious morphological abnormities that we immediately hypothesize some profound pathology. Some abnormality is hereditary rather than acquired and which as we easily infer, reflects the many generations of which these individuals, just like ourselves, are the outcome. Through which mankind has been carrying the stigma of its defects and faults of nutrition or conduct or sickness as an unending, deforming, and inescapable burden. This is precisely the miasm present in all human beings.

The stigma-whether lack and inhibition, excess and ostentation or perversity and destructiveness-will be reflected in each human due to the multiple pathological heritage we carry within ourselves.

Combination of three fundamental miasms:
Logically we will not constitute merely one class of these anomalies or degenerations but rather a combination of these three fundamental and unique forms of biological dysrhythmia.

An individual and even when apparently of the utmost normality, will show the stigma of these defects under which he forms the part of the human whole, carries out his functions, and excels to a greater or lesser degree within the group.

In other words, our life will go on within the determinate pattern derived from the constitutional and biological in conformity with the miasm the man whom we see walking slowly, whose action reveal a passive nature and who is a timid and inquiring glance, will be the one who carries as his visiting card the dominant qualities of psora.

The pert girl sways as she walks, revealing through her yellow dress her best lines or prominent areas because the sychotic quality predominates in her.

The other person who goes by mistrustfully and ill faced as if depression with his offensive look, who is ready for a defiant act or aggressive movement, carries on him the stigma of syphilis-will dominate.

The miasms are always mixed in the individual, so that even when his attitude and appearance correspond more to these fundamental modulations.

He will still inevitably contain certain traits and some or more manifestations of the other two, although at each stage of his life one of the three miasms-will dominate.

Thus, if one of the primary colors corresponds to each of the miasms. Blue to psora, yellow to sycotic, red to syphilitic.

Example: If an individual is predominantly psoric, the color representing him will of course predominantly blue, although with an admixture of yellow and red.

Therefore, of the sycosis and syphilis which all carry within us. But the contribution of the dominant miasm differs in each individual and the proportion of the other two miasms differ in quantity and degree, the tonalities will be as varied as are the colors themselves.

Thus, there will be innumerable psoric types according to the dominant degree of this miasm and the variable distribution of the other two.

If we represent by figure 100, the totality of psoric predominance, as well as the contributions of the other two, the proportion of mixtures in parts of these 100 would be simply numberless in their variation.


  • Psoric type (68% psora,22% sycosis and 10% syphilis):
  • Translated into colors, this gives a characteristic graying green
  • Another psoric individual (40% psoric,35% syphilitic, and 25% sycotic):
  • In terms of colors, this would give us another gray completely different from the preceding-a doleful reddish grayish violet.
  • If a dominant psoric (85% psora,10% syphilis, and 5% sycosis)
  • The lilac color which represents it would be of course, different from the tones of the other examples.

According to these concepts, each human being is a blend of colors which the observant homoeopath will translate into miasmatic symptoms or manifestations which enable him to recognize and definite it.

This representation of different people by chromatic shading may have very ample application when all of this is better understood since our ties with the universal whole cannot exclude the color.

We are only variations of colors in our different parts and therefore, the analogy governing the formation of all beings requires color to be involved both in its visual appreciation and in its dynamic structure.

I am almost certain that each of our medical dynamization would also yield a characteristic tonality if it could be exposed to some supersensitive film.

We must accept the fact that at present each human being is characterized by a miasmatic modulation through which an individual is constantly trying to emerge.

When the miasmatic obstacle is so great as to deform some area of human self-realization, symptoms are produced which reveal to us the conflict between that which is trying to become realized and the negative influence or obstacle constituted by the miasm.

That’s why Hahnemann stated that when the illness is vanished by the vital force, the reasoning power residing in each of us can make full use of its living and healthy instruments to attain the highest aims of its existence.

To anyone who wants to be a true Homoeopath the enormous utility and even indispensability of knowledge of miasmatic in every human, especially the sick is self-evident.

He can understand and perceive and understand the patients’ antecedents and from these pathological antecedents deduce the miasmatic ones, classifying all the signs and symptoms in accordance with the characteristics of each miasm.

Evaluating how they are hampering or deforming the correct expression of his individuality.

Finally, it provides the best method for deducing its probable evolution that is its prognosis-not from an organist pathology that derives generalization from the particulars, but a consideration of the very special reality of the person before him.

Multiple aspects of human individuality he can investigate based on antecedents, his appearance, his background up to this movement in his life, and its projection into the future to the extent that this is permitted by the negative influence of his miasmatic heritage.

Ortega Proceso Sanchez. NOTES ON MIASMS.1st ed. New Delhi: National homoeopathic pharmacy:1980

Dr Saritha M
P.G Scholar
Organon of Medicine and Homoeopathic philosophy
GHMC&H, Bengaluru

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