When Dr. Samuel Hahnemann discovered three of the seven miasms 200 years ago, he observed that many people who had infectious gonorrhea also developed small warts all over their body. So he named this miasm "sycotic" meaning "fig wart". Though pronounced the same as "psychotic", it is not related to nor does it mean the same as "psychotic".
This is the main miasm responsible for rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s Syndrome, fibromyalgia, herpes, impotence, and sterility problems. Because of this miasm's ability to create arthritis, you may notice some muscle stiffness with swelling of the joints, particularly the hands and ankles. It may give rise to some shortness of breath, stitching pains in the chest, or even upset stomach. Sometimes there is weakness while walking and you may feel lightheaded or faint.
The sycotic miasm produces a skeptical, non-believer style of thinking. People who have a strong sycotic miasm are very hard to convince that a new medicine or a different viewpoint may be beneficial for them or that their life will ever improve. They are often sullen, irritable, and fixed in their ideas. It also shares a manic-depressive quality that is similarly found in the polio miasm. For instance, for a couple of days you may feel on top of the world, but afterward, a deep depression may follow. The sycotic depression carries with it a tiredness bordering on exhaustion and collapse. Other symptoms of the sycotic miasm include:
forgetfulness • dullness • talkativeness
paranoia • anger • fear of dark • rebellious
panic attacks • nausea • headaches • sore throats
runny nose • canker sores in mouth • nose bleeds
chronic diarrhea • stuttering • bipolar disorders
overeating • chronic lateness • alcoholism
drug abuse • obsessive behaviors • violence
emphysema • compulsiveness