Miasms can be either acquired or inherited. For example, one can acquire a miasm by contacting gonorrhea at age 18. When treated with antibiotics, this form of suppressive therapy may cause gonorrhea to become dormant, only to manifest later. Or, it may later present in a different form, such as allergies, sinus, herpes, vaginitis, warts, tumors, suspiciousness, jealousy, selfishness, or uncontrolled sexual desires. So, acquired miasms are attained during a lifetime.
By far, however, most miasms are inherited. The chances of inheriting miasms from a thousand years of ancestry are much greater than acquiring one in a single lifetime. Inherited miasms can be either active or dormant. A dormant miasm is one hidden deep within the body, not expressing any of its possible symptoms.
Homeopathy has come to understand that miasms exist in various layers within the body. They realize that correcting disease and building health is like peeling away the layers of an onion. Regular homeopathic formulas work to strengthen and restore health to the body according to the symptomatic expressions the body is communicating. When these conditions tend to recur or are non-responsive, a deeper-acting remedy, such as a miasm formula, may be needed to correct the condition more completely. As we continue to peel away the disease layers that are impairing our normal, healthy expressions, we frequently discover various miasms along the way.
Miasm correction is essential to both the restoration of our health and the eradication of disease. Homeopathy has the potential for correction of genetic disease patterns in people and ultimately the liberation from those diseases in individuals and their biological children. This remarkable healing phenomenon has been documented in cases such as childhood obesity, allergies, breathing disorders, skin disorders, behavioral disorders, phobias, and anxiety or nervousness. What a wonderful reward to see not only children and adults healed of devastating genetic or lifelong health problems, but to also see their children born and grow up free from those inherited health problems and weaknesses.