Ménétrier’s Diathesis

The so-called diathesis in oligotherapy was developed by Ménétrier who identified four types of miasms, called diathesis, each characterized by a susceptibility to disease and with psychological and intellectuals characteristics specific to each individual. The term comes from classical medicine and diathesis means: susceptibility to a specific pathological condition (disease).

These predispositions or diathesis are related to hormonal imbalances due to poor adaptation to stress and affect in particular the genital-pituitary and the pituitary-pancreatic axis.

He identified four types and defined them as follows:

  1. allergic or arthritis diathesis associated with the Element Manganese
  2. ipostenica or arthro-tubercular diathesis associated with Manganese Copper
  3. dystonic or neuro-arthritic diathesis associated with Manganese Cobalt
  4. anergic diathesis associated with Copper Gold Silver.

Maladjustment syndrome can also affect all of the above categories with either of its two expressions of alteration genital-pituitary axis associated with Zinc Copper or Pancreatic-pituitary axis associated with Zinc Nickel Cobalt.