Homepathy Treatment For Skin Diseases
By Mohan Magotra, Homeopathy - September 21, 2019
Homeopaths classify the skin problems as characteristics of the skin problem, the personality and psychological characteristics of the person, and the physical attributes of the individual as a whole - for a personalized, holistic remedy.
What are skin diseases?
Do you wish for a flawless glowing skin? But unfortunately, you can’t have it due to the stubborn skin conditions that recur every time disrupting your quality of life? Well, there are certain effective remedies and alternative therapies like homeopathy for skin problems that can help you get a beautiful and flawless skin as you have wished for.
Skin disorders like chronic acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin infections, pimples, or any other kind of inflammation can be cured sometimes within days with the help of conventional medical approaches which include topical creams and steroids. But what if the problem recurs? Homeopathy for skin infection aims to cure any malfunction of the body by identifying the root cause of the disease. The idea behind the homeopathic treatment for skin problems is that it stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and train your body to fight the disease from its roots.
Homeopathic treatment for skin diseases
How does homeopathy help in treating skin diseases?
Homeopathy for skin diseases works on the principle of like cures like where small/diluted doses of natural elements are administered to the patient that produce similar symptoms of the condition you are suffering from. This, in turn, activates your own immune system that helps fight the disease and prepares your body to eradicate any such situation that may arise in the future. It just works like conventional vaccines.
Homeopathy is holistic: to treat a skin problem, one has to look at the whole person, not just at their skin.
Arsenicum album- It is usually prescribed for intensely itchy rashes that tend to look small, round patches that burn extensively after scratching. Skin conditions like rashes, dry, flaky and itchy skin are likely to respond to the Arsenicum album.
Sulphur- Sulphur treatment is prescribed typically to those people who are suffering from large red patches on their skin that appear dry, and flaky. It is most commonly used to treat eczema and psoriatic skin conditions.
Graphites- Graphites, is another important homeopathic medicine for skin problems like eczema, which can help heal various symptoms of skin disease like crack, rashes and also decreases the secretion of yellowish, sticky liquid that oozes out of the skin when scratched. These types of rashes are often found in particular areas such as the area behind the ears or area surrounding the nipples, folds of joints such as the elbows, knees or groin. Eczema conditions may get worse around the monthly period in women, for which homeopathic medicines like graphites are found to be helpful.
Lachesis- Lachesis with lower potency is the most commonly indicated as a homeopathic remedy for skin allergies which is characterized by symptoms like rashes that are itchy, dusky red, and become worse in hot atmospheres. It also helps combat poor sleep and is found to be very helpful in treating rosacea.
Sepia- Prepared from the ink of a cuttlefish is a homeopathic indication that is helpful in treating long-standing eczema. It can effectively cure the rashes caused due to very dry skin affecting areas like the nose, chin, ears, and the genitals. Sepia is a homeopathic treatment that may be used to cure flare-ups that occur during pregnancy or due to the increased emotional stressors.
Pulsatilla - A homeopathic medicine for skin diseases like acne is predominantly prescribed in girls experiencing acne due to the premenstrual period.
Calcarea sulphurica- Calcarea sulphurica is extensively prescribed to the children who are suffering from eczema with large yellow pustules that are moist, itchy, discharging and slow to heal.
Some of the other homeopathically used medicines include Natrum mur used for eczema appearing in the joints, around the hair and mouth and genitals, Lycopodium- in eczema accompanied by liver complaints. Aurum metallicum prescribed in Atopic dermatitis can make the skin lesion free.
Studies in homeopathy for skin diseases
1. First Study:
Comparative Effectiveness of Homoeopathic vs. Conventional Therapy in Usual Care of Atopic Eczema in Children: Long-Term Medical and Economic Outcomes..
A total of 135 children suffering from mild to moderate atopic eczema were included in the study to evaluate the effectiveness of homeopathic vs. conventional therapy in them.
The study involved two groups with 48 children receiving individualized homeopathy treatment, and the other group involving 87 patients were administered conventional treatment. The treatment lasted for around 36 months.
Outcome measures included SCORAD (SCORing Atopic Dermatitis), quality of life, conventional medicine consumption, safety and disease related costs which were assessed at six, 12 and 36 months after baseline.
The results concluded that the effects of homoeopathic treatment were not superior to conventional treatment and involved higher costs in children suffering from mild to moderate atopic eczema.
2. Second Study:
Assessment of the effectiveness of homoeopathic remedies in improving the quality of life of chronic urticaria patients in a typical clinical setting. .
The study evaluated the efficacy of homeopathic remedies in 70 patients who were diagnosed with Chronic Urticaria. These patients were analyzed under a modified intention-to-treat approach. Eighteen homeopathic remedies were used in the study with the highest number of patients receiving Apis mellifica followed by Natrum muriaticum, Rhus Toxicodendron, and Sulphur. The patients received varied homeopathic remedies throughout their treatment duration of one year.
Parameters like the quality of life were studied through questionnaires and average Urticaria Activity Score for 7 days (UAS7) collected at baseline 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th months.
The results found showed a significant difference in CU-Q2oL score at baseline and 12th month. Also, at the end of the treatment 13 patients were found to be urticaria free and 21 patients showed well-controlled symptoms, while 34 patients have mild symptoms of urticaria after 12 months of intervention.
The study concluded that homeopathic medicines have the potential to improve the Quality of life of chronic urticaria patients. Homeopathic medicines can reduce pruritus, swelling, and improve sleep, mood, and concentration while decreasing the intensity of wheals.
There has been a growing interest in the use of Homoeopathy in various dermatological disorders. As, Homoeopathic treatment focuses on a patient as a person, taking into consideration his/her pathological condition and providing total care of patients suffering from various skin conditions. The advantages of incorporating homeopathic medicine into the treatment of skin conditions include easy availability of the treatment, decreased usage of topical steroid creams, ease of administration, patient acceptability and low cost treatment. Further studies evaluating the efficacy of this natural system of healing with more sample size are desirable.
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