and hair conditions
ALLERGIC/ CONTACT DERMATITIS
Psoriasis is an autoimmune
skin disease. It is a non- infectious and chronic
condition. In this condition the cells in the epidermis
of the skin multiply many times more than normal skin.
It usually takes about a month for new cells to move
from the lower layers of the skin to the surface.
In psoriasis, this process takes only a few days,
resulting in a build up of dead skin cells and formation
of thick scales. The condition can have flare ups
few times a year to once in a few years.
It is an inherited disease though it might be also
seen in those without a family history.
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Sun light-overexposure or lack of minimum
• cold climate
• general poor health
• Skin lesions: raised red patches, formation
of pustules, cracking of skin and redness.
• Skin patches: dry, red and covered with silvery
scales; may crack and become painful; usually found
on the elbows, knees, trunk, scalp, hands and nails.
• Itching, and flaking of skin on itching or
• Very thick skin on the soles and palms
• Joint pain and aches.
Lesions appear as raised red patches, and covered
with heavy, dry, white or silvery scales. These are
the dead skin cells which accumulate. There can be
itching, burning sensations and pain. Psoriasis can
occur on any part of the body, but the eruptions are
most commonly seen on the elbow joints, knees, ankles.
If the skin is scalier than usual, especially on the
elbows and knees, it may be psoriasis.
• Do not pick at eruptions, or try to remove
forcefully the scales. Picking at lesions can cause
bleeding, infection, and a worsening of the psoriasis.
• Bathe in warm, not hot water, as hot water
especially in showers can damage the skin. Use a very
mild or non chemical cleanser.
• Pat your skin dry; rubbing can irritate it.
Pat the skin dry with a soft towel, and avoid vigorous
rubbing with rough cloth.
• Wear cotton clothing Cotton is less likely
than other fabrics to irritate the skin or cause overheating.
• Moisturize the skin. Well moisturized skin
will develop lesser patches. Moisturizing, especially
after bathing, can relieve the dry skin and minimize
the lesions. A natural oil is a very effective moisturizer
for this dryness.
• For people who have family members suffering
with this condition, moisturizing to prevent dryness
can keep the skin healthy and prevent appearance of
• Water is the most important part of the diet
for treating dry skin. Drink about 7 - 8 glasses of
water daily. Fresh fruits and almonds provide good
nutrition to the skin and minimizing the dryness.
Avoid oily and fried food. Restrict intake of coffee
alcohol and since they can make the skin drier.
• Quit Smoking, as the condition can be aggravated
by smoking. In many cases this can significantly clear
the skin, and bring down the intensity of the psoriasis.
• Reduce Stress. Many people with psoriasis
have flare-ups due to mental or emotional stress.
While stress cannot be prevented, there are a number
of healthy ways to reduce its effect on the body.
Yoga, exercise, relaxation techniques, and pranayama
can effectively reduce stress.
As psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, the immunity
based Homeopathic treatment is very effective. It
optimizes the defense mechanism of the body. While
symptomatic relief is the key in short term treatment
of psoriasis, the main aim of longer duration of treatment
is curing the psoriasis.
The flaking and scaling of the psoriatic patches comes
down first, and then the recurrence of the problem
comes down as the skin in the area heals.
Where there is an underlying or associated problem
like hypothyroidism, this is also treated alongside
with the Homeopathic medicines bringing the condition
under control. This leads to an effective recovery
from the psoriasis.
Eczema is an inflammatory response of the skin,
also known as dermatitis. There is a localized or
widespread eruption on the skin with itching, and
this can be complicated by secondary infections.
It is common in infants, children, and in young
• There are dry or oozing eruptions, which
begin as small reddish eruptions or a patch with
lot of itching.
• Most commonly seen in flexures or bend of
the elbow, face and neck, wrists and ankles.
• Dryness of the skin
• Continuous intolerable itching, which may
or may not be relieved by scratching
• Redness of the affected part
Swelling or bleeding of the part after scratching
Types of eczema:
Atopic dermatitis-This is characterized by the typical
symptoms of eczema, the dryness, redness, itching.
Contact dermatitis-This type of eczema is seen only
when the skin comes into contact with some allergens
like detergents, acids, clothing, nickel, perfume,
fabrics, jewelry etc.
Childhood eczema-The child skin is very delicate
and doesn’t provide a proper barrier for infections.
This is because there is more loss of water from
their skin and hence they are more prone to eczemas.
The main focus would be to keep the skin well hydrated
• Wash with very mild soap and luke warm water.
Do not rub the area vigorously; instead just remove
the excess water on the surface.
• Olive oil is a boon to people with eczema.
It moisturizes the skin and helps to retain the
natural oils in the skin. It can be applied soon
after taking a bath (when the pores are opened and
the skin is soft). It can be used an additional
4 to 5 times through the day without any harm.
• Avoid using woolen, silk and leather clothes.
Thin cotton clothes would be the perfect choice.
In winters woolen clothes can be worn on top of
the cotton cloth. The main focus would be to avoid
any extra irritation to the skin. Avoid sun exposure.
• Other oils like sunflower, gingili oil and
coconut oil can also be used as external application.
Drinking lots of fluids in the form of water, juices,
buttermilk and tender coconut would help to remove
the toxins and also keep the skin hydrated.
Eczema is curable by Homeopathy.
The acute condition is treated to bring down the
inflammation of the skin. Itching is first relieved
followed by decrease of the rashes.
As the condition has a tendency to recur, a deep
study of the condition is done after which regular
follow ups have to be done in order to cure the
Infants and children-. It is commonly seen that
when a steroidal application is used for the skin,
and the eruptions disappear, the child develops
a cold or a cough. When this is treated with strong
medicines, the eruptions reappear. These children
end up being on medication continuously either for
the skin or the cough.
The Homeopathic medication is very effective for
this condition, without having side effects, and
avoiding the suppression of the symptoms.
contact dermatitis is an eczematous rash that develops
after contact with an agent to which delayed or
late reaction is developed in the form of hypersensitivity.
The most common allergens that precipitate this
condition can be Nickel, Rubber, Lanolin and chemical
• A rash develops on the skin after it comes
into contact with the allergens
• This rash may occasionally spread outside
the area of contact.
• Itching is noticed at first and then the
area involved becomes red, swollen and vesicular
or with small eruptions.
• Later the area becomes scaly and fissured.
• The intensity and the speed of the reaction
vary depending on the particular individual.
of contact dermatitis:
• Rash developing after wearing steel studs,
lips and buckles beneath them.
• Allergies to some perfumes and cosmetics
due to the presence of lanolin in it.
• Rashes develop after using some clothes
or dyes used in it.
• Artificial dyes can also cause reaction
• Sometimes contact allergy arises only after
the skin has been exposed to ultraviolet light.
The rash is confined to sun exposed areas even though
the allergen may have been in contact with covered
areas. This is called photo contact dermatitis.
• Dermatitis due to a sunscreen chemical,
affecting the top but not the under surface of the
• Dermatitis of face, neck, arms and hands
due to antiseptic in soap.
This allergic hypersensitivity reaction is very
well treated with homeopathy. The immunity medication
is very effective and can bring down the allergic
reaction to the allergen. And in most cases the
allergic tendency towards the allergen is reduced,
so that even on exposure to the same allergen, the
condition does not show up.
Acne is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous
glands of the skin and hair follicles, characterized
by the presence on the face usually of small papules
or nodules varying in size from a pin head to a
They can appear on the face, cheeks, chin, neck,
shoulders and back.
There are many pimples like or small boil like eruptions,
which begin as bright red eruptions. There might
be yellowish-white discoloration that is pus formation.
After 3 to 10 days they might break open and a small
amount of pus or blood might be discharged.
Scarring might be seen as a result of all this changes
in many cases.
Typically many such small eruptions on the upper
back may also be acne.
In youngsters especially teenagers, the most common
cause is the hormonal changes that take place during
Women in their twenties and thirties can have acne
due to irregular periods or disturbed cycles.
Digestive problems and a diet especially fat rich
foods, meats, coffee etc can also be a cause of
• Keep the face non-oily by washing it mildly
with luke-warm water.
• Wash the face with warm water frequently
without using a soap.
• Popping and squeezing of the pimples should
not be done as this can worsen the infection and
result in increased scar formation. Avoid using
scrubs, soaps and vigorous rubbing of the face.
• Avoid using cosmetics which can worsen the
• Avoid oily and spicy food, and reduce the
meat, coffee and tea intake as these can aggravate
An internal medicine is required to eliminate this
problem because external applications would only
suppress the condition and worsen it over a period
With Homeopathic treatment the acne comes down,
and the scars heal with the continued treatment.
In cases with underlying hormonal imbalance or irregular
menses, this condition is treated along with the
acne, so that the main cause of the acne is removed;
allowing the acne to heal faster.
Vitiligo is a common skin disorder also called
as Leucoderma in which there is focal failure of
pigmentation due to destruction of melanocytes (cells
associated with pigment formation).
White patches or spots (depigmentation) are first
noticed on the skin.
The skin remains of normal texture, and there is
usually no itching or dryness.
These patches are more obvious in sun-exposed areas,
including the hands, feet, arms, legs face, and
lips. Other common areas for white patches to appear
are the armpits and groin and around the mouth,
eyes, nostrils, and navel.
The patches may develop only in
one area of the body; or it may appear only on one
side of the body. But for most people who have vitiligo,
depigmentation occurs on different parts of the
body; generalized vitiligo, often similar on each
side of the body.
The cause is unknown but it happens due to the immunological
A rash, sunburn, or other skin trauma at the site
of vitiligo 2 to 3 months before depigmentation
started; stress or physical illness.
In this condition while external therapies can show
some improvement, the internal medication is very
effective. The immunity based medication is also
very effective in the treatment of this condition.
With treatment the vitiligo patches initially develop
normally pigmented spots, and gradually the whole
area develops normal skin color.
Any underlying conditions like thyroid disorders
etc are simultaneously corrected.
Medicine is given along with a considerable amount
of counseling and a frequent follow up is needed
for this type of condition.
Urticaria is a condition in which there are raised
red spots or eruptions of various size on the surface
of the skin, often itchy, which come and go. It
is usually an allergy to a drug or some food item.
They are also known as Hives, wheals or nettle rash.
Some causes of Urticaria are :
• Sensitivity to foods, example fish, prawns,
crabs, milk, etc.
• Strong medication and some drugs.
• Systemic disorders like lupus erythematosus
• Physical causes like persistent cold and
• Exposure to pollen
The reason for the Urticaria remains unknown in
most patients with the disorder.
Urticaria is characterized by sudden, acute skin
eruption with swelling, redness, intense itching
The eruptions may be single or multiple reddish
eruptions, irregularly shaped or round, with clearly
defined edges, and severe itching.
There is mild swelling.
They may be limited to one area like the arms or
legs, or face; or be diffuse throughout the body.
They come on suddenly, stay for a few minutes to
hours, and then automatically disappear.
• Cool compresses or soaks to the area may
reduce swelling and pain.
• Avoid irritation of the area, and do not
wear tight clothing which may trigger a new outbreak.
• Avoid known allergens to prevent recurrence
While identifying the allergen can be useful, avoiding
these allergens may not always be possible.
Homoeopathic medicines are very effective in the
treatment of the urticarial tendency. The treatment
reduces the itching followed by the reduction of
rashes, and the recurrent condition comes down,
with reduced episodes of Urticaria.
Hair loss can affect people of any age. The condition
of the hair is generally an indicator of the general
health. While hair loss is connected to external
factors like hard or soft water, shampoo used, oils
used, dust and pollution, the major problem is more
internal, and is associated with diseases and the
general state of nutrition.
Normal hair growth-
Hair goes through a growth phase, a resting phase
after which it is shed. When hair is shed, new hair
from the same follicle replaces it and the growing
cycle starts again.
About 90 percent of the hair on a person's scalp
is growing at any one time, and this phase lasts
between two and six years. Ten percent of the hair
is in a resting phase that lasts two to three months.
At the end of its resting stage, the hair is shed.
Most hair shedding is due to the normal hair cycle,
and losing up to 50 hairs per day need not be a
cause for alarm.
The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. In certain
conditions, the hair is shed from the root, and
the follicle is destroyed and can no longer grow,
leading to baldness or alopecia.
This is common in men, and is called the male pattern
balding and can start in the teens, twenties or
thirties. The hair loss is mainly around the temples
and the crown. A history of Androgenetic alopecia
on either side of the family increases the risk
of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which
one begins to lose hair and the developmental speed,
pattern and extent of the baldness. Women with this
trait develop thinning of hair, but do not become
completely bald. In the initial stages, homeopathic
treatment is effective to prevent the progress of
Alopecia areata - In this type of hair loss, hair
usually falls out, resulting in totally smooth,
round patches about the size of a coin or larger.
This can appear in the scalp, beard and chest hair
areas. This is an autoimmune condition, and can
be associated with a thyroid disorder and is very
effectively treated with homeopathic medicines.
Causes of hair loss
• Poor nutrition, sudden change in diet, a
weight loss diet, or a low protein diet can affect
the nutrition to the hair. The body will save protein
by shifting growing hair into the resting phase.
Massive hair shedding can occur two to three months
after a crash diet. Correcting the diet can control
this within a few weeks.
• Recent high fever, acute illness or surgery.
Hair growth is less after this.
• Anemia, especially iron deficiency anemia,
can cause hair loss, and is a common cause in young
women, and in women with heavy menstrual flow. Adequate
supplementation of iron, and an iron rich diet treats
this problem; severe anemia needs treatment.
• Thyroid disorders can cause hair loss. Both
an over-active thyroid and an under-active thyroid
can cause hair loss. Hair loss associated with thyroid
disease can be reversed with proper Homeopathic
• Hormonal imbalance and menstrual disorders
can cause hair fall in women. Treating the underlying
condition can control the hair fall. During menopause
many women lose significant amounts of hair. After
childbirth a woman generally has hair fall, but
resolves completely in most cases.
• Diseases of the scalp like fungal infection
(Ringworm) of the scalp, psoriasis etc can also
cause hair fall. Severe dandruff and some strong
anti dandruff shampoos can damage the hair. Homeopathy
has very good treatment for dandruff and scalp psoriasis.
• Too frequent washing of the hair and strong
shampoos can also cause hair loss.
• Chemical treatments on their hair, including
dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners and permanent
waves do not generally cause hair loss. The hair
can become weak and break if any of these chemicals
are used too often.
• Certain medical treatments with strong drugs
can cause hair loss.
• Hereditary thinning or balding - Hereditary
balding or thinning is the most common cause of
hair loss. The tendency can be inherited from either
the mother's or father's side of the family.
• Smoking can cause and increase hair fall,
and speed up the process of hereditary male balding.
• Stress is also a cause for hair fall. Any
increase in mental or emotional stress can cause
increase in hair fall.
Care for the Hair-
• Avoid using hot water to wash the hair,
and use warm water instead.
• Do not comb the hair when it is wet.
• When there is dandruff, this needs to be
primarily treated, as severe dandruff is itself
a cause for hair loss.
• Oil regularly with almond or olive oil for
dryness of scalp, massage on to the scalp, leave
overnight and wash.
• Use a mild shampoo with natural or herbal
• Eat 2-3 almonds every morning, this is very
rich in vitamin E and is very nutritious for the
• Avoid repeated chemical or heat treatments
to the hair.
Hair fall associated with chronic illness, or hormonal
imbalance corrects itself with the treatment of
the underlying condition. In such cases, the underlying
condition has to diagnosed and treated. When it
is due to acute illness or fever, generally it subsides
on its own, and the hair growth normalizes.
In many cases of hair loss, adequate supplementation
of iron and vitamins needs to be done to improve
the hair growth. Homeopathic treatment is very good
for treating hair loss due to the various causes.
The causes of the hair fall, as in the underlying
chronic conditions are simultaneously treated.
Dandruff is basically flaking of the scalp due
to the dryness of skin. Severe and long term dandruff
needs treatment since it can cause hair loss.
There are flakes seen which might be like white
powder or large flakes which are shed or removed.
The flakes may be in the form of crusts which stick
to the scalp with a slight yellowish tinge.
Itching of the scalp; this is increased in cases
with secondary infection.
Dandruff is seasonal. It is more severe during the
winter and mildest during summer. The causes of
• Oily scalp or very dry scalp.
• Secondary infection.
• Excessive use of shampoos, hairsprays, hair
curlers and gels.
• Improper use of hair coloring products..
• Stress can worsen this problem
Do’s and don’ts:
• For mild dandruff, oil the scalp twice a
week to combat the dryness
• Use a mild shampoo, preferably a herbal
• For severe dandruff, do not oil, and use
anti dandruff shampoo max twice a week.
• Avoid using a conditioner.
Remedies at home:
• A head bath twice in a week is enough to
keep the head clean. Frequent head baths lead to
dryness of scalp which would then aggravate the
• Oil should be applied few hours before taking
bath so as to maintain the hygiene of the hair thus
reducing the risk of dandruff. Avoid oiling if the
problem is severe.
Remedies are given as an oral medicine for such
conditions and affects are seen within few months,
because only external application would just control
it and there would always be a recurrence so internally
medicines should act. Homoeopathy cures dandruff
problems simultaneously treating and preventing
Only external treatment would not be of any help
since the underlying cause should be detected and
Warts are actually benign growths of the epidermis
caused by a virus. The virus resides in the bottom
layer of the epidermis and replicates there. Warts
can appear nearly anywhere on the body and they
differ in appearance, size, and shape.
Viral warts, as the name suggests, are caused by
virus, the most common being human papillomavirus
(HPV) group. There are different sub-types of HPV
which cause different types of warts. Like any other
viral disease, viral warts are contagious and spread
by direct contact.
warts and other wart like growths:
Viral warts can be confused at times with other
skin growths such as skin-tags (benign skin tumour),
molluscum contagiosum (growths on the skin which
look like white pearls; caused by another group
of virus; often observed in children), moles, birth-marks,
lichen planus, etc. A careful look by a trained
doctor makes the diagnosis clear.
In the past in order to get rid of warts it was
often treated locally with the help of some liquid
or solution. Some cases are treated by cauterization
(burning the warts) by skin doctors. All such measures,
it has been observed, are temporary; and the warts
reappear after some time.
Cure for Warts:
Homeopathy offers an excellent and promising cure
for warts. The beauty of the treatment is that the
medicines are to be taken orally and there is no
local application. This treatment, in turn, treats
the ailment from within and in turn one get rid
of warts for a long time, almost permanently.