Homeopathy for White Spots
Homeopaths treat vitiligo differently from other medical practitioner. In homeopathy, vitiligo is not simply a skin pigment disorder. Find out the treatment approach to vitiligo in homeopathy and the most common homeopathic remedies used.
by Brad Chase
Homeopathy does not treat a disease with the same set of remedies. Unlike conventional medicine and even most of traditional medicine, treatment and remedies are individualized in homeopathy.
The second principle of homeopathy is the use of watered down poisons and toxic compounds to treat the condition that these harmful agents cause in high doses.
Both principles of homeopathy are employed by homeopaths for treating vitiligo.
Besides the symptoms and presentation of vitiligo, homeopaths study each patient and examine his or her constitution. By constitution, homeopaths refer to an in-depth study of the physical and mental states of the patient.
While conventional and traditional medicine may concentrate on repigmentation of the skin and stopping further depigmentation, homeopathy goes deeper and ascribes the root cause of vitiligo to the constitution of the patient. Therefore, emotion plays an equal (if not greater) role as symptoms when treating vitiligo by the principles of homeopathy.
Besides emotions, other aspects of the mental state studied before homeopathic remedies are prescribed include behavior, personality and psychosocial background of the patient.
Apart from its focus on constitutional medicines rather than signs and symptoms, homeopathic remedies for vitiligo are all oral medications. Even though the effect needed is on the skin, homeopathic remedies do not come in topical dosage forms.
Therefore, vitiligo is not seen as a local or surface or superficial skin disorder in homeopathy. Rather, it is believed to be systemic disorder whose visible manifestation is on the skin.
There are no specific remedies for any disease in homeopathy. Since there is no broad generalization and classification by symptoms, homeopathy does not have pre-selected vitiligo cures.
Remedies are recommended only after a full examination by a homeopath.
For this reason, homeopathic remedies will vary for each vitiligo patient even though the outward presentation of the skin disorder may appear similar for some patients.
A definitive list of homeopathic remedies for vitiligo is therefore unavailable. However, based on past treatments of vitiligo according to the principles of homeopathy, the most common remedies are discussed below.
Kalic carbonicum is derived from potassium carbonate. This homeopathic remedy exerts its effects on different organs including the heart, liver, kidney, lungs and skin. As a result, it is useful in the treatment of a long list of diseases.
Kali carbonicum is a popular homeopathic remedy for treating skin disorders and diseases presenting close to the surface of the skin such as vitiligo, warts, urticaria, eczema and sciatica.
It is also used for treating autoimmune disorders such as hypothyroidism and hair loss.
Homeopaths believe kali carbonicum is effective for treating diseases in people whose constitutional states include mental anxiety. It is also used to treat both physical and mental stress.
This arsenic compound is one of the homeopathic remedies commonly used in the treatment of skin diseases.
It is used to treat eczema, ulcerative lesions and skin depigmentation. It is especially useful in the treatment of vitiligo because it provides a deep action.
Nutricum acidum is derived from nitric acid. It is also regarded as a deep acting, constitutional remedy for diseases affecting the nerves, bones, glands, skin and gastrointestinal tract.
Even though it is derived from a strong acid, nutricum acidum possesses none of the acidity but all of the dynamic powers of the mineral acid. It is an ideal example of homeopathic approach of using a denatured, watered down but potentiated poison to treat the effects the poison might have in its original strength.
Therefore, nutricum acidum is commonly used to treat skin disorders such as warts and vitiligo as well as other diseases such as ulcer, gastritis, hemorrhoids and rheumatism.
Silica is the homeopathic remedy derived from the inert compound called silica.
It is used to correct nutritional deficiencies, regulate the immune system and treat skin and bone diseases.
Silica produces extensive effects in different organ-systems and its specialty is in the treatment of diseases affecting the joints, bones, connective tissues, mucosal membranes and the skin. It can also help prevent rickets in children.
It is most likely that the correction of nutritional balance is the chief reason silica is useful in the treatment of vitiligo. By helping the absorption and retention of antioxidant and immunomodulatory vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, silica can prevent further depigmentation of the skin by arresting the progressive destruction of melanocytes.
Although sulfur is a trace mineral in the body, it is required for the syntheses of amino acids such as cysteine, methionine and glutathione. It is also used to build the connective tissues of the skin as well as serve as components of vitamins such as biotin and vitamin B1.
Sulfur is found in protein and it can serve to maintain skin health in the treatment of vitiligo.
Syphillinum belongs to a group of homeopathic remedies called nosodes. Nosodes are obtained from diseased tissues. In the case of syphillinum, the tissue used is afflicted with syphilitic virus. However, in the homeopathic remedy, the virus has been removed and its toxins diluted to non-virulent levels.
Syphillinum is used to treat deep-seated and destructive diseases.
Its effects can be seen in many organs and it is a common remedy for diseases such as vitiligo, osteomyelitis and rheumatism.
Sepia is obtained from the dark brown pigment found in the ink sac of cuttlefish.
While sepia is commonly known as the homeopathic remedy for treating women’s reproductive and sexual problems, it actually has a wide range of application. It is included in the top 20 homeopathic remedy with the widest treatment application.
On the skin, sepia is used to treat pigmentation disorder since it is a pigment itself. Stained skins and vitiligo patches can be effectively treated with sepia.
Phosphorus is the homeopathy remedy prepared from phosphorus, an essential mineral in the body.
Phosphorus is required by the body for a lot of biochemical processes. It is incorporated in the bones as well as DNA. Phosphorus can be found in all cells of the body and it is used for treating a long list of diseases in homeopathy.
The use of phosphorus in the treatment of vitiligo has to do more with its fit with the emotional presentation of the disease. Homeopaths use phosphorus to treat ailments in worried people who are sensitive to others.
Since vitiligo can make patients withdrawn and very worried about societal perception, phosphorus is a common homeopathic remedy for the skin pigmentation disorder.
Carcinocin is a nosode derived from the carcinoma of the breast. It contains none of the causative agent of breast cancer, though.
This is an example of homeopathy remedy used for its ability to treat the deep-seated constitutional problems that cause vitiligo instead of the symptoms.
However, homeopaths also believe that carcinocin can address the genetic component of vitiligo. Therefore, it may possibly block the autoimmune attack that destroys melanocytes.
Carcinocin has a broad spectrum of action and its effect can be seen on many organs including the lungs, eyes, heart, joints, bones and skin. Besides vitiligo, carcinocin is used to treat lichen planus, urticaria, hair loss, asthma, insomnia and neuralgia.
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