The Best Homeopathic Remedies for Lichen Planus
Posted: April 21, 2017
Categories: Skin Care
What is Lichen Planus?
Lichen planus is a non-contagious inflammatory skin disease most commonly affecting middle aged women, and sometimes men and children. It manifests physically as purple-reddish colored spots or lesions that can appear all over the body, especially the arms, mouth and genitals. These lesions can heal themselves over the course of a few years but if they persist then it may need treatment.
Having lichen planus can be a nuisance to daily life, with an itching that can be troublesome. This can be especially upsetting for those with the genital variation of the disease, in which case it can inhibit or in some cases completely prevent the possibility of sexual activity due to the pain caused by the rash on the affected genitals.
The symptoms of lichen planus are:
- Irregular shaped bumps 3-5 mm in diameter
- Irritated skin
What Causes Lichen Planus?
The cause of lichen planus is, as yet, unknown but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, one popular theory attributes it to an imbalance of the immune system. Through an awareness of the body and the right treatment, one can help their body to come back into natural balance and assist the body in healing itself.
What Is Homeopathy and How Does It Work?
Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine founded in Germany in 1796 by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann M.D. Homeopathy consists of two Greek words, “homoios,” meaning 'similar,' and “pathos,” meaning 'suffering.' It works on the 'principle of similars,' whereby a particular substance causing symptoms of illness in a healthy person can also cure the illness in the same person when administered in a small amount.
Homeopathic medicines use these same substances that cause the symptoms of illness in a highly diluted mix with water (knowns as essential oils,) or in pill form with a plant or mineral as the active ingredient. Some popular homeopathic treatments use turmeric and other herbal blends with essential oils. Homeopathy has been shown to be at least as effective as conventional medicines used by doctors in a study by University of New Mexico Medical School on patients with various allergies, disorders and bodily complaints.
Below are various oral lichen planus home remedies and treatment options.
Homeopathy works with the body rather than against it. Symptoms of illnesses, like mucous appearing in the body are expressions of the body’s natural defenses. Homeopathic medicine is designed to complement and replicate these natural defenses rather than suppressing them as conventional medications often do.
Sulfur is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine for skin disorders, and for any skin condition that produces inflammation, dryness and hardened or scaly skin. Sulfur is known for its antifungal and antibacterial qualities and is very effective at treating many different skin conditions. Of particular value to sufferers of lichen planus is sulfur’s ability to reduce itching.
This homeopathic remedy is derived from the ignatius bean of the St. Ignatius tree, native to southeast Asia. The seeds of the bean are collected and pounded into powder. Chemically, the beans contain strychnine and brucine, the former used in rat poison; both substances are fatal for humans if consumed in a large enough dose. The toxic qualities of the substance are diluted, making it suitable for human consumption. Ignatius is commonly used for indigestion and headaches as well as emotional upsets, such as grieving over a deceased loved one. A study by Tehran University of Medical Sciences’ Department of Oral Medicine found Ignatia had beneficial effects on patients with oral lichen planus.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral salt otherwise known as sodium borate, and is commonly used as a homeopathic mouthwash for oral lichen planus, which appears as ulcers inside the mouth. Borax has multiple documented health benefits, including lowering weight and glucose levels, as well as increasing T cell count. A study by Erzurum Technical Universities Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics found that Borax has beneficial effects on the body and actually counteracts the toxicity of Aluminum. Another study by the Department of Cell Biology, Research and Development of The Himalaya Drug Company found Borax is effective in treating skin ailments because of its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a beneficial quality in the treatment of lichen planus.
The Bottom Line
There is an ever growing increased interest and pursuit of effective and affordable alternative medicines, and homeopathic treatments go well beyond the three mentioned in this article. Homeopathic treatments offer a valuable and fruitful solution for sufferers of lichen planus who do not want to experience the side effects and unreliability of conventional medicine. Try one of these oral lichen planus home remedies out today.