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Homeopathic Remedies for Lichen Planus Treatment

Homeopathic Remedies for lichen Planus

Lichen Planus is a chronic, non-infectious, inflammatory condition of the skin and mucous membranes. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system cannot differentiate between its own cells and foreign cells, hence it mistakenly starts attacking its own normal cells.

Role Of Homeopathy In Lichen Planus

Homeopathy helps in treating all types of Lichen Planus in a very effective manner. Since homeopathic medicines are completely natural, they correct the disordered immune system without suppressing it, in a harmless way. While working on the immune system, they also help in treating the skin lesions of LP and the pigmentation associated with it. Lichen Planus is a complex disorder and should not be mistaken as mere hyperpigmentation.

Conventional method: The conventional system of medicine does not have much to offer in cases of LP. In order to control the immune-mediated responses, immuno suppressants like corticosteroids are prescribed, orally or topically. It is suppression of the problem, rather than a solution. As soon as these steroids are discontinued, the improvement stops and one finds oneself back at square one.

Top Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Lichen Planus

The main medicines to treat Lichen Planus are Sulphur, Arsenicum Album, Merc Sol, Sulph Iod, Kali Iod and Anthrakokali.

1. Sulphur – Best Remedy For Cutaneous Lichen Planus

Sulphur is the most efficient and widely used natural medicine to treat various kinds of skin disorders especially in cutaneous lichen planus, when the eruptions tend to increase rapidly and have already worsened due to local application of other ointments. Patients having cutaneous LP with papules and extreme skin dryness, who have unhealthy skin, respond very well to Sulphur. Extreme itching in the eruptions is best treated by this remedy.  Scratching is marked and provides some relief from itching. In such cases, a burning sensation may follow scratching. The itching generally worsens toward night and when getting warm in bed.

When and How to use Sulphur?

Sulphur helps in taking care of the dry patches and relieves itching in cases of LP. It acts in all potencies, from lowest to highest but in cases of LP, it should always be given in 30C or less to begin with.

Note The use of Sulphur should always be done under the supervision of a physician.

2. Arsenicum Album For Eruptions That Are Scaly And Itchy

Arsenicum Album proves to be very efficient in classic cases of Lichen Planus, with blue eruptions, that are dry, rough and scaly in appearance. Scaling is intense in such cases. The eruptions can be extremely dry, causing a lot of itching, forcing the sufferer to scratch constantly. The more one scratches, the worse it gets, especially at night. The medicine Arsenicum Album is also indicated in the later stages when the plaques have resolved leaving the underlying skin hard. It is also helpful in cases of LP of the scalp when there are thick scabs on the scalp.

When and How to use Arsenicum Album?

Arsenicum Album is used to treat active eruptions when scaling and itching is marked. It is also used when the skin has hardened after the eruptions subside. It is usually indicated in higher potencies, 200C or more, with infrequent repetitions.

3. Sulphur Iod Top Treatment For Lichen Planus Of Face, Arms

Sulphur Iod is considered the best natural medicine for Lichen Planus when the face and arms are covered with papular eruptions, with constant itching. When indicated, the arms are covered with an itchy rash. Sulphur Iod helps treat cases of obstinate LP.

When and How to use Sulph Iod?

Sulph Iod is given when the face and arms are affected with LP. It is used in ‘x’ potencies in such cases, 3x is a good enough potency to begin with.

Note Sulph Iod is a different remedy and should not be mistaken as Sulphur.

4. Merc Sol One Of The Best Remedies For Mucosal Lichen Planus

Merc Sol is one of the top natural remedies for Mucosal Lichen Planus, especially oral Lichen Planus. Merc Sol is an ideal remedy when the main complaint of the patient is irregular ulcers inside the cheeks. The edges are not well defined. The cheeks give a very unhealthy and dirty appearance. In addition to these ulcers, there is increased saliva and bad odour emanates from the mouth.

When and How to use Merc Sol?

Merc Sol is given in cases of Oral LP when there is intense ulceration along with burning in the mouth. Being a strong remedy, it is preferred in low potencies like 30C.

5. Kali Iodatum For Lichen Planus Of Legs

Kali Iodatum helps cases of LP when there are purple patches present on the body, especially legs. These eruptions are generally dry and papular. In such patients, itching increases mainly at night or from heat, even from the heat of bedcovers.

When and How to use Kali Iod?

Kali Iod is used when LP mainly affects legs but is not necessarily limited to it. Kali Iod is used in ‘x’ potencies, or sometimes in the tincture form too.

6. Anthrakokali For Lichen Planus With Eruptions On Hand, Feet

Anthrakokali is a very rare natural medicine that can help a number of Lichen Planus patients. Being rare does not mean that this natural remedy has a less powerful effect than other well-known medicines. Anthrakokali shows its effect when papular eruptions are prominently present on hands and feet. The papules may also cover scrotum in males. There is intense itching in the papular eruptions. This medicine also gives good results in the Lichen Planus cases where the dominant site is skin over the tibia (the bone in the front part of a leg).

When and How to use Anthrakokali?

Anthrakokali is given for dry eruptions on hands or feet. It is used in a trituration form, mainly 6x potency.

What Causes LP?

Lichen Planus is a cell-mediated immune response of unknown origin. It may accompany other diseases of altered immunity, such as ulcerative colitis, alopecia areata, vitiligo, dermatomyositis, morphea, lichen sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, etc. Although the cause of Lichen Planus is usually unknown, some possible causes include:

1. Genetic predisposition

2. Physical and emotional stress

3. Injury to skin: Lichen Planus often appears where the skin has been scratched or after surgery (Kobner phenomenon)

4. Localized skin diseases, such as Herpes Zoster

5. Systemic viral infection, such as Hepatitis C

6. Certain medicines, including some drugs used to treat high BP, diabetes, heart disease and malaria; gold, quinine, quinidine, and others can cause a lichenoid rash.

7. Contact allergy, such as metal fillings in oral lichen planus (rare) and color photographic developers

Types  & Symptoms of Lichen Planus:

The symptoms of Lichen Planus depend on the parts affected. The main types along with the symptoms are:

1. Cutaneous Lichen Planus:

The term cutaneous means ‘skin’. This is the classical type of Lichen Planus, when the skin, nails or hair get affected. The symptoms can range from zero to intense itching, along with the following:

1. Flat-topped, purple-coloured, shining papules(hard elevation without fluid) on the skin, sometimes with white, lacy lines.

2. The main sites are the inner forearm, wrist, legs, ankles, and face.

3. It can be of the size of head of a pin to a centimeter.

4. The papules may appear in rings or in a line. The lesions are typically bilateral and symmetrical, meaning they are similarly placed on both sides of the body.

5. Plaques resolve after a few months to leave a greyish-brown rash that can take a year or more to fade away.

6. The nails, when affected can either become thin, brittle or ridged OR dark, thick, or raised. They can sometimes shed off or stop growing.

7. On the scalp, red patches can form around clusters of hair and can also lead to irreversible hair loss.

2. Mucosal Lichen Planus:

When the innermost mucus secreting layer of the body gets affected, it is termed as Mucosal Lichen Planus. The main areas to get affected are the mucosa of the mouth (Oral LP) and genitals. These parts can be affected individually or together at the same time. When the mucosa gets affected, the presenting symptoms based on the location are:

 A. Oral LP:

1. Mild Oral LP does not cause a lot of burning or discomfort

2. A whitish pattern on the gums, tongue or teeth

3. Red or white patches in the mouth

4. Painful red gums that may bleed

5. Burning in the mouth, causing difficulty in eating or drinking

B. LP in males, affecting penis:

1. Purple or white ring-shaped patches around the penis, generally non-itchy.

2. Formation of flat-topped papules on the penis that are a little shiny

C.  LP in females, affecting the vagina and vulva:

1. The vulva (external genitals) can be white, red or pale in color.

2. There can be a lot of burning and soreness in the affected areas.

3. Sticky yellow or white vaginal discharge, which can also be bloodstained

4. Painful sexual intercourse, when the vagina gets affected.

5. Narrowing of the opening of vagina due to scar tissue formation

3. Lichen Planus Pigmentosus (LPP)

1. Lichen Planus Pigmentosus is a rare form of Lichen Planus.

2. Mainly found on the areas exposed to the Sun, like forehead, neck, and temples

3. Present as brown or gray patches on the skin

4. It can also develop on areas where the skin touches or rubs together, for example: groin

5. LPP can be triggered by viral infections, UV light or local applications on skin

Management Of LP

Some dos and don’ts that are generally advised to those affected with LP are:

1. Vitamin D supplementation in the deficient: Studies have shown a strong relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune disorders. So it is advised to get your Vitamin D levels checked and appropriate supplements to be taken if there is a deficiency. To be noted that Vitamin D supplements should not be taken without getting the blood values checked so as to prevent its toxicity.

2. Use of moisturizing lotions to tackle dryness

3. Sunscreen lotions to be used every 2-3 hours to prevent further pigmentation and triggers.

4. Applying cold compression for burning of skin

5. In cases of Oral LP, smoking to be avoided. Consuming highly spicy or acidic food can also worsen the symptoms so should be avoided.

6. Avoid any specific triggering factors, if known.

Pathophysiology

 The cause of LP is unknown. But since it is an autoimmune disease, what is happening is a T-cell-mediated response at the basal (deepest) layer of the skin. The body mistakenly invites cytokines (that usually control the growth and activity of the cells), which are responsible for cellular death at the deepest layer of the skin. This further results in disruption of melanin (skin pigment) production, hence the purple pigmentation and further thickening of the skin takes place.

 

 

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  1. Hello Dr Sharma,
    My name is Chetna. I am 60 years old. I am suffering from Oral Lichen Planus from almost 2 years. My tongue is white and there are white – blue lines all around the mouth. Sometime I get red watery blisters inside the mouth. I cannot eat anything spicy with green or red pepper. Every evening, I get burning feeling in mouth and bad taste. I feel like eating juicy fruits.
    Now I got purple-black spots on my neck. Initially the spots were papular and itchy but now they are flat. I visited dermatologist and the diagnosis is Lichen Planus.
    I also take medicine for Hypothyroidism and for pinch nerve (due to degenerated disc). I am not very happy person as there are several disappointments in life. I work full time.
    Please guide which medicine will be best for me.
    I appreciate your help.
    Thanks,
    Chetna

  2. Pamela Edwards says:

    I have been experiencing this for over a year now. The inside of my mouth feels so so different and my lips have been chapped for a very long time and will not heal. I always keep Vaseline with me at all time. Please, can you tell me if there is a natural remedy I can use at home or what to do to help with this disease.

  3. Lynn Turck says:

    It never goes away! Its on my lower lip and tongue. Lichen planus has been with me for 10 years and it is getting worse.

    Help

  4. Sanjay Kumar says:

    Sir m. Oral lichen planus s 2year. S preshan h. Muj. Medician bato. Alopathy Medician bhut jaada l chuka h. Er koi fark nhi pad raha h.

  5. Dr Sharma can you suggest a remedy for lichen sclerosis.

  6. i have bald spots from lichen planus. currently applying thuja r tract and eating homeopathic meds like skin pills. thyroidinum snd sea salt pill. would these bald spots go away

  7. I had lichen planus when I was 20 years old. It was on the front lower part of my leg. It remained there for 37 years. It disappeared for almost three years. It is now on the opposite leg (lower part of leg). What is the best homeopathic medicines I can use for this.

    • Hello Dr Sharma,

      I was recently diagnosed with lichen planus, I have spareness in upper and lower part of my jaw mostly, above the gums and it hurts when I eat spicy food. Please let me know which medicine will help me. I also have hypothyroidism and asthma.

  8. I was diagnosed as having lichen plants about 10 years ago and now have noticed in the last month the same on my face, cheek bone and eyebrow and in crease of my laugh lines, it looks to me like a type of lichen planus and it practically appeared overnight. If it was sun damage it would be a slower progression.
    Any comments or remedies?

  9. Satish Saxena says:

    In around 1965 I had bilateral Lichen Planus on my Shins. This was biopsied and diagnosed in a Teaching hospital, New Delhi. That time I was advised by my Ameature Uncle practicing HOMEOPATHY to take Thuja 30. I took it and then forgot all about it. After about three weeks I suddenly remembered that I had no itching.
    In 2000 while a dentist examining my teeth noticed some white patch on lower gums. It was biopsied and found to be Lichen Planus.
    In 2014, I had to consult a dentist in a teaching hospital here in London. They again biopsied and diagnosed 1. Oral Lichen planus + 2. Hyperkeratosis.
    Now I would like your advice. I was thinking of trying Thuja 100

  10. SUMAN CHAUDHARI says:

    MY MOTHER IS DIAGNOSED LICHEN PLANUS,IT IS ALL OVER BODY,SEVERE ITCHING

  11. Prakash says:

    Hello sir
    I am having a problem of LP on hand and feet.
    Please suggest me a remedy.
    Black spot are remain on some places this occurs from last month.
    Can you please suggest me treatment.
    Thanks
    Regards
    Prakash

  12. Peter Eiden says:

    I need a remedy for the finger nails.Email:eiden1@comcast.net.My name is Peter Eiden

    • एनथराकोकली की कितनी पोटेंसी देनी होगी, क्या सल्फर साथ दे सकते हैं

  13. Sanjay Chauhan says:

    Dr Kaur my son 20* years old has lichen planus brown marks on face since last 8 months… Is thuja an ideal aryuveda medicine for him or u suggest something else. Regards Sanjay

  14. Kimberly Menchio says:

    HELP THE DEMATOLOGIST GAVE ME PLAQUENIL AND THE ITCHING HAS GONE INTO OVERDRIVE. MY IMMUNE SYSTEM IS ALMOST NON EXISTANT AND ATTACKING MY SKIN BOTH ARMS LEGS ANPALMS OF MY HANDS,I’M GOING INSANE ,I USED TEA TREE,FRANKINSCENSE AND COCONUT OILS. CAN’T SLEEP AND GOING CRAZY. I DON’T WANT TO KEEP RIIPING MYSELF APART. CAN YOU HELP. IT’ALSO IN MY MOUTH

  15. Ritu Sharma says:

    Dear Dr Sharma, I have lichen planus primarily on my feetand soles, spots keep appearing on my arms and body. I am fine during the day however I get a lot of itching during the night. Please advise me on the medicines I need to take to cure it. Thank you. Regards Ritu Sharma

  16. Dear Dr . Sharma,

    I have been suffering from liche Planus Pigmentosa. Dark brown patches on fore head , cheeks around the mouth and discoloration on the face . My hair has been thinning pou and even got a bald spot in front of my face little above fore head. I did not want to take Allopathy as I heard negative comments from people
    My pigmentosa has spread to the neck also.
    I am very concerned about my situation and I look forward for your advise.

    Thanking you,
    Usha. Sachdev

    • i have bald spots from lichen planus. currently applying thuja r tract and eating homeopathic meds like skin pills. thyroidinum snd sea salt pill. would these bald spots go away

  17. I have this flared up in my mouth.

    I went to get my third set of amalgam fillings out yesterday and they were unable to proceed bc my gums were so inflamed.

    Based on your notes, would these 3 be the best for me to take: merc sol, borax, plantago?

    Thnku

  18. Hemalatha says:

    I m sufferin from lichen planus. Allopathic treatment go invain. I am fed up with severe itching on my legs and back. I have been prescribed omnacortin and other 2 tablets. The problem is that when I stoo taking the tablets, it increase like anything. I am thinking to go for homeaopathy. Plese advice whether it is curable or not.

    Please revert me.

    Hemalatha.

  19. Dear doctor, I’m suffering from Oral Lichen plains from one and half year. Allopathic treatment go in vain. My two checks, lower lips and tongue affected. In homeopathy what is the best medicine for help me.
    Please reply me.
    regards
    Kabir

    • Hemalatha says:

      I m sufferin from lichen planus. Allopathic treatment go invain. I am fed up with severe itching on my legs and back. I have been prescribed omnacortin and other 2 tablets. The problem is that when I stoo taking the tablets, it increase like anything. I am thinking to go for homeaopathy. Plese advice whether it is curable or not.

      Please revert me.

      Hemalatha.

  20. stephen eden says:

    I suspect I have oral lichen planus.Would homeopthic Borax help.I have it at home-30c strength?

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