NHR 2018 Jan-Mar: Vitiligo Successfully Treated by Homoeopathy: A Case Report

Year : 2018  |  Volume : XIV  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-34

Vitiligo Successfully Treated by Homoeopathy: A Case Report

Dr. Uday Shankar, MD (Hom)1

1Medical Officer, Dhanarupa Primary Health Centre, Patna, Bihar, E-mail: udayshankar1978@gmail.com

Abstract:

Vitiligo is alternatively known as leukoderma which is an autoimmune skin condition that arrives due to expression of low melanin pigment. A case of vitiligo is presented here that was treated successfully by homoeopathic medicine Calcarea carb in 50 millesimal potencies.

Keywords:

Vitiligo, Quality of life, Homoeopathy, Case Report

 


Introduction:

Vitiligo is a disease in which melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) are damaged or destroyed resulting in a patchy loss of pigment from areas of skin [1]. Surprisingly, the causes of vitiligo are yet to be precisely established, but most of the researches done so far attributing points to vitiligo. It is an autoimmune disorder, where the patient’s immune system becomes overactive, causing destruction of the melanocytes, genetic oxidative stress imbalance and resulting in a stressful event. Less than 1% of the populations are affected by the appearance of vitiligo in their skin [2, 3]. The disease may be seen in persons irrespective of their age, sex or ethnic discrimination. But larger percentages of cases are seen to start around the age of 20 years.

Discussion: 

Homeopathic medication involves a holistic approach for the understanding of the patient and integrates this approach to provide individualized patient treatment. Certain dis­eases are manifest when genetic predisposition combines with psycho and physiological disorders and homeopathy recognizes these factors. Homeopathy considers the patient’s susceptibility to certain kind of stress, which means that homeopathy can be more suc­cessful during the early or ate development of a disease, even before conventional medicine usually begins [4]. Available treatment options are disappointing and sufferers often use of various forms of camouflage (remedial cosmetic cover creams) to conceal the blemish of vitiligo temporarily [7]. Homoeopathic medicines such as Calcarea carbonica, Arsenicum album, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Natrum muriaticum, Thuja, Lycopodium, Mercurius solubilis and Arsenicum sulphuratum flavum were found to be most frequently prescribed in the vitiligo cases, which are mostly the constitutional medicines with the exception of Ars. Sulph flavum [6].

The present case study was conducted at primary health centre Dhanarua, Patna.

A girl aged about 7 years was suffering from vitiligo around her both the eyes for a period of 1 year came to the hospital and considered for the present study. She had been treated with a lot of empirical homoeopathic medicines such as

Arsenicum sulfuratum flavum-6X, Hydrocotyle Ø and Psoralea cor Ø, for a long period but no improvement was observed. A constitutional medicine Calc. carb- 0/1 to 0/8 potencies was prescribed based on the totality of symptom for 4 months.


 

Case Report:

IDENTIFICATION:

Name – XXX; Age – 7 years, Sex – Female

Present Complaints:

1) White patches on both the eye lids since 1 year.

2) Chronic cold and cough for last 3 to 4 years.

3) Bleeding per rectum; agg. passing hard stool; since 6 to 7 months.

Present Complaints in detail:

Onset – Gradual

Duration – For the last 1 year

Probable Causes – Nothing Significant

Previous treatment: Treated with a lot of empirical homoeopathic medicines such as Arsenicum sulfuratum flavum-6X, Hydrocotyle Ø and Psoralea cor Ø, for 10 months but no improvement was observed.

Past History: Chicken pox.

Family History:

  • Maternal Side – Grandmother suffering from DM.
  • Paternal Side – Nothing Identified.

Personal History: Delayed dentition.

Homoeopathic Generalities:

Physical Generals:

  • Appearance – Nothing Significant.
  • Appetite – Normal.
  • Desire – sweet, egg, warm food.
  • Aversion – milk, sour.
  • Intolerance – Nothing such.
  • Thirst – Moderate.
  • Tongue – Black spot in lateral side of tongue.
  • Stool – Normal in colour and consistency.
  • Urine – Clear.
  • Sweat – profuse from head.
  • Sleep – Nothing Significant.
  • Dreams – Nothing Significant.
  • Thermal reaction – Ambithermal, susceptible to cold.

Mental Generals:

  • Mild, timid, lazy & sluggish.
  • Easily tired on slight exertion.
  • Easily nervous.
  • Fear of ghosts and dogs.

 

Repertorisation done by Hompath Classic Software (Complete Repertory):

After analysis, repertorisation, and consultation of Materia Medica; the medicine selected was Calcarea carb. 

Medicine Prescribed:  Calc. carb. 0/1, followed by 0/2 and 0/3; 1 oz, 8 doses, alternate day morning in empty stomach

 Follow Up:

SL. No

      TIMELINE

         OBSERVATION

PRESCRIPTION

1.

After one month

No change in white patches.

Calc. carb 0/4, 0/5, 0/6; 1 oz, 8 doses, alternate day’s morning in empty stomach.

2.

After two months

80% of white patches were subsiding.

Calc. carb 0/7, 0/8; 1oz, 8 doses, every 4th day morning in empty stomach.

3.

After four months

All the patches disappeared.

Placebo

B. After Treatment


Conclusion: It is concluded that there is a scope for the treatment for vitiligo in Homeopathy through constitutional prescribing or based on the repertorisation. The present study also suggests that the trial with empirical homeopathic medicine may be avoided to reduce the time elapse for the treatment.


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Cite this article as: Shankar U. Vitiligo Successfully Treated by Homoeopathy: A Case Report. National Homoeo Recorder 2018;XIV(1):30-34

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