Homeopathic approach to Dandruff
The basic approach in Homeopathy is to evaluate the disease in its whole extent, that is giving consideration and value to all the symptoms which might be inter related to one another and characterizing a case as an individual. A lot of emphasis is given to the patient as a whole besides minutely studying various aspects of dandruff. The homeopathic approach is to boost up the defense mechanism in the body and fight off the disease. There is no single specific remedy for all the cases of dandruff, therefore it becomes important to individualize each and every case.
The Homeopathic Remedies should be taken under the supervision of a qualified Homeopathic Consultant as self-treatment might complicate the case.
The homeopathic treatment for dandruff will depend upon :
I. Detection and removal of the cause Its important to know what is causing dandruff, whether it is a maintaining cause or precipitating cause.
Maintaining cause is responsible for the continuation of the disease and unless it is removed the disease cannot be cured. These causes may include : poor hair hygiene, use of shampoo with strong chemicals or use of harsh cosmetics or dyes. Once these causes are removed or withdrawn dandruff gets better and does not require any homeopathic medicines for treatment.
II. Type of dandruff
Dandruff(in general) Ammonium muriaticum, Arsenic album, Badiaga, Bryonia, Fluoric acid, Graphites, Iodum, Kali mur, Kali sulph, Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorous, Sanicula, Sepia, Sulphur, Sulphur iodatum, Thuja
- white scales Calcarea carb, Kali muriaticum, Natrum muriaticum, Thuja
- yellow scales Calcarea carb, Kali sulph
- bran like Arsenic album, Calcarea carb
Dry dandruff(Pityriasis sicca) Arsenic album, Fluoric acid, Kali sulph, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorous, Psorinum, Sanicula, Sulphur, Thuja, Thlaspi
Wet dandruff(Pityriasis steatoides) Calcarea sulph, Carboneum sulph, Graphites, Oleander, Petroleum, Sanicula, Sepia
Dandruff in circular patches Arsenic album, Sepia
Dandruff may be accompanied by other symptoms or conditions :
- with itching Ammonium muriaticum, Arsenic album, Fluoric acid, Graphites, Kali muraticum, Mezereum, Phosphorous
- with hair fall Ammonium muriaticum, Calcarea carb, Calcarea sulph, Cantharis, Kali sulph, Mezereum, Thuja
- bad smelling dandruff Psorinum