Vitiligo is a skin pigmentation disorder generally characterized by white patches of skin on different parts of the body. Melanocytes or skin-pigment cells present in the skin are usually affected; however the mucous membrane and the retina may also show signs of loss of this pigment.
It is estimated that 1-2% of the world’s population around the globe are affected by Vitiligo. It is indiscriminate of race, sex and age; however most individuals affected are below the age of 45 years.
As you are aware there is no known cause of Vitiligo and the specific mechanism of its manifestation unknown. Simply put, the Melanocytes responsible for skin-pigment are either destroyed by auto-antibodies or they destroy themselves.
Our approach while treating a case of Vitiligo
Relying on the numerous cases treated here our conclusion is that Vitiligo can best be handled and cured if a suitable constitutional remedy can be ascertained and prescribed intermittently. Alongside remedies which are known to have a specific effect on melanin cells and the condition itself as commonly mentioned in our repertories and by other homeopaths need to be used too.
Remedies we find useful and have shown to reverse Vitiligo even if the remedy does not cover all or most of the constitutional features are: Arsenic Album, Arsenicum Sulp Flavum, Cantharis, Sepia, Sulphur, Hydrocotyle Asiatica tincture and Psoralia Corylifolia tincture.
However, over 50% of cases may fail to respond or respond very slowly to the remedies above. If the patient’s constitutional remedy (stressing mainly on the personality traits and generals) can be identified and prescribed the chances of disease progression or a swift recovery can be guaranteed.
Most commonly used constitutional remedies used at our centres are as follows:
Arsenic Album: For patients usually lean, dark complexioned, restless, fastidious and anxious. Great remedy for those also having asthma and seasonal allergies.
Calcarea Carb: Usually chilly, obese, over worked, over worried patients with a tendency to catch cold. May have hypothyroidism, constipation, menstrual irregularities and PCOD. Usually face numerous fears.
Sepia: Usually for depressed, detached, indifferent, weepy and moody individuals with a history of skin and menstrual complaints.
Silicea: Suitable for those with defective assimilation, feeble, anxious, timid, bashful, sensitive, lack confidence, obstinate, nervous, chilly, sweaty individuals. A psoric remedy for those with unhealthy skin.
Natrum Muriaticum: Usually for reserved, perfectionists, introverts who tend to suppress emotions and dwell on them. They tend to become aloof and do not like to be consoled.
Natrum Carb: May help those who are depressed with an aversion to mental labor.
Kali Carb: Usually irritable, rigid, stubborn, opinionated, fearful and restless. Very much like a dictator.
Carcinocin: Usually for children or even adults who have had strict parents and have been molded early on in life. Those either abused or controlled excessively and are now breaking down. Those who may have taken on too much responsibility or had to submit to a higher authority.
Well, mentioned above are only some of the remedies we use but surely the most frequently ones used.
Case of Amber from Barbados:
Amber is being treated here for over a year now. Her patches were primarily around the eyes and the eyelids. Her condition was fast spreading and our primary concern was to stop the progression.
In such cases we usually rely on key note symptoms and signs and based on what was gathered ‘Sepia’ was the remedy of choice which was prescribed in 200c potency, to be taken twice daily. The condition did stop and even reversed the condition considerably.
6 months later, the condition had stopped responding when ‘Arsenicum Album 200c’ was used to further stimulate the reversal process. We often use Arsenicum Album, Ars Sulph Flav or a miasmatic remedy like Tuberculinum and believe they directly stimulate the melanin cells as improvement sets in soon after they are started.
As of now, Amber is on her constitutional remedy as long as improvement continues.
Case of Ivana from USA:
Ivana’s treatment was initiated when she was 24 months old. She presented with Vitiligo on both her eyelids. In infants and children finding the perfect constitutional remedy can be challenging and we often resort to prescribing a remedy based on a combination of the child and mothers characteristic and personality traits. The remedy in Ivana’s case was ‘Calcarea Carb’ which completed the cure process in 7 months.
Besides repertorizing the personality and generals of the patient, below are some key rubrics which may be considered.
Ref: Synthesis Treasure Edition 2009v [RadarOpus 2.0.35]
SKIN – VITILIGO: (24)
alum. ant-t. ars. ars-s-f. calc. cob. cob-n. ign. kres. merc. moly-met. nat-c. nat-caust. nat-m. oxyg. ozone phos. pitu-a. pitu-gl. pitu-p. sep. sil. stann. thuj.
SKIN – DISCOLORATION – white – spots: (26)
Alum. am-c. ant-t. ARS. ars-s-f. Aur. Berb. Calc. calc-f. calc-sil. carb-an. coca graph. ign. Merc. MICA Nat-c. nat-m. nit-ac. ozone Phos. sel. SEP. SIL. Sulph. zinc.
SKIN – DISCOLORATION – white – spots – borders; with dark: (1) Calc.
SKIN – DISCOLORATION – white – spots – children; in: (2) merc. sep.
FACE – DISCOLORATION – white – spot: (8) ars. calc. merc. nat-c. pip-m. sil. sulph. tor.
SKIN – DISCOLORATION – pale: (81) Acet-ac. am-br. am-c. Anan. androc. Apis Ars. ars-s-f. atra-r. bar-c. bar-s. BELL. benz-ac. borx. CALC. calc-p. Calc-s. calc-sil. Carb-ac. carb-an. Carb-v. carc. caust. Chin. Chinin-ar. COCC. Con. crat. Cupr. Dig. diph. diphtox. FERR. Ferr-ar. Ferr-p. Fl-ac. graph. Hell. Helon. ign. kali-ar. kali-br. Kali-c. Kreos. loxo-recl. LYC. mang. Merc. Merc-c. Nat-c. Nat-m. Nat-s. NIT-AC. Nux-v. olnd. op. ph-ac. Phos. PLAT. Plb. Podo. PULS. pyrog. sabin. sang. SEC. Sep. Sil. Spig. staph. Sul-ac. SULPH. sumb. syph. tab. thuj. tub. valer. VERAT. zinc. zinc-s.
Ref: Boger C. [RadarOpus 2.0.35]
EYES – Eyelids – upper: (41) Alum. Arn. asaf. asar. bar-c. bell. BRY. Calc. CAUST. cham. Chel. con. Croc. cycl. ferr. GELS. Hep. IGN. kali-c. LYC. mang. merc. nat-c. Nit-ac. NUX-V. olnd. Par. ph-ac. Phos. plb. Puls. Rhus-t. SEP. sil. SPIG. stann. Staph. stram. Sulph. verat. Zinc.
About the Author:
Dr. Anish Vaknalli [BHMS, India] is a third generation homeopath, from a family with over 100 years of cumulative experience in Homeopathy & Homeopathic Pharmaceuticals. He is the MD of a group of Homeopathic centres in India [HomeoConsult R&D, www.homeoconsult.com] and has been practicing Homeopathy for over 22 years.
His centre – HomeoConsult R&D (www.homeoconsult.com) is a multi-speciality homeopathic centre in Mumbai (India) offering personalized treatment to patients worldwide. All challenging Chronic, Adult & Childhood cases are treated here. Dr. Anish is also world-renowned for his treatment and expertise in Cognitive & Developmental disorders such as Autism, ADD/ADHD, Learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and Developmental Delay. His approach known as Neuro-Pathways Therapy successfully improves such ailments with Homeopathic and Bio-neural supplements.
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