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Dandruff: Is it a Disease or Dysfunction?

By Dr. R. Valavan, Manager – Scientific Affairs, Schwabe India
Dr. Willmar Schwable India

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Studies related to dandruff and homoeopathy
In a small double-blind, placebo-controlled study, oral use of a low dilution homeopathic remedy containing Potassium bromide 1X, Sodium bromide 2X, Nickel sulfate 3X, and Sodium chloride 6X, significantly improved symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis including dandruff after 10 weeks of dosing (Smith SA et al. Effective treatment of seborrheic dermatitis using a low dose, oral homeopathic medication consisting of potassium bromide, sodium bromide, nickel sulfate, and sodium chloride in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, Alternative Medicine Review. 2002;7:59 67).

In another study, 49 patients including children and adults spontaneously seeking for homeopathic treatment for dermatological complaints including dandruff were prescribed single individualized remedies and followed up for a minimum of 3 months. Outcomes were positive (59%); no effect (4%); drop-out (37%), from which 6% was due to homeopathic aggravation. No manifestations of suppression were observed. Outcome of this study is useful to point out to the effectiveness of individualized homeopathic treatment in dermatological complaints including dandruff (Silvia Waisse-Priven, et al., Individualized homeopathic treatment of dermatological complaints in a public outpatient clinic, Homeopathy, Volume 98, Issue 3, July 2009, Pages 149-153).

Drugs those are useful in dandruff

Arsenicum album - Scalp is dry and scaly; scurf or scales constantly falling off; often destroying the hair.

Cantharis - Large quantities of scaly dandruff; hair falls out when combing.

Dulcamara - Worse with every cool change in the weather.

Graphites - Moist, transparent, glutinous scaly fallout.

Kalium sulphuricum - Dandruff causes easy hair fall on combing. Yellow scaly dandruff.

Natrium muriaticum - White scaly dandruff with sensitive scalp with falling of hair.

Psorinum - Dandruff with offensive smell, entirely covering scalp; often associated with herpetic eruptions.

Sulphur - Dry hair with itching and scalp sore to touch are associated symptom with dandruff.

External application - Acidum salicylicum 1x. Used externally as 5% solution to treat hair falling and dandruff.

Cantharis - Hair falls out in bunches, spots when combing, especially during pregnancy and lactation. Scales on scalp, enormous dandruff with stiff hair. 10% solution is used.

Cochlearia armoracia - A useful remedy in dandruff when applied locally. Composition depends upon the patient.

Sulphur ointment - Manu authors suggest using a mild sulphur ointment along with indicated internal medication. The moderate composition is 10% Sulphur as ingredient.

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