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Lichen planus

Treating lichen planus with homoeopathy

Being a quite rare skin condition, lichen planus inexplicably appears. It is a disease of which the manifestations are reminiscent of an allergy. In addition, although it is difficult to determine this pathology’s real causes, it is known to be non-contagious and autoimmune. In many cases the affection occurs after taking certain drugs, but in other cases it may be caused by certain diseases such as hepatitis C, diabetes, colitis and stress.


Lichen planus is characterized by itching sensations and rashes that occur on a localized area of the skin, on a mucous membrane, or on both simultaneously. It may result in glossitis and a sensation of dryness in the mouth. In rare cases, the vaginal or anal mucous membranes, the nails and scalp are also affected.

Basic treatment

Given that lichen planus often manifests itself as an allergy that affects the skin and mucous membranes, Natrum muriaticum is indicated. To speed up the healing process, you can take Natrum muriaticum 5 CH in combination with Arsenicum album 5 CH and Anacardium 5 CH. In that case, three granules of each remedy are to be taken daily and alternatively until the patient’s condition improves.

Skin irritation

Anacardium orientale can be taken to alleviate itching sensations and to prevent the skin inflammation from worsening. THis remedy is very effective for such purposes, especially if the itching sensations are relieved by scratching and heat. However, when the skin tends to dry out, taking Arsenicum iodatum 9 CH and Kalium arsenicosum 9 CH once a week will produce remarkable effects.

Vaginal and buccal inflammation

When lichen planus affects the oral or vaginal mucous membranes, Mercurius solubilis 9 CH should be used in addition to the basic treatment being already provided. A weekly dose is indicated in case of oozing lesions or in the presence of scabs located on the inside of the mouth.

When should you consult a doctor?

In order not to aggravate the symptoms of lichen planus, it is advisable to consult a doctor at the onset of skin lesions, and in case of dry sensation in the mouth and severe itching on a body part.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “lichen planus”

Associated treatments

•    Alumina
•    Arsenicum iodatum

Good to know: Lichen planus, like most skin conditions, has causes that are not clearly identifiable. To treat it, homoeopathic strains are effective since they can help overcome the different symptoms caused by this pathology, all the while being deprived of unwanted side-effects.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.