You can say that something’s wrong with your skin by merely glancing at it. But, quite often, you don’t know why the issue occurred in the first place. The answer to this lies deeper within your body. Be it chronic acne, pimples, or any other kind of inflammation, you can cure it within days with topical creams and steroids. But what if the issue recurs?
The vicious cycle will not end unless you address the problem from the roots and train your body to fight it. Sounds strange? I know. But homeopathy can help you do that. And in this article, I have discussed all the whats, hows, and whys of homeopathy skin treatment along with some remedies for common skin issues. Let’s dig in.
Homeopathic Medicine For Skin Diseases: How Does It Work?
“Like cures like.” That’s the principle driving homeopathic treatments for skin and any other issues. Homeopathy treats you by using small doses of natural elements that produce the symptoms of the condition you are suffering from.
But, medicines are supposed to cure and not aggravate the condition, right? The idea behind this treatment method is to stimulate your immune system so that it heals your body naturally.
This means, if your immune system knows how to deal with skin issues, the chances are high that those issues will not recur. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top homeopathic medicines for skin problems.
Note: Do NOT use any of the medicines without consulting a homeopathy practitioner. He/she can guide you about the dosage and the way to use the medicine for curing your problem.
Top 15 Homeopathic Medicines For Skin Issues
- Rhus toxicodendron
- Hepar sulphuris
- Natrum muriaticum
- Thuja occidentalis
- Arsenicum album
- Nitricum acidum
- Sepia officinalis
- Ranunculus bulbosus
- Kali muriaticum
1. Rhus toxicodendron
Also known as poison ivy (yes, the same herb that gives you itches and rashes), this is a very unlikely remedy for a number of skin issues. This homeopathic medicine is usually administered for curing arthritis, but it can also be used for treating skin issues such as:
It relieves itching, burning sensation, and pain caused by the skin diseases (1).
This is a carbon remedy, and it also contains a bit of iron. The German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, first used this remedy to treat severe eczema along with other skin issues. And since then, Graphites has been successfully administered for a wide range of skin problems such as:
- Skin fissures (cracks and flaky skin caused by extreme dryness or eczema)
- Thick skin or scars (that appear after surgery or major wound)
A study proved that using Graphites helped improve the symptoms to a great extent (2).
3. Hepar sulphuris
Do you have injuries that are healing slowly? Or flaky skin or eczema? If yes, Hepar sulphuris (or Hepar sulph) is the remedy for you. This medicine is prepared from the calcium from the inner layers of oysters and the ashes of flowers of sulphur. It is effective for:
- Cracked skin or eczema
- Cold sores
- Painful abscesses
It is widely used to get rid of Staphylococcus aureus, the acne-causing bacteria, as it is pretty effective in inhibiting their growth (3).
4. Natrum muriaticum
Sodium chloride or common salt (yes, the one that you use for cooking) is the main mineral ingredient of Natrum muriaticum. This homeopathic medicine is the best remedy for controlling acne vulgaris (4). It can also be used for controlling:
- Blisters (from herpes and eczema)
- Rashes (eczema rashes and sun-induced rashes or sun allergy)
5. Thuja occidentalis
Also known as white cedar, this plant is generally grown as an ornamental plant. This is mainly used in homeopathy as a mother tincture (an herbal extract that has the lowest potency).
This medicine is used for treating verruca vulgaris (or warts). This skin issue is caused by Human papillomavirus (5).
This medicine is derived from the bark of a shrub called Mezereon. It is ingested to treat toothache and headache.
However, in his book, Samuel Hahnemann notes that Mezereum is used for treating Crusta lactea (6). This skin condition is usually noticed in infants. It is seborrhoeic dermatitis, where the skin on the scalp and around the ears and eyes becomes flaky, scaly, and greasy. In extremely rare cases, it may turn severe.
7. Arsenicum album
Arsenic trioxide is diluted to prepare this medicine. It is diluted until traces of arsenic are no longer found in it. This is a very effective (and widely used) treatment for reducing arsenic poisoning (7). It treats arsenic poisoning symptoms such as:
- Hyperpigmentation (in areas that are not exposed to sunlight)
- Excessive scaly skin (arsenical keratosis)
- Cancer induced by arsenic exposure
- Exfoliative dermatitis
This is also a very useful medicine for treating psoriasis and chronic eczema.
8. Nitricum acidum
This is a mineral acid, and as a homeopathic remedy, Nitricum acidum is very effective in treating warts and skin lesions (8). Apart from that, it has demonstrated efficacy in treating:
- Mercury abuse
- Cracks and skin fissures
- Ulcers that bleed easily
It is often used to deal with gum issues and bad breath and for treating sores in the corners of the mouth.
9. Sepia officinalis
This is the ink of cuttlefish, and in homeopathy, this medicine was primarily prescribed to women for treating postnatal depression. It is known as the medicine of menopause (according to the British Homeopathic Association). However, Sepia is often prescribed for painful skin issues. According to the National Center For Homeopathy, Sepia can be used for treating:
- Freckles (hyperpigmentation)
- Varicose veins
10. Ranunculus bulbosus
Ranunculus bulbosus or buttercups are pretty yellow flowers, but they are very toxic. In homeopathy, these are primarily used for treating muscle tissue and skin related issues (9). According to the National Center of Homeopathy, this medicine is used for treating:
- Herpes zoster
- Chapped palms and fingertips
This homeopathic medicine is prepared from the extracts of Nerium oleander, a very poisonous garden shrub. The extracts contain high levels of antioxidants that protect the skin cells and help in reducing oxidative stress. For ages, this medicine has been used for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidative benefits. It is rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and amino acids that reduce inflammation (10). Oleander is effective in treating:
- Herpes zoster
It is also beneficial for treating food allergies and colitis.
This medicine is prepared from the fluid collected from the blisters in the skin affected by scabies. It is a very potent remedy for a range of skin issues and is pretty effective in treating:
- Ulcers and lice infestation
However, Psorinum shows remarkable results in treating vitiligo, a condition marked by progressive discoloration of the skin. A study shows that continuous use of Psorinum can cure vitiligo patches and make them pigmented again (11).
This medicine is prepared from the extracts of an iridescent green beetle that contains Cantharidin, a toxic substance that causes blisters. In homeopathy, this is a beneficial medicine for:
- Minor skin burns
- Blisters that itch and burn
Upon application, it has an analgesic effect and relieves pain and promotes healing (12).
14. Kali muriaticum
Also known as potassium chloride, this is a very effective remedy for treating eczema. As per the National Center for Homeopathy, you can use Kali muriaticum for managing:
A German doctor, Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, introduced Kali muriaticum to homeopathy. He was of the opinion that loss of this element affects the epidermis (top layer of skin) and causes irritation.
Sulphur is derived from the Flower of Sulphur. A study on 42 patients suffering from atopic dermatitis found that in 60% of the cases, the patients responded positively to sulphur treatment (13). Apart from that, Sulphur is also used to treat:
- Bed sores
- Itching and irritation
Though homeopathy takes more time to show results as compared to allopathy, it assures long-term relief. So, if you haven’t tried homeopathy, it’s good to put together a small kit that includes all of these or at least whatever you think you may need. But make sure to talk to a homeopathy practitioner before you go ahead with the treatment.
Have you ever used homeopathic medicines for treating any skin issues? How did it go? Share your experiences, suggestions, and feedback regarding the medications listed here by commenting below.
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