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Dandruff is a common disorder that leads to flaking of the scalp. It is much more noticeable in individuals with dark-coloured hair or on the shoulders of individuals wearing dark-coloured clothing. Dandruff also leads to itching of scalp and hair loss. It occurs due to excessive proliferation of skin cells.

The scalp contains sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum to keep the skin soft and supple. Excess production of sebum leads to oily skin and itchiness of scalp. Such changes in the skin make it prone to various skin diseases including dandruff. Dandruff is usually experienced after puberty and is more common in men. It can also present as a symptom of seborrhoea, which is a disorder of the skin causing redness and irritation.

Homeopathy describes several medicines that can be used to get rid of dandruff. Some of the homeopathic medicines that are used for dandruff treatment are natrium muriaticum, baryta carbonica, graphites, sepia officinalis, thuja occidentalis, kalium sulphuricum, phosphorus, lycopodium clavatum, sulphur and arsenicum album.

  1. Homeopathic medicines for dandruff
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for dandruff patient as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for dandruff
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatments for dandruff
  5. Takeaway
  6. Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Dandruff
  • Natrium Muriaticum
    Common name:
    Chloride of sodium
    Symptoms: Natrium Muriaticum is one of the best remedies for the management skin disorders and conditions related to the digestive tract. It helps in treating dry mucous membranes and weakness. This remedy can also treat some other symptoms like:
    • Greasy and oily hair
    • Dry and crusty eruptions, especially on the margin of scalp
    • Itchy scalp
    • Alopecia

Symptoms worsen during the night, while lying down, at about 10 a.m., in a warm room, near the seashore and due to mental exertion. The symptoms get better in the open air and after bathing in cold water.

  • Baryta Carbonica
    Common name:
    Carbonate of baryta
    Symptoms: This remedy is mainly used to treat itching of scalp. Other symptoms that can be managed using this condition are:
    • Swelling or boils on head
    • Eruptions and crusting on head
    • Hair fall

Symptoms worsen if you keep thinking about them. Washing the affected area and lying down on the painful side may also lead to worsening of symptoms.

  • Graphites
    Common name:
    Black lead
    Symptoms: Some symptoms of dandruff that can be managed by graphites are:
    • Itchy eruptions on scalp
    • Persistent dryness and roughness of the affected skin
    • Unhealthy skin
    • Unpleasant odour from scalp

Symptoms worsen in warm weather, at night, and during and after menstruation; they improve in the dark and on covering the head.

  • Sepia Officinalis
    Common name:
    Inky juice of cuttlefish
    Symptoms: This remedy works well in individuals with weakness, pulsating headache and loss of hair. Other symptoms that can be managed by this remedy are:
    • Weakening of the roots of hair leading to hair fall
    • Dry and scaly skin
    • Itching that cannot be relieved by scratching
    • Pimples on forehead near the hairline

When taking this medicine, symptoms worsen in the morning and evening. Dampness and sweating also cause worsening of the symptoms. The symptoms are relieved by exercise, on the application of pressure, hot fomentation, bathing in cold water and sleeping.

  • Thuja Occidentalis
    Common name:
    Arbor vitae
    Symptoms: Thuja Occidentalis is best suited to individuals with skin disorders and is a useful antibacterial medicine. It is also effective in treating warts and some conditions involving the digestive tract, brain and kidney. The symptoms associated with dandruff that are effectively relieved by this medicine are:
    • White, scaly scalp
    • Drying of hair causing hair loss
    • Greasy skin of face
    • Skin eruptions on a covered area that worsen after scratching

Symptoms worsen at night, 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Symptoms also worsen in the heat of the bed, cold and damp air, after consumption of coffee and fatty food, and after vaccination. Symptoms get better while lying on the left side and drawing up the limb.

  • Kalium Sulphuricum
    Common name: Potassium sulphate
    Symptoms: Kalium Sulphuricum is an excellent remedy for severe scaling of skin that leads to inflammation at a later stage. Following are some other symptoms that can be managed successfully with kalium sulphuricum:
    • Hair fall and blisters on scalp
    • Scaling patches and redness of scalp
    • Burning, itching and papular eruptions
    • Ringworm of scalp and beard

Symptoms worsen in the evening and in a heated room and improve with exposure to cool and fresh air.

  • Phosphorus
    Common name:
    Phosphorus
    Symptoms: Phosphorus is useful in treating inflammation and irritation of various membranes of the body. It is also helpful in reducing skin lesions and weakness. Following are some other symptoms that can be managed with this medicine:
    • Itchy scalp 
    • Excessive hair fall
    • Discolouration or purple spots on skin caused by bleeding or bruising

When taking this medicine, symptoms worsen due to change in weather, touching the affected area, wetting the affected area in hot weather, and the consumption of warm food and drinks. Symptoms get better in the open air, washing with cold water, eating cold food and sleeping.

  • Lycopodium Clavatum
    Common name:
    Club moss
    Symptoms: This medicine has wonderful medicinal properties and is useful in the management of the following conditions:
    • Premature greying of hair and excessive hair fall
    • Deep furrows on forehead
    • Premature baldness
    • Violent itching
    • Skin eruptions and ulcerations

Symptoms worsen between 4 and 8 p.m. and in a warm room or bed. Increasing movement and consumption of warm foods and drinks also worsen the symptoms.

  • Sulphur
    Common name:
    Sublimated sulphur
    Symptoms: Sulphur is an excellent and very commonly used remedy for the management of topical skin conditions like burning and itching. Some other symptoms that can be treated using sulphur are:
    • Dry, scaly and unhealthy skin
    • An itching and burning sensation that worsens after scratching and washing
    • Skin eruptions
    • Light brown patches on skin

Symptoms worsen at night, at rest and on standing for a long time. Symptoms may also worsen due to bathing at 11 a.m. Dry and warm weather can help in improvingsymptoms.

  • Arsenicum Album
    Common name:
    Arsenious acid
    Symptoms: Arsenicum Album is the most suitable remedy for individuals with restlessness, irritability with weakness, and burning pains. It can also be used for the management of some symptoms of the scalp, for e.g:
    • Unbearable itching of scalp
    • Excessive itching and burning of scalp at night
    • Sensitive, dry, rough and scaly scalp
    • Ulcers causing offensive discharge from skin

When taking this medication, the symptoms worsen in wet weather, post-midnight, post-meal and after consumption of cold drinks. The symptoms get better after drinking warm drinks and keeping the head elevated.

Homeopathic medicines are prepared in highly diluted doses that may be affected due to diet and lifestyle factors. Thus, a homeopathic physician always recommends a particular diet and lifestyle to follow based on the clinical symptoms of the individual and the remedy prescribed.

Do’s

  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods that are free from any artificial substances
  • Keep your mind calm and peaceful
  • Perform moderate exercise regularly

Don’ts

  • Do not stay in damp and humid rooms
  • Do not eat spicy food and food items that have medicinal properties that may interfere with the actions of the homeopathic medicines you are taking
  • Avoid overeating and eating excessive salt and sugar
  • Avoid emotions like anger and grief as they also have a direct impact on your health

Although many modern remedies for the management of dandruff exist, homeopathic medications are safe and effective in treating this condition without any side effects. These remedies can be used in individuals of all age groups and conditions. Moderate alterations in diet and lifestyle are generally needed along with homeopathic treatment.

The British Homeopathic Association suggests many remedies such as sulphur, arsenicum album, natrium muriaticum and graphites as being useful in the management of dandruff and its associated symptoms.

Homeopathic medicines contain very low amounts of minerals, herbs or animal products, which makes them less prone to side effects and risks. They prove to be particularly helpful in those who cannot use conventional therapy due to an inability to tolerate their side effects. Homeopathic medicines are safe in infants, children and pregnant women. Unlike antibiotics, homeopathic medicines do not interfere with the function of digestive and immune systems. They are non-toxic, non-addictive, and have no withdrawal symptoms or dependencies. Therefore, they are beneficial in the management of dandruff and the symptoms associated with it.

Dandruff is a common problem that causes itching and discomfort in scalp. It not only affects the appearance but also the confidence of an individual. There are many shampoos and conventional medicines available for overcoming this problem. However, homeopathy describes natural and holistic remedies in diluted forms, which are administered in minute doses, thereby producing no side effects. When taken along with appropriate dietary and lifestyle modifications, homeopathic medicines aid in treating dandruff as well as all the associated symptoms like itching, hair fall, and bleeding due to scratching. However, it is best to check in with a doctor before taking these medicines to ensure safety and efficacy. 

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