Lichen Planus, an obstinate skin disorder makes many practitioners feel incurable. It can be in any race, skin color and culture. The medical field today finds little help for this chronic disease.
It is a long standing (chronic), recurring, non-allergic, non-infectious, non-contagious disease of the skin, of which the exact cause is not yet fully understood.
Lichen Planus can affect skin, oral mucosa, tongue, scalp, genitals and nails. However, it is less likely that it affects all the areas as stated, at the same time. It has a tendency to relapse after some months or years. Females are more frequently affected as compared to the male counterpart, however, uncommon to find it in children. Over 1.9% of the total population is affected by Lichen Planus.
The causes of Lichen Planus include immunological, stress, drugs, chemicals, etc
Symptoms of Lichen Planus
The following are some of the symptoms of Lichen Planus :
Most cases of lichen planus (LP) are insidious.
• The initial lichen planus lesion is usually located on the flexor surface of the limbs, such as the wrists (see the image below). After a week or more, a generalized eruption develops with maximal spreading within 2-16 weeks.
• Pruritus is common in lichen planus but varies in severity depending on the type of lesion and the extent of involvement. Hypertrophic lesions are extremely pruritic.
• Oral lesions may be asymptomatic or have a burning sensation, or they may even be painful if erosions are present.
• In more than 50% of patients with cutaneous disease, the lesions resolve within 6 months, and 85% of cases subside within 18 months. On the other hand, oral lichen planus had been reported to have a mean duration of 5 years. Large, annular, hypertrophic lesions and mucous membrane involvement are more likely to become chronic.
Homeopathic treatment for Lichen Planus
Fortunately, in homeopathy, there is definite, promising treatment for Lichen Planus. As lichen plannus being an autoimmune in form the base is at constitutional trouble , it requires constitutional approach for treatment management. Homeopathy is based on the concept, that disease is expression of mind ,environment, diet, habits & genetic make up (which entirely is body constitution )Hence homeopathy prescription will be after evaluation of presenting complaints along with physical, emotional and genetic make up of a person that individualizes him/her. The remedy prescribed based on this entire totality treats the disorder at its root cause and thus restores the normal functioning of the body.