Dandruff treatment in homeopathy is not only considered safe and side effect free but also holistic in nature. Homeopathic cosmetic preparations prepared from the concentration of root extracts and herbs and internal medicines is considered an excellent combination therapy for Dandruff.
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a clinical condition caused by speeding up of the normal shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Technically it is a cluster of corneocytes bound tightly bound when they detach from the surface of the stratum corneum . The dead skin accumulates as white flakes in the hair and causes itching and is the most common condition, affecting half of the population at the pre-pubertal age. The word dandruff (dandruff, dandriffe) has a Anglo-Saxon origin, ‘tan’ meaning ‘tetter’ and ‘drof’ meaning ‘dirty’ . Epidermal cells (also called keratinocytes) of the scalp play a key role in triggering immunological reactions during dandruff formation. The extent of scaling is about 487,000cells/sq cm of the scalp when subjected to detergents and this number goes upto 800,000/sq cm during seborrhoeic dermatitis
Why do you get dandruff?
Etiopathologic pathways with complex mechanisms influenced by internal and external factors lead to dandruff formation. A tiny fungus, the yeast Pityrosporum ovale that grows in the scalp triggers it . Another possible cause may be overactive oil glands on the scalp due to the clogging of the pores on the scalp. These clogged pores lead to flaking of the skin. The cause can be either internal or external.
The internal cause may be due to hormonal imbalances, stress, poor health, poor hygiene, allergy improper nutrition, and excess consumption of consumption of sugar, fat or starch
While external causes include excessive use of hair sprays and gel, improper shampooing, improper use of hair colouring products and hair drier, cold weather and excessive exposure to sun (known to cause desquamation of the scalp).
Clinical features : Itching of scalp, profuse scales and flakes formed in scalp and these flakes peel off from the scalp and are glued in the hair. Itchy flakes that appears on scalp or eyebrows or around the hair line, ears or nose. Scales may be small and white or large, greasy and yellow. Sometimes pimples on face are associated with dandruff.
Outward Manifestations: The hair becomes coarse and turn sticky at the roots, Hair appears laden with snowfall or chalk powder. If left untreated hair starts falling and scalp itchiness starts in. Many times flakes appear on the eyebrows, eyelashes, shoulders and clothes. In case it becomes excessive, small flakes accumulateat the root of hairs and cause itchiness.
Home remedies for dandruff treatment
- While washing hair, apply fresh lime juice, as it removes stickiness and dandruff.
- Sour curd (yogurt) applied on the scalp and washed after 30 minutes, it will help to do away with dandruff.
- Wash hair with Neem leaves in boiling water or weak salt water to check hair fall and dandruff.
- Mix 8 tbsp. of groundnut oil with lemon juice and rub the mixture on the scalp, leave for half an hour and then wash as usual.
Homeopathic Treatment of Dandruff
Following Homeopathic medicines are useful, but constitutional treatment is advised for treating dandruff and minimize the recurrence.
Ars. alb.: Scalp itches intolerably, circular patches of bare spots, rough, dirty, sensitive, and covered with dry scales, nightly burning and itching, dandruff. Scalp very sensitive, cannot brush hair.
Ammonium mur: Hair falls out, with itching and dandruff.
Badiaga : Dandruff where scalp is dry, sore, Tetter-like.
Calcarea. sulph: Dandruff on the scalp causing eruptions with thick yellow crusts, eczema, also pimples of face due to dandruff, falling of hair.
Carboneum sulph: Dandruff on the scalp, eruptions crust, eczema, itching, moist scaly pimples, sore and painful.
Cochlearia Armoracia: old-world anti-scorbutics, Locally it cures dandruff.
Graphites: Herpetic dandruff (dandruff accompanied with eczema or other eruptions). Scalp scaly with distressing itching, humid. Falling of hair. Burning on vertex.
Kali sulph: Yellow dandruff, bald spot.
Mezerium: Dandruff with great itching and loss of hair.
Nat mur: White dandruff, alternating with catarrh or loss smell. Itching, dry scalp. Oily, greasy face.
Oleander: Itching papular eruption on the scalp. Desquamation of the epidermis of the scalp. Violent gnawing itching on the scalp, as from lice. Gnawing itching on the scalp, that obliged scratching, gnawing itching, as from vermin, over the whole scalp, that obliges scratching.
Phosphorus: Itching of scalp, dandruff, falling of hair in large bunches.
Psorinum: Dandruff smells badly. Humid eruption on scalp, hair matted, Hair dry.
Sulphur: The patient suffers from skin ailments, skin is coarse and dry, burns, itchy. Reddish boils appear on the scalp, dandruff is powdery in nature
Sanicula: Scaly dandruff over the scalp, eye-brows and other hairy parts.
Sepia: Dandruff in circles, like ringworm. Moist scalp, hair falls out, pimples on forehead near hair.
Thuja: Falling of hair due to dry white scaly dandruff.
Vinca minora: Spots on scalp, oozing moisture, matting hair together. Corrosive itching of scalp. Dandruff.
Homeopathic Specialty Medicines (Drops, Tablets) to treat dandruff
|Bals Tablets (The hair growth stimulator)||Indicated for Baldness, Hair fall from the crown, in large bunches, itching of scalp due to presence of thick crusts of seborrhea or dandruff, loss of hair and baldness appearing in patches, premature graying of hair, dry hair with excess of dandruff. Composition: acidum phosphoricum 3x, joborandi 6x, arsenicum album 3x, calcarea phosphorica 6x, oleum satalis 6x, acidum flouricum 3x, badiage 6x. Size: 2 blisters of 30 tablets each. MRP: 125/-|
|Kali Sulphuricum (Potassium Sulphate)||Excellent tissue salt for skin cells, indicated in condition of dandruff, itchy scaly skin. Eruptions on the skin and scalp, with scaling, call for this remedy and it helps to maintain the hair in a healthy state. Size: 25gms, MRP: 75/-|
|SBL Scalptone Tablets||Scalptone Tablets is a clinically proven research product from SBL and contains Natrum Muriatium (affects hair follicles, alopecia, greasy skin. Seborrhoea, falling out of hair, sensitiveness of scalp), Badiaga (Dandruff, scalp sore, dry tetter- like hair, dry itching of the scalp). Size: 25gms, Price:125/-|
|SBL Drops No.1||SBL Drops No.1 is indicated for excessive hair fall, thinning of hair, dandruff, itching and irritation on scalp. Contains: arnica montana, acidum phosphoricum, lycopodium clavatum. Size: 30ml, Price:140/-|
|Wheezal Hairgro twin pack||Wheezal Haigro twin pack is indicated for long & lustrous hair excessive hair fall, non genetic baldness, dandruff, premature graying, circular patches, alcopecia. Contains: External hina ext Q. Arnica ext Q, Jaborandi ext Q, Cantharis ext Q, Brahmi ext Q, Internal Acid Phos 3x, Lycopodium 3x, Ars Alb 6x, Wiesbaden 3x, Kali Sulph 3x. Size: 30ml, MRP: Rs.120/-|
|Baksons AC#4||Baksons AC4 Tablets is a homeopathic medicine for dandruff treatment and is composed of well balanced ingredients like Calcarea flour 6x, Calcarea suph 6x, Rhus Tox 30x, Arsenicum Alb 30x etc for dandruff free hair. Size: 75 tab, MRP: 150/-|
|Baksons Hair Aid Drops||Bakson Hair Aid Drops is a perfect hair tonic that comes as a twin pack. The internal medication checks dandruff, premature greying of hair and split ends. The external preparation conditions scalp and hair and also nourishes the hair roots. Contains: Acidum phos 6x, Lycopodium 3x, Jaborandi 2x, Natrum mur. Cinchona off., Arnica montana , jaborandi, cantharis. Size: 30ml, MRP: 185/-|
|Baksons Homoeopathic formula ‘D’||For Eczema, Urticaria, Dandruff & Psoriasis. An anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-puritic combination that offers relief from skin ailments. Contains: Calcarea flour.6x, Calcarea sulphurica 6x, Kali. Sulph.3x, Natrum sulph. 3x, Arsenicum album 30x, Rhus toxicodendron 30x. Size: 75 tab, MRP: 150/-|
|Doliosis D2||Hair and Scalp drops-prevents dandruff and hair fall. Contain Graphites and Hydrastis Canadensis that prevent scalp infections and conditions the scalp preventing dandruff, Itching and dryness of scalp. Size: 30ml, MRP: 150/-|
|Hair Mont (Hair Fall) Drops||An excellent tonic to help strengthen roots of hair, prevents hair loss due to mental strain of prolonged illness. Very useful against dry scalp, dandruff, and split hair. Especially curative in helping to regenerate dead hair roots. Contains: Acid Phos 6x, Lycopodium 3x, Jaborandi 2x, Weisbaden 3x External: China, Arnica, Jaborandi, Cantharis, Glycerin. Size: 30 ml, MRP: 160/-|
Tip: One dram each of Armoracia Sat. Q and Ceonothus Q mixed with 10 drams of mustard oil rubbed on the head once daily cures dandruff within few days