dignitaries on the dais and my dear friends
As we all know coping with psoriasis is a challenge, if the disease
covers a large area of the body or if it is in exposed parts.
The persistent nature of the disease and treatment challenges
only adds to the burden. Psoriasis is observed as inherited disorders
in some cases and auto-immune disorder in many cases. In this
paper, 40 randomly selected cases of psoriasis in my clinical
practice were taken for the study. After analysing the case thoroughly,
the whole totality of the case was considered for the selection
of the remedy. Some cases were treated with key-note prescription
successfully and many cases were approached constitutionally on
the basis of totality of symptoms and on anti-miasmatic principles
which is well documented. In my clinical experience, it was clearly
observed that Arsenicum Album cured many cases of psoriasis, prescribed
on the basis of Homoeopathic philosophy.
Now we will go to the cases in a nutshell....
In this Case No.1, A well built male aged about 58 years with
palmar plantar psoriasis of 7 years duration presented with following
Thickening of skin in palms and soles with deep cracks, itching
< at night, restlessness, waking from sleep several times due
to itching and pain, <during winter and >by keeping in warm
water. Past history of recurrent abscess in his limbs in his teenage.
He was anaemic, general debility was there, desires hot drinks
and warm food ,thirst was excessive, sleep disturbed due to pain
in cracks with itching , workaholic in nature. Mentally alert
but physically weak and tired. Perfectionist, very neat and tidy
in his dress. Anxious about his complaints. The whole totality
of symptoms of arsenicum album exactly fit to the symptoms of
the patient. Arsenicum album in infrequent doses cured the case
within 6 months ie, 2.12.2005 -26.5.2006.
a pioneer homoeopath from Salem, Tamil Nadu presented
a paper on Clinical
of Arsenicum Album at LIGA Congress, held at New Delhi
on 1- 4 December 2011
can see photographs....
• Thickened skin with deep cracks on soles. He was not able
to walk properly.
• This is the cured condition.
• Both soles are affected with severe psoriasis, plantar
psoriasis and we can see that deep cracks and thickening of skin
of both palms with swelling and inflammation.
• You can see the result of arsenicum album.
In this case actually he had past history of recurrent abscess
in his teenage and the anti miasmatic drug brought back the suppressed
condition and cured his skin condition also. His general condition
also improved well and till then there is no recurrence. Almost
6 years gone and to evaluate the homoeopathic prevalence of any
case, as clarity of symptoms can be in the sense of well being.
antimiasmatic drugs by its typical action remove the layers of
suppression. The totality of symptoms cannot said to be total
unless and until it covers the miasm.
We will go to the second case,
A lady aged
about 20 years, air and lean had patches of thick scales all over
the body, limbs and scalp. She was unable to flex her limbs fully
as the deep cracks with bleeding surfaces were painful. She was
totally dejected and vexed about her complaints. She had intense
itching at night. It was >by hot water bathing. She used to
wake up at midnight due to burning pain in the patches. She had
pain in the left knee joint of 6 months duration which was <
by initial movements. She use to get frequent attacks of cold
when she was a child. She preferred hot food and hot drinks. She
was irritable and short tempered. History of suicidal attempts
twice, when there was severe < of complaints.
We can see the photographs...........
The whole scalp and forehead affected with severe psoriasis
You can see the whole face, ear, neck and back region even affected
And the whole back is affected with scales and you can see the
Dry skin with itching is of psoric in nature. Thickening with
excessive exfoliation is sycotic in nature. Suicidal attempts
and deep cracks with bleeding are of syphilitic nature and arsenicum
album which is a trimiasmaitic drug cured the case permanently.
Treatment period was between 1.4.99-23.7.99.Till now there is
no recurrence, almost 11 years gone.
The case number 3 illustrates....
lady aged about 38 years was suffering from psoriasis for many
years. She had intense itching and burning which was <by cold
water bathing and >by warm water application. This key-note
symptoms lead to the selection of arsenicum album and infrequent
doses of arsenicum album cured the case permanently.
• Here you can see the whole back is
affected even you can see the patches in the forearm.
• ....the cured condition.
• ....hands and abdomen.
• ....the cured condition
In this case number four....
A boy aged 12 years suffering from palmo-plantar
psoriasis for past 3 years. He had deep cracks in the beginning
with severe pain. He was restless in the clinic and changed his
place every now and then. He was lean and physically weak and
tired and had aversion to food with nausea while eating. He had
a tendency for recurrent cold attacks. All these characteristics
of patient were in favour of Arsenic Album, which almost cured
his psoriasis and he is now physically an active boy going to
school regularly. He was absent from school for many months previously.
The medicines were stopped since 5 months and the case is being
observed. Why i said the case is being observed because we have
to observe the case for minimum 3-5 years for any recurrence.
We can see the palms with the deep cracks and bleeding surfaces.
You can see the result of Arsenicum album.
...............both the hands are affected
..............result of arsenicum album
multidimensional study reveals that in many cases of psoriasis
Arsenicum Album was well indicated and cured psoriasis. Out of
40 randomly selected cases of psoriasis observed, nearly 18 cases
ie, almost 45% of cases responded to Arsenicum Album. Most of
them were totally cured, seems recurrence of condition was absent
for more than 5-10 years as observed.
Hahnemann’s words natural chronic diseases are those which
arise from chronic miasm. When left to themselves improper treatment
prone to grow worse and torment the patient till the end of his
, Chairman of the session ,Dr. Sampath Kumar, Co chairman
the session , issuing participation certificate to Dr.P.Mukundan
says psoriasis has been called the king of all the three miasms,
predominantly of psoric and sycotic. Kent in his lectures greatly
enlarged up the theory proposing that psora was the foundation
of all other illness without which mankind will be so pure and
healthy both in mind and body. The physical eruptions can be syco-psoric
or tri-miasmatic. The dryness of psora,the thickened skin of sycosis
and the squamous character of syphilis,but many of sycotic manifestation
are due to thickening of skin and exfoliative tendency.Arsenicum
album is a trimiasmatic and constitutional medicine which helps
to clear up the suppression, the presenting symptom from its root.The
susceptibility of psoriasis or any other disease and there by
strengthening the constitution.Materia medica symptoms of arsenicum
album which exactly fit to symptoms of patients cure such difficult
cases which are considered as incurable.Still there are some drugs
which come up in our mind ,we can say Ars alb ,Ars iodide ,Sulph,Calc-Carb
,Lyco,petroleum ,Kali-sulph,mezerium,sepia ,staphisagria ,So many
drugs will come up in our mind,but often indicated drug of choice
may be or will be Arsenicum Album.The symptom similarity accepts
and material medica symptoms and efficacy of Arsenicum Album in
many cases of psoriasis are well proved and verified on clinical
practice. People with psoriasis need some constitutional medicine
based on anti miasmatic principle that will lead to effective
management and rapid gentle and permanent cure.
by Dr. Vineetha Anand