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02 December 2017 : Case report  India

Homeopathic Treatment of Vitiligo: A Report of Fourteen Cases

Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment

Seema Mahesh1EF*, Mahesh Mallappa1AB, Dionysios Tsintzas2CDE, George Vithoulkas3A

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.905340

Am J Case Rep 2017; 18:1276-1283

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vitiligo, also known as leukoderma, is an autoimmune skin condition that results in the loss of melanin pigment. Vitiligo is not a rare condition but is difficult to treat and is associated with psychological distress.

CASE REPORT: A series of 14 cases of vitiligo are presented that were treated with individualized homeopathic remedies that were based on plant, animal, or mineral compounds. There were 13 women and one man in the case series, with a mean age 29.8 years, and a mean follow-up from treatment of 58 months. The mean time between the onset of the appearance of vitiligo and the first consultation at our clinic was 96 months. Homeopathic treatment for patients is holistic and was performed on an individualized basis as described in this case series. Photographic images of the skin are presented before and after treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: In 14 patients with vitiligo treated with individualized homeopathy, the best results were achieved in the patients who were treated in the early stages of the disease. We believe that homeopathy may be effective in the early stages of vitiligo, but large controlled clinical studies are needed in this area.

Keywords: Autoimmune Diseases, case reports, Complementary Therapies, Dermatology, Homeopathy, Vitiligo

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