Homeopathy has proven its efficacy in the treatment of lichen planus, which is clearly demonstrated by clinical studies as well as treated cases. Recently, in 2008, a research study was conducted at the Department of Oral Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, to evaluate the effectiveness of Ignatia 30C (a homeopathic drug) in the management of oral lichen planus. In this single-blind randomised control clinical trial, 30 consecutive patients with oral lesions detected clinically and histologically with erosive and/or atrophic oral lichen planus were recruited. At the end of four months, the authors concluded that Ignatia has a beneficial effect on the treatment of oral lichen planus on selected patients.
Homeopathic medicines target the altered immunity of the body and bring it back to normalcy over a period of time. Treatment helps in the resolution of existing lesions, reduces itching and controls the further spread of lesions.
Response to the treatment depends on various factors such as the duration and severity of the ailments, general health of the patient and extent of spread of the disease. Clinical experience suggests that lichen planus of the skin alone is easier to treat as compared to oral and genital lesions.
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