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Homeopathy and Dandruff

November 5, 2018

 

​Dandruff is an issue that so many people deal with and are embarrassed about. However, there is nothing to be embarrassed about.  Dandruff is merely a shedding of dead skin cells of the scalp and occurs in areas where the oil glands of the skin are most active. 

 

Some dermatologists believe that dandruff is caused by yeast that grows on the scalp. A second theory is that overactive oil glands on the scalp cause the glands to become clogged and then flake. These clogged pores could be caused by hormonal imbalances, stress, poor health, poor hygiene, allergy and improper nutrition, while external causes include excessive use of hair sprays and gel, improper shampooing, improper use of hair coloring products and hair drier, cold weather and excessive consumption of sugar, fat or starch.

 

Below are some remedies that can be useful for dandruff.  Please seek the advice of a licensed homeopath before using any of the remedies below.  A constitutional remedy will be your best option for successfully dealing with dandruff.

 

Arsenicum Album:

The scalp will itch intensely and there can be circular patches of bare spots.

The scalp can be rough, dirty, sensitive, and covered with dry scales.  The burning and itching is worse at night. The scalp can be so sensitive that it hurts to brush hair.

 

Graphites:

Dandruff accompanied with eczema or other skin eruptions. The scalp will be scaly with intense itching.  Hair can fall out and there can be a burning on the top of the head.

 

Mezereum:

Dandruff with excessive itching AND hair loss.

 

Natrum Mur:

This dandruff is white and it alternates with loss of smell or colds.

 

Phosphorus:

Dandruff with itchy scalp and hair loss in "bunches"

 

Psorinum:

Dandruff that is moist and causes matted hair even though the hair is dry.

the dandruff also smells bad.

 

Sepia:

Dandruff that forms in circles, looking a bit like ringworm.  The scalp is moist, there's pimples on forehead and around hairline.  Again, hair falling out.

 

These are some of the more common remedies used for dandruff but there are a number of other remedies that can work just as well.  The key is a properly done constitutional prescription, and that comes with seeing a licensed homeopath.

 

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