Homoeopathic management of Atopic Dermatitis-Case Report

Dr Kiran Kumar G

ABSTRACT: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease posing a significant burden on health care resources. With reference to the present scenario prevalence of atopic dermatitis in adults is increasing. The following article deals with one such case of atopic dermatitis which has revealed promising results with Staphysagria as a constitutional remedy.

KEYWORDS: Homoeopathy, Atopic dermatitis, SCORAD, Hanifin and Rajka criteria.

A 23 years old female patient reported to outpatient department of Government Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital on 03/03/2023 with complaint of eruptions over flexural aspect of bilateral upper limbs for 1 year.

The patient was apparently healthy till last year after which she gradually started developing eruptions over bilateral arm (flexor aspect) along with dryness of skin, itching followed by burning. The onset and progress of symptoms were gradual.

Past history: Frequently got cold in childhood

Local Examination of skin:

Calculation of SCORAD Score:

  • A= Upper extremities- Front of arm= 4.5+4.5= 9
  • B= {Redness- mild, Dryness- severe, Oozing- mild, Thickening- moderate, Swelling- none, Scratch mark- severe} = 10
  • C=Pruritis- 10, Insomnia-06 = 16


Rubrics selected:7

  • MIND- Ailments from- indignation
  • MIND- Ailments from- disappointment
  • MIND- Ailments from- embarrassment
  • SLEEP- SLEEPLESSNESS- sleepiness with
  • SKIN- Burning- scratching, after
  • SKIN- Eruption- eczema

In Homoeopathic literature, several medicines have been mentioned for the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis. The individualized homeopathic treatment has no side effects on account of the principle of minimal dose of medicine.9 In the above case Staphysagria has been used as constitutional remedy which has proved to be effective in the treatment of atopic dermatitis which is evident by the SCORAD Score that has been drastically reduced from the total of 52 at first visit to 2.8 at the end of follow up.

Also, the possible causal attribution of the changes in this case were assessed by using the Modified Naranjo Criteria (Table 4). The total score for the case (+9), as per these criteria, is relatively close to the maximum of +13 and suggests positive causal attribution of the individualized homoeopathic treatment to the clinical outcome.

Modified Naranjo Criteria Yes No Not sure  
1. Was there an improvement in the main

symptom or condition for which the homoeopathic medicine was prescribed?

+2 -1 0 +2
2. Did the clinical improvement occur within a plausible timeframe relative to the drug intake? +1 -1 0 +1
3. Was there an initial aggravation of symptoms? 0 0 0 0
4. Did the effect encompass more than the main symptom or condition (i.e., were other symptoms ultimately

improved or changed)?

+1 0 0 +1
5. Did overall well-being improve? (suggest using validated scale) +1 0 0 +1
6. Direction of cure: did some symptoms improve in the opposite order

of the development of symptoms of the disease?
















Direction of cure: did at least two of the following aspects apply to the order of improvement of symptoms

—from organs of more importance to those of less importance—from deeper to more superficial aspects of the individual—from the top


7. Did old symptoms (defined as nonseasonal

and non-cyclical that were previously thought to have resolved) reappear temporarily during the course of


0 0 0 0
8. Are there alternate causes (other than the medicine) that—with a high probability—could have caused the improvement? (Consider the known course of the disease, other forms of treatment, and other clinically relevant


-3 +1 0 +1
9. Was the health improvement confirmed by any objective evidence? (e.g., lab test,

clinical observation, etc.)

+2 0 0 +2
10. Did repeat dosing, if conducted, create similar clinical improvement? 0 0 0 0
Total score (Maximum score= +13; Minimum score = -3) 9

In this instance, a single dose of Staphysagria with infrequent repetition has been chosen. This case study highlights the competency of constitutional homoeopathic medicines. Atopic dermatitis is one ailment where homoeopathic treatment might help reverse the skin abnormalities. Since this is only one case report, more research needs to be done that might make this study useful.



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Dr Kiran Kumar G
MD Part-1, Department of Case Taking and Repertory
Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore-79
Email: kirankumarg1998@gmail.com

UGO Dr Munir Ahmed R
Professor Department of Case Taking and Repertory
Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore-79

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1 Comment

  1. Respected dear sir!
    One of my nephew is suffering with above mentioned complaint .
    Can you please help her
    Thanking You

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