A 36-years-old male patient from Punjab, Mr. S.S. (PIN: 35979) visited Life Force clinic on 3rd March 2018 for the treatment of Oral Lichen Planus. He was suffering from oral lichen planus from December 2016. He had active white lacy lesions on the inner side of his cheeks and on the tongue. He was experiencing the burning sensation and dryness in the mouth. His complaints started after the onset of stressful situations in the workplace. His complaints would aggravate after having spicy food and would get better in terms of relief by having cold water and sweets. He took immuno-suppressive medicines for a few days, which gave him temporary relief.
His appetite was average. He liked sweets more than other food and had a strong disliking for milk and sour things. He was a chronic smoker and would smoke 4-5 times/day. He would take whiskey once in a week. His father was Diabetic and suffered from Tuberculosis.
He was a government forest contractor and had stress at the workplace. He was reserved by nature and has anticipatory anxiety about office related work. He had social anxiety. His sleep was disturbed and had recurrent dreams of a dead father demanding for food. He had two children, and his wife was a homemaker.
On 15th April 2018 during his first follow-up, the patient reported his relief from the sensitivity to the warm and spicy food was better by 50%. But, the lesions on his tongue and cheeks had increased mildly. The new set of medicines were sent across, and he was advised to update after 6 weeks.
On 14th July 2018, the patient informed that his lesions had increased further. So, he was advised to get his blood tests done, and it was found that his sugar levels were high. Based on the reports, it was advised to the patient to consult Diabetologist and start the medicines for his high blood sugar levels, as high blood sugar levels may act as a maintaining cause for the hindrance in the recovery from oral lichen planus. Also, Dr. Shah revised the medicines.
In the month of September 2018, the patient reported that his relief from the lesions and burning sensation was better by 70%. There were no new lesions, and he started with Allopathic medicines for his Diabetes complaint. Thereafter, there was a persistent recovery in his oral lichen planus.
On 6th December 2018, the patient happily reported that all his active lesions were healed. He had no more burning sensation or sensitivity to the warm and spicy food. He was able to enjoy his food now. He is still continuing with the medicines for a complete recovery.
This case illustrates that homeopathy is highly effective in treating Oral Lichen Planus. At Life Force, where Dr. Shah is working for more than two decades on Lichen planus, we have been able to treat most cases of Oral Lichen Planus with success with homeopathic treatment which is individualized, effective, and totally safe.
Written by Dr. Mithila K, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah