Dandruff is the unattractive flaking of skin on the scalp which occurs whenever the skin cells grow abnormally fast. These flakes are small and either white or gray.
Dandruff does not affect the hair and does not endanger health. It is often a symptom of another disorder, such as seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory scaling disease primarily of the scalp and face.
Signs & Symptoms
Diffuse scaling of the scalp
Diffuse itching of the scalp
Structure & Function: Hair, Skin and Nail Support
Adult Child/Adolescent Aloe vera* Biotin 400 - 800 mcg 200 - 400 mcg EPO 1 - 3 g 1 - 2 g L-acidophilus* Lecithin 4 - 6 g 2 - 3 g Vitamin B-6 25 - 50 mg 5 - 10 mg Zinc 20 - 30 mg 10 - 20 mg
* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
Note 1: Many people feel that the condition of the skin, externally, reflects the condition of the digestive tract, internally, hence cleansing products are often recommended; chief of which is probably Aloe Vera.
Note 2: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
1. Kali sulphuricum - 15C
2.* Badiaga - 6X - 15C
3. Arsenicum Album - 30C
Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.
X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.
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Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.
White oak bark
Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
Cedarwood Essence, Cypress Essence, Mandarin Essence, Myrrh Essence, Patchouli Essence, Rosemary Essence, Texas Cedarwood Essence.
Related Health ConditionsAbstracts
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