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Scope of Homoeopathy in the Treatment of Cystic Acne Using the Complete Repertory – A Prospective Study

Key words:  Cystic Acne – C.A.; Complete Repertory by Dr Roger Van Zandvoort – C.R.Z.

Introduction: Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous complex which predominantly affects the peripubertal age group and clinically manifests as comedones (open/closed), papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts and heals with scars. It is known as cystic when there is perifollicular inflammation and lesion size becomes > 5mm.  The principal events involve increased sebum production, abnormal follicular keratization and proliferation of bacteria Propionibacterium acne leading to inflammation of sebaceous gland. People of all races and ages suffer from acne but most commonly it is seen in adolescent young adults. Nearly 85% of people between the ages of 12-24 years develop this complaint.

This study is intended for the betterment of the patient who is affected from Cystic acne and to determine the effect of homoeopathic medicines arrived at using the Complete Repertory. Homoeopathy is based on a holistic approach which treats not only the disease, but the patient as a whole, which tends to cure.

Aims and Objectives: The study had the following objectives:

Materials and Methods: The study was conducted at the O.P.D./I.P.D. of Dr. Madan Pratap Khunteta Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Station Road, Jaipur, INDIA.  50 cases of all age group were selected for the study by a random sampling method irrespective of their sex, caste, religion and duration of illness.  The study was conducted for a period of 6 months w.e.f. March 25th, 2014. The follow–up of the cases was done at an interval of 7-15 days, as per the gravity of the case for the duration of 1to 6 months, as per the remedy response.

Detailed case taking and clinical examination was carried out to determine the diagnosis. Laboratory and other relevant investigations related to the case whenever necessary were done. Effectiveness of the homoeopathic treatment was assessed according to statistical principles on the basis of change in the score taken before and after acne treatment with homeopathic medicines, as well as the subjective feeling of improvement and improvement in laboratory parameters.

Discussions and Summary based on the study are as follows:

Result: In this study, 9 cases (18%) in this study were cured while 38 cases (76%) were observed improved, 3cases (6%) showed no improvement and 3 cases (6%) were dropped out.

In the study, Nat. mur. was prescribed in the most cases i.e. 20 cases (40%)  followed by Bryonia in 7 cases (14%), Nat. carb. in 5 cases (10%), Calc. sulph. & Lyco. in 4 cases (8%) each, Nat. phos. & Puls. In 2 cases (4%) each, Antim crud, Calc. carb., Merc.sol., Nat. sulph., Phos. & Sulphur were prescribed in the minimum number cases i.e. in 1 case (2%) each.


  1. Standard error of the mean differences:

=s    = 5.56

  1. The estimation of the population standard deviation is-
  2. Critical ratio or t calculated


The tcalculated for this study is 17.4677 and ttabulated is 1.6766, hence  tcalculated > ttabulated, the null hypothesis is rejected at 5% level of significance. Thus the alternative hypothesis is accepted. Therefore it can be clearly concluded with the help of t-test that there is significant improvement in the patient’s condition after treatment.


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