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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 158-166

A comparative study of homoeopathic medicine - Sulphur with the Multidrug therapy in the treatment of paucibacillary leprosy

1 Leprosy Division, Institute of Health Studies & Rehabilitation, Durgapur, India
2 Department of Immunology, Rajendra Memorial Institute of Medical Sciences, (ICMR) Patna, India
3 Department of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Specialist, Diagnostic Pathology Division, Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ER) I A H &V B, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata, India

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Institute of Health Studies and Rehabilitation, 27 Tagore Avenue, Durgapur - 713 204, West Bengal, Kolkata
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7168.166375

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Background: Substantial number of patients with paucibacillary leprosy may still have active skin lesions at the end of MD treatment because of the continuing immune responses, though this does not denote failure of treatment. A clinical trial was conducted to compare efficacy of a homoeopathic medicine with MDT for the cure of leprosy. Aim: To compare the effect of a homoeopathic medicine - Sulphur with the Multi drug in the treatment of Paucibacillary leprosy according to WHO guidelines. Materials and Methods: Out of total 90 patients enlisted, 60 confirmed Borderline Tuberculoid (BT) leprosy patients of the age 14 years to less than 60 years were registered under this trial. All the patients were allotted a precoded number, randomly and equally divided in two groups. One group was treated with Sulphur in 200 potency in liquid orally once in week for two years and the other group received Paucibacillary (PB) regimen as recommended by WHO. At the end of two years findings were corroborated. Results: The study showed that MDT therapy (PB regimen) and homoeopathic medicine were found equally effective as histopathology of skin showed no granulomatous lesion. The most significant clinical sign observed in all cases treated with Sulphur was reappearance of normal skin colour and regain of loss of sensation of the skin lesion. Conclusions: MD therapy (PB regimen) and homoeopathic medicine were found equally effective. The patients of paucibacillary leprosy could get rid of the skin symptoms if treatment with Sulphur (is also given with MDT).

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