Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Baking Soda and Borax
- Barrier Product
- Borax, Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
- Coconut Oil
- Comfrey Root Ointment
- Dietary Changes
- Eliminate Vitamin D
- General Feedback
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- L-Lysine, B-6
- Lichen Planopilaris Remedies
- Low Carb Diet
- Low Carb Diet, Vitamin-B Complex
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf
- Ph Regulation
- Remedies Needed
- Tea Tree Oil, Dietary Changes, Urine
- Vitamin E Oil
- Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Baking Soda and Borax
- Wet Cloth
07/26/2012: Ashwini from Faridabad, India: "Hi I'm ashwini. I have been suffering from lichen planus for almost 2 years. Well till now all the itching and all has reduced but I'm left with the scars. So it would be great if you could help me out on this my age..."
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07/15/2012: Mianca from Fairburn, Georgia, United States: "My son is 6 years old and got diagnosed with lichen planus 6 months ago. Although the medication he is taking has relieved him of the dry scaly skin, lesions, and red irritated bumps associated with the disorder, I have grown weary trying to find a remedy for the scarring and spots on his skin. He was misdiagnosed five times by other doctors that thought it was eczema before the right analysis was made. Please send me any recommendations that would be safe for a child to get rid of the spots that pretty much cover his entire body."
06/25/2012: Lynne from Redington Beach, Florida Usa: "Who is Ted and what does he recommend? I have L.P. in my mouth, and on my lower arms. Just been diagonosed and would love and greatly appreciate help! Thank you!"
05/09/2012: Taylor from St. petersburg, Florida: "Please help me. I have been suffering with a fungus on my scalp and have been to several dermatogolist for the past 15 years and to no avail. I now look like bozo the clown. I'm now a 52 year old female. This started back in 1999. Please help. I once had a beautiful head of hair and now have to wear wigs. I really have hair loss in the visual aspect like bozo the clown. The dermatogolist said it's Lichen Planus on my scalp. Lastly 2009, I've had steroid shots in the scalp which was very painful and years later now it's the worst. Other solutions they have used are 2003 fugoid tincture, don't think this was used very long, clobeta propionate topical, fluocinolone acetonide topical oil (apply for few hours then shampoo out), ketoconazole cream.
The symptons are itchy red scalp and hair loss. It started as a small pea size in center of head and now has spread in a larger circle. I have no other health problems are on any meds except cholestorol, but that is under control w good htl. 5'4 190 lbs, 1 ovary only. I take a multi vit daily, fish oil, hawthorne supplment, coq10, garlic three time a week. Please help me, Sir. I don't want to be bald. Happilly married of 28 years. Taylor, St.Petersburg, Fl."Replies
05/09/2012: Linda from Blaine, Wa replies: "Hi Taylor, I would suggest using UT (Urine Therapy) on your scalp. Simply collect the first mornings urine by passing the first bit and then collecting the midstream only. You can rinse your hair with this and leave it on for a good hour or more. Then rinse out with conditioner. It has no odour and is wonderful for hair and scalp conditions. I was losing my hair due to a fungal infection. I lived with this condition for over 4 years and tried everything. Spent thousands $$$ trying to eradicate to no avail. I started researching UT via Earth Clinic and also Google. After the first application I noticed a huge difference and am no longer losing my hair. My hair feels soft and the red bumps have gone away. Hope this helps."
04/03/2012: Rose from Bangalore, India: "Hi, I am 26 and identified with lichen planus pigmentosus. My Doctor has prescribed topical corticosteroid, hydroquinone cream and Suncros Sunscreen. So this like a morning cream, night cream and a day cream, which I should repeat every 4 hrs (the sunscreen). I find myself spending a lot of time on creams. After 1 month of treatment I find that my skin as a whole has improved, but not much changes to the marks on the neck and face. I also take an Oxidon plus tablet on a daily basis. The side effect is that, now I have lots of pimples on my neck. Should I continue this treatment? Plz advise me..."Replies
04/18/2012: Dcheselka from Nobleton, Florida, Us replies: "I just ordered sulpher tablets because that's what doctors gave me when I was a kid, whenever I got sores, I hope it works. Will post back on that. Nothing else I've tried has worked, like antibiotics, neosporin, calamine, salt bath. I decided to go to work inside to boost my immune system and enjoy foods or drinks that are antioxidents. Good luck - i'll be back to let you know how that works!"
08/25/2012: Kathy from Orangevale, California Usa replies: "Hi does anyone have lichen planopilaris? It attacks the hair follociles and causes scarring and baldness. thank you"
11/01/2011: Towergrl from Birmingham, Al, Usa: "Should I take selenium tabs to help with my lichen planus? Nothing from the doc is helping?? If anyone has tips, please share??"
10/03/2011: F from London, Uk: "Hi, My mother is suffering from lichen planus from last two years. Please send me the details of treatment she requires or any medicine we need to cure this disease.
Kind regards, Fahad"
09/22/2011: Flg82 from Norristown, Pa: "Any remedies to help with this? My friend is losing her hair and very overwhelmed by this.."Replies
12/29/2011: Matt from Idaho replies: "Well John,
You talked about the hair and weight loss. There are many online brands providing diet plans to control hair and weight loss. This is amazing."
04/28/2011: Hating Planus from Boston, Ma: "i was diagnosed with lichen planus about 14 years ago... At first only got it on the ankles and wrist... And was treated with steroid creams. Eleven years later... Got it again this time started on my elbow and moved down my arm... Eventually spreading all over my body! Had a biopsy done bcuz some of the sores were pus filled bubbles... Drs diagnosis was a lichen planus eruption caused by ibuprophen!!! Ive taken this medicine plenty of times before and this has never happened.... Its all over me dark samll spots and some massive clusters... Everywhere!!! I hate them.. Ive had all the topical steroid creams... The high doses of prednisone... Even the uv light treatments... Which ultimately burned me.... Now I have also been diagnosed with eczema ! Some spots on my face and neck... I always feel like I have bugs biting me! I want the spots to go away... Dr says the spots should go away on their own in a yr or two... Well its been 3 yrs going on 4 and its not budging!!!
I hate my body... And hate the summer I dont even go swimming anymore. I want somthing natural to get rid of these scars... And I want desperately to know what is the cause of LICHEN PLANUS and why drs dont think it odd or damaging enuff to look into the reasons why and what the cure could be..... very uncomfortable with my skin."Replies
04/28/2011: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi, I'm so sorry you are so miserable. Have you looked into Traditional Chinese medicine? I am sure they can help you. I've seen so many amazing results w/ TCM. They do find the root cause of symptoms the body manifests unlike Western medicine which gives you medications to cover up the symptoms and also leading to other issues. In Chinese Medicine it's fascinating how seemingly unrelated things are all from the same source so they treat the organs for the symptoms that are manifesting. You might want to look into it. I hope this helps. Best to you..."
04/29/2011: Bill from San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Hating Planus... It's well known that doctor's don't have any clue about lichen planus. When this happens they call it an auto-immune problem.
Try this as a simple topical remedy:
Add 1 part by volume 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Add Borax crystals until no more dissolves
Add 1 part by volume Milk of Magnesia
Half fill a small whisky glass with 3% HP. Add Borax crystals until no more dissolve then add MoM to the top. Use this to spread over the lichen planus area. Leave it on the skin for 30 minutes or longer -- it will form a white powder on the skin. Then wash off and apply lavender oil.
You can buy the ordinary 3% HP chemical grade and the MoM at any chemists. The borax can be bought in any supermarket as 20 Mule Team Borax -- sold in the laundry isle.
Just using the MoM on its own got rid of my own tinea cruris(jock itch) of 8 years. I would apply it after my shower before bed and wash it off in the morning. Disappeared in 2 days. MoM is also very cool and wonderfully soothing when applied to the skin. MoM kills all microbes in 2 ways. First, it has an alkaline pH of about 10 -- enough to kill any virus, bacteria or fingus. Second, it is hydrophobic, drives water out of the area quickly and dehydrates the microbes, killing them.
Borax is the ultimate fungal killer. Also kills mycoplasmas as well.
HP is also a broad spectrum microbial killer.
Here are some more options for you from Ted:
05/10/2011: Elly from Topeka, Kansas replies: "Hi Bill, I tried the borax, 3% H2O2, & MoM in a shot glass like you said but the H2O2 and the borax became rock hard after a short time and I'm having trouble getting it out of the shot glass. It did take away the itch but the next day the itch is back. I take it this has to be repeated each day? I will put less borax in next time. The lavender oil is so strong and gives me a headache."
07/26/2012: Ashwini from Faridabad, India replies: "Hi I'm ashwini. I have been suffering from lichen planus for almost 2 years. Well till now all the itching and all has reduced but I'm left with the scars. So it would be great if you could help me out on this my age is 16 and I am female. Pls I serioulsy need a very good remedy that could help me to get rid of this scar asap."
02/13/2011: Quinn from New York, Ny, United States: "Dear Ted
Recently I read your reponse on curing Lichen Planus. I as well am a victim of this dreadful rash and have suffered with it, and other forms of Psoraisis for years now and currently have breakouts of Lichen Planus in several areas of my body. I did start your mentioned program, and am now using the lavender oil, which has been most helpful in slowing down the itch. I also have adapted the lemon and baking soda twice a day. I am confused as you mentioned that the lemon and baking soda should help destroy the lichen planus, as the alkkaline will balance ones own ph. This lead me to check my ph which is very high already in the alkaline... Higher then 7. 5. I am now questioning my need to take the lemon and baking soda and wonder if not that then what can I do to destroy the lichen planus or at best put it at bay for a while.
Desperately looking forward to hearing from you.
Tea Tree Oil, Dietary Changes, Urine
[YEA] 10/18/2009: Sativa Jones from Pahoa, Hawaii: "I was diagnosed two months ago with lichen planus. I have the rash on my ankles, inner wrists, underside of my tongue and inside the walls of my mouth. For the itch on my ankles and wrist I rub three things on the rash that immediately stop the itch. First I rub tea tree oil on it followed by olive oil (organic) and baking soda. This is not a cure for lichen planus only a treatment for the itch.
Diet is key to controlling the intensity of the rash. Basically you have to eliminate all sugars (including honey and agave) dont eat any bread or white rice no processed food etc. you have to get super clean on your diet. I have since gone 90% raw which helps alot.
I got rid of the bumps inside my mouth and the painful lesions on the underside of my tongue by gargling with my urine. I know this might be hard to believe but google "urine therapy" and you will see that urine has a long and ancient history of being used as a medicine."
09/10/2010: Blackandmoore from Boston, Ma, Usa replies: "I found this very interesting been suffering with the rash on my hands, arms, feet, legs and lower back. I have been using Aloe, and had made those diet changes you talked about. However over the past few weeks, I have been eating more sugar and white flour and for sure it has flared up again. Thanks for your suggestions."
07/17/2012: Love My Wife from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: "My wife has LP for for few months now. Her skin ( the bumps ) has decreased alot after using TURMERIC POWDER ( the one used in Indian cooking masalas ) during bath every time. My self I have learned abour SUJOK THERAPY, since today, I have started 10 mins of YELLOW LIGHT ( I am a photographer too so I am using my stuidio light with YELLOW FILTER ) to beam directly on the front palm 5 mins, and back palm 5 mins. Before she goes to sleep, I am trying COLOUR THERAPY.... lets pray it makes her well soon."
Vitamin E Oil
[YEA] 02/12/2012: Dima Nesh from Amman, Jordan: "Vitamine E for Lichen Planus -- I'm going to make this short and simple. I've been dealing with stress for the past 5 years and that's when my symptoms started to show. In 2007 my first Lichen Planus breakout started to show on the inside of my wrists. I tried every medication and every cream there was. I was using vitamine E oil for my face at the time because I always read it was good for the skin so I decided to give it a try. I popped the capsule and spread the oil on the inside of my wrists and I cannot remember how they totally faded away.
I've been using it for the past 2 weeks since my recent outbreak and I have noticed a dramatic change. No itching, no redness. The rash starts to fade away by becoming brownish color. I'm using one capsule a day every day.
I do not guarantee it will work on every person because I think it depends on the severity of the outbreaks but you should definitely give it a try.
I hope it works out for all of you looking for a cure."
Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Baking Soda and Borax
[YEA] 12/07/2007: Doug from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "I tried your treatment. Vitamin K and D and baking soda. I also used borax for a couple of weeks but had such good results got lazy and quit the borax. I was two days from going to Hawaii for our 25th anniversary and was not getting better. My doctor told me not' to go.. Two days after starting treatment I had amazing results and now the lichen planus is going away. In fact the salt water in the ocean along with some sun and the treatment had amazing results. I was using all kinds of creams for itching and two days after the treatments started have not had to use any creams.. I still have a little itching but thats just from the healing of the areas. I also am taking grape fruit seed extract and that appears to be keeping any bacterial infections from starting. I am very thankfull. Doug. ps I have had toe nail fungus for four years and doctors did not want to treat. I see that I now have pink starting to show where the toenail starts growth... looks like it may be curing that also."Replies
12/26/2008: Rawy from Caroni, Trinidad replies: "hellow i live in Trinidad and i have lichin planus, it is on my head arms and legs hydrosone ointment do not work can you give me a simple remeady please"
05/02/2010: Gloria from Buffalo, New York replies: "This is my first time to this site and I realize that a lot of poeople are very desperate to find a cure or some relief, I haven't been diagnosed yet I have an appt with a skin specialist in june. It took that long to get the appointment. It started 8 months ago with a couple of bumps on my wrists and it stayed that way till about one month ago, now it is all over my body except my face and chest. it literally is all over my body and I really get no relief unless I scratch till it bleeds. Will my body be scarred like this forever? I had really good skin till this. I have seen a couple Drs but none knew what it was I looked at pictures on the web I have it in all the classic places, that is how I diagnosed myself. What is acv and all this vit d and etc what are the dose and how to apply and/or drink or gargle. please help."
05/03/2010: Gwendolyn from Littleton, Nh, Usa replies: "Hello Doug, Rawy, Gloria,
I also was diagnosed with Neurodermatitis which another term for Lichen Planus thru a skin biopsy. The Dermatologist now says I have Eczema and to live with it. I can not stop scratching it's unbearable and I feel like my skin is crawling and recently I would feel like I was getting bit. I started following Ted's recommendations. Raw apple cider vinegar 2 tbls with 1/8 to 1/2 tsp. of baking soda with a little water. Try to do this twice a day. I also have been taking 1/8 Borax (20 Mule Team) NOT BORIC ACID very important in 1 liter of distilled water. Drink thru out the day and when finished continue with good drinking water. This kills any "nanoinsects" I tried the methylene blue also read about this on this site! I have had this condition for at least six years. And am very anxious for it to be gone. Most of my Doctors have said it was caused by stress. Not giving me much hope and thank goodness I found this site. This is the first time in years that I feel like my skin is getting better. I feel like I have three different skin conditions going on. Yes I have eczema, but there are also patches of tiny bumps like a hives rash. The last is these red painful bumps that sometimes turn into pimples. If I don't scratch they go away. I may have parasites and this is causing the third condition. I have also started a candida free diet. Body Ecology is a good place to start. Also recommended is a thing called the zapper.Google it. Let me clarify Do the borax 4 days on 3 days off or every other day. Methylene blue I do eveyday and apply to skin this is a .01% solution with Vitamin C also.read about this!. Apple Cider Vinegar I try to do everyday!!! This has really helped! I also tried applying it to my skin. Burns and then helps with the itch. Another thing to help with itch is a high dose of Vitamin C (asorbic Acid!!!! only)5000 mg to 10,000 mg a day. I hope this helps Read all the Eczema posts! and Methylene blue. I'm also trying Tumeric for the red scars to heal! I'm also a user of food grade Hydrogen Peroxide but have not been using it during these methods but plan to go back to it soon!
I know your suffering and hope this helps!
05/04/2010: Gwendolyn from Littleton, Nh, Usa replies: "In my above post I confused Lichin Planus with Lichen Simplex Chronicus! So sorry for this but one could try these rememdies, they are inexpensive and may help. I agree it starts from within and cleansing is always good."
02/15/2011: Quinn from New York, Ny replies: "Hi Gwendolyn, please clarify, I have lichen planus and I hear so many mentions of Borax (20 mule team) if I am not mistaken this is a laundry or cleaning powder? Are you saying drink this? I am not opposed, I just need to know if this is a part of the formula you are suggesting. I am simply looking for some sort of a solution to kill the parasites that invade the body causing these rashes to continue living. Thank you"
09/08/2011: Irina from West Orange, N.j. replies: "I got lichen planus 8 months ago. Nothing helped until the doctor prescribed Clobex ( Clobetasol Propionate). The suggestion was to use this spray two times a day for two weeks. I only had to do this procedure for three days before the rash went away. I strongly recommend this medicine even though it is very costly. My doctor gave me a coupon which enabled me to only have to pay $140.00. I suggest if you have this problem to use this product as it is well worth the cost. Good luck!"
[YEA] 05/06/2007: Patrick from Fermeuse, Canada: "Lichen Planus of the skin. I have tried numerous steroids with temporary relief. There was always a re-occurance. The best home treatment is to apply a wet cloth to affected areas. Allow the cloth to remain on the lesions for at least twenty minutes. Repeat this treatment three times daily. Significant improvement noticed. Itching completely stopped."