Dermatologists meet to expand use of pulse therapy

Dermatologists meet to expand use of pulse therapy

New Delhi: Imagine a patient who cannot eat food or put on clothes because of ulcers. Or being administered strong doses of medication that have after effects, are addictive and usually not even curative.

Skin ailments which were hitherto considered fatal or stubborn were reviewed by the country’s leading dermatologists at an international seminar on Pulse Therapy in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi earlier this week. According to skin experts Indians are more vulnerable to this predilection which is not gender specific.

Common treatment across the world consists of using corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive drugs which induce remission in the patient if used in adequate doses, but any attempt at withdrawing the drugs leads to recurrence, and recovery from pemphigus was usually not possible.

Use of pulse therapy innovatively brought miracle results. Administering large doses of the drugs intermittently saw quick recovery and superior therapeutic effect, while intermittent administration of drugs led to drastically reduced side effects and eventual curing from pemphigus.

Success of ‘pulse therapy’ (abbreviated as DCP amongst medical fraternity) devised by AIIMS’ dermatologists Dr J S Pasricha and Dr Ramji Gupta, in 1982 went on to be adopted in Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Dubai and South Africa to treat auto-immune skin diseases. Further research is being carried out in using pulse therapy for other medical conditions.