Leucoderma (vitiligo) | Herbal Treatment For Leucoderma

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Vitiligo is a medical condition in which irregular, white patches appear on the skin because of loss of melanin, the pigment that determines the color of skin, hair and eyes. While the exact cause is not known, heredity and a disturbed immune system are believed to be important contributing factors to this condition, which is also known as leucoderma. Vitiligo is more of a cosmetic condition than a disease, however, for some, it may have devastating emotional and psychological consequences.

Vitiligo is known in Ayurveda as "Shwitra" or "Kilaas". The ancient texts clearly mention that this condition is not contagious, and does not cause symptoms like other skin diseases.

Traditional Ayurvedic formulations which are useful in this condition are: Arogya Vardhini, Trivanga Bhasma, Mahamanjishthadi Qadha (decoction), Khadirarishta, Krumikuthar Rasa, Krumimudgar Rasa, Saarivasav and Rasa Manikya. Herbal medicines useful for vitiligo are: Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Triphala (Three fruits), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Khadir (Acacia catechu), Vidanga (Embilia ribes) and Bavachi (Psoralia corylifolia).

Bavachi has a special place in vitiligo treatment. It is applied on the skin in the form of a paste or oil, and the affected skin parts are exposed for a few minutes to the mild rays of the sun, at particular times of the day. It is also given for oral consumption in the form of powder or tablets. Some physicians prefer to give this medicine in gradually increasing doses for a few weeks, and then taper it gradually.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Vacha (Acorus calamus) and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) are useful to reduce stress. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), and Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra) are useful to correct the disturbed immune system.

Some Ayurvedic physicians recommend blood letting (either by leech application or by using a syringe or surgical knife) from the affected skin patches, as part of the therapy. Yet others believe that treatment of "Krumi" or worms is an important part of treatment.

Treatment for this condition is long-term, and may take anything from three to eighteen months. The duration of treatment may not be proportional to the extent of skin involvement, probably because of a disturbed immune system. For example, some persons with widespread vitiligo may respond very fast, whereas others with a few skin patches may respond slowly.

Bleaching is considered to be an efficient method for enhancing your appearance. There are various creams and lotions available now that promises to treat vitiligo and other skin problems with ease. One of the most powerful bleaching agents is Hydroquinone but you should strictly avoid its usage. This ingredient can cause deadly disorders such as thyroid problems, liver damage and leukemia. However, there are various other safe alternatives such as lemon juice extract, Alpha-Arbutin, kojic acid, licorice extract and niacinamide (Vitamin B3) that can be easily used for treating vitiligo.

Skin Bleaching Creams

Revitol is also an effective bleaching cream that is made up of herbal extracts. This ointment can easily treat several skin complications such as hyper pigmentation, melasma and age spots with panache.

Meladerm is a pigment reducing ointment that claims to diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration just within 2 weeks. It not only rectifies your complexion but also visibly reduce the appearance of various skin complications such as hyper pigmentation, melasma, age spots, birth marks and scars. Some of the main ingredients of this cream are Alpha-Arbutin, kojic acid, licorice extract, lemon juice extract, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), lactic acid, emblica powder, mulberry extract and bear berry extract. This cream contains no hydroquinone, mercury or steroids.

Those patients whose had Vitiligo marks on face area and consumed Ginkgo had the spread halted where as people with similar condition but people in placebo group did not face any reversals. Group Ginkgo, complete or marked 40 percent from this group had re pigmentation but just 10 percent from placebo had something similar to show.

For those who are looking for just an additional supplement to help them recover there are specified studies being carried out for them, vitamin C, PABA, folic acid with vitamin B12 and L phenylalanine are few to name. No such side effects are there thus seen far with regards to Vitiligo treatments.
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This article was published on 2010/10/01