Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Vitiligo Treatment Health Feed

Vitiligo - Try Homeopathy For It!

Dr. Rupali Girolkar 87% (10 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Yavatmal
Vitiligo - Try Homeopathy For It!

People suffering from Vitiligo have patches of discolored skin on face, limbs, and body. Though the condition is neither life-threatening nor contagious, the unsightly patches may beget emotional stress. 

Vitiligo may also affect hair, inside of mouth and eyes. It may turn a portion of hair white, discolor a part of the mouth and change the natural color of eyes. 

There is traditional treatment for this disease, but the outcome is often unpredictable. Such treatment may also cause serious side effects. Homeopathy may treat this condition successfully. In fact, a study has shown that homeopathy may be quite effective in early stages of Vitiligo. 

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterized by destruction of epidermal melanin cells, leading to loss of skin pigment. It affects about 2% of the population. Both men and women are likely to suffer from this condition. It mostly develops between the ages of 10 and 30. However, in some people it may also show up around the age of 40.

Causes

The apparent reason for the disease is the destruction of melanocytes; cells that impart color to the skin. An autoimmune condition is considered to be responsible for this. An overactive immune system may turn upon the melanocytes and destroy them.  

Symptoms 

Sporadic loss of skin color throughout the body including hair and eyes. 
One may start losing skin color quickly in several areas of the body simultaneously. 
Places like armpits and areas that were previously injured are commonly affected by discoloration.  

Treatment 

Doctors resort to re-pigmenting by UV light, skin lightening, and even skin graft. Even if such treatment is successful, there is no guarantee that the patches will not return. Such treatment often entails the risk of side effects.
Homeopathic treatment rarely has any side effect. More and more people are turning to homeopathy for the treatment of Vitiligo. 

Homeopathic Treatment of Vitiligo

For people suffering from Vitiligo, it is a war in two fronts, and homeopathy has the distinction of fighting such wars. 
Since Vitiligo is most probably an autoimmune condition, patients need a constitutional remedy to prevent the immune system from attacking skin cells. 
They also need to fight the skin discoloration so that the skin can get back some of its lost color.  
A study conducted on 14 patients to assess the effect of homeopathy on Vitiligo has yielded very positive results. In this study, patients were subjected to customized homeopathic treatment. Patients in the early stages of Vitiligo were found to respond positively to homeopathic treatment. 

Conclusion

Traditional treatment for Vitiligo is time-consuming, expensive and entails side effects. Moreover, the condition may relapse after a complete or partial cure. Homeopathy may offer complete or partial relief permanently since it offers both constitutional and symptomatic remedy. 

3438 people found this helpful

Vitiligo - Know The Diet & Lifestyle Tips To Manage It Well!

Dr. Ravish Kamal 87% (10 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
Vitiligo - Know The Diet & Lifestyle Tips To Manage It Well!

Vitiligo or Leucoderma is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body. Similar patches also appear on both the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose), and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball).

The hair that grows on areas affected by Vitiligo sometimes turns white. The most widely accepted view is that the depigmentation occurs because Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease - a disease in which a person's immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues.

Causes:

In Ayurveda, the reason behind autoimmune diseases is mostly virudh aahar sevan, that is, eating foods that are opposite in nature (such as eating fish and milk together). This results in toxin formation inside the body, which ultimately disturbs the immune system due to which the pigment-producing melanocytes cells get degenerated, causing Vitiligo.

Additionally, Vitiligo is said to be associated with certain auto-immune and inflammatory diseases such as Thyroid, DiabetesPsoriasis and Pernicious Anemia. Vitiligo may also be hereditary; that is, it can run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop Vitiligo.

Symptoms:

  • White patches on the skin
  • Premature graying of scalp hair
  • Loss of color inside the mouth

Ayurvedic Vitiligo Treatment:

According to Ayurveda, Vitiligo or Shwitra is caused due to the aggravation of Pitta in the body. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor that symbolizes fire and is manifested in the skin, along with other organs. Pitta is of five types. One of them is Bhrajak Pitta, which gives coloration to the skin. In the case of Vitiligo, Bhrajak Pitta gets imbalanced, leading to the formation of ama, which consequently impairs deeper body tissues such as rasa dhatu (nutrient plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscles) and lasika (lymph). This ultimately causes depigmentation of the skin.

The disease is deep-rooted and needs specific treatment that includes the right diet and specialized herbal combinations to pacify Pitta and cleanse ama from the body.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice:

  • Whole grains like porridge and whole wheat products are better than highly refined carbohydrates like pasta.
  • Adequate hydration is an important component of a healthy diet which should not be ignored.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin C such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and green tea should either be avoided or consumed in minimal quantities.
  • Avoid eating non-vegetarian foods like fish and red meats, as they may be highly antigenic and may worsen the autoimmune process. Also avoid eggs, milk, and dairy products.
  • Alcoholic and flavored drinks, ice creams, chocolates and any form of junk food is not recommended.
  • Avoid intake of sour foods like pickles, sour yogurt, and sour strawberries.
  • Neem in any form is useful. Mung dal is also good.
5116 people found this helpful

Vitiligo - Can Homeopathy Handle It?

Dr. Shyamal Kishore 88% (10 ratings)
DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Ahmedabad
Vitiligo - Can Homeopathy Handle It?

People suffering from Vitiligo have patches of discolored skin on face, limbs, and body. Though the condition is neither life-threatening nor contagious, the unsightly patches may beget emotional stress. 

Vitiligo may also affect hair, inside of mouth and eyes. It may turn a portion of hair white, discolor a part of the mouth and change the natural colour of eyes. 

There is traditional treatment for this disease, but the outcome is often unpredictable. Such treatment may also cause serious side effects. Homeopathy may treat this condition successfully. In fact, a study has shown that homeopathy may be quite effective in the early stages of Vitiligo. 

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterized by destruction of epidermal melanin cells, leading to loss of skin pigment. It affects about 2% of the population. Both men and women are likely to suffer from this condition. It mostly develops between the ages of 10 and 30. However, in some people it may also show up around the age of 40.

Causes

The apparent reason for the disease is the destruction of melanocytes; cells that impart colour to the skin. An autoimmune condition is considered to be responsible for this. An overactive immune system may turn upon the melanocytes and destroy them.  

Symptoms 

Sporadic loss of skin color throughout the body including hair and eyes. 
One may start losing skin color quickly in several areas of the body simultaneously. 
Places like armpits and areas that were previously injured are commonly affected by discoloration.  

Treatment 
Doctors resort to re-pigmenting by UV light, skin lightening, and even skin graft. Even if such treatment is successful, there is no guarantee that the patches will not return. Such treatment often entails the risk of side effects.

Homeopathic treatment rarely has any side effect. More and more people are turning to homeopathy for the treatment of Vitiligo. 

Homeopathic Treatment of Vitiligo

For people suffering from Vitiligo, it is a war on two fronts, and homeopathy has the distinction of fighting such wars. 
Since Vitiligo is most probably an autoimmune condition, patients need a constitutional remedy to prevent the immune system from attacking skin cells. 
They also need to fight the skin discoloration so that the skin can get back some of its lost colours.  
A study conducted on 14 patients to assess the effect of homeopathy on Vitiligo has yielded very positive results. In this study, patients were subjected to customized homeopathic treatment. Patients in the early stages of Vitiligo were found to respond positively to homeopathic treatment. 

Conclusion
Traditional treatment for Vitiligo is time-consuming, expensive and entails side effects. Moreover, the condition may relapse after a complete or partial cure. Homeopathy may offer complete or partial relief permanently since it offers both constitutional and symptomatic remedy. 

1 person found this helpful

Is Green Tea Good For Vitiligo?

Dr. Ravish Kamal 87% (10 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
Is Green Tea Good For Vitiligo?

The patches of discoloration on the face are unsightly, to say the least. Yet there is hardly any cure for Vitiligo. Although there are treatments for Vitiligo available, it is not possible to cure the patient completely. Either it comes back or it refuses to completely fade away. This is why people suffering from Vitiligo have been searching for alternative therapies.

Green tea is the go-to beverage when it comes to detoxifying the body and enhancing immunity. Surprisingly, it is used by Vitiligo patients too for treating their symptoms. This is based on facts and studies have confirmed that green tea is indeed beneficial for treatment of Vitiligo.

Research Findings On Effect Of Green Tea On Vitiligo:

Green tea has several constituents that are beneficial for health in some way or the other. It contains caffeine, minerals and catechins. Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG is a catechin that has been studied for its effect on Vitiligo. EGCG is an important constituent of green tea, and it is the same element that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Green tea is found to be medically useful as it has anti-inflammatory, immune modulating and antioxidant character. However, the effect of green tea on Vitiligo was unknown.

The study has confirmed that Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can delay the onset of Vitiligo, tone down the aggression of Vitiligo, and reduce the area of loss of pigmentation. The study also suggested that the application of green tea on depigmented sites can increase the density of melanin, a prerequisite for treating Vitiligo. Overall, the study suggested that green tea may be an important weapon in the fight against Vitiligo.

However, the benefits of green tea for Vitiligo are not restricted to EGCG. Antioxidants use in bringing down the symptoms of Vitiligo has been studied. It has been found that antioxidants have the effect of abetting pigmentation which, in turn, can bring down Vitiligo. Since green tea is an excellent antioxidant, it can surely be a booster for pigmentation and melanin production, and contribute to reduction in Vitiligo symptoms.

Other Beneficial Effects of Green Tea:

Green tea can be beneficial not only for treating Vitiligo, but also for treating the discomfort of Vitiligo. People suffering from Vitiligo are averse for going outside since long exposure to sunlight can cause itching and discomfort. With about two cups of green tea on a regular basis and application of green tea on the depigmented sites, it is possible to bring down itching, irritation, and discomfort. This implies that using green tea for Vitiligo may be a good option.

Conclusion:

It is rarely possible to cure Vitiligo completely. It also appears to be very unlikely to stop recurrence of Vitiligo. However, with regular application and use of green tea one may be able to control the spread of this disease and also bring down its severity. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune modulatory functions of green tea can be a boon for Vitiligo patients as well as for overall health in general.

6142 people found this helpful

Homeopathic Treatment For Vitiligo!

Dr. Jyoti Singh 91% (853 ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopath, Delhi

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an acquired autoimmune disorder in which there is a focal loss of melanocytes which are pigment-producing cells in the skin and give tone to our skin. In case of vitiligo; melanocytes are targeted by the immune system of the body and are destroyed resulting in loss of pigment from the area.

Risk factors

  • Family history of vitiligo
  • Family history of autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, thyroid, adrenal disorders etc.
  • Associated autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, thyroid, adrenal disorders etc.
  • Trauma and sunburn


Types of vitiligo

Vitiligo may be classified into localized vitiligo and generalized vitiligo.

  • Localized vitiligo may be further classified into:
    • Focal: in this type hypo-pigmented spots are confined to one or more area.
    • Segmental: in this type of vitiligo one or more areas of hypo-pigmentation is seen but spots are confined to one side of the body only. This type is usually seen in children.
    • Mucosal: in this type of vitiligo only mucous membrane is affected.
       
  • Generalized vitiligo can be classified further into:
  • Acrofacial: hypopigmentation seen on parts which are away from the centre of the body i. E. Face, head, extremities etc.
  • Universal: hypopigmentation covering almost whole body.

Mixed type of vitiligo may also be seen in which various patterns can be seen together.

Symptoms & causes
Symptoms

  • Hypopigmented spots on the skin usually starting from the sun-exposed areas. Sometimes graying of hair on the affected parts is seen along with graying of eyelashes.
  • Mucosal linings are also affected in few, causing depigmentation of the mucous membranes.
  • Itching may also be seen in few cases especially in active stage along with sensitivity on exposure to sun.

Causes
Exact cause of vitiligo is not known but a few possibilities are:

  • Autoimmune cause: pigment producing cells (melanocytes) are attacked by the immune cells of the body and are destroyed.
  • Stress: stress may also trigger vitiligo
  • Sunburn: excessive and prolonged exposure to sun can also trigger vitiligo.
  • Chemical exposure may also cause vitiligo
  • Family history of vitiligo increases the chances of inheritance of vitiligo.
  • Injury: at the place of injury depigmentation may start with the healing process.

A hypothesis also states that depigmentation is seen along the pressure areas of the body i. E along the waist line.

 Diagnosis & treatment

  • Presence of depigmented spots
  • Antinuclear antibody helps in determination of autoimmune disorder.
  • Thyroid profile for presence of thyroid disorder, thyroid peroxidase antibody for presence of autoimmune thyroid disease.


Treatment

Phototherapy: exposure to uva or uvb light can help some individuals with the condition.

Homeopathic medicine
Management

  • Educate the patient and family members about the disease.
  • Clarify the facts about vitiligo that:
  • It is a non-contagious disorder and can't spread by contact.
  • It has no age, sex or ethnic discrimination.
  • Vitiligo is photosensitive and patients should avoid exposure of skin to direct sunlight for prolonged period.
  • Dietary advices should also be given like:
  • Cashew nuts aggravates vitiligo
  • Food with vitamin c aggravates vitiligo

Homeopathic management
Homeopathy has great scope in treatment of vitiligo as after through case taking and evaluation of the case constitutional best suited medicine is given to the patient which can promptly help in re-pigmentation and can cause complete cure also.
There are various medicines like sulphur, arsenic album, tuberculinum, phosphorus, calcarea carb, psorinum etc which can cure vitiligo depending on the case and personality of the patient.

Do’s and don’ts
Do’s

  • Take healthy nutritious diet.
  • Cover the body while going out in sun.

Don’ts

  • Avoid exposure to sun.
  • Avoid sour food items.
  • Avoid cashew nuts.
  • Avoid scratching as it may help in spread of spots.

Vitiligo - What Causes It?

Dr. B. Lakshmi Divya 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Vitiligo - What Causes It?

Vitiligo is a skin condition that results in the formation of white patches on the skin. In this case, any part of the body can be affected. Most people affected by Vitiligo have white patches appearing on many parts of their body.

Vitiligo Symptoms
Vitiligo symptoms include pigment loss, often rapid in nature, in several parts of the skin. A stable period without any progression of the condition is usually preceded by the initial appearance of the white patches. Further cycles of pigment loss may be observed later on. Areas on the skin that stay exposed to the sun, previous sites of injury and body folds (such as the area behind the knees) are the common sites that are affected by this condition. The pigment usually doesn’t return once the white patches start showing up. It might also affect the hair and the eyelids.

Causative factors for Vitiligo
The pigment that gives the skin its characteristic color is melanin. The loss of pigment in the skin causes Vitiligo. It happens due to the destruction of melanocytes which are the primary pigment-forming cells. The exact reason for the destruction of these cells is idiopathic or not known. One probable explanation is that the body's immune system kills the cells just like in other autoimmune conditions. In dark-skinned people, Vitiligo is more noticeable despite it affecting all races equally.

Prognosis and treatment of Vitiligo
The diagnosis of Vitiligo is relatively easy and can be performed during a physical exam. The prevention or cure of Vitiligo is unknown so far. Several methods such as cosmetics, re-pigmentation with the use of UV light therapy, application of corticosteroid creams and skin grafting might be used to improve or alter to an extent, the appearance of the skin, for those severely affected by Vitiligo.

4444 people found this helpful

Vitiligo - Know Causes & Treatment Of It!

Dr. Malini Patil 90% (1126 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Thane
Vitiligo - Know Causes & Treatment Of It!

Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes loss of pigmentation of the skin. Melanocytes, the pigment cells, within the skin are destroyed. This causes these parts of the skin to lose color and turn pale. It might affect different parts of the body including the arms, legs, face and even genitalia. It can affect a person of any age, ethnicity or gender.

Causes

The exact cause of vitiligo is not definitively known. However, there are a number of risk factors that might contribute to the condition. These include-

  1. Autoimmune disorders- Vitiligo might be a result of an autoimmune disorder where the overactive immune system destroys the pigment cells of the skin.
  2. Exposure to Chemicals- Exposure to certain chemicals can increase the risk of vitiligo by causing depigmentation.
  3. Hereditary factors- There might be a genetic pre-disposition towards vitiligo. Though a person can exhibit symptoms of the condition at any age, it is most commonly found to manifest itself around the age of 20 years.

Symptoms

Vitiligo may start with a simple spot of pale skin but over time, this spot expands and turns paler until it is white in colour. Irregular in shape, the edges of these spots may inflame and cause itchiness.

Treatment

The treatment of vitiligo will be determined by a number of factors such as the number and the extent of the white patches and where they are located. Vitiligo treatment includes cosmetic, medical and surgical methods.

  1. Narrowband UVB therapy - Narrowband UVB therapy is used for repigmentation.
  2. Cosmetic Treatment - Cosmetic and skincare products such as sunscreens, dye or makeup can help relieve and hide signs of the condition.
  3. Medical Treatment - Oral medication or medicated ointments may be prescribed to treat Vitiligo. If the condition has spread to a considerable extent then the physician might advise that the colour from the remaining areas of the skin also be removed in order to match the affected areas.
  4. Surgical Treatment - Surgical treatments are at times prescribed which involve skin grafting or tattooing. This is usually prescribed for those with small patches of affected areas.

With ongoing and extensive research being conducted on this skin condition, we will in the near future be able to both understand and treat it better.

4232 people found this helpful

Treating Leucoderma With Homeopathy!

Dr. Mateen S.Shaikh 89% (95 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Nashik
Treating Leucoderma With Homeopathy!

People suffering from Vitiligo have patches of discolored skin on face, limbs, and body. Though the condition is neither life-threatening nor contagious, the unsightly patches may beget emotional stress

Vitiligo may also affect hair, inside of mouth and eyes. It may turn a portion of hair white, discolor a part of the mouth and change the natural color of eyes. 

There is a traditional treatment for this disease, but the outcome is often unpredictable. Such treatment may also cause serious side effects. Homeopathy may treat this condition successfully. In fact, a study has shown that homeopathy may be quite effective in the early stages of Vitiligo. 

Vitiligo-

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterized by the destruction of epidermal melanin cells, leading to loss of skin pigment. It affects about 2% of the population. Both men and women are likely to suffer from this condition. It mostly develops between the ages of 10 and 30. However, in some people, it may also show up around the age of 40.

Causes-

The apparent reason for the disease is the destruction of melanocytes; cells that impart color to the skin. An autoimmune condition is considered to be responsible for this. An overactive immune system may turn upon the melanocytes and destroy them.  

Symptoms-

  • Sporadic loss of skin color throughout the body including hair and eyes. 
  • One may start losing skin color quickly in several areas of the body simultaneously. 
  • Places like armpits and areas that were previously injured are commonly affected by discoloration.  

Treatment-

  • Doctors resort to re-pigmenting by UV light, skin lightening, and even skin graft. Even if such treatment is successful, there is no guarantee that the patches will not return. Such treatment often entails the risk of side effects.
  • Homeopathic treatment rarely has any side effect. More and more people are turning to homeopathy for the treatment of Vitiligo. 

Homeopathic Treatment of Vitiligo-

  • For people suffering from Vitiligo, it is a war on two fronts, and homeopathy has the distinction of fighting such wars. 
  • Since Vitiligo is most probably an autoimmune condition, patients need a constitutional remedy to prevent the immune system from attacking skin cells. 
  • They also need to fight the skin discoloration so that the skin can get back some of its lost colors.  
  • A study conducted on 14 patients to assess the effect of homeopathy on Vitiligo has yielded very positive results. In this study, patients were subjected to customized homeopathic treatment. Patients in the early stages of Vitiligo were found to respond positively to homeopathic treatment. 

Conclusion-
Traditional treatment for Vitiligo is time-consuming, expensive and entails side effects. Moreover, the condition may relapse after a complete or partial cure. Homeopathy may offer complete or partial relief permanently since it offers both constitutional and symptomatic remedy. 

3077 people found this helpful

Vitiligo - Everything You Should Know About It!

Dr. Ravish Kamal 87% (10 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
Vitiligo - Everything You Should Know About It!

Vitiligo or Leucoderma is a genetic disorder triggered due to mental stress and constipation. Leucoderma or vitiligo is called Shivita kushta according to Ayurvedaand is caused due to defect in brajak pitta. Brajak pitta is a color forming agent in body and defect in formation of brajak pitta causes vitiligo. There are many causes, which can trigger vitiligo other than stress and genetics.

There are certain food combinations , such as taking milk and sour fruits together can trigger vitiligo. Also, using excessive salty food and meat products with milk can trigger disease. Deficiency of copper and vitamin B12 can trigger this disease. So treatment of vitiligo is done taking in account many factors.

Toxins produced in body are neutralized using herbal medicines, which helps in stopping the spread of disease. External herbal application containing Wrightia Tinctoria help in repigmentation on white skin. According to modern science steroids are used in pulse therapy where steroids are used 2 times a week.

This also prevents the disease from spreading. In some severe cases integration of allopathic and Ayurveda is key to success.

There are few important points, which vitiligo patients should always take in account, such as:

  1. When disease is spreading sitting in sun for prolonged period can trigger the spread.
  2. Using Brinjal and raw tomatoes and excess of vitamin C is not good.
  3. Irregular lifestyle is a trigger the disease along with consumption of alcohol.

Leucoderma - Can Ayurveda Take Care Of It?

Dr. Ankit Pandey 92% (73 ratings)
BAMS,, MD
Ayurvedic Doctor, Jabalpur
Leucoderma - Can Ayurveda Take Care Of It?

Leucoderma is more commonly known as vitiligo. It is characterized by white patches developing on your body and it can happen to any part of the body. The reason why vitiligo occurs is because melanocytes, which comprise the pigment known as melanin, get damaged. Melanin imparts your skin its color, hence, a lack of it results in vitiligo. Here are the exact causes, symptoms and treatment of vitiligo:

Causes

1. Vitiligo occurs when the melanocytes, which comprise the pigment "melanin", get damaged.

2. However, it is worth note that the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown although it does affect dark-skinned people a lot more. There have been many theories about what causes this disease however.

3. Vitiligo, being an autoimmune disease, is caused when the melanocytes attack your immune system.

Symptoms

1. The most common symptom of leucoderma is that white patches develop on the body.

2. The white patches appear rapidly at first followed by a rather stable period where the disease does not progress any further.

3. Leucoderma can even affect the hair and eyelids and it is extremely rare for pigmentation to come back to normal.

4. Finally, it is worth note that leucoderma has high chances of occurring to the areas of the body which are exposed more to the sun, areas where there were injuries before as well as the area around moles.

Treatment

Leucoderma can be easily cured with Ayurvedic treatment. Photo-therapy and laser also help to treat the condition faster.

Who is at risk?

Men and women are equally likely to suffer from vitiligo. However, factors such as having a family history of vitiligo or leucoderma and having autoimmune disorders make you more susceptible to leucoderma.

1743 people found this helpful
Icon

Book appointment with top doctors for Vitiligo Treatment treatment

View fees, clinic timings and reviews