Leucoderma is a disease in which white blotches on the skin appear due to loss of melanin, the pigment that determines the color of skin, hair, and eyes. Leucoderma is also known as white spots in the simple term it can be defined as the delimited loss of pigmentation on the skin.
The known as leucoderma is often harmless to the patient and cause no physical problem, but create a major problem in society as many misinterpret as leprosy and maintain distance from such a patient.
Although the exact cause is unknown, heredity and a disturbed immune system are thought to be important factors contributing to this condition, known as leucoderma. Vitiligo / Leucoderma is more of a cosmetic condition of the disease.
What is Leucoderma in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda Leucoderma / Vitiligo is known as “Shwitra” or “Kilaas” (धवल रोग / श्वेत कुष्ठ). Ancient books have mentioned clearly that this condition is not contagious and does not cause other symptoms such as skin diseases.
In Ayurveda, this is recognized as a kind of harmless Kushtha. According to Ayurveda, Leucoderma is the result of the poor production of pitta in the body.
Sometimes these white spots on the skin become red and itchy skin. The patient may also feel a burning sensation on the affected parts. According to Ayurveda, leucoderma is resulted in by some kind of system disorder in a digestive system. People with this digestive problem are more likely to get leucoderma.
Hence Ayurvedic treatment begins with remedying the problem of dysentery and digestive problems. Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica) herb is often advised for these conditions.
Diet For Leucoderma Patient
- According to medical experts, patients who suffer from this skin condition must strictly eat a salt-free diet, since the absence of salt in the diet helps the condition to recover speedily. Taking rock salt is advised, but patients need to take only in small amounts.
- Spices and any other spicy food should be avoided. Bitter drumstick and bitter gourd are useful in treating patients with leucoderma.
- Leucoderma patients need to stay away from foods that slow down the process of healing such as dairy products, meats, and fruits like mango in the diet.
- A healthy diet consists of vegetables like tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage is helpful to recover from skin discoloration.
- Fruits like apples and blueberries have excellent antioxidant properties, so it should be an integral part of the diet. The inclusion of oats, nuts, and garlic, can also help to overcome this skin disorder.
Herbal Treatment for Leucoderma
Leucoderma sufferers are advised to eat vegetables that taste bitter, like bitter gourd. Patients are also advised to avoid excessive exposure to sun and heat and avoid too much mental and physical stress. There are also many herbs that are also useful in the treatment of this skin disorder some of them are here.
1. Basil leaves and Lime Juice (तुलसी पत्ती / नींबू ज्यूस )
Basil is an herb, which is full of anti-aging and antiviral, properties it has proven effective in curing vitiligo and stress. The production of Melanin can well be stimulated by using it with basil leaf extract and lime juice.
It can be used by simple recipe, take a bowl mix the lemon juice and basil leaf extract. Now Apply the mixture on the white spots and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes repeat this treatment 3 or 4 times a day.
You can see the result. Within 5-6 months of therapy. This treatment does not have any side effects and is best for patients suffering from vitiligo.
2.Psoralea Seeds and ginger juice (बावची / अदरख ज्यूस )
The natural elements in Psoralea Seeds are found to be very useful in the healing of Leucoderma. To take as a treatment the seeds have to be soaked in ginger juice for three days, and then dried and powdered.
Patients with leucoderma are advised to take 1 gram of powder with fresh milk for 40 days. Along with it, ground seeds must be applied to the white spots.
3.Turmeric and mustard oil(हल्दी/ सरसों का तेल)
Turmeric not only has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties but also plays an important role in Ayurvedic medicine because of its health benefits.
It increases the body’s natural immunity when used on wounds, and prevent bacterial infection. Home remedies made from mustard oil and turmeric is very beneficial for patients with vitiligo.
The muster oil has anti-bacterial properties and can help detoxify the body. To use as a remedy take five teaspoons of turmeric powder with 250 ml of mustard oil. Ensure that turmeric is mixed thoroughly with the oil.
Apply this mixture twice a day on the white patches on the skin. Treatment should be strictly followed within a year to get good results you will see the spots will disappear, and your skin will be healthier.
4.Radish Seeds and vinegar (मूली बीज / सिरका )
The paste made from the combination of radish, and vinegar has been observed to help alleviate the Leucoderma disorder.
Take about 35 grams of the radish powdered seeds, mixed with vinegar and applied on the white patches, and you will see the changes within a few months.
5.Tamarind and Psoralea Seeds (इमली / सोरेलिया कोरिलीफोलिया)
Psoralen is the most effective herb for the treatment of vitiligo. It is also used to prepare many natural home remedies and also as a main ingredient in formulated recipes such as PUVA therapy (photochemotherapy).
It, when combined with turmeric, is an effective cure for vitiligo. Soak Psoralea seeds and turmeric in water for about four days. For the treatment Psoralea and turmeric seeds and grind to a paste.
If applying this paste on the white spots for at least one month within a month, you will notice the change in the skin. For the best results, it is recommended to continue treatment beyond one month.
*One must be aware that the psoralen should be handled only by experts because it could be harmful.
Natural Remedy for Leucoderma
Drink Water which is stored in copper utensils: According to Ayurveda, one of the prime reasons for leucoderma is due to some kind of system disturbances in a digestive system.
To overcome this problem vitiligo patients must drink water stores in copper utensils. The water which is used for drinking must be stored overnight in copper utensils. The water must be taken every morning and within six months of drinking, you will see a relevant difference in your skin.
This therapy promotes the formation of melanin by stimulating melanocyte in the body. It is an excellent and very safe home remedy.