Vitiligo from the point of view of Ayurveda
Vitiligo (Leucoderma) is a skin disorder in which a pigment called melanin gradually disappears from the dermal layers, resulting in the formation of white spots. Vitiligo is not contagious, and it begins as a small white or pale-colored patch and enlarges into a larger patch over time. It can occur at any age, in any person, and on any skin type. Though vitiligo is not a fatal disease, it can have significant psychological consequences. The patients suffer from severe anxiety and mental stress, and they are embarrassed and have an inferiority complex as a result of their appearance. Vitiligo is classified as a Kushta roga (skin disease) in Ayurveda, which is further classified into three types: Kilasa — when doshas aggravate the medho dhatu (fat tissue), white patches appear. Daruna — the patches will be red because the doshas have vitiated the rakta dhatu (blood). Aruna — when the doshas vitiate the mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue), the patches will turn coppery.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat vitiligo
Ayurveda is the most effective treatment for vitiligo because it addresses the underlying cause of the disease and provides long-term relief.
Natural ayurvedic herbal treatment aims to manage symptoms by addressing the underlying cause.
Ayurveda recommends the following treatment options:
Panchakarma detoxification procedures — Vamana, Virechana, and Rakta mokshana.
Oral Ayurvedic medications and external applications.
Strict dietary restrictions, lifestyle changes, yoga, and meditation are recommended.
When used for the recommended duration, Ayurvedic therapies and natural formulations have shown promising results in controlling the progression and removing the spots.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of vitiligo:
- Avoid eating opposing foods together, such as fish and milk
- Avoid direct exposure to cold and sunlight
- Apply papaya slices to vitiligo-affected skin patches
- Drink papaya juice on a regular basis
- Apply 2 tbsp red clay and 2 tbsp ginger juice to the white patches every day
- Drink water from a copper vessel
- Every day, apply a mixture of basil juice and lime juice to your skin