White patches also known as vitiligo occurs due to loss of melanocytes.

You can get rid of vitiligo by using simple natural home remedies.

You will agree with me on the fact that for every disease there is a cause, and the basics are meant to be learned first.

So, it’s better to clear all the doubts rather than jumping straight to the conclusions. Hence, first things first, what exactly is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an upsetting skin condition evident by gradual loss of the so called, melanocytes.

These cells are responsible for producing melanin pigment in the skin layers hence resulting in white patches on our body.

Melanocytes are the cells which produce melanin, and this Melanin gives color to the skin.

So when melanocyte dies or stops functioning, melanin production stops. The result after that is the appearance of white patches on the skin.

But, As per the facts, only around 1.5% of world’s population are agonized by this skin disease.

But that doesn’t mean you will just snub it off as the chances are slightly less. Vitiligo can occur at any age, in either of sex and can affect any part of the body.

The most commonly affected areas are the hands, neck and the wrist.

The main discomfort is not the physical pain caused by exposure to the sunlight but the embarrassment and the physiological stress that you might have to face.

Classification of Vitiligo:

The Classification of the vitiligo plays an important role as it widely affects the treatment procedure.

Broadly speaking, vitiligo can be classified into segmental vitiligo (SV) and non-segmental vitiligo (NSV). Among these, the NSV is the common type.

1.Non-segmental Vitiligo

In non-segmental vitiligo (NSV), there is a form of symmetry in the location of the patches.

The New patches also appear over time and can be generalized over the same location. NSV can occur at any age, unlike the segmental one.

2.Segmental Vitiligo

The rare Segmental vitiligo (SV) differs in appearance, cause and occurrence from associated illnesses.

Also, the treatment procedure is different from that of NSV. It spreads much more quickly than NSV and, without treatment, it is much more static in the course.

It is less associated with the autoimmune disorder, which is peculiar in the NSV. Further, it is treatable, unlike the notorious NSV.

Causes of Vitiligo:

The exact cause for the melanocytes destruction is still not known. There are many research work still going, investigating the exact reason behind this distressful disease.The reason behind the white patches is unknown, ut some of the possible reasons could be due to:

  • Immune system disorder, this can result in melanocytes destruction.
  • Genetics
  • Sunburn, chemicals or stress
  • Chemical reactions
  • Neural or viral causes

Although, people tend to have some bogus beliefs about this disease like consuming milk straight after fish or onion with milk, etc.

It is not caused by any sort of germs, in fact the possible reasons behind vitiligo are listed below:

1. Autoimmune Disorder:

Recent clues strongly associate Vitiligo with autoimmune component i.e the antibodies present inside the body destroy the melanocytes, causing the distress.

2. Hereditary Factors:

Our ancestors have a pretty good role when it comes down to some notorious diseases. The cause behind vitiligo is also believe to be a hereditary one.

3. Accretion Of Toxic Radicals:

Several studies suggest that, melanocytes can also be destroyed by the consumption of some inappropriate toxic elements.

4. Nutritional Deficiencies:

Many naturopaths believe that intake of improper food lacking nutritious qualities could be the possible cause of the vitiligo.

This could include the white flour, plain white sugar which are very low in the nutritional content.

5. Other triggers:

Researchers also suggest other external causes like injury to skin, sunburn, mental distress and physical illness as possible causes of vitiligo.

While the Ayurveda believes that the cause for vitiligo could be other than the specific Autoimmune Disorder.

According to Ayurveda Shastras it occurs when phlegm (Cuff), Bile (pitta) and wind (Vayu) are not in proportion or one of them is affected otherwise.

6. Deranged Body System:

If all three organs are quite unhinged then an acute type of Leprosy will be noticed. Many reasons may be attributed for such derangement body system and they are as follows:

1. Liver Trouble:

One of the main reasons attributed to vitiligo is the liver trouble. Chronic constipation, dysentery, etc are the main causes of the skin disease.

Other than these, growth of worms and the poison released from old stool causes the depigmentation of the melanocytes, resulting in the vitiligo.

2. Inconsistent and unconventional use of food:

Milk with meat, Fish, Brinjal, Sesame, Onion, salt, alcohol and curd (sour) are all examples of unconventional food.

Consuming fish and milk, chicken with curd and honey, salt and sugar, sugarcane juice, etc are considered to be attributes of the cause.

Pigeon meat fried in mustard oil is responsible for derangement in the system hence resulting in white patches.

Symptoms of Vitiligo:

Vitiligo can appear at any age but generally, it appears before twenty years of age. Its symptoms are:

  • Fading of the Skin color
  • Premature graying of hair on the head, eyebrows, eyelashes and beard.
  • The color of retina changes.
  • Armpits, genitals and navel develop discolored patches.
  • The color of mucus membrane that lines the mouth and inside of the nose changes.

The discolored patches may be of different types depending upon the type of vitiligo.

  • Many Parts of the Body: This vitiligo is of a common type, and is also called generalized vitiligo.
  • Only One Side of the Body: This is the segmental vitiligo, which occurs at a young age and progresses for a year or two and then stops.
  • One or Only a Few Areas of the Body: This is also known as the localized or focal vitiligo.

Vitiligo can occur in any person of any race. But it is susceptible among those having dark skin color.

Although the disease is not harmful and is also not contagious but it can create other problems like losing self-confidence, mental stress, embarrassment, etc.

The problem starts from small skin area and then spreads to a larger area. Sometimes sun exposure can help re-pigment the skin curing the problem of vitiligo.

Home Remedies To Cure Vitiligo:

Here are some homemade and natural home remedies to cure vitiligo:

1. Ginkgo Biloba:

Ginkgo biloba has the antioxidant and immunomodulatory characteristic that as per research has indicated to help cure vitiligo.

It helps inject repigmentation and decrease the disease from progressing.

Generally, 40-80 mg of dosage of Ginkgo biloba is considered fine but it is also recommended to consult a doctor before taking it.

2. Coconut oil:

Coconut oil helps to encourage repigmentation and assists in vitiligo treatment. It also has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.

This oil helps to soothe chronic inflammation.

Just apply some extra virgin coconut oil on the area affected for 2 or 3 times a day and continue this process for few weeks.

3. Ginger:

Ginger helps in better blood circulation and it also increases the melanin production. As per Chinese herbalism, ginger is the best remedy for treating vitiligo.

Make thin slices of ginger and place it on the white patches. Leave till the ginger dries. Do this step daily for 2 times a day. Repeat this remedy till you see the improvement.

You could also extract the juice of ginger root. Blend it with fresh mint leaves and drink. Repeat this step for few weeks.

4. Copper:

Copper has fertility boosting property that is good for immune system.

Pour some drinking water in a copper vessel. Cover and keep it overnight. This step will help infuse copper ion in the water.

This water infused with copper ion when taken on a daily basis helps to produce melanin. Now drink this water in the morning on an empty stomach.

5. Red clay:

Red clay also has copper content that will help to restore pigment and reduce the white patches.

  • Take ½ cup of red clay and ½ cup of ginger juice.
  • Make it into a paste and apply on the white patches.
  • Leave it until it dries.

Do this step daily and keep repeating it regularly until you see the difference.

6. Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar contains anti-microbial properties that help to fight fungus responsible for causing white patches.

Mix equal quantities of water and apple cider vinegar. Using cotton apply this mixture on the affected skin.

At the same time, you could also put apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink before the meal.

7. Turmeric:

Turmeric acts as an antiseptic that helps in healing skin problems.

Mix some turmeric and mustard oil to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected skin. Follow this remedy till you see the difference.

You could also mix neem and turmeric to make a paste and apply on the areas affected.

8. Cabbage juice:

Cabbage juice application on the white patches can help to reduce and prevent vitiligo from appearing further.

  • Grind some cabbage and separate the solid and the liquid part.
  • Extract the cabbage juice from the pulp using a muslin cloth and apply it on the area affected.
  • Apply the juice throughout the day at regular intervals.

Alternatively

You could also boil come cabbage juice for 15 minutes and use the juice to wash your skin.

9. Honey:

Honey has excellent antifungal and antibacterial property.It is very good for healing skin problems. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties help to kill bacteria and fungus.

Wash your skin with water and apply honey on the area affected.Wait till the honey gets absorbed by the skin.Then wash the area using Luke warm water.

Make a paste of two tablespoons of honey, one teaspoon of the sandalwood powder, rice and turmeric.

Then apply the paste on the white patches. Keep it for 10 minutes then wash off with water.

10. Holy basil:

The first option could be to apply holy basil directly on the skin or you could boil some basil leaves in water and add turmeric for better results.

The water so boiled should be applied on the affected areas when it comes to room temperature and washed off once the skin absorbs the water.

11. Psoralen Seeds:

Psoralen herb is a home remedy very effective for treating vitiligo. The seeds are used in the treatment of white patches on the skin.

Mix 1 tablespoon of Psoralen Seeds with 25gms of tamarind. Soak them in water for 2 days. Then strain the water and let the Psoralen Seed mixture dry. Once it has dried, grind it into a coarse powder.

Mix this powder with the same water you used for soaking the mixture. Apply the paste on the affected areas and then leave the paste on the skin for 20 minutes then wash. Continue this remedy twice a day for a month.

Grind Psoralen Seeds with ginger to make a fine powder. Mix the powder with a glass of warm milk and drink it. Follow this remedy daily.

Mix Psoralen powder with Barberry Root Powder, black cumin powder and coconut oil to make a paste. Apply this paste on the white patches. Continue applying this daily for 3-4 month.

12. Mama Cadela roots:

Mama Cadela roots are also very effective in treating white patches.

Boil Mama Cadela roots in water for 15 minutes. Then use this water on the white patches once it cools down.

13. Walnut:

Grind some walnut to make a coarse powder. Mix it with come water and make a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave for 20 minutes.

Use this remedy daily for 3-4 times a day and continue using this remedy for a month.

14. Sunscreen:

Applying sunscreen especially if you have vitiligo helps to protect you from UV A and UV B rays of the sun.

Sunscreen with SPF 30 should be selected. This will help reduce tanning and is good for reducing the vitiligo sign. The depigmentation will also not be easily noticed.

15. Neem:

Neem is very effective in curing any type of skin problems. For treating vitiligo you could use neem in different ways:

To decrease autoimmune skin disorder use powder of dried neem leaves, flowers and fruits of a neem tree. Consume the powder daily with water.

If you do not like the bitter taste of neem you could also make a paste of it and apply on the skin.

  • Grind neem leaves and add some water to make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on the white patches.
  • Wash it after 10 minutes of application.

The next alternative is to extract the juice of neem leaves.

Mix1 tablespoon of the juice with ½ a tablespoon of honey and consume it. Consumption of this mixture thrice a day is recommended. This helps in repigmentation and reducing the white patches.

You could also use neem even with buttermilk. Take neem paste and add enough buttermilk to make a paste. Apply it on the skin affected. Repeat this step for few weeks.

16. Babchi:

Babchi also known as Psoralea corylifolia is known to be a fruitful remedy to cure hypopigmentation. It helps in reducing the white patches.

  • Soak some babchi seeds in ginger juice.
  • Soak it for 3 days replacing the ginger juice every day.
  • After 3 days, remove the husk from the seed by rubbing the seeds between the hands.
  • Then dry them under the sun.
  • When it has dried completely, grind them to make powder.
  • Consume 1/5th tablespoon of this powder every day, with milk.
  • Continue this for forty days.

You could also apply babchi oil on the white patches and relax under the sun. Start with a short duration like 15 minutes first and then increase the time if the response is favorable.

17. Radish seed:

Radish seeds help to regenerate melanin in human skin.

  • Take some radish seeds and grind them coarsely.
  • Now mix it with some vinegar and make a paste.
  • Apply it on the affected skin and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Wash using Luke warm water.

18. Figs:

Consuming raw figs will help to improve the blood circulation and purifying the blood.

You could also combine dry figs with water and apply on the white patches. This will help to provide relief from white patches.

Dietary Advices:

Lack of nutritious diet can also sometimes cause vitiligo. You must follow a balanced and wholesome diet to prevent problems that can affect your skin. Some food that are beneficial for your skin are:

  • Green Tea
  • Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Ginger and Garlic
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

These foods need to be included in your diet.

The Experts of Ayurvedic practitioners have prescribed a special diet that will help to cure vitiligo.

The diet so prescribed should be continuously followed for 40 days. At the same time, you should also follow some external application of natural medicines.

They advise that you have a vegetarian diet and also have raw cucumber three times in a day at least 600 grams. You must also have three beetle leaves three times in a day.

Some tips to follow:

  • Apply holy basil oil on the affected skin.
  • Take food rich in vitamin B as this will help to eliminate indigestion.
  • To improve the immunity take food rich in vitamin C.The juice of fruits containing vitamin C can be applied on the white patches.
  • Reduce your exposure to the sun.

Technically, the re-pigmentation is not a complete cure as the cells always have a tendency to manipulate themselves. Also, the root cause for the vitiligo is yet to be discovered.

Here were some home remedies and tips and tricks to cure skin problem like vitiligo.Now the days of your embarrassment are gone.

With these simple home remedies, you can fill your life with self-confidence.The natural remedies suggested for the vitiligo causes no harm to the patient and at least, one shot should be given to these remedies.

Do comment below about your experience or if you have anything to share. Stay Healthy and stay natural!

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Dr.Suresh is an Ayurvedic specialist on Neurological disorders who is travelling all over Europe with a sole purpose i.e to spread the priceless teachings of Ayurveda. He has received Atreya international & charaka international award for excellence in Ayurveda.