Homeopathic Treatment for vitiligo

What is Vitiligo/ Leucoderma

Vitiligo or Leucoderma (hypopigmentation) is a disease in which pigmentation of skin is destroyed in certain areas. Normally the cell called as Melanocytes produce melanin, which gives color to the skin. In vitiligo, melanocytes within the skin die off, giving rise to white patches. Depigmentation or white patches of skin can be seen in any area of body. These patches are non -contagious in nature, and can occur at any age.

Causes of Vitiligo

Some of the causes that are attributable or more likely to occur in people who have or do the following are listed below :

  • Idiopathic (cause unknown)
  • Autoimmune diseases, when a body destroy or attacks its own cells (eg hyperthyroidism)
  • Psoriasis can appear in areas of the skin that have been injured. Vaccinations, sunburns, and scratches can all trigger psoriasis.
  • Stress seems to be a major factor
  • Heredity can be the cause (rarely)
  • Sun burn or industrial chemical exposure may also leads to vitiligo
  • Deficiencies like Vitamin B12, folate, zinc and copper
  • Types of Vitiligo

  • Non-segmental vitiligo/bilateral/generalized :It is more common type of vitiligo. Symptoms often seen on both sides of body as a symmetrical white patches. Symmetrical patches in arm, back of patients hand, eyes, knee, elbow, or feet.
  • Segmental vitiligo/unilateral/localized vitiligo: It is less common as compared to non-segmental vitiligo. White patches affect only one area of body.
  • Universal or complete vitiligo :In rare cases, it may affect your whole body
  • Symptoms and Diagnosis

  • White patches due to hypopigmentation of skin, initially exposed part to sun are more visible such as face, hands, arms, feet and lips. The most commonly affected parts are face, hands, and wrists. Initially, the patches are small but they grow over a period of time. Small patches may merge and form bigger ones, and may even change their shape over a period of time.
  • Premature greying of hair/whitening of eyebrows, beard or eyelashes
  • Loss of pigmentation in the mucous membranes of the mouth.
  • Eye-changes or loss in color of retina
  • Diagnosis of vitiligo is primarily based on appearance, so test are usually not recommended. Doctors examine skin and decided the extent of vitiligo and confirm the following points listed below

  • Presence or history of vitiligo in your family
  • Presence or history of autoimmune conditions
  • Any injuries that affected areas of skin example sun burn or severe rash there
  • Complications

    Complications include:

  • Due to lack of melanin, the skin gets more proned to the effects of sun, sun burn
  • Skin cancer
  • Problems with eye- inflammation of iris causing iritis.
  • Partial loss of hearing
  • Psychological distress/social distress. Social neglect or indifference
  • Homeopathy Treatment for Vitiligo

    The main aim of the treatment is to restore color to white patches of skin and or cover hypopigmentated area with pigmentation to look more even. The choice of the treatment is dependent on:

  • Number of white patches
  • The spread of that patches
  • Medical treatment

  • Medicine (creams) applied on skin patches
  • Oral medication
  • Medicine plus ultra violet A (UVA) light (PUVA) topical psoralen plus ultraviolet
  • Surgical treatment

  • Skin grafting- auto skin grafting (own tissue) takes healthy skin from one area of a patient's body and attached to affected area. Mainly recommended for small patches of vitiligo.
  • Homoeopathic Medicine for Vitiligo

    Homeopathic medicines have provided evidence in the treatment of various types and severity of vitiligo, and helps in avoiding going for surgery as well.

  • Calcarea Carb : is mainly a constitutional homeopathic medicine for vitiligo with milky white spots on skin. These white spots can be anywhere on the body. The most important indications that guide to give this medicine are perspiration over the head, neck and chest. Patient is not able to tolerate cold weather. They have marked cravings for eggs, lime, pencils. Patient is not active and is easily fatigued by exertion. There is tendency to chronic constipation and obesity. Fear is the most prominent symptoms along with vitiligo; there may be fear of misfortune, of contagious disease, of losing reason and of insanity.
  • Arsenic Album: is indicated when vitiligo is associated with extreme anxiety. There is dry, rough skin, white spots, dirty and rough. The skin complaint alternating with respiratory complaints like asthma is a strong key point for homeopathic medicine Arsenic Album. One characteristic symptom is burning sensations which are ameliorated by warmth in general (warm applications, warm drinks etc.). Extreme exhaustion may also be present. This remedy is often indicated in persons who have fears including that of death, disease, germs and of catching infection. Patients with anxieties about health, anxiety over trifles and anxiety about others. Marked restlessness of both mental and physical state is distinctive feature for selecting this medicine. Person demanding extreme neatness and order in everything.
  • Sepia :is highly indicated when vitiligo is present along with indifferent attitude towards family and life. They show disliking/aversion towards family members and friends who were once loved with great affection. They lack interest in doing any work. Tendency to avoid both physical or mental labor is present. They are constantly depressed with marked irritability, weeping tendency, desire to be alone and an aversion to consolation or sympathy. Sepia can be used in women with menstrual irregularities or those around menopausal age with tendency to hot flushes.
  • Natrum Mur : Patients presenting vitiligo with introvert disposition calls for Natrum Mur medicine. Patients have an introvert or reserved personality, are sensitive, have a tendency to weep alone. There is a history of grief, dwell on past, unpleasant memories; and are averse to consolation.
  • Sulphur:Sulphur is a deep acting homeopathic medicine used frequently in treatment of varying skin diseases including vitiligo. It goes deep inside the basic root cause to annihilate the disease in its complete extent. Sulphur usually show a philosophical mindset, well known as ‘ragged philosophers’. Their mind is constantly preoccupied with various theories and plans, resulting in mental fatigue and absent mindedness. They take little or no care for their physical appearance and even show aversion to bathing. Persons who have suffered a lot from skin troubles, itchy skin with long term use of ointments are also likely to be benefited from use of homeopathic medicine Sulphur. Apart from all the above said symptoms, burning sensations in various body parts may be present along with white spots on skin. An extra ordinary craving for sweets may also be shown as a constitutional symptom. .
  • Merc Sol: Wonderful homeopathic medicines for vitiligo with sweat. Profuse sweat without relief, or even leads to aggravation. Sweat stains the linen yellow. Cold, clammy sweat on palms and thighs. Dry itch which bleeds after scratching. Cracks on the skin may be observed.
  • H4All has treated several cases of vitiligo and treating vitiligo with homeopathy is not difficult though the process takes time. It can be fast if patch is small, patient has come early and not taken steroids. As soon as the patch appears start homeopathic treatment and keep at it for best results..