Leucoderma is also called as Vitilogo. Losing skin color is the main symptom of this disease.
Vitiligo is a disease where the immune system turns against itself (autoimmune disease) where immune cells of the body attack the color-producing (pigment-producing) cells to cause white patches on the skin, which may contain hair that are white in color. It may be seen with other autoimmune diseases, such as thyroid disease, alopecia areata, diabetes mellitus, Addison disease, and myasthenia gravis. The way that vitiligo progresses varies greatly; it may remain in the area where it started (localized) or it may become more widespread.
Who's at Risk
Vitiligo may occur at all ages but usually begins between the ages of 2 and 40. All races may be affected. Despite a common belief, vitiligo is not seen more often in individuals of African descent; this may seem to be true only because the condition causes a more obvious cosmetic problem for darker-skinned individuals.
Signs & Symptoms
Vitiligo most commonly affects areas of injury (trauma), particularly on the face, upper chest, hands, armpit, and groin. It may be widespread, affecting both sides of the body (generalized); it may affect only one side of the body (segmental); or it may affect only one localized area (focal).
Sharply defined white patches are seen. If the affected area contains hair, the hair may turn white.
Causes - Ayurvedic Perspective
According to Ayurveda following causative factors are responsible for Vitiligo or Leucoderma which is called as Shwitra in ayurvedic terminology
- Viruddha – Aahar – According to Ayurveda, some food stuffs are not allowed to consume when mixed together. e.g. fruit + milk, non – vegetarian food + milk products etc. If a person consumes these types of viruddha – aahar frequently, chances of developing skin disorders especially shwitra are very common.
- Worm infestations.
- Genetic predisposition
- Wound or burn on skin – This can convert into depigmentation of that area and ultimately into leucoderma.
- Deficiencies – various nutritional deficiencies lead to leucoderma. Especially micro – nutrients.
- Aampachan – medicines to digest the toxic elements produced due to frequent ingestion of viruddha – aahar are known as aampachak medicines.
- Deworming – To expel worms out of body and to establish good digestion so as to oppose further worm production.
- Local application – Some powders / creams / oils are given so as to stimulate the melanocytes to produce melanin – the skin colour pigment. Sun exposure after local application is more beneficial.
- Leech application – This is a very novel procedure for having stimulation to melanocytes.
- Patients who had taken steroids – UV treatment and still not getting improvements, they are also benefitted in KAC with our ayurvedic treatments.
- In KAC, thousands of patients of leucoderma are relieved with ayurvedic protocols.
- To restore the outer and inner beauty and well being of skin and the whole body through Ayurveda’s natural and profound treatment which will be long lasting still affordable.