VITILIGO & HOMEOPATHY

1.What is vitiligo/leucoderma?

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which special skin cells (melanocytes) that produce the pigment melanin in the skin as well as the tissues (mucous membranes) that line the inside of the mouth, nose, and genital and rectal areas, and the retina of the eyes are destroyed. As a result, white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. The hair that grows in areas affected by vitiligo may also turn white.

2.Symptoms of vitiligo?

The typical appearance of Vitiligo is a milky white de-pigmented spot or spots. It may vary from a single white spot to multiple spots. The shape too is a variable. In some cases generalized de-pigmentation observed all over the body. It has a tendency to start as a single spot and gradually grow in size and number. It may present with a single or several spots on limbs or abdomen or back and then spreading to other parts of the body. Some cases showing affection of the muco-cutaneous junctions such as finger-tips, corners of the mouth, private parts, around eyes. The spread of the disorder is usually slow and progressive. Symmetrical appearance on both the sides of the body (say, on the legs, hands, etc.) is common. In rare cases one finds vitiligo spreading all over the body.

Associated Skin Disorders:

At times, you may find Vitiligo associated with one or more of the following conditions:
° Alopecia Areata (Loss of hair)
° Premature graying of the hair
° Lichen Planus
° Lichen sclerosus
° Psoriasis
° Halo Naevus
° Ichthyosis

Associated Systemic Disorders:

There are several systemic diseases (affecting the entire body system), which are at times associated with Vitiligo:
° Thyroid Disorders (Hypo and Hyperthyroidism)
° SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
° Pernicious Anemia
° Addison’s Disease
° Collagen Diseases
° Grave’s Disease
° Diabetes Mellitus

It may be noted that the sufferers of Vitiligo need not be unduly scared of the above disease conditions, as they should not be regarded as the complications of Vitiligo in every case.

3.Causes of vitiligo?

The cause of vitiligo is not fully known, but there are several theories. One theory of some substance is that people with vitiligo develop antibodies that, instead of protecting them, turn upon them and destroy their own melanocytes, the special cells that produce the pigment melanin that colors their skin.

Another theory is that the melanocytes somehow attack and destroy themselves. Finally, some people with vitiligo have reported that a single event such as a severe sunburn or an episode of emotional distress seem to have triggered their vitiligo. Events of this nature, however, have not been scientifically proven to cause vitiligo and may simply be coincidences.

Who is affected by vitiligo?

About 1 to 2% of people in the world, or 40 to 50 million people, have vitiligo. In the United States alone, 2 to 5 million people have the disorder.

Ninety-five percent of people who have vitiligo develop it before their 40th birthday. The disorder affects all races and both sexes equally.

3.Is vitiligo inherited?

Yes, in some cases it is. Vitiligo may be hereditary and run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. However, most children will not get vitiligo even if a parent has it, and most people with vitiligo do not have a family history of the disorder.

There are a sizable number of inherited disorders associated with vitiligo. To illustrate, they include: albinism of the ocular type, autoimmune polyendocrinopathy syndrome, congenital deafness with vitiligo and achalasia, dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria, ermine phenotype, familial histiocyctic reticulosis, kabuki syndrome, Letterer-Siwe disease, progressive hemifacial atrophy, progressive vitiligo with mental retardation and urethral duplication, Schmidt syndrome, and the syndrome of spastic paraparesis, vitiligo, premature graying and characteristic facies.

The abundance of genetic diseases associated with vitiligo clearly reflects the fact that there are a number of genes which normally govern the development and wellbeing of the melanocyte.

4.Do the depigmented patches spread?

There is no way to predict if vitiligo will spread. For some people, the depigmented patches do not spread. However, the disorder is usually progressive, and over time the white patches often spread to other areas of the body.

For some people, vitiligo spreads slowly, over many years. For others, the diffusion occurs rapidly. Some people have reported additional depigmentation following periods of physical or emotional stress.

5.How vitiligo diagnosed?

Important factors in a patient’s medical history include: vitiligo in the family; a rash, sunburn, or other skin trauma at the site of vitiligo 2 to 3 months before depigmentation started; stress or physical illness; and premature graying of the hair (before age 35). In addition, it is important to know whether the patient or anyone in the patient’s family has had any autoimmune diseases and whether the patient is very sensitive to the sun.

The doctor then examines the patient to rule out other medical problems. The doctor may take a small sample (biopsy) of the affected skin and may also take a blood sample to check the blood-cell count and thyroid function. For some patients, the doctor may recommend an eye examination to check for uveitis (inflammation of the front portion of the eye). A special blood test to look for the presence of antinuclear antibodies (a type of autoantibody) may also be done. These evaluations can help to determine if the patient has an additional autoimmune disease.

6.Treatment of vitiligo & homeopathic approach:

As a rule, homoeopathy never looks at Vitiligo as a local disease. Vitiligo has been considered as a local expression of a system disturbance. As per the classical homoeopathy, we believe in constitutional prescribing. This calls for individual case study in every case of Vitiligo. There is no single specific remedy for all the cases of Vitiligo. The exact treatment is determined only on in-depth evaluation of individual case.

Constitutional approach:

What we understand by the Constitutional Approach in homeopathy is nothing but analysis and evaluation of various factors affecting the human constitution to determine the disease diagnosis and the exact treatment in turn. Every case of Vitiligo calls for study of the patient’s constitution which includes various aspects of his physical aspects as well as the in-depth study of the mental sphere, such as emotions, psychosocial background, behavior and personality pattern, etc.

The homeopathic remedy selected in every case after such a detail study is called the constitutional medicine, which when administered in the correct dose brings about harmony at the constitutional level, stimulating the normal pigmentation and hence induces normal skin coloration. It will be of interest to note that the homeopathy medicines are essentially oral and not in the form of creams, lotions or any local application on the skin.

Diet & Regimen:

There are a few instructions for patients regarding their diet in vitiligo especially with mention of what they should avoid during the treatment of vitiligo. Following are some of our observations based on our clinical experience of treating a large number of patients (clinical observations):

Foods that are excessively sour should be avoided. The ascorbic acid in sour foods tends to reduce melanin pigmentation. So the patients should restrict their intake of citrus foods.
Non vegetarian foods are also to be avoided as they act as a foreign body to pigment cells.
Flavoured drinks are to be avoided.
Artificial colours used in various food preparations should also be avoided.

There may not be enough scientific evidence to prove how these foods worsen vitiligo but our clinical experience has shown that many patients report worsening of their vitiligo from these items and hence they are better avoided.

Usually small amounts of milk, for example in tea or coffee, do not cause any problems. Dairy products such as butter, cheese and yoghurt are also well tolerated. If milk is excluded, it should be replaced with low lactose milk or with Soya milk. This should be discussed with a dietician to ensure that the nutritional balance is maintained.

Ginkgo Extract Effective Treatment for Vitiligo:

Healthnotes Newswire (August 21, 2003)—Supplementation with a standardized extract of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) may help slow the progression of skin depigmentation and actually increase pigmentation in adults suffering from vitiligo, according to a study in Clinical and Experimental Dematology (2003;28:285–7). This is encouraging news for the millions of adults that have to deal with this often difficult to treat condition.
Other nutrients that may be useful in treating vitiligo include picrorhiza (Picrorhiza kurroa), a traditional Indian herb, may also stimulate repigmentation of skin in people with vitiligo.

Related posts:
1-Leucoderma and Homeopathy ( सफ़ेद दाग और होम्योपैथी)
2-सफ़ेद दाग और होम्योपैथी- आशा की एक किरण -भाग-१ (Leucoderma & homeopathy- an ultimate hope -Part-1)

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45 responses to “VITILIGO & HOMEOPATHY

  1. Dear Doctor,
    my son is 8.5 yrs old and since last 8 months has developed this vitiligo so called spreading over under his wrist, abdomen , chest and both the feets, lowe eye lid area and we are very much worried parents about his health.We tried many dermatologist ,,oral oinment , solar theraphy and now stopped every thing alopathic treatment.from very reliable sources we have learnt that Homepathy has very good track record recovering from vitiligo and patients got cured.
    So with lots of faith in god and trust in homepathy I kindly request you to give me your valubale advice and as to how to go about the whole thin for my son’s faster recovery from it.
    Kindly help us out and may god bless you .
    with many thanks and best regards,
    Arshad

  2. Dear Arshad Bhai,
    Homeopathy definitely has an upper edge over other pathies in treating leucoderma. But homeopathy has its own problems , we can’t prescribe on mere disese name , A careful & complete approach towards patient as a whole gives the wonderful results . Ur IP address as I guess belong to Amsterdam, but I am not sure for ur home country. If u can give ur country’s name than I can suggest u a competent homeopathic physician.

  3. Dea doctor,
    I met here one homepath Dr. Masarrat frm Lucknow and he gave one medicines by 8 pills thrice day ( Ars+ Fors+Sulph) written on small bottle.But he said if these white pathces – blood ,immune system shows the contain then it would not spread if does not respond then it will spread rapidly by consuming his medicines.I mean he has left us in dilemma,,,, don,t know what to do ,,,,, his family practicing homepaths in lucknow and he is servicing in Jeddah with pvtly homeo path practice,,,,,,,
    I kindly request you to advice as to what to do ,,please,,,
    we have not started his medcines,,,,,
    with manythanks and kind regards,
    Arshad

  4. sir i wld like to knw..wether i can combine 2 treatment…..like ayurvedic n homeopathic…….aur phototherapy…

  5. sir i wld like to knw..wether i can combine 2 treatment…..like ayurvedic n homeopathic…….aur phototherapy…n iv had family history of vitilgo..one of my cousin has it..n tere is no other associated disease i hv….plzzz help me

  6. …n iv had family history of vitilgo..one of my cousin has it..n tere is no other associated disease i hv….plzzz help me

  7. In my personal observation I found Homeo-oral and allopathic ointments together gives better results. Homeo stops spreading and the ointment gives temporary formation of pigment

  8. Dear sir I will be very great full if you could suggest some good homeopathy doctors for vitiligo in Bangalore.
    Thanking you sir.
    Kumar

  9. can anybody suggest good homepathic doctors in bangalore

  10. Hi,

    Last saturday my life as been shocked very badly. An opthalmologist made a very bad diagnostic, my eyes retina is being destroyed. He says that it is probalby a hereditary retina pigmentation desease. So’ I started to make a lot a search on internet to have more information. Briefly, I ended on your site because I also have vitiligo and in your introduction you are mentionning that the vitiligo is destroying the retina.

    Do you think homeopathy can somethong for me. Maybe not give me back the part of the retina I have already lost or destroy, but at least stop the destruction.

    Yours truly,
    Benoît Bouchard

  11. what is the best way to treat vitiligo i only have little pathes im 21 year old boy. please give me a little advise

  12. Dr. Tondon ,Thanks for your article. I would like to share this information in your notice regarding my experiences in treating Vitiligo and other similar skin disorders, with the help of Electro-Tridosha-Graphy [ETG] and Electro-Homoeo-Graphy [EHG]. As I have communicated you earlier that ETG technology provides you foolproof diagnosis of human disorders with other advantages. My experience with this complaint is that Most of the patients [99.99 percent ] are suffering from the Irritable Bowel syndromes, Inflammatory Condition of Bowels, Hepatic disorders including Gall Bladder poor functions etc. This diseas is actually manifestation of these bodily disorders, which exibits it symptoms on skin in shape of inorderly white patches.

    Total cure [100%] is possible, if Homoeopathic or Ayurvedic Medicines or both , are wisely used. I have cured over 97% cases of Leucoderma with the help of my invented technology and after pin point diagnosis of diseases with the intelligent use of Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic combined treatment. However fast cure is possible when patches are less and small, say one or two and smaller , within few weeks. But , if patches spread and covered a large number of areas , it takes a little bit of time, may be months, a year or more to get full cure. Patient should not be dishearten, because it is experienced that recovery in chronic cases is very slow.

    The problem is also with the action of medicine. The action of medicine is differ from patient to patient. Some patient responses, slow, some moderate, some quick, some faster with the medicine. A careful close watch is necessary, the changes of white areas converting into black or skin color.

    This is a curable disease. It is advisable that Chronic patient should use medicine for long period for total cure.

  13. Docter can u advoice how to spot spreading vitiligo. And to prevent this as i have family history of this. Please reply me.

  14. iam 26, from South Afirca, indian female

    Currently and based on the research I have done thus far, iam not 100% sure I have this disease, however a skin specialist has dignosed it.Iam going for a 2nd opinion nxt week, perhaps I will request a biospy to be done, I have no other spots on my body, no one has had this in my family, and as per returned blood results, I do not have any auto immune system diseases normally linked with vitiligo, iam hoping it’s the creams I used in feb/april 2007 called mylocort and advantan. My friend had a very similar experience and she was told to use a steroroid cream, her lips healed, and she was not diagnosed with vilitigo

    The question here is whether or not the creams I used ( for extremely dry lips) could have actually caused the pigmentation in my lips to be damaged or dead and now its in the healing process or whether this dipigmentation is induced by my own body, vitiligo??

    living on hope is all I have. And I think a proper diagnosis is essential at this point, because this a life changing disease, and the consequences of being treatmented for something I may not have is sad!!(might over pigment, from too white to too black)

    If this diagnosis is confirmed and I do unfornatelty have vilitigo, I will have to accept and follow procedure to find the best treatment possible, as Iam well aware there is no cure.

    can just looking at my lips just determine i got vitiligo, should’nt a biopsy be esstential? ANY ADVISE??

    plz help me? do you know if there are any good doctors here in south africa – durban, willing to try anything?
    thanks

  15. how can i get a hold of DR Desh Bandhu Bajpai, do you have colleges in South Afica?

  16. our son is eight months old (birth date – 9th november 2006). He developed a white patch on his left side of forehead from last three months . What shall be done?

  17. hello doctor i am a 17 year old girl n i have white patches on ma body mainly on joints.i am taking homoeopathic treatment but it is not at all satisfying i am vry worried please tell me some good doctor in punjab.mi am vry depressed because of my patches.please reply me thnks

  18. Dear Dr.
    Sir now i am taking medicine “PIGMENTO” (Charak) &TACROZoint . I have white patches on my body on abdomen ,backside & thy but not so much just slowely spreadly. Sir now i am taking medicine “PIGMENTO” (Charak) &TACROZoint . I am continue taking above mention medicine since 6 month till Dear sir I will be very great full if you could suggest some good homeopathy doctors medecine for vitiligo in Nepal. It is not satisfying i am vry worried.That above mentioned medicine is god or not Please reply me.What type of medicine use for me.
    Thanking you sir.
    Sangeet

  19. Dear Sir,

    We are of indian origin. My son is 15 years of age and has vitiligo for the last 4 years. Please can you suggest a homeopathic doctor in Virginia, USA.

    Thankyou,

    Rani

  20. Any one from Bangalore who had vitiligo and healed.
    Please tel us the methed of treatment. This will be verymuch usefull for people sufering from vitiligo like me. This will be a agreat help for others to

  21. Dear Sir,

    Please advice for TSH more in women.

  22. hello sir.. id asked u about leucoderma before
    also but did nt recieve any answer…..

  23. I am suffering from vitiligo from 4 years. I think allopathic treatment is the worst option as they give steriods which later increases the problem. I am taking homeopathic treatment from 2 years and my spots are getting better. Homeopathic treatment also increased number of spots on my body few months back but now again started healing. Maintain a good diet and Be Happy is the Cure :)

  24. पिगबैक: सफ़ेद दाग और होम्योपैथी- आशा की एक किरण भाग- २ (Leucoderma & homeopathy- an ultimate hope-part-2 ) « होम्योपैथी-नई सोच/नई दिशायें

  25. i have a small white patch on my leg. Can it be completely curable by homeopath treatment ?

  26. I am suffering from Vitilgo for the last four year, please name any good doctor in Vasai, Navi Mumbai.

  27. Dear
    I am 38 years old albinism men .Please advise is there any treatment for albinism

  28. i have a small white patch on back part of body. Can it be completely curable by homeopath treatment ? If so, give me idea. I m from Nepal. if possible give me address of any physician for treatment

  29. Sir can you tell me any cure for ichthyosis ??i am in hyderabad.

  30. hello…i m priya…i was just wondering if there is any treament for this kind of dieases. my dad has this vitilogo which we are trying to cure. i was wondering can you recommend him or would you suggest any dr that we can go and see to just get started with the treament….
    Thank you
    Priya Patel

  31. I think the research of Dr Prabhat Tandon is quite correct, Homeo pathy is one the good mode of cure for the vitiligo as claimed in different vitiligo site like vitiliog support and antivitiligo, But one thing is that is it is slow. and years to be show its results.

  32. Hello everyone,
    This is a very appreciable thing to u all as u are trying to solve the queries of the pts as they are wlays with loads of questions and dont know where to get an answer,pts get miss guided by the allopaths and end up taking steriods ,gradually there state worsening.]

    keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. I want a doctor in Kathamndu,Nepal.PLease suggest me the name and address

  37. We need co-operation for cure of poor and
    depressed Leucoderma patients.
    Dr. Maung Ko Aye.

  38. Dear sir,
    I got white patches in my leg and its spreading..I ve tried oinment prescribed by skin doctor..but its not working .I want to to know about homeopathic treatment.so can u suggest me any doctor in bangalore

  39. I’m wondering if you can suggest a homeopath for me to see in Phoenix AZ.
    I’ve only had vitiligo for about 6 months. Maybe I have a good chance of recovery.
    Please advise……

  40. sir
    i am suffring fom virtiigo from 4 yrs ,i have taked many drug aurvedic and alopath but not improvment occur so plzz help me sir
    i am from nepal so give me full adress of your clinic and cost spend in treatment ,and time requiring in treatment

  41. hello dr.,
    I am 23 yrs old. I had vitiligo 4m d age of 8. I am taking homeopahic treatment. plzz suggest me names of effective medicines so that i can tell my dr abt this. plz help me in curing dis disease.
    Thanking you
    preetisha saha

  42. 3 great medicines to cure leucoderma
    kali corbonicum
    ars sulf flav 6x
    hydrocotile

  43. Dr. lalit
    myristica is marvelous remedy for vitiligo

  44. Excellent informative article which deserves great appreciation.

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