Vitiligo is a skin condition that leads to the discoloration of the epidermis. Our skin pigment is given by melanin, which in turn is produced by certain cells. If these cells die or otherwise function poorly, white skin patches may appear. Also known as leukoderma, whatever triggers it remains a mystery to the medical world. Scientists and doctors will often blame stress and sunburns or label vitiligo as an autoimmune or genetic disease.
Not being able to pinpoint the exact causes makes it rather difficult to come up with a cure. The harsh truth is that standard medicine may alleviate the symptoms and in some cases, if the patient acts quickly, it can also make vitiligo back down. However, these treatments come at the cost of side effects like:
- Redness of skin and blistering, often caused by laser therapy
- Triggering another vitiligo outbreak, caused by micropigmentation
- Scarring and spotty color, a side effect of grafting
- Even skin cancer in cases of using certain ointments and UV light therapy
Now, vitiligo is a condition that is very hard on the psyche, but is it worth risking your overall health while subjecting yourself to procedures that won’t provide a real natural treatment for vitiligo? Fortunately, nature may also help and its aid comes at a significantly lower price.
Red Clay and Ginger Juice
This is a tag team that performs well together. Red clay is rich in copper and ginger juice helps with blood flow. Mix the two together and and apply on the affected areas twice a day, every day.
Also known mainly for increasing blood flow, but taken three times a day it can keep the vitiligo from progressing.
Psoralea Seeds and Ginger
The process of mixing these two together is lengthier. The seeds must be left to soak in ginger juice for three days after which you have to crush them into a powder and apply it on the white patches of skin. A positive effect should be noticeable after (roughly) a month.
Tumeric, Ginger and Mustard Oil
Tumeric is a plant of the ginger family, one of the key words when it comes to treating vitiligo, and it’s one of the most likely to restore pigment in the skin. Mix one pound of it with its cousin, the ubiquitous ginger (half a pound) and then add lemon juice. Apply the powder along with mustard oil.
Known better by its common name, black gram can also be turned into a paste with the addition of water. Positive effects to be expected after four to five months.
Duckweed is a plant rich in lignan, a chemical compound that has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It can be turned into a paste and ingested with honey.
Folic Acid and Vitamins
The acid, along with vitamins B12 and C may also lead to regaining pigment in your skin, as shown in tests performed at the University of Alabama.
Lastly but most importantly, no stress.
Our body is sometimes too smart for its own good. The addition of stress as a cause for many diseases and conditions may seem like a nice cop-out for doctors but unfortunately, the way we feel and what we think, do affect us physically to a certain degree. Try to relax and maintain a positive outlook, whatever remedy you may choose will work better that way.