Ayurvedic Treatment for Vitiligo – A Permanent Cure

ayurvedic treatment for vitiligoVitiligo, also known as Leucoderma or (Safed Daag) is a disease that can be spotted from a large distance. If you have ever seen anyone with white patches of discolored skin on any part of their body, you have seen a person with vitiligo. Like psoriasis, vitiligo is also a non infectious disorder of the skin where the pigment producing glands of the skin do not work normally, therefore creating localized patches of pale, discolored skin. Some people have very small, localized patches of discolored skin, while others have more persistent and larger patches on their body.



The Ayurvedic Concept of Vitiligo / Leucoderma

There is a common myth about vitiligo, that it cannot be cured and that its symptoms cannot be reduced. However, this is not true. Ayurveda has a deep understanding of this condition and therefore Ayurvedic treatment for leucoderma or vitiligo is entirely possible. With a vitiligo diet which restricts intake of toxins and purifies blood naturally, the treatment of this disease is completely possible.

According to Ayurveda, skin ailments and disease are categorized under “Kusth”. Since vitiligo causes the skin to be white or ‘shweta’, vitiligo is known as ‘shweta kushtha’. Skin disorders are further divided into 18 types and vitiligo is among one of them. Since the condition is completely non infectious, ancient sages and proponents of Ayurveda have not included it in their texts. However, the modern day Ayurvedic therapists understand that vitiligo is caused due to an imbalance of the body’s inherent humors, and it is because of this that the pineal glands in several parts of the body cease producing melanin.

The Scientific Concept Behind Vitiligo : How Does It Evolve?

Melanin, which is the colored pigment of the skin, is produced by the pineal glands. This melanin protects us from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, which means that those who have vitiligo are more prone to sun damage on their ski because melanin is absent. Science does not explain how or why the melanin production ceases only on some areas of the skin. Though the glands are present all over the skin, why is it that only some of the glands are unable to function, while others continue to function normally. Experts believe that this is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system destroys the melanocytes, or the glands that produce melanin. Some feel that vitiligo is a genetic disorder, inherited through generations of a single family.

The size, shape and location of the de-colored macules are not predictable. The white patches or macules could be found anywhere on the body, including the mucus membranes of the body. However, most of the commonly affected parts of the body include the hands, feet, limbs, face, groins and the trunk. For most people, the areas of the body which experience some trauma or friction are usually involved. These lesions are completely painless and continue to experience sensations. The only downside to this disease is its cosmetic defects.

How Modern Allopathic Medicine Treats Leucoderma and Why It Fails To Cure Permanently?

Vitiligo, or leucoderma – as it is also often referred to, can be treated through modern medicine. However, the treatment of vitiligo focuses on reducing the white patches or covering it up, instead of focusing on the root cause of the problem. Today, the treatment options offered for vitiligo depend on the location, size and the extent of spread. Based on these considerations, doctors recommend medication, surgery, or adjunctive therapies for this condition. Topical and steroid therapies have several severe side effects, including liver damage and sudden weight gain. Psoralen photochemotherapy is a minimally invasive yet painful procedure used to treat vitiligo. This is a therapy in which the skin is exposed to UV radiations to force the melanocytes to synthesize melanin once again. The doctor may also prescribe oral medications for the condition, which again come with their own sets of side effects.

While modern medicine has not been able to cure vitiligo completely, many people have achieved remarkable re-pigmentation through dietary restriction, prescription of appropriate therapeutic diets, and an investigation of the causative factors of the condition including tight slippers, underwear or other clothing pieces which cause pressure or trauma on the skin.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Vitiligo : Still The First Choice For Leucoderma

Vitiligo before and after yurvedic treatmentAyurveda has successfully treated many patients suffering from vitiligo. There are two types of medications for vitiligo. First is the herbal drugs and second is the herbal and mineral drugs. A lot of the ingredients used for the treatment of vitiligo have blood purifying properties or photo sensitizing properties for triggering activity in the dormant melanocytes.

While the herbal drugs work towards purifying the blood stream and detoxifying the blood – getting rid of all toxins and impurities from your body, the mineral drugs help suppress the immune system so that it does not continue to misfire and cause other autoimmune disorders. With long term use of these medications, Ayurvedic treatment for vitiligo can be successful and a combination of the two types of medications also often helps individuals. However, this treatment should continue even after re-pigmentation begins, lasting till the re-pigmentation process is complete in all affected areas. If some areas of your body respond poorly to the treatment, or the re-pigmentation is poor around some areas, you may use some camouflaging techniques to cover up these small areas.

At Ayurvedic Experts, we have several experts ready to answer your queries and calls. If you or a loved one suffer from vitiligo, you can opt for our ready made package that naturally helps trigger the melanocytes into action, therefore producing melanin properly. This package can be used for at least 3 months and even longer if the symptoms persist. We have brought together the goodness of natural ingredients and the knowledge of Ayurveda together into a special vitiligo package just for you. However, if you feel you need more personalized attention or special help in your case, you can contact our in house Ayurvedic experts and discuss treatment options with them. In such cases, we also offer custom made treatment options. Give us a call with your queries and our experts will be happy to guide you to the exact treatment options that would benefit your condition.



About Dr. Saleem Zaidi

Dr Zaidi is an Ayurveda and Unani medicine expert. He is the medical director at Rajshahi Healthcare and chief online consultant at Ayurvedic Expert. He has been studying, writing and speaking out about the effects of herbal medicines on various diseases for over fifteen years.


  1. Hello doc
    My daughter 5.5 yr have small two white spots( in seize of shirt button) in one foot, it spreading since 6 months.plz suggest is it really cure able,once it cure ,it won’t come in life again. Plzzzz help me doc

  2. my husband’ had white patches last 17 years and now these are growing. his age is 40 now. I am buried about that is a inherited disease. please tell me in detail about this disease. what should be eat, or not. is it spread to my children etc i am so depressed now . please help me

  3. R. Lopez says:

    I am Mr.Lopez, 70 year old, having some white spots on my both legs, arm feet, fingers etc since more than ten years and taking ayurvedic medicine and some time it reduce and some times it is expanding slightly and new patches are coming. I am very much worried about this, kindly advice me what medicines I should take as per your openion.
    Kind regards and thanking you.
    R.Lopez from Mumbai

  4. Hello sir, my name is Tenzin. I have white patches on my back and my private part. I consult doctor also but nothing happened much. So I need ur help

  5. I had a small spot in ear ,after which it has spread to the folding in ears. Then one more patch in neck which has spread to chin also. I am taking ayurvedic medicine for past 20 days. Will this work ? But there is no change in appearance. Very much depressed because of this . Can you suggest medication to get away from this .

  6. Khyati Shah says:

    This is Hhyati shah, aged 25, from Mumbai. I am suffering from vitiligo from November 2014. I have small patches on left side of lips, under the right ear lobe and near collar Bone. I am currently under the homeopathic medication. I have found results but the progress is very slow. Kindly suggest me for speedy results as family members are searching for prospects for marriage.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Khyati Shah

  7. kim morris says:

    good evening ,
    Im writing from the Caribbean island of Jamaica , my wonderful nephew has developed this condition . he is a young man age 20 yrs old and this has been affecting him severely, especially his self esteem , he no longer goes out in the day time , only nights , he does not come out of his room has he doesnt want anyone to see him, he no longer takes pictures. i am afraid he is sinking into depression and i worry greatly. his other has given up on it and just accepts that there is no cure and he has to learn to live with it.
    he has it on his face mostly around his nose and mouth and few patches on his hands. i am writing to you with heavy heart and tears in my eyes as i dont want him to go through this alone and i fear for him emotionally. at 20yrs , young people are always so very concern with image etc ..
    please help me in anyway possible
    what treatments are out there ?
    how can i encourage him and support him?

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