Leucoderma (vitiligo) natural treatment – turmeric & coconut oil

leucoderma (Vitiligo) natural treatment

Vitiligo is also known as leucoderma. Melanin is the pigment which is responsible for the color of the skin. Leucoderma is a condition which causes destruction of the cells of this pigment which is resulting in white spots or white patches to appear on your skin. This is a chronic condition. It starts on smaller areas of your body but it spread all over your body. The exact cause for the vitiligo is not known. There are some specific conditions and stress which can trigger leucoderma. The main symptom of vitiligo is the white patches on your skin and they are most common on the areas which are usually exposed to sun such as lips, face, hands and arms. But also there are other symptoms of leucoderma which are not so common such as gray eyelashes, beard and hair, loss of the color of retina and loss of the color of mucosal membranes. There are different treatments for leucoderma such as herbal, pharmaceutical, homeopathic and surgical. But none of these home remedies have yet been scientifically supported, but there are many patients who have used them said that they were effective. These home remedies cannot completely cure the leucoderma. They can decrease the visible symptoms. Talk with your doctor about your best natural treatment for leucoderma.

Home remedies for leucoderma

Change your diet: There are many cases in which leucoderma are caused by nutritional deficiencies. What we have said a reason why proper diet should be your first choice, especially if your leucoderma is caused by a nutritional deficiency. There are many studies in which is said that Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B9 are very important to improve the health of patients who suffer from leucoderma [1]. People who suffer from this disease should avoid fruits such as berries because they have hydroquinone which works as a natural depigmenting agent.

Coconut oil: This home remedy heals chronic inflammation and soothes your skin. It can help with the treatment of leucoderma because it promotes repigmentation of the skin [2]. Also it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. You vishould apply extra – virgin coconut oil on the white patches 2 – 3 times per day at least for a few weeks.

Gingko biloba: There are some studies in which are said that the gingko biloba can be very effective natural treatment for leucoderma because it has immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties [3]. This natural cure can help reduce the progression of leucoderma and also it induces repigmentation. The general dosage is 40 -80 mg of gingko biloba, 3 times per day. To help determine the proper dosage and suitability of the gingko biloba for you, you need to talk with your doctor.

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Natural cures for leucoderma

Turmeric: This ingredient can be also used as natural cure to rid of the white patches on your skin. A mixture of mustard oil and turmeric is considered as very effective natural treatment. You should mix 5 teaspoons of turmeric powder with 250 milliliters or about one cup of mustard oil. You should apply this home remedy on the discolored areas of your skin. You should follow this natural treatment two times per day in a period of one year because in this way you will have the most effective outcome. Also there is another option and that is to make a paste of neem leaves and turmeric. You should apply this natural cure on the affected area. It has antiseptic properties which is also a very good option if the leucoderma is caused by some kind of infection. [3]

Red clay: This natural cure is rich in copper which is making it one of the best natural treatments that you can use for your vitiligo [4]. You should mix ginger juice with clay. You should apply this mixture to the affected areas once per day. The ginger juice will increase the blood flow to the skin and the red clay will promote re – pigmentation.

Neem: This is also a very effective home remedy for treating skin problems. It is believed that it can help to restore skin pigmentation. When you take neem internally, then it works as a good blood purifier and immune booster [5]. You should mix some crushed neem leaves and enough buttermilk to make the paste. You should apply this paste on the white patches. You should let it stay there until it dries completely. Finally, you should wash it off. You should do this natural treatment every day in a period of few weeks. Also there is another option and that is to apply neem oil on your skin after diluting it. You can mix a few drops of neem oil in one teaspoon of coconut oil or any other carrier oil and then you should apply this home remedy on the affected skin. Also you can drink neem juice or you can take this herb in supplement form every day in a period of few months. Also there is another option and that is to eat 4 neem leaves, 3 times per day, preferably before your meals.

Radish seeds and vinegar: This is also a very popular Ayurvedic natural treatment for the white patches on your skin which are caused by leucoderma [6]. You should soak the radish seeds in vinegar and you should leave it overnight. In the morning, you should apply this paste to your areas to affected areas and you should let it stay on your areas to 2 hours to dry completely. Also you can make another home remedy from radish seeds. You should grind 25 grams of radish seeds into a coarse powder. You should mix this powder with 2 teaspoons of vinegar to make a paste. You should apply this paste on the affected areas for thirty minutes. Then, you should rinse it off with lukewarm water. You should do this natural treatment once per day in a period of few months.

Babchi: This Ayurvedic remedy is effective natural treatment for leucoderma [7]. Babchi is also known as Psoralea corylifolia. It has active components which can help to reduce the white patches on your skin. This natural cure has antipsoriatic properties can help you to treat psoriasis. You should soak babchi seeds in ginger juice for 3 days. You should replace the ginger juice every day. Then, you should remove the husks by rubbing these seeds between your hands. You should dry them in the sun. You should grind them to a fine powder. You should consume one gram or about 1/5 of a teaspoon of this powder with one glass of milk every day in a period of 40 days. Also you can apply this powder topically. Also there is another option to apply babchi oil on your affected skin areas and expose to sunlight for about fifteen minutes. You should start with a short duration of sun exposure to check if this response if favorable for you. Also you can use a combination of babchi oil and black seed oil.

Ginger: Ginger can be used as an excellent natural cure for leucoderma. It was used in the Chinese herbalism for this purpose. It helps with melanin production and it improves blood circulation [8]. You should place a freshly cut slice of ginger root on the affected area. You should let it stay there until the ginger dries. You should do this natural treatment once or twice per day in a period of few weeks or until you see improvements in your condition. Also you can extract the juice from one larger ginger root and a handful of fresh mint leaves. You should drink this home remedy in a period of few weeks.

Copper: This natural cure is believed to aid in the production of melanin. Also it is believed that this element is required by the enzyme tyrosinase which in turn is required for the synthesis of melanin pigment from tyrosine. You should pour a drinking water in a copper pot or a copper vessel and you should let it stay there throughout the night at room temperature. You should not put this water in a refrigerator because it can destroy the properties of copper and this will make it less effective. In the morning, this water will be infused with copper ions which aid in the production of melanin. You should drink this water on an empty stomach every morning. [9]

Apple cider vinegar: This natural cure is antimicrobial properties which can destroy the fungi which can cause white patches on your skin. Also it can help with low stomach acid which is associated with leucoderma. You should mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. You should use this natural cure to wash your affected skin two times per day. You should do this natural treatment every day in a period of one month. Your white spots will start changing the color and you will notice that the problem will disappear soon. Also you can drink a glass of water mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day before you take your meals.


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