Vitiligo or Leucoderma as it is popularly known is a a skin disease in which the patient gets white patches over the skin due to the destruction of melanocytes in the body. It is an autoimmune disease where the body itself destroys the pigment causing melanocytes due to reasons that are not very clear to us. Read more about Vitiligo here. Vitiligo normally progresses rapidly once it starts and then hits a plateau. After a stable period, there have been many cases where repigmentation has occurred with the help of sun exposure and home remedies. Let us see what the home remedies for Vitiligo treatment are.
Home Remedies for Vitiligo Treatment
Turmeric and Mustard oil
Both Turmeric and Mustard oil are immune system boosters. Their combination is said to help in adding pigmentation to the skin. To make this remedy, mix 5 tsp of turmeric powder in 250 ml of mustard oil. Store this in an airtight container. Mix this well before every use. Apply on the patches on the skin twice a day. Prolonged use helps in repigmenting the skin.
Sweet Basil Leaves
Sweet Basil leaf is a potent ingredient in ayurveda that helps in curing many skin disorders. To cure vitiligo, make a paste of a handful of sweet basil leaves with the juice of half a lemon. Apply this on the affected areas before bath everyday. Allow it to dry and then wash it off. Repeated use over a period of 6 months is said to bring relief from vitiligo.
Take a handful of neem or margosa leaves and wash them well. Now blend them with a little bit of water to extract their juice. Pass it through a sieve, press well and remove all the juice from the crushed leaves. Store the juice in a bottle. Mix 2 tsp of the juice with 1 tsp of honey and drink 3 times in a day to treat the underlying cause of vitiligo.
Read more about the beauty benefits of neem leaves here
Wild duckweed is an aquatic plant whose leaves float on the surface of water. The plant has a high concentration of chlorophyll which aids in adding pigments to the skin. Clean the duckweed well and make a paste out of it. Strain the juice. Sweeten it with honey if you want and drink 2 tsp of this juice every day.
Red Clay Pack
Red clay which is found on the riverside is also said to be an amazing remedy for leucoderma. To make the remedy, mix equal parts of red clay and ginger juice to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected part of the skin once everyday for visible results.
Radish seeds are used in India to cure vitiligo. To make the medicine, take 25 gm of radish seeds and grind them to a powder. Add a couple of tsps of vinegar to it to make a paste. Apply this paste on the white patches of the skin everyday.
Babchi Seeds have been mentioned in ayurveda as a remedy for vitiligo. Their scientific name is Psoralea corylifolia since they are rich in Psoralen which is extensively used in the treatment of vitiligo. Babchi seeds can be consumed internally or ground into a paste and applied on the affected areas.
These remedies do not produce any instant results and need constant application every single day over an extended period of time, lasting upto 2 years to show improvements.