Vitiligo is a disorder in which patches of skin lose pigmentation. The disorder may be evident in a few places on the skin, across large patches or across the whole body. To treat vitiligo, patients usually seek help from a dermatologist, who is likely to prescribe creams, ultraviolet therapy or other treatments. However, you may also wish to try natural home remedies, either independently or in conjunction with a doctor.
Several natural remedies may be helpful when trying to reduce the depigmentation that comes with vitiligo. Turmeric and mustard oil can be a good mixture for treating vitiligo at home. Both of these substances help boost the immune system. Mix 5 teaspoons of turmeric powder with 250 millilitres of mustard oil. Apply this paste to depigmented areas of skin twice a day. If you keep this up for a year, you should see colour return to the area.
Wild duckweed also helps to add pigment back to white patches of skin. Duckweed, also known as lemna minor, grows during summer, so collect as much as you can during this season. Wash off the duckweed, then grind it into a paste. Add one part of the paste to one part honey. Drink a teaspoon of it twice a day after eating.
Many people who want to try home remedies for vitiligo turn to St John's Wort. This herb increases the skin's responsiveness to sunlight, which can bring colour back to your skin. Take St John's Wort as a supplement in a topical form, or you may choose to mix it with other ingredients to make a drink. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, do not use St John's Wort. To make the drink, mix one part St John's Wort herb, one part oregano herb, one part calendula flowers and one part camomile flowers. Take a teaspoon of this mixture, then add a cup of boiling water and let it brew for at least 15 minutes, but no more than 20 minutes. Drink half a cup of this twice a day for one month.
Babchi, khella and red clay also are used for vitiligo home treatment. Apply a paste made from babchi seeds to the depigmented areas of your skin, then expose this area to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes. Khella should be ingested daily in 120 to 160 milligram doses. You can mix the powder into your food. Mixed with ginger juice, red clay can also bring pigmentation back to your skin. Combine one part red clay with one part ginger juice, then rub the mixture into your areas of depigmentation daily.
Changes in diet
There are other ways to treat vitiligo that involve altering your diet. Foods to avoid with vitiligo include soft drinks, mango, dairy products, red meat and citrus fruits. Eating cucumber daily should help with your vitiligo. Other substances that may be beneficial to you are olive oil, black pepper and green tea. You may have a deficiency of B vitamins in your system as a result of the vitiligo. If so, include plenty of foods with B vitamins in your diet. For example, milk and wholegrain products contain a high amount of B2. In addition to eating foods rich in B vitamins, you may wish to take a vitamin supplement pill daily for best results.