Leucoderma is a condition in which the skin layers experience
loss of skin-pigment. Also known as vitiligo, leucoderma causes white patches on
the skin surface. It is more common in women than in men and is mostly seen on
the hands, neck, back and wrist. The main causes for leucoderma are excessive
mental worry and chronic or acute gastric disorders. Other causes involve
impaired hepatic function such as jaundice, worms or other parasites in the
alimentary canal, typhoid, a defective perspiratory mechanism and burn injuries.
It can also be the result of hereditary reasons. However, leucoderma can be
treated using certain home remedies, some of which have been mentioned below. Symptoms
The whiteness starts as a small discolored white or pale brown spot, which spreads and becomes whiter after a few days, finally turning milky white in color
Alopecia or loss of hair
Premature graying of hair
Sensitivity towards cold
Hair on the affected area also become white Causes
- Skin trauma
- Mental worry or stress
- Heredity factors
- Physical illness
- Excessive thinking
- Chronic gastric problems
- Improper liver functions
- Worms/parasites in the digestive system
- Burns and injuries
- Impaired hepatic function
- Pressure from tight clothes
- Defective perspiratory mechanism
- Certain occupational hazards
- Take about 25 grams of radish seeds and ground them into a
powdery substance. Add 2 tsp vinegar and make a fine paste. Apply
this paste on the affected area and wash off when dry.
- In about eight liters of water, soak 500 gm turmeric. Boil the
concoction until only a liter of it is left. Strain this liquid and
add Â½ liter mustard oil to it. Apply this on the patchy areas two
times a day, for at least 2-3 months.
- Soak psoralea seeds in ginger juice for 3 days. Thereafter, dry
them and grind to make a fine powder. Have 1 gram of this powder,
with a glass of milk, for about a month. You can also apply this
powder on white patches.
- Another method would be to soak psoralea and tamarind seeds in
water for 3-4 days. Dry them well and grind to form a paste. Apply
this paste on the affected area on a daily basis.
- Goosefoot vegetable is effective in treating leucoderma. Apply
the juice of this vegetable on the affected area, once a day.
Continue it for 2 months.
- Mix red clay and ginger in equal parts. Apply this on the
affected area and wash off when dry.
- Fill a copper vessel with drinking water and leave it overnight.
Have this water, on an empty stomach, every morning. This is
effective in healing leucoderma.
- Combine 100 gm each of alfalfa and cucumber juice. Consume this
mixture two times a day i.e. in the morning and evening. This is a
useful home remedy for treating leucoderma.
- Take a handful of dry pomegranate leaves and grind them into a
fine powder. Have about 8 grams of this powder every morning and
evening, with a glass of water.
- Neem is very effective in treating leucoderma. Try to drink a
glass of neem juice everyday.
- Grind black gram and add water, to form a paste. Apply this
paste on the affected area, washing off after it dries, for about 4
to 5 months. It is an effective remedy for treating leucoderma.
- Holy basil leaves prove to be beneficial in treating white
patches. Consume raw basil leaves or make a decoction out of Holy
basil's leaves and stem, along with water.
- Make a poultice of ginger leaves and apply it on the white
patches. It is quite effective in treating leucoderma.
- Increase the consumption of walnuts and figs. While walnuts
purify blood, figs have healing properties to cure leucoderma.