Leucoderma is a skin disorder which refers to the whitening of the skin. This is a condition in which there is a localized loss of the skin's pigmentation.
Also called vitiligo, leucoderma generally manifests itself as white patches, or depigmentation, on their skin, and these patches are more commonly seen in sun-exposed areas, which includes the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips.
Other areas of the body where this is commonly seen are the armpits and groin, the area around the mouth, eyes, nostrils, navel, and genitals as well.
Common Causes and Symptoms
According to dermatologists, excessive mental stress and worrying, burn injuries, defective perspiration mechanism, ailments like typhoid fever that affect the gastrointestinal tract, acute or chronic gastric disorder, worms or parasites in the alimentary canal and impaired hepatic function are among the major contributors to this skin disorder.
For those afflicted, a small white spot is initially seen, and this slowly develops into patches, with the the pale patches becoming whiter as it progresses. The spots enlarge and then merge together to form a much larger and wider patch.
Effective Home Treatments for This Skin Disorder
Turmeric and Mustard Oil
These herbs have also been found to be effective in treating this skin disorder. Around 500 grams of pounded turmeric should be soaked in 8 kilograms of water, and heated until only a kilogram is left. Strain the remaining mixture and add 500 grams of mustard oil. Reheat the mixture until only the oil is left. Afterwards, apply the oil on the white patches every morning and evening for a month.
These natural ingredients were noted to be very helpful in the treatment of Leucoderma. The seeds must first be soaked in juice of ginger for 3 days, and dried and powdered. Patients are advised to take 1 gram of the powder with fresh milk for 40 days, and the ground seeds must be applied to the white spots.
Radish Seeds and Vinegar
The paste derived from combining radish and vinegar has been noted to help alleviate this disorder. Around 35 grams of the powdered seeds should be mixed with vinegar and applied on the white patches.
Psoralea and Tamarind seeds
These two herbs should be first soaked in water for 3-4 days and dried after. Once dry, these be supposed to be grounded addicted to a paste and useful on the patches for one week. Most vegetarians also lack riboflavin (B2). This is the vitamin that gives urine its golden yellow color when you take synthetic B-complex vitamins.
Riboblavin is a precursor for FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide) which is necessary for generation of energy (ATP) from the food we eat. Melanocytes (pigment producint cells need this nutrient for energy as well as making melanin for skin repigmentation.
Fruits and vegetables are not free of toxic heavy metals and other contaminants. However, organic fruits and vegetables are ten times less toxic than animal products. Toxic heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium act as free radicals which provoke silent low-grade inflammation, and circulating immune complexes which are implicated in inflammatory vitiligo.
Patients have cleared their vitiligo just by removing dental mercury fillings. Many vegetarians develop vitiligo because most stale fruits and vegetables are enzyme poor. This is because most fruits are picked (for commercial purposes) about 4 weeks before they reach the stores.
By this time, more than 75% of the enzyme content is gone. This lead to malabsorption and nutrient depletion which shows up as vitiligous skin lesion in the predisposed.
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