LeucodermaWhat is Leucoderma?

Leucoderma, otherwise known as vitiligo, is a skin condition that is predominantly characterized by having “white skin”. In fact, this is the literal translation of the term.


This usually happens when melanin is eventually lost in the skin layers, resulting to the appearance of white patches on the skin. Although, this does not happen overnight, but gradually, it is still something that people become embarrassed about, especially for those who have dark complexions. While it may be true that the said skin condition does not result in organic harm or other adverse effects, it could still cause psychological tension.


This skin condition could happen to anyone regardless of age or sex. Often, women are more prone to suffer from it than men. The hands, neck, wrist and back are the body areas where these white skin pigments would usually appear.


What Causes Leucoderma?

There have been misconceptions with regards to the causes of leucoderma. Some people believe that it is caused by eating fish, eating combinations of milk and pumpkin, or eating milk and onion. However, these are plain misconceptions. The following are some of the causes of the skin condition:

  • Gastric disorders. These could either be acute or chronic.
  • Worrying excessively
  • Jaundice
  • Presence of parasites and worms in the alimentary canal
  • Various ailments that affect the intestinal tract (e.g. typhoid)
  • Burn injuries
  • Heredity. Among the patients suffering from leucoderma, 30% of them have family history of such condition.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Leucoderma

The only symptom of the condition is the appearance of white patches. At first, you would see small white spots, which later develops into patches. Initially, the patches look pale, but it later becomes whiter due to loss of the pigment. In the course of time, the spots begin to enlarge and they merge with each other, soon forming a really broad patch.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Leucoderma

Cleanse your body from toxins. When your body no longer has toxins, it will eventually lead to normal functioning of the body.

Diet for Leucoderma

  • For one week, fast on vegetable and fruit juices. You can dilute this with water on a 1:1 ratio, or in one glass, 50% water and 50% juice. Starting 8am, drink a glass of this formula every two-three hours. You can then end this regimen 8pm.
  • When the juice fast is over, you could now have a diet strictly on raw vegetables. You could also opt for steamed vegetables.
  • After this diet, you could now begin with nuts and grains, seeds and beans. It should always be a balanced diet. Eating raw foods most of the time would be most ideal.
  • Cold pressed vegetable oils could be used as supplement too.
  • Tea, coffee, and other drinks high in caffeine are to be avoided.
  • Strictly no intake of any alcoholic beverage.
  • Condiments, as well as highly flavoured dishes should be avoided too.
  • White flour products, sugar and its products, and denatured cereals are to be avoided as well.

Herbs for Leucoderma

  • Psoralea seeds. Powdered form of these seeds has been known to be an effective treatment for leucoderma. The seeds must be steeped in ginger juice for 3 days. Everyday, the fluids used must be changed. Afterwards, rub the seeds with your hands so that the husks are removed, then they should be dried under the shade and turned into powder form. For 40 days, you can then take 1 gram of this seed along with fresh milk. You can also apply the powder on the white spots.
  • Babchi seeds and tamarind seeds, combined together, is also useful. Use the same process for the psoralea seeds. This must be applied for one week on the white patches. If using this paste will cause the appearance of fluids or the area becomes red, discontinue usage.
  • Red clay. This is often found in the slopes of hills or on river sides. Mix the clay with ginger juice and apply on the affected area. The copper that the clay contains is believed to bring the skin pigmentation back. Ginger juice acts as a milk stimulant.
  • Radish seeds. Making a paste from radish seeds could also help in treating the skin condition. 35g of powdered radish seeds, mixed with vinegar could be applied on the white area.



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