Many individuals seek vitiligo natural treatment methods to treat vitiligo “leucoderma.” This skin condition develops from an eventual loss of melanin (gives the skin its color and protects the skin from the sun) pigmentation creating irregular white skin patches. These patches often start as smaller white areas of the skin, but eventually can become larger and spread to other extremities of the body. The white areas can show up anywhere on the body, including the nose, mouth and lips, and can even affect the retina of the eye. With less pigmentation on the skin to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, there is more risk for sunburn and cancer.
Between 1 to 2 percent of the general population are affected by this skin condition. Individuals with certain autoimmune and chronic or inflammatory diseases may be prone to vitiligo such as pernicious anemia, Addison‘s disease (illness with an adrenal insufficiency) or hyperthyroidism, but it could also be caused by a virus or frequently from a genetic predisposition. Excessive mental worry or even some gastric disorders may also cause this skin disease.
Presently, there is no known cure for the skin condition of vitiligo, however some methods have shown to decrease the inflammation and help to reduce the skin patches. Tamarind seeds and psoralea seeds are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative treatment for vitiligo.
The Medicinal Ingredient and How It Works
Psoralen is known to be one of the most effective ingredients for vitiligo. This natural substance is rich in Vitamin C. Unwanted cells that are weak with creating melanin are discarded. This in turn lowers the amount of white patches. The skin is sensitized, and then gains color as it is subjected to the sun. The psoralen reacts with the ultraviolet light causing the skin to become darker. No other herb is used as much as psoralen for the treatment of vitiligo.
How to Use It
The seeds should be allowed to soak for a total of 4 days. Some individuals steep the seeds in ginger juice for three days changing the liquid every day. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory substance. Once the seeds are removed from the water and dried, they can then be grinded until the texture is one of a paste. It is normally recommended for this type of ointment to be applied daily on to the affected area and white patches of the skin for approximately one month. This type of application will normally assist the patches to gradually disappear and decrease, and skin pigmentation may improve tremendously.
Some people choose to orally ingest the dried powder from the seeds, one gram mixed in a glass of milk for 1 month. Caution must be used with the use of these vitiligo natural ingredients as they could be harmful and injury could arise.