Vitiligo - An ayurveda approach

Vitiligo or Leucoderma is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body. Similar patches also appear on both the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose), and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball). The hair that grows on areas affected by Vitiligo sometimes turns white. The most widely accepted view is that the de-pigmentation occurs because Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease - a disease in which a person's immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues.


There are multiple factors which can cause vitiligo and once disease is active there are many causes which trigger vitiligo. This disease described Shwet kustha in ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda, Vitiligo or Shwitra is caused due to aggravation of Pitta in the body. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor that symbolize fire and is manifested in the skin, along with other organs. Pitta is of five types. One of them is Bhrajak Pitta, which gives coloration to the skin. In the case of Vitiligo, Bhrajak Pitta gets imbalanced, leading to the formation of ama, which consequently impairs deeper body tissues such as rasa dhatu (nutrient plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscles) and lasika (lymph). This ultimately causes de-pigmentation of the skin.

Following are causes according ayurveda science

  • Using of opposite quality of foods at the same time , that is using yogurt with milk or pickle with milk, Honey with ghee ( butter), Milk with salt, Milk with fruits specially vitamin c containing fruits.
  • Using cold drinks and cold water when you are in stress or after having any physical work.
  • Sudden change in skin temperature. Ayurveda mentioned that any activity which can bring sudden change in skin temperature can trigger skin disorders.
  • Taking heavy meals after in short durations without getting earlier meals digested.
  • Having sex within one hour  of taking meals, because one hour is minimum required time for our body to secrete the juices to digest the meal. If our attention diverted to sex then these juices are produced in less quantity in which can cause the undigested food will get converted into ama (toxins) in our body.
  • Day time sleep expect summer is also trigger of many skin disorders.
  • People who are working shifts specially night duties which can harmful our body biological cycle which are more prone to many skin disease.
  • Suppress the natural urges which absorbed in the forms of toxins in our blood and they come out through our skin in the form of skin disease.
  • Excessive use of vitamin c in diet.
  • Excessive use of yogurt, seafood, salt, non veg food, pickle, fast food, maida, alcohol, Chinese food and less exposure to sunlight are triggers of vitiligo.
This above cause results in toxin formation inside the body, which ultimately disturbs the immune system due to which the pigment producing melanocytes cells get degenerated, causing Vitiligo.
Additionally, Vitiligo is said to be associated with certain auto-immune and inflammatory diseases such as Thyroid, Diabetes, Psoriasis and Pernicious Anemia. Vitiligo may also be hereditary; that is, it can run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop Vitiligo.


·         White patches on skin
·         Premature graying of scalp hair
·         Loss of color inside the mouth

Rudraksha Ayurveda vitiligo treatment

At Rudraksha Ayurveda with years of research and by treating many of patients in different stages of disease we have developed a comprehensive treatment plan. The treatment of vitiligo depends upon two very important point – whether the disease is spreading or is stable.  If the disease is spreading then we need to switch off the disease first and at the same time start working on re pigmentation. Stopping the disease to spread is a very important part of medication. Vitiligo treatment plan is designed taking the age the of the patient , location of white patch, past medical history, state of disease and depending upon color of hair follicles of hairs on white patch. The disease is deep rooted and needs specific treatment that includes right diet and special herbal combinations to pacify Pitta and cleanse ama from the body. Rudraksha Ayurveda vitiligo cure can be divided into two parts – internal medication & external medication.

Internal medication

Vitiligo treatment in ayurveda provided for internal use helps the body neutralize the toxins produced by stress, indigestion and unhealthy food combination & lifestyle.
This makes the blood pure and helps to stops the disease from spreading and produces healthy ground for re pigmentation. Internal medication designed to clear the intestinal tract of mucus so that better absorption of food can take place in form of vitamins and minerals. It is a proven fact that lack of vitamin B12, folic acids and copper trigger vitiligo, So healthy intestinal track will help good absorption of all these essential elements from blood.
Ayurvedic vitiligo treatment involves intake of stress relieving herbal preparation in form of tablets to soothe the nerves. This stop trigger toxins from being produced in the brain and also clear toxins from skin cells. Herbal preparations are given to correct immunodeficiency.
Internal herbs also help to balance the dosha defect in the body. Doshas are the energy specially vata which moves different impurities from one place to other areas of body so when vata defects are corrected spreading of disease can be arrested. Vitiligo ayurveda treatment is more pronounced because of its natural power to balanced dosha.
Treatment of vitiligo in Ayurveda gives long lasting benefits as it revives the sedentary cell growth and rejuvenates blood flow in the body.

External medictaon

We use external ayurveda cream based herbal preparation which is to stimulate the pigment cells for re pigmentation  and providing the favourable condition in the skin for better pigmentation & preserve the pigment which has been formed with combination of Psoralea corylifolia, Amebia benthamii etc. All this can be achieved by using different combinations in particular doses.
Twice daily application of herbal preparation helps restore melanin and with this restoration there can be a great possibility that color will return to the skin & can be used along with the treatments using sunlight therapy. 
Yoga exercise in the morning is good for relieving the stress as stress related triggers can very effectively be neutralise with help of yoga.
Rudraksha Ayurveda vitiligo results

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