Are you suffering from vitiligo, the skin condition that causes the appearance of white patches on the skin? The white patches occur because of depigmentation which, on the other hand, is caused by the death or ceasing to function of melanocytes, the cells which are directly responsible for the production of the pigment that gives a person his or her normal skin color, called melanin. Vitiligo, which may affect people of any age, gender or race, is believed to be an autoimmune disorder, but other research point to heredity, nutritional deficiencies and even excessive stress as other causes of the disease.
To this day, no definitive cure for vitiligo has been found or developed. However, there are available treatments that are designed to either mask the white patches or slow down the progress of the condition. These include phototherapy, the application of corticosteroid creams or ointments or surgical procedures like skin grafting.
Many people, however, would rather go for natural vitiligo treatments, which are ultimately safer, not to mention much less expensive. If nutritional deficiencies are suspected to be the cause of one’s vitiligo, then a few adjustments in eating habits is necessary. Consume more green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains as they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Taking natural health supplements is also a popular way of managing vitiligo. Scientists have discovered that vitamin B12 and folic acid help enhances the healthy tanning of depigmented skin. To relieve stress, learning relaxation techniques is also important, as well as having a more positive outlook in life.
Some people with vitiligo have also taken to using natural home remedies to manage their condition. For instance, instead of phototherapy where the skin is bombarded with ultraviolet or UV light, some vitiligo patients choose to eat foods that are rich in psoralen, a compound that aids in boosting the sensitivity of the skin to UV which in turn promotes tanning. Celery, carrots and parsnips are known to be loaded with psoralen. The herb St. John’s wort is also believed to serve the same purpose, although it should not be used by vitiligo patients who are either pregnant or nursing.
Another natural treatment option for vitiligo patients is Ayurvedic therapy. Originating from India, Ayurvedic therapy aims to remove all the toxins in the body through strict monitoring of one’s diet, and purification using organic herbs
While natural treatments have little or no side effects at all, it is still recommended that you visit your doctor first before taking these treatments in order to avoid any harmful interaction between these treatments and medications you may be taking for other medical conditions.