Vitiligo can be distressing for your soul. It totally shatters your self-confidence. As per an estimate, about 1.5% of people are affected by vitiligo worldwide. It results due to loss of melanocytes cells that are responsible for imparting color to the skin, leaving behind white patches.
Vitiligo doesn’t reduce your life span but lowers your self-esteem. People with vitiligo undergo mental stress and face social embarrassment.
Vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder (self-killing body clells); can occur at any age and in both the sexes. It occurs in any part of the body especially hands, neck, back and wrist, eyelids and hair.
Metabolic abnormalities, genetic, oxidative stress and generation of inflammatory mediators due to autoimmunity, all contribute to the pathogenesis. The treatment should aim at restoring the normal skin color without any side-effects and developing strategies to cope with depression and anxiety.
Here, are few natural ways to make your life colorful and defeat vitiligo.
- Follow vitiligo specific diet
Avoid oily and spicy foods, red meat and beverages like tea, coffee and alcohol. Eat fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables to build your immunity. Consume more of turmeric, ginger, lemon, olive oil, green tea which promotes melanin production and help restore normal color.
In addition, add copper to your diet. Copper is an essential mineral in the body responsible for eliminating free radicals that destroy melanocytes and produce melanin. It also helps to reduce white patches. Consume food rich in copper like liver, oysters, cocoa powder, chocolates, nuts, calamari and lobsters, dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seed, ground ginger, chilli powder and soybean sprouts. Drink water stored in copper vessel since water in this utensil for longer periods of times that water imbibes all the necessary minerals from the copper vessel.
Along with foods rich in copper, apply red clay in copper on whites patches daily to induce melanin production.
- Herbs for vitiligo
Apply paste of basil leaves and lemon juice on white patches to sensitize the production of melanin pigment.
Radish seeds are found to be effective in the regeneration of melanin in human skin. Apply a paste of radish seeds and vinegar everyday on white patches to observe skin darkening over the white patches.
Drinking a glass of neem juice daily leads to melanin production and restores the color on white patches. Similarly, application of neem oil over the skin not only protects the skin from infections but also improve the skin. It also helps in removing toxins from within the body, as well as from the external covering of the body, which is the skin.
Psoralea seeds essentially imitate the effect of the sun tanning and are effective in restoration of skin color. Make a smooth paste of psoralen with barberry root powder, black cumin and coconut oil and apply on white patches to. Sensitive skin may experience reactions, so take care while applying or consult your doctor immediately when irritation occurs.
- Give up stress
Emotional stress is the major cause for triggering vitiligo. Those suffering from vitiligo may find it difficult to relieve their stress, but not impossible. Incorporate stress-buster techniques in your daily routine like meditation, yoga, rejuvenating spa or anything you love the most. To drive away stress completely, read- http://charak.com/blog/health/stress-management/
Yoga poses like Nadisodhana Pranayama, Bharamri Pranayama, Sitkari Pranayama, Sitali Pranayama, Kapalbhati prevent progression of vitiligo and improve immunity. Yoga exercises help to develop new cells and remove away the dead cells from the skin. Practising yoga daily can help you maintain healthy melanocytes.
The herbal supplement, Pigmento, is a comprehensive therapy in vitiligo treatment. Psoralea corylifolia, the main ingredient of Pigmento, stimulates melanocytes to synthesize melanin, while Acorus calamus, Cassia tora, Melia azadirachta and Tephrosia purpurea modulate both the cell-mediated and the humoral components of the immune system. Overall, Pigmento is an Immunomodulator and effectively induces repigmentation in vitiligo.
Follow these tips to induce melanin production and restore your normal colour.