The skin disorder Leucoderma causes the skin to lose its color or pigment. The skin either becomes white or seems lighter than it is naturally. Individuals hair may become white or silver if they have Leucoderma on a portion of the body where they have hair.
CAUSES OF LEUCODERMA ARE :
- An auto-immune condition
- Genetic changes
- Environmental triggers
SYMPTOMS OF LEUCODERMA ARE :
- Skin color loss which typically first manifests in patches on the hands, face etc
- Premature greying or whitening of eyebrow, eyelashes, beard or scalp hair.
- Mucosal membranes , the tissues that lines the interior of the nose and mouth lose color.
- Loss or alteration of color in retina.
- Mood swings
HOW AYURVEDA HELPS?
Leucoderma can be compared to Shvitrakushta in Ayurveda. The three doshas get vitiated in the body as a result of exposure to etiological factors like eating unwholesome food, being angry, being stressed etc. The production of Ama is caused by the vitiated doshas, which interfere with digestive fire. Rasa, rakta and mamsa dhatu further vitiated with accumulated ama and spread all over the body, discoloring the skin and resulting in Shvitrakushta.
Treatment for vitiligo or leucoderma in Ayurveda involves balancing bodily energies, cleaning the blood, and using medicines to restore skin colour. Poor digestion is the underlying cause of this illness, so improving digestive power is a key component of therapy. The Chandigarh Ayurved Centre’s” Leucoderma Care Kit” is purely herbal and Ayurvedic preparation. The kit contain :
- Skin Care Tablet
- Detox Premium Powder
- Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu
- Tolenorm Oil
- Babchi Tablet
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF LEUCODERMA?
The cells of body produce a black pigment called melanin. Such cells are known as melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin which gives color to the skin and hair. These melanocytes die leading to absence of melanin in the affected part. There occur discolored patches of skin. There has not been found any exact cause of the disease but some of the factors can be responsible for this. Following are the causes of leucoderma:
- Any abnormality of the immune system which leads to destruction of body’s own cells
- Having a family history of vitiligo
- Excessive exposure to Sun causing sunburn
- Any trauma to the skin
- Contact with skin allergens
- Emotional stress
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEUCODERMA?
Leucoderma is of different types depending on the part of body involved. Following are the various types of leucoderma:
- Generalized leucoderma
- Segmental leucoderma
- Mucosal leucoderma
- Focal leucoderma
- Trichome leucoderma
- Universal leucoderma
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF LEUCODERMA?
Following are the factors which increase the risk of a person developing leucoderma:
- Young people below the age of 30 years
- Increased sugar levels in blood known as diabetes
- Addison’s disease
- Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LEUCODERMA?
Following are the common signs and symptoms of leucoderma:
- Loss of skin color in patches
- Discolored patches first appear on hands, face, genitals, etc
- Hair turn grey or white
- Premature greying of hair of scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, etc
- Discoloration of mucous membranes of mouth, nose and genitals
- Itching on the affected skin
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS WHICH ARISE WITH LEUCODERMA?
Following are the complications which are associated with leucoderma:
- Hypersensitivity of skin
- Loss of hearing
- Eye problems
- Social isolation
WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC CONCEPT OF LEUCODERMA?
In Ayurveda, leucoderma is known as sweta kushtha. It occurs because of the aggravation of pitta dosha. It causes accumulation of the toxins called ama in the deeper layers of skin. The disease is caused due to the consumption of wrong food combinations, lack of nutrition or excessive stress. A healthy lifestyle and balanced diet are very helpful in its management. There are various herbs which help in restoring color to the skin.
Some of the Ayurvedic herbs beneficial in treatment of leucoderma are:
ALL PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION IN DETAIL:
1. Detox Premium Powder
This is the mixture of all herbal medicines which are beneficial in the treatment of leucoderma. The mixture contains ingredients like- Moti pishti, Parwal pishti, Giloy satva, Jahar mohra, Akik pishti, Gandhak rasayan, etc. These ingredients balance all the Tridosha. It brings the cooling effect and useful in the inflamed parts of the body.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 sachet twice a day with normal water.
2. Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu
Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu is a classical Ayurvedic formulation that keeps the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha calm. It purifies the blood and very beneficial for skin diseases. It is prepared form ingredients like – Patola (Trichosanthes dioica), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), etc. It reduces inflammation and provides cooling effects. This Ayurvedic medicine has potent use in managing skin problems like psoriasis, leucoderma, eczema, as it helps to eliminate the toxins from the blood.
Recommended Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice a day with normal water.
3. Tolenorm oil
Tolenorm oil is a Proprietary Siddha Medicine which is specially formulated with both polar and non-polar actives prepared through a unique process from the following plants: Wrightia tinctoria, Psorolea corylifolia, Indigofera tinctoria, Piper longum and Oleum Cocos nucifera. Therapy with Tolenorm oil is proven to be effective in the management of Vitiligo and hypopigmentary problems.
Dosage: Apply on the effective area twice daily.
4. Skin Care tablet
Skin care tablet is herbo mineral and purely Ayurvedic formulation. It helps to maintain the texture of your skin depending on the type of skin you have. It contains various herbs like Haridra khand, Panchnimb churna, Khadir chahal, Chirayta, Mulethi, Chopchini, Gandhak, Ajmoda that work very effectively on all skin types. Skin care is a blood purifying tablet. It cools and detoxifies the blood, removes stagnant blood and dissolves obstructions in the blood flow that further increase blood circulation of the skin. It minimizes the blemishes, lighten sun tan, delay ageing of skin and heal skin problems. It is Natural skin moisturizer, Delay ageing, Remove blemishes, Reduce itching and burning sensation of skin, Prevent acne and pimples, In allergic skin diseases, Relieves leucoderma
DOSAGE: Take 1-2 tablets twice daily
5. Babchi Tablet
CAC Babchi Tablet is an herbal formulation which is beneficial in fungal infection of nail, psoriasis, deafness, bleedings from wounds, insomnia, vitiligo, Cancer, Jaundice, provide natural color to skin, Eczema, Leprosy, skin problems, Leucoderma, purifies blood, supports healthy melanin pigment (skin pigment that supports healthy skin color) in body.
DOSAGE: Take 1-2 tablets twice daily