Vitiligo is also known as leucoderma and
is a relatively common skin disorder where
white spots or patches appear on the skin. The most widely accepted view
regarding vitiligo is that the depigmentation occurs because vitiligo is an
autoimmune diseasein which a person's
immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues. People's
bodies produce proteins called cytokines. In vitiligo, these alter the
pigment-producing cells and cause these cells to die. Only
the color of the skin is affected by vitiligo, but
texture and other skin qualities remain normal. The hair may also turn white
that grows in areas affected by vitiligo.
Another theory is that melanocytes destroy themselves.
This ccurs when the melanocytes, cells
responsible for skin pigmentation, die or are unable to function. The precise
cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood. There is some evidence
suggesting it is caused by a combination of auto-immune, genetic, and
environmental factors. Some people have reported
that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress triggered vitiligo.
Conventional medicine has
little to offer leucoderma (vitiligo) but it is frequently treated effectively by
Arsenicum Sulfuratum Flavum This is one of the specific remedies used for the treatment of vitiligo in
homeopathy. It has discoloration of the skin in blotches that are pale or white
in color. It is also a good remedy for eczematous lesions which are moist and
have intense itching with corrosive discharge. Pyoderma and urticaria also find
a solution through this drug. Its sphere of action also extends
to catarrhal affections and asthmatic states. A deep acting drug which has been
known to give good results in vitiligo.
Bacillinum The patient is suffer from chronic cold, cough & occasional
history of haemoptysis. He has loss in weight, loss of appetite, flat chested
young boys & girls, prominent ribs & prominent clavicles. We get history of
asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis & even T.B. in patients.
Carcinosin Carcinosin is a deep acting
constitutional drug having many indications and a very broad spectrum of action.
It positively influences
mind, lungs, heart, eyes, skin, bones and joints, nerves, etc. It is one of the
commonly used medicines for diseases like vitiligo, urticaria, lichen planus,
styes and chalazion, hair loss, asthma, insomnia, trigeminal neuralgia, etc.
Homeopathy believes that the genetic predisposition or inherent susceptibility
is usually the root cause of a wide range of diseases and Carcinosin in one such
remedy which is used to combat these genetic tendencies effectively.
Graphites Obese patient with a history of suppressed itch. Suited to - Excessive cautiousness; timid, hesitates; unable
to decide about anything. Fidgety while sitting at work. Sad, despondent; music
makes her weep; thinks of nothing but death.
Hydrocotyle Asiatica This is one of the very good
remedies for vitiligo. It is supposed to stimulate the process of pigmentation.
It is also beneficial in other skin problems such as psoriasis, lupus, leprosy,
acne and other disorders of the skin in which there is much exfoliation of the
skin. This medicine is often prescribed
in combination with a constitutional medicine or other deeper acting medicine to
get the best effect.
Kali Carbonicum Kali Carbonicum positively
influences lungs, digestive system, heart, liver, kidney, female reproductive
system, skin, etc. Kali Carbonicum does wonders in cases of asthma, bronchitis,
tuberculosis, pneumonia, hydrothorax, etc. It is one of the commonly used
medicines for vitiligo, warts, eczema,
sciatica and low backache,
heavy menstrual bleeding, etc. It is also useful for complaints of digestive
system like acidity, piles, jaundice,
gastritis, etc. On the
mental sphere, it tackles anxiety states very efficiently and is used for the
treatment of the effects of stress on the body. Merc sol. There is history of dysentery with mucus & blood. Jaundice
liver enlargement. These patients are worst at night with salivation & have
a syphilitic miasm. They perspire in bed & do not tolerate too hot or too cold
Natrum Muriaticum Natrum Muriaticum is an interesting example of homeopathic medicine prepared
from a common food substance, the common salt, sodium chloride. Constitutionally, this medicine has a broad spectrum of action, and is useful
for a wide range of disease processes affecting the skin, gastrointestinal
organs, nose, lungs, kidney, metabolism, muscles, head, hormonal system, etc.
Nitricum acidum White spots are found at the muco-cutaneus junction. More at
the angle of the mouth, eyes, nose, nipples, glans penis, vulva, etc. Along with
it, there may be fissure at the same spot. In some of the patients along with
this there is a desire for eating chalk, pencils, etc., particularly in
Nitricum acidum is a deep acting,
constitutional remedy which positively influences the gastrointestinal tract,
nerves, glands, skin, bones, etc. It's one of the commonly used
for vitiligo, warts, ulcers, fissures, gastritis, hemorrhoids, bony and
rheumatic affections, malignancy, cachexia, etc.
Phosphorus Phosphorus predominantly acts on
the skin, gastrointestinal tract, hepato-biliary system, blood, kidneys, bones,
lungs, nervous tissue, etc. It is frequently used in the homeopathic treatment
of vitiligo, hairloss, nephrotic syndrome,
hepatitis, cirrhosis, hemorrhagic tendencies, respiratory infections,
osteomyelitis, paralytic symptoms, etc. Few of its common skin symptoms
are: Loss of pigmentation in spots, white discoloration of the skin. It is also
used for skin disorders where the patient has much itching and burning of the
skin; in urticaria,
psoriasis. It is also a
good drug for hemorrhagic spots occurring on the skin at various places.
Sepia Beside the
usual white discoloration, these patients have irregular menses either early or
late, scanty and painful menses in young girls.
Leucorrhoea, prurites, dysparunia and frigidity is
noted. Most of the patients complain of morning sickness along with
motion sickness, nausea, vomiting or headache
travelling in a car or bus. These patients are not social, they prefer to be
alone. Adapted to persons of dark hair, rigid
fibre, but mild and easy decomposition.
Silicea Silicea positively influences bones
and joints, mucous membranes, skin, cellular tissue, nerves, glands, lungs,
digestive system, etc. Silicea is one of the frequently used medicines for
complaints of vitiligo,
eczema, lichen planus,
bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, styes and
complaints of nails,
tonsillitis, etc. Patients requiring Silicea usually have tendency of easy
suppuration of skin injuries. Silicea positively influences nutrition as well and
hence its one of the prominent remedies used for rickets in children. Silica is one of the frequently used medicines for complaints of
eczema, herpes, urticaria, asthmatic bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, styes,
complaints of nails, tonsillitis.
Sulphur Sulphur is a trace mineral in the body, it is required for the syntheses of
amino acids such as cysteine, methionine and glutathione. It is also used to
build the connective tissues of the skin as well as serve as components of
vitamins such as biotin and vitamin B1. Sulfur is found in protein and it
can serve to maintain skin health in the treatment of vitiligo.
There is a history of suppression of skin diseases or any other suppression like
suppressed diarrhea, dysentery, jaundice, typhoid and in tropics many other
fevers. There is heat in the palms, soles, eyes, anus, vulva, vagina and on the
top of the head. Generally hot patient but could be chilly. Irritability
andobstinacy is also noted. Adapted to persons of a scrofulous diathesis,
subject to venous congestion; especially of portal system. Persons of nervous
temperament, quick motioned, quick tempered, plethoric, skin excessively
sensitive to atmospheric changes. For lean, stoop-shouldered
persons who walk and sit stooping like old men. Standing is the worst position
for sulphur patients; they cannot stand; every standing position is
uncomfortable. Prone to skin affections. Aversion to being
washed; always worse after a bath.
Syphilinum Syphilinum belongs to a group of homeopathic remedies called
nosodes which are prepared from disease products or
diseased tissues. Syphilinum is a deep acting, polycrest
remedy affecting multiple systems of the body. It positively influences the mind,
sensorium, skin, gastrointestinal tract, genito-urinary system, nerves, bones,
etc. It is a very helpful remedy to combat hereditary syphilitic tendencies in
patients. Syphillinum is frequently used
treating vitiligo, recurrent abscesses, osteomyelitis,
trigeminal neuralgia, alcohol dependence, rheumatic complaints, etc. It's a
useful drug to combat diseases that are destructive in nature and are
There is history of vaccination. There is dreams of falling, startling in
sleep, have warts on face or on the body, with loss of appetite after
vaccination. There is history of tuberculosis or respiratory diseases. Acts well in lymphatic
temperament, in very fleshy persons, dark complexion, black hair unhealthy
skin. Ailments from bad effects of vaccination; from suppressed or maltreated gonorrhoea. Fixed ideas: as if a strange person were at his side; as if soul and
body were separated; as if a living animal were in abdomen; of being under the
influence of a superior power.
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