Vitiligo is a disorder of the immune system that occurs due to loss of a pigment known as melanin. In a few individuals, the melanin pigment whose function is to colour the skin is not produced because of destruction of melanin forming cells by the immune system. The major consequence of this is appearance of white patches on the body, occasionally spreading over the whole body, which is the most visible symptom of the disease.
These white patches of vitiligo are more apparent on darker individuals than they are on people having lesser amount of melanin naturally. Along with the psychological impact of this disease, various other problems occur due to it, including hypothyroidism.
Although a full vitiligo treatment is yet to be discovered, there are some treatments present which decrease the evident symptoms. The impact of a cure will be dependant on how many patches there are and how much they have spread over the body, along with what therapy the patient has chosen.
Alternative therapies include practices like naturopathy, herbal, homeopathic, ayurvedic, acupuncture etc, which have been shown to play an important role in vitiligo treatment. The biggest benefit of such treatments is that they do not cause any side effects as they utilise various naturally available medicines and techniques. Besides, they are usually non-invasive and this ensures greater convenience and comfort for the person under treatment.
Advocates of homeopathic treatment assure that colour will return in the white patches to a certain extent, which would darken the patches and make them somewhat similar to the person s original complexion. Ayurveda promises the same effect by making use of herbal or natural ingredients, and even metal to help treat this disorder. Other alternative methods follow a similar approach.
Home remedies are also popular for vitiligo treatment. Patients frequently use various common household substances such as psoralen for improving the skin colour. The white patches can to some extent also be concealed by using creams and sunscreen lotions, which at least alleviate the mental stress on the person.