White Spots, also known as Leucoderma, is a chronic skin disease characterized by white spots and patches on the skin. Under this skin condition, certain parts of the skin gradually lose color leaving behind white patches. This occurs due to loss of melanin, a dark pigment which gives color to the skin.
It may begin with a small patch but slowly and steadily spreads throughout the body. Leucoderma is not a painful, dangerous or contagious skin disease. Most cases occur before the age of 20, and the condition can worsen and cover a large extent of the skin very quickly or remain constant in size. It often appears symmetrically across both sides of the body.
The actual cause of white spots is still unknown. However, some of the perceived causes are emotional stress, hereditary factors, worms, sunburns and physical illness. This skin condition can be aggravated due to certain diseases like hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, pernicious anaemia and Addison’s disease.
White Spots: Signs and Symptoms
The main sign of white spots is pigment loss that produces milky-white patches (de-pigmentation) on your skin. Other less common signs may include:
Although any part of your body may be affected by white spots, de-pigmentation usually first develops on sun-exposed areas of your skin, such as your hands, feet, arms, face and lips. The disorder affects both sexes and all races equally.
The natural course of vitiligo is difficult to predict. Sometimes the patches stop forming without treatment. In other cases, pigment loss can involve most of the surface of your skin.
Ayurvedic Cure of White Spots on Skin:
According to Ayurveda this disease is known as ‘shivitr’ or ‘kilaas’ – the appearance of patches on skin with white coloration. Pitta is the dosha, which is responsible for occurrence of this disease. When it is increased beyond the norm it affects rakt dhatu (blood), maas dhatu (flesh), maid dhatu (fat).
Aggravated heat or Pitta causes toxins to accumulate on the skin, from the deeper layers of the skin, causing white spots. Ayurvedic Treatment methodologies include balancing the energy in the body, removing the toxins, purifying the blood, pacifying the digestive system and using herbs to restore skin color naturally.
The toxin build-up occurs because of poor digestion; hence, digestion is also restored. By correcting the diet and making small changes to lifestyle, it is possible to stop it from recurring.
Unlike what most believe, white spots or leucoderma is treatable and its effects can be reversed. Sticking to a proper diet plan and with consistent ayurvedic treatment, it is possible to bring the skin back to its original condition with care and patience. To get Leucoderma / Vitiligo treated one must remember about the precautions to be taken, take ayurvedic medicine properly and have some patience.
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