Vitiligo - Overview

What is Vitiligo?

Before we get to understand about the loss of color from the skin in Vitiligo, let us first see how the skin gets its normal color. A pigment called melanin imparts the skin (as well as hair) the native color. This pigment is produced in cells called 'melanocytes'. When the melanocytes die or are unable to function, it results in loss of melanin causing color-less, white patches on the skin.


Vitiligo is a chronic disorder and tends to run a variable and often unpredictable course. It affects up to 2% of the population globally and the incidence is almost double this (3 to 4%) in India and Mexico. People of different races, religions, ethnic groups, socio-economic groups and with different dietary habits are affected by this condition.

Vitiligo affects males and females equally and it is commonly seen in children as well. The incidence is higher in children whose both parents are affected by Vitiligo. By and large, people who develop it are between 10 to 30 years of age and most of those who develop this, do so before 40 years of age.


Causes of Vitiligo.

Vitiligo is said to be associated with (and affecting people with) certain auto-immune and inflammatory diseases such as:

  • >Diabetes mellitus
  • >Hypothyroidism: Under -functioning of thyroid gland
  • >Hyperthyroidism: Over -functioning of thyroid gland
  • >Addison's disease
  • >Alopecia areata
  • >Psoriasis & Pernicious anemia
  • >Possible things that can trigger Vitiligo in an individual who is genetically prone include: Skin trauma,Sun burn,Emotional stress,Skin rash,etc.

    Homeopathic Treatment

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    Recent studies conducted in University of Toronto and published in the BioMed Central journal of Dermatology have clearly demonstrated evidence of benefits of orally taken Ginkgo biloba in the treatment of Vitiligo. This is a known homeopathic drug and besides some others drugs, it has been successfully used in the treatment of Vitiligo.

    In another clinical study conducted by the AKP Homoeopathic Clinical Center, 259 Vitiligo patients had improved out of 629 patients included in the study and 42 Leucoderma patients had benefited out of 97 patients. Thus research has also demonstrated the effectivity of Homeopathy in a difficult condition such as Vitiligo.

    The scope of homeopathic treatment extends beyond the physical symptoms and the approach is more holistic in nature. It also addresses the underlying stress and depression that is often seen in many cases. Thus, the treatment at our clinic goes a step further and works towards re-integrating the patient into normal life.