Leucoderma, also known as vitiligo, is a distressing skin condition. The word literally means white skin. There is a gradual loss of the pigment melanin from the skin layers which results in white patches. These patches look ugly, especially in persons with a dark complexion. The condition does not cause any organic harm. This disease is caused neither by any germs, nor is it due to bad blood. It is considered to be neither infectious nor contagious.

Unfortunately, currently there is no cure for leucoderma. It is easiest to treat symptoms in the early stages of the condition. Therefore, it is best to consult with a doctor as soon as vitiligo is suspected. A doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid topical medication which can be effective, especially in its early stages. Another treatment doctors use is Psoralen, which is extracted from the seeds of the psoralea corylifolia L. plant, also known as Babchi. This substance is used with UV light or UV laser therapy and has been shown to be a very effective combination.

Symptoms of Leucoderma

Small White Patch Appear in Beginning

The problem usually starts with a small white spot which later develops into patches. These patches are pale in the beginning, but become whiter and whiter as time passes by due to loss of pigment. As the spots enlarge, they merge into each other and, in course of time, form a very broad patch. In some cases, most of the skin of the body may be covered with white patches.

Causes of Leucoderma

Excessive Mental Worry, Chronic or Acute Gastric Disorders

The main causes of leucoderma are said to be excessive mental worry, chronic or acute gastric disorders, impaired hepatic function such as jaundice, worms or other parasites in the alimentary canal, typhoid, a defective perspiratory mechanism, and burn injuries.


Heredity is also a well-recognized causative factor.

Home Remedies for Leucoderma

Leucoderma Treatment Using Psoralea

The best-know home remedy for leucoderma is the use of seeds of psoralea (babchi). These seeds should be steeped in the juice of ginger for three days. The fluid should be renewed every day. The seeds should then be rubbed with the hands to remove the husks, dried in the shade and powdered. One gram of this powder should be taken every day with one cup of fresh milk for forty days continuously. The ground seeds should also be applied to the white spots. Babchi seeds, combined with tamarind (tamarind) seeds. are also useful. An equal quantity of both the seeds should be steeped in water for three to four days. They should then be shelled and dried in the shade. They should be ground into paste and applied to the white patches for a week. If the application of this paste causes itching, or the white spots become red and a fluid begins to ooze out, this treatment should be discontinued.

Leucoderma Treatment Using Red Clay

VAnother useful remedy for leucoderma is red clay found by the river side or on hill slopes. The clay should be mixed in ginger juice in a ratio of 1:1, and applied over the white spots once a day. The copper contained in the clay seems to bring back skin pigmentation. Ginger juice also serves as a mild stimulant, facilitating increased blood flow to the spots. Drinking water kept overnight in a copper vessel will also help.

Leucoderma Treatment Using Radish

A paste made from the seeds of the radish is valuable in treating leucoderma. About thirty-five grams of these seeds should be powdered in two teaspoons of vinegar and applied on the white patches.

Leucoderma Treatment Using Goose Foot

The use of goose foot is beneficial in the treatment of this disease. This vegetable should be taken twice daily, in the morning as well as in the evening, for two months continuously. Simultaneously, the juice of the leaves should be applied over the patches of leucoderma.

Leucoderma Treatment Using Turmeric

Turmeric mixed with mustard oil has also proved useful in leucoderma. About 500 gm of turmeric should be pounded and soaked in 8 litres of water at night. It should be boiled in the morning till only one litre of water is left, and then be strained and mixed with 500 ml of mustard oil. This mixture should be heated till only the oil is left. It should then be strained and preserved in a bottle. The mixture should be applied on the white patches every morning and evening for a few months.

Diet for Leucoderma

Fast of Juices Followed by Restricted Diet of Fresh Fruits

Constitutional measures should be adopted to cleanse the system of accumulated toxins. To begin with, the patient should undertake a fast of juices for about a week. After the juice fast, the patient may adopt a restricted diet consisting of fresh fruits, raw or steamed vegetables, and wholemeal bread or wheat tortilla. Curd and milk may be added to this diet after a few days.

Well-balanced Diet

The patient may, thereafter, gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits. This diet may be supplemented with cold-pressed vegetable oils, honey, and yeast. Juice fasting may be repeated at intervals of two months or so.

Avoid Tea/Coffee, Polished Rice, Tinned or Bottled Foods etc.

The patient should avoid tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, all condiments and highly- flavoured dishes, sugar, white flour products, denatured cereals like polished rice and pearled barley, and tinned or bottled foods.

Suggestion for Leucoderma

Lukewarm Water Enema to Cleanse Bowels

During the initial one-week juice fast, the bowels should be cleansed daily with it lukewarm-water enema.

Leucoderma - Frequently asked questions
8 Leucoderma remedies suggested by our users
suggested by amit on Saturday, January 12, 2008

Turmeric powder half spoon taken with milk or water prevents the spread of leucoderma disease. This treatment should be continued for 1 year regularly.

suggested by ruver on Friday, August 31, 2007

hello i live in U.S. and having leucoderma for past 22 years.i must suggest everybody getup early in morning do kapalbhati and anulom vilom both and go for walk at least for 1/2 n hr.then take yr ayurvedic medicines it will work magically.i think babchi is the best thing if should be taken with yoga and body workouts.and have a lot of faith in God.

suggested by apoorva on Monday, July 30, 2007

Panchkarma kriya vigyaan is very effective in leucoderma.i got a reliefe very soon.still i am doing that.

BABCHI is the best medicine
suggested by Faiza on Sunday, July 8, 2007

babchi is the very good remedy for the leucoderma..i personally use it ..soak the 1 gram of babchi in the night in small quantity of water and take the water is in the morning ..ang soak the same quantity of babchi in the morning and use the water in the night ...take this water and then reply me after one month you will see the difference.

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