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Vitiligo (Leucoderma)

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Vitiligo (Leucoderma)


Vitiligo (Leucoderma) is a skin-pigmentation disorder which characteristically leads to the appearance of white patches on the skin, on different body parts. The occurrence of Vitiligo (Leucoderma) is linked to the degeneration of 'melanocytes' --- that is, cells which are responsible for making the 'melanin' pigment which gives the skin its colour. As a result of the degeneration of melanocytes, the skin of the affected people loses its colour, and white patches get formed on the skin.

In patients affected by Vitiligo, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body, and the hair growing on the affected areas also sometimes turns white. The first signs of the discoloration of the skin generally show up on those areas which are normally exposed to the sun, including face, lips, hands, arms, and feet.

Other than affecting the skin and hair, Vitiligo can also affect the retina (inner layer of the eyeball) and the mucous membranes (tissues which line the inside of the mouth and nose).


The common symptoms of Vitiligo are:
  • Skin discoloration or appearance of white patches on skin.

  • Premature graying/whitening of the hair on the scalp, beard, eyebrows or eyelashes.

  • Loss of or change of color of the retina.

  • Loss of or change of color of the mucous membranes.

Vitiligo may affect people of any age or skin colour, but it mostly affects young people less than 20 years of age.


The occurrence of Vitiligo is linked to certain causes, which may include hereditary factors, or some auto-immune and inflammatory disorders, mostly including Thyroid, Psoriasis, Diabetes, and Pernicious Anemia.

From the viewpoint of Ayurveda, Vitiligo occurs due to 'Virudh aahar sevan' (eating foods items that are incompatible or opposite in nature) which triggers auto-immune disorders. As a result, toxins are formed inside the body, and the immune system gets disturbed; thereby leading to the occurrence of Vitiligo due to the degeneration of the pigment-producing melanocytes.

Ayurvedic experts also believe that Vitiligo may occur because of suppression of vomiting, consumption of sour-salty and fermented food items, aggravation of the body's Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas, particularly the Pitta dosha.


The treatment of Vitiligo is generally aimed at restoring color to the affected, discoloured skin. However, in some cases, the treatment may be ineffective and the discoloured patches on the skin may be a long-term or life-long condition. Moreover, the treatment for the disorder may also not prevent continued loss of skin color or a recurrence of the condition.

Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company offers some excellent formulations which can be beneficial in managing Vitiligo. The products are prepared from 100% pure and natural herbs, under the guidance of renowned Ayurveda practitioners. The herbal products useful in managing Vitiligo include:

Herbal Remedies for Vitiligo (Leucoderma)

1. Radiant Skin, Hair, Nails Formula

This product, available in the form of capsules, is an excellent formulation for treating skin, hair and nail problems, and keeping them healthy. The herbal components of these capsules include some well-known herbal extracts like Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Chirata (Swertia chiretta), Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis), and Pit papda (Fumaria officianalis). People suffering from Vitiligo or Leucoderma can benefit from the use of these capsules because they can effectively support healthy skin, improve skin complexion, and give a glow to the skin. Moreover, the regular use of these capsules can make the skin firm, smooth and elastic; and treat acne, pimples, ringworm, and psoriasis.​

Dosage: 1-2 capsules, twice a day.

2. Punarnava Mandoor Tablets

For preparing these tablets, a combination of herbs is used. These herbs include Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Mandoor Bhasma (Ferric oxide calx), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Shunti (Zingiber officinale), Chavya (Piper chaba), Chitrak Mool (Plumbago zeylanica), and Vidanga (Embelia ribes). The use of Punarnava Mandoor tablets can be very beneficial for Vitiligo patients because the herbal components of these tablets can treat skin problems and a number of other health conditions because of their ability to improve the quality of blood, control cholesterol, and eliminate toxins from the body.​

Dosage: 1-2 capsules two times a day, with plain water.

3. Aloe Vitals Capsules

For the preparation of these capsules, the pure and natural standardized extract of the 'Aloe Vera' herb (Aloe barbadensis) are used. The herb is widely used in Ayurvedic formulations because of their proven adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. The useful effects of Aloe Vitals capsules can help in managing Vitiligo because Aloe Vera has the capability to clear several skin problems, moisturize the skin, keep dry skin hydrated, improve the condition of blood vessels, enhance the body's immune capacity, relieve skin inflammation, and rejuvenate the skin.​

Dosage: 1-2 capsules with plain water, two times a day.

4. Navkarshik Churna

This herbal powder is prepared from a mix of some potent herbs which are known for their anti-inflammatory, blood purifying and immunomodulatory properties. These herbs include Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Vacha (Acorus calamus), and Daru haldi (Berberis aristata).The use of this churna is beneficial for Vitiligo patients because it helps in improving the texture and complexion of skin, removing toxins from the body, cleansing the blood, regulating the heat in the body, supporting the immune system, and balancing the body's Vata and Pitta doshas.​

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful of the churna with plain water, two times a day, after meals.

5. Jatyadi Oil

Jatyadi Oil or Jatyadi Tailam is an excellent herbal product for external application. The oil is prepared from a combination of herbs including Jati (Myristica fragrans), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), Padmaka (Prunus puddum), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Katurohini (Picrorhiza kurroa), Naktamala beeja (Seeds of Pongamia pinnata), Taila (Sesame oil), Sikta (Honey bee wax), and a few other herbal ingredients.

​Application: The oil should be applied externally by Vitiligo patients to the affected areas of the body.

Diet Plan for Vitiligo (Leucoderma)
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