Leucoderma is nothing but the localized loss of pigmentation on the skin. The white patches which are known as leucoderma is many times harmless to the patient and cause no physical trouble but it creates a big problem in social life as many misinterpret as leprosy and keep a distance from such patient.
In Ayurveda, this is known as a kind of harmless Kushtha. As per Ayurveda Leucoderma is the result of the deficient production of pitta in the body.
Sometimes these white patches in the skin become reddish and cause itching on the skin. The patient may also feel burning sensation on the affected parts.
Ayurvedic treatment of Leucoderma:As per Ayurveda leucoderma is caused by some kind of disturbances in the digestive system. People with dysentery problem are more prone to leucoderma. Therefore, Ayurvedic treatment starts with correction of dysentery problem and digestion problem. Kutaja is frequently prescribed herb for this kind of conditions. One teaspoonful of the powder of the bark of kutaja is given to the patient three times a day. Another drug recommended by Ayurvedic doctors is bhallataka. One teaspoonful of bhallataka can be given to the patient twice a day(Note:take this medicine under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Doctor only).
Bakuchi is another herb of choice to treat leucoderma. A paste prepared from the seeds of this plant is applied on the affected parts externally. Powder of this drug mixed with a decoction of khadira and amalaki is given to the patient. 1/2 spoonful of the above preparation can be taken twice daily. Oil prepared by boiling gunja is also helpful in treating leucoderma.
Diet : Salt is strictly prohibited in leucoderma. The patient should avoid salt of any form. Spices and any other pungent food should be avoided. Bitter drumstick and bitter gourd are helpful in treating leucoderma.
Don’t expose the patient in direct sun for a long time. Don’t stay awake late in the night.