Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition of the skin characterized by white patches occurring due to the destruction of melanocytes. As it is an autoimmune disorder the exact cause is unknown and genetic predisposition plays an important role where the body defense system attacks its own cells. The condition commonly affects the sun-exposed areas such as face, lips, arms, feet etc. It may also affect the hair margins of scalp, eyebrows, beard and eyelashes and results in premature greying of hair and loss of skin color in various parts of the body. There is no clear cut demarcation for the occurrence of disease at an age it can affect people of any age group. Psychological stress and various autoimmune diseases are major factors contributing to the development of the disease.
Vitiligo can be either segmental or non segmental. Mucus membranes of the body are initially affected followed by further spread to other parts of the body.
There are numerous remedies in Homeopathy effective in treating vitiligo depending upon the nature of the patient, nature of the disease and its causative factors. Homeopathy prevents the further destruction of melanocytes, the triggering factors can be avoided and further progress of the disease can be checked at an optimum period.