Frequently Asked Questions About White Patches or Leucoderma
What is meant by White Patches?
White Patches is actually a skin disease. When the ‘Rajak Pitta’ which
imparts pigmentation (color) to the skin fails to reach the skin,
then skin turns white. It is also called as Leucoderma or Vitiligo.
Though this disease creates no problem, but when the patient suffering from this disease,
goes out in the scorching Sun he experience purities or burning sensation. Rajak Pitta
protects the skin from strong rays of the Sun. But due to deficiency of this type of bile
one may experience burning sensation in skin. White Patches are viewed abominably in Indian society.
When the India ladies suffer from Leucoderma they can face problems in their matrimony.
Can this disease because by contact also?
White patch is not a contagious disease.
What are the types of White Patches?
According to Ayurveda this disease are of three types, viz. Arun (Red), Kilaas (Yellow) and Shwitra(White).
If cause of the disease is due to vitiation of Air then the patches slightly red i.e. a white patch is not
totally white, rather it has a reddish tent. When it is due to bile vitiation the white spot has slight
yellowish tint. If it is due to vitiation of cough(phlegm), then its tint is milky white.
In some of patients more than one type of patches can also be seen.
Is this disease hereditary?
To some extent and in some cases it is a hereditary disease. But if progeny of leucoderma
Patients takes precautions in respect of diet observe rules as detailed in Ayurveda in respect
of health rules, practice Pranayam and Yogasans then progency of the affected patients will not
suffer from this disease. Simultaneously if progency of the leucoderma patient abstains
from drinking and non-vegetarian food, then they will not fall prey to this disease.
What are the contributory causes of White Patches?
Ayurveda has spelt out many causes which causes onset of this disease.
If we analyze all such causes then we can maintain in a nutshell that human body
is comprised of three basic elements, viz. Kapha(cough/phlegm), Pitta(Bile) and Vaayu(Air)
and all the said three elements should remain properly balanced. If and when there is an imbalance
amongst the three elements then white patches or any other mortal disease can over power any person.
When all the three basic elements remain properly balanced then patient will remain free disease.
Now the question naturally arises as to what are the causes which cause imbalance of these basic
elements in human body? Ayurveda had suggested methods to keep body mind and intellect healthy
3000 years ago. When these suggestions are examined on the scientific parameters they have proved true.
First is that every person should perform his routine chores regularly and punctually.
Daily routine consists of defection and urination cleanliness of body, massage, yogasana, meditation(dhyan),
proper diet ,Physical activity, sound sleep getting up from the bed before Sunrise. It is also advised that
all the natural flows(vega) like defection urination sneezing, vomiting etc. should never be stopped.
There are directions for proper and pure diet. For instance it is also guided that one should remain from
consuming food items of diverse qualities like Brinjal, Fish, Meet, Black gram, Onion, liquor etc.
It is also wrong that milk and milk products should be consumed with above mentioned food items.
Apart from it milk should not be taken with salt. There are other guidelines also viz. one should
avoid taking fat rich food items after taking meals. Whole lentil mixture of salt and sugar,
consume meat in hot climate, too much intake of eggs, take meals again after taking meals, doing
physical exercise immediately after taking meals, taking bath immediately after finishing physical exercises
taking heavy and fatty meals during indigestion, doing any Pranayam and exercises prior to defecation
must be avoided. The three basis elements also get adversely affected due to Malaria and Typhoid.
Due to long standing constipation, disordered digestive system other stomach related disorders etc.
basic elements get adversely affected and one can also suffer from white patches disease.
If children have worms in their bodies then also the three basic elements get disordered and disease
of white patches may appear. If physical activity and yogasans are not done in proportion to quantity of food
intake then also three basic elements can get imbalanced and affected. We have also observed during our
experience then certain types of particular antibiotics and chemicals can also prove much harmful
and can also cause leucoderma. Further wearing foot wear of cheap quality can also cause leucoderma in the feet
Is complete cure of Leucoderma possible?
It is mentioned in Ayurved, that is white patches which resemble like conch,
moon and lotus can be removed. But in order to get fully cured it is necessary for the patient
that he must have strong determination and tenacity and he must give up those food items which are prohibited.
How it can be determined that a patient has which kind of white patches?
An experienced physician after examining patient’s body and pulse can easily tell
as to whether the patient had red, yellow or white patches. The patient can himself
also identify the type of leucoderma. Air (wind) related patches are not completely
white rather they have slight reddish time. but red color can also appear in the skin
due to heat of Sun or local application or intake of medicines. A predominant patient
is thin and frail and is physically weaker than others. Such type of persons like saltish food more.
Bile generated white patches have a slight yellowish taint. A bilious person has medium height
and body structure. Such persons have more penchants for sweet taste, sweetish eatables,
cold drinks, fruit juices, sweet fruits. Persons of bilious temperament are persons Rajsik
Vritti (passionate tendencies).They can’t do any physical or laborious work. They run into
extreme rage quickly, but they also cool down quite soon. Phlegin generated white patches are milky white.
Body of phlegin dominated persons is tough and strong. Their heart is also tough.
They prefer to take highly spicy, condimented and purgent food items,
Tamsik foods and they drink enough water.
Can pregnant ladies also use our medicines for removal of white patches during pregnancy?
It should immediately intimate to us whether a lady is already pregnant or has conceived
during our treatment. Certain specific medicines are required to be necessarily discontinued
Can white patches reappear again after having been cured once?
If precaution is taken, then white patches will not reappear. But if there is chronic
constipation digestive system of the fully cured patient is weak, he is having anemia
a fully cured lady had become quickly pregnant when delivery is done by casesrion method,
if a cured patients suffers from typhoid (kalazar) the patient has fallen prey to malaria,
liver is enlarged then in such conditions this disease may be resurface. If profuse bleeding
has taken place due to serious accident or has been burnt by fire then even white patches can appear
when a person consumes meat, fish eggs in large quantity or gets adducted to drinking.