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'I am suffering from vitiligo, what should I do?'

  • Posted by Moderator: Biju Mathew
  • Published 14:21 October 7, 2013

'Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body'

A reader asks:  I am suffering from vitiligo (white patch) on my chest for the last four years. I have consulted skin specialists. The colour got reduced after few days and started spreading after couple of years, although I continued allopathic (modern medicine) treatment. Then, I tried Ayurveda and Homeopathy, both did not work. Now, new spots have started to appear on my hands and legs.
I heard Unani has excellent cure for vitiligo?

Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Saifi (Unani Medicine and Surgery and Doctor of Naturopathy) replies: Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. This happens because the cells that make pigment (colour) in the skin are destroyed. These cells are called melanocytes. Vitiligo can also affect the mucous membranes (such as the tissue inside the mouth and nose) and the eye.

The cause is not known. Vitiligo may be an autoimmune disease. These diseases happen when your immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your own body. In vitiligo, the immune system may destroy the melanocytes in the skin. It is also possible that one or more genes may make a person more likely to get the disorder.
Some researchers think that the melanocytes destroy themselves. Others think that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress can cause vitiligo. But these events have not been proven to cause vitiligo.

Most people with vitiligo develop it before the age of 40. The disorder affects all races and both sexes equally.

Treatments with Unani medicine includes:

  1. Safoof Bars: Mix 5 gms of herbal powder in ½ cup of plain water. Let it sit overnight. In morning drink the water. Apply the remaining herbs on patches.
  2. Black seeds (kalonji) and Fenugreek (methi) seeds: Soak 1 pinch of black seeds and 2 pinches of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of water. Let it sit overnight. In morning drink the whole recipe i.e. drink water and eat the soaked seeds.
  3. Itrifal Shahtra: 5gms with water before bed
  4. Sharbat-e-Musaffi: 1 to 2 tablespoonful of herbal syrup mixed in water 2 times a day.

Note: These herbal medicines should be taken for at least four months or more.

Restricted Food Item In Unani Medicine
Banana, beef, dairy products, egg, fish, peanuts, cashew, most of citric fruits and vegetables e.g. lemon, orange, tamarind, processed foods, fast foods, sodas, alcohol...

Make sure to give sadaqah (charity) on a regular basis. This helps for sure.  

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Comments (7)

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  1. Added 19:51 October 8, 2013

    Dear Hira Gut, yes you can use the same Unani meds and inshallah will get better.

    Dr. Iftikhar Saifi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 19:49 October 8, 2013

    Dear Muhammad Tariq, you can get all of these meds from India or Pakistan. You can even contact CCRUM (Central Counsil for Research in Unani Medicine),. They have done good research work on this diseases and come up with a package of needed Unani meds for vitiligo. You may google it to get their contact info.

    Dr. Iftikhar Saifi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 19:46 October 8, 2013

    Thanks very much. You got it right! Its only God who has the power to heal. Knowledge is just the tool.

    Dr. Iftikhar Saifi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 18:51 October 8, 2013

    Please let me know the possible solutions for the said disease as Allah haven’t created any diseases in the world without treatment. It's begin in my fingers 6 year ago and start to happened with allergic sign in my fingers as you rightly mentioned that tissues got damaged. It's increasing like, initially it was closer to my nails and then it recovered without any medicine as I am praying to Almighty Allah as well as my mother too pray for me. It recovers from the appearing place and then runs. Till now I haven't used any medicine because I believed to almighty Allah is listening to my prayer as and nothing is hidden for Allah. Allah has to say only kun. things can happened. But we shall go for the treatment as well with prayer and SADQA.

    Muhammad Tariq, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 21:01 October 7, 2013

    hey my age is 20 now i m suffering from this disease when i was in 5th class means when i was 12 years old i got this disease then i get many treatments but nthng happend then i stop all the medicnes nd all after 4 years treatment then suddenly it spread all over my body but the white colour is not so white it luk normal .... now tell me i have all white body can i also use these remedies to over come this or i cant use it thnaku :)

    hira gul, pakistan, Pakistan

  6. Added 19:46 October 7, 2013

    I have also the same problem and i think it also called vibrate white finger. However, I would like to get information from where I can get the above mentioned medicine.

    Muhammad Tariq, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:39 October 7, 2013

    I too Suffer from Vitiligo, i got this at the age of 26 , even though i dont suffer from pain , but i suffered emotionally .. over ages it will subside i was desperate and tried Homeopathy ,After homeopathy treatment it got spread fast with Allopathy i was able confine and control to small areas and stable for the last 8 yrs .. In Chennai a special treatment using cell culture is available and i am planning to get during my vacation , physically i seen the tissues turned to normal colour and lasting for long time ... I think more emotional support is needed for any one who suffer from this rather than any Treatment ... May God bless you only he can do miracles.

    Nirengen, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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