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Vitiligo Treatment in Ayurveda : Bakuchi with Correct Diet

Dr. Revathi Sundarmurthy BAMS Ayurveda, General Well-being, Skin Health

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 1 Know more about Vitiligo treatment in Ayurveda
o 1.1 What Causes Vitiligo ?
 1.1.1 Are you suffering from Vitiligo ? Try Bakuchi +Manjishta Powder +
Bedag Lep Ayurvedic Combo for 3 months. It has worked wonders for
hundreds of people.
o 1.2 Which food combinations should I avoid ? What is Viruddhahara ?
o 1.3 Ayurvedic Treatment of Vitiligo
o 1.4 Action of Bakuchi:

Know more about Vitiligo treatment in Ayurveda

Vitiligo (or Leucoderma / white patches / Switra / Safed Daag) is a skin pigmentation
disorder occurring due to death of melanocytes, resulting in loss of skin colour ,
formation of patches. It can affect the skin of any part of your body. It can also affect
hair, eyes and inside of the mouth. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in
different parts of the body. These patches also appear on the tissues inside of the
mouth and nose, and the retina.

What Causes Vitiligo ?

Vitiligo is a Tridoshaj (disease caused by vitiation of all 3 doshas together). The main
dosha which is in imbalance is the Pitta Dosha. This is an auto-immune disease.

Additionally, Vitiligo is said to be associated with certain auto-immune and inflammatory

diseases such as Thyroid, Diabetes, Psoriasis and Pernicious Anemia. Vitiligo may also
be hereditary; that is, it can run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder
are more likely to develop Vitiligo.

The main causes are improper nutrition, incorrect combination of foods (Virudhahara)
and extreme stress.

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Which food combinations should I avoid ? What is Viruddhahara ?
1. Consuming Green Leafy Vegetables (Saag) followed by drinking milk (Dugdha)
2. Animal Meat is incompatible with Black Gram, Honey, Milk, Sprouts and Jaggery
3. Milk should not be taken with sour substances
4. Honey should never be boiled or cooked
5. Fish should not be combined with milk, because this obstructs the channels and vitiates the
6. Curd should be avoided at night
7. One should not drink cold water immediately after hot tea or coffee
8. Avoid heating ghee kept in a bronze vessel for 10 days or more
9. Milk should not be taken along with Fruits.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Vitiligo
As discussed earlier, the ancient Ayurvedic classical scriptures explain that, due to intake of
incompatible food items, suppression of vomiting, intake of sour-salty and fermented food
items, and indulging in sinful activities, the body doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) get aggravated,
mainly the pitta dosha, causing imbalance in tissues (or Dhatus) mainly Plasma (rasa), Blood
(rakta), and Muscles (mamsa).
It is very important to understand what needs to be done to correct and resolve Vitiligo.
The different principles adopted for a complete ayurvedic treatment involve:
1. Correcting digestion and prescribing a proper diet, avoiding Virudhahara.
2. Eliminating Ama (toxins).
3. Strengthening the Immune system.
4. Creating a balance between Doshas, especially balancing the Pitta Dosha.
The following measures will check the spread of Vitiligo:
 Increase intake of bitter vegetables.
 Avoid sour or tangy fruit, non-vegetarian food, curd, fermented food, urad dal.
 Manage stress by yoga and meditation.
 Socialise with family and friends to overcome the distress.
 Khadira, bakuchi, bhallataka, mulaka, daruharidra, aragvadha, haritaki are some of the single
drugs recommended in the treatment of vitiligo.
Traditional Ayurvedic formulations, which are recommended for Vitiligo:
 Majishta Powder
 Bakuchi capsule
 Bedag Lepam
Action of Bakuchi:
1. Bakuchi helps skin to rejuvenate by working on the liver and removing the toxins from the
2. Bakuchi is useful in indigestion and aama.
3. It is also used locally in leucoderma
4. Bakuchi is irritant and it removes the upper layers of the skin.
5. Bakuchi helps in shrinking the white patches; the darker area slowly covers all white skin area,
which leads to visible skin changes.
6. Bakuchi herb acts on melanoblastic cells and successfully stimulates it.
7. Bakuchi has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-oxidant properties.
Nirogam's Vitiligo Combo for vitiligo:
1. Shrinks the white patches
2. Rejuvenates the skin tissue
3. Promotes the growth of melanoblasts that covers the white patches
Along with internal medicines Panchakarma therapies like Virechana, Raktamokshana (Leech
therapy) are also effective.
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more here. Lastly, vitiligo treatment in Ayurveda has the potential to help you get rid of this
disease and live your life fully.

How to Balance Pitta Dosha

Dr. Amritpal Singh MD (Ayur.) General Well-being December 26, 2017 2 Comments

What is pitta? This has been described as one of the three biological humours
and Pitta in scientific interpretation; pitta has been quoted as the biological fire. As
regards physical attributes, pitta is usna (hot), aarda (moist) and laghu (light). Pitta
executes important function in the human-body with aiding the process of digestion,
regulating the body temperature, maintaining the visual-perception, process of hunger
and thirst, and above all, maintenance of complexion, intelligence, courage and
In aggravated state, pitta renders yellow-colouration to waste products (stool & urine),
skin and the eyes and aggravated pitta results in polyphagia, polydipsia or morbid-
thirst, burning-syndrome and inflammation.

As far as the primary site of pitta is concerned, it is grahani (first part of the small)
intestine. Other important sites include amashya (stomach), sveda (sweat), sveda-
granthi (sebaceous glands), rakat (blood), lasika (lymph) and akshi (eye).
Five types of pitta
 Ranjaka: This variety imparts colour to the bile, stools and the blood.
 Sadhaka: This variety is helpful in maintaining memory and intellect.
 Alocaka: This variety is responsible for the visual-perception.
 Bharajaka: This variety imparts colour to the skin.
 Pachaka: This variety deals with the digestion of the food.
Caraka has mentioned 40 diseases caused as a result of aggravation of pitta.
 A little internal burning
 bitter taste
 black pimples on skin
 burning in a particular limb
 burning of skin
 burning of the eyes
 burning sensation over body
 chlorosis
 dirty matter in blood
 dirty matter on flesh
 dusky sight
 eructation of acid food
 excess of heat
 excess of perspiration
 excessive thirst
 feeling of everlasting hunger
 Feeling of heat on sides
 fissures of the body
 fissures of the dermis
 fissures of the skin
 foul smell from body
 furunculosis
 haemorrhage
 hematemesis
 internal combustion
 jaundice
 pits on the skin
 putrefied gastric gas
 putrefied taste
 red boils
 semi-digestion
 taste of blood
 ulcer in the eyes
 ulcer in the mouth
 ulcer in the rectum
 ulcer in the throat
 ulcer of the penis
 urticaria
 Yellow urine/eyes/and stool
 yellowishness
Some common pitta diseases seen in clinical practice are listed below:
 abdominal colic
 anaemia
 bleeding-diathesis
 burning sensation
 diarrhoea
 haemophilia
 hepatitis
 haemorrhage
 hepatomegaly
 hyperacidity
 jaundice
 pain
 prurigo
 pyuria
 sour belching
 toxaemia
 tuberculosis
 urine diseases
 vertigo
 Urticaria
 Yellow skin.
Pitta pacifying diet
Fruits to be used
 Mango
 Sweet apples
 Pears
 Plums
 Sweet pineapple
 Pomegranate
 Sweet grapes
Fruits to be avoided
 Banana
 Grapefruit/oranges/lemons
 Olives
 Papaya
 Peach
 Persimmon
 Sour pineapple
Grains (to be used)
 Barley
 Basmati rice
 Oats
Grains (to be avoided)
 Brown rice
 Buckwheat
 Corn
 Millet
Dairy-products (to be used)
 milk
 ghee (clarified butter)
 unsalted cheese
Dairy-products (to be avoided)
 Buttermilk that is sour
 Cream
 Salted cheese
 curd
Vegetables to be used
 Asparagus
 Broccoli
 Cabbage
 Cauliflower
 Cucumber
 Leafy vegetables
 Mushroom
 Potato
 Sweet potato
Vegetables to be avoided
 Beets
 Carrots
 Garlic
 Hot peppers
 Onion
 Radish
Spices – to be used in moderation
 Coriander
 Cinnamon
 Cardamom
 Fennel
 Turmeric
 Black pepper (very small amounts)
Pitta pacifying herbs







Pittas pacifying Ayurvedic formulations

 Chandanadi Lauha
 Chandanasva
 Kumayasva
 Arogyavardhini vati
 Punarnava Mandoor
 Navayash Lauha
 Yastimadhuadi churna
 Dhanyak Panchak churna
 Dhanyakadi Hima
Agni and pitta
Agni and pitta resemble each other as far as physical attributes are concerned, just as
correlation exists between kapha and ama. Agni stands for the digestive fire. It
executes important physiological and pathological functions in the human body. In
Tikshagni, the agni is vitiated by pitta. In case of Tikshagni, agni is high and has both
pitta and agni characteristics.

Virechana treatment in pitta

Virechana is the best Ayurvedic option for pacifying vitiated pitta humour. Virechana is
one of the principal steps of seasonal purification process, panchakarma. Several
clinical studies have confirmed the utility of virechana in the treatment of pitta-diseases.

Clinical research
Prurigo nodularis: As per Ayurvedic concept, Prurigo vulgaris can be treated as Tridosa
kustha rog (skin disease caused by vitiation of three humours) having predominance of
vata and kapha. In cases diagnosed with Prurigo nodularis, virechan (therapeutic
laxation) and Takradhara were administered in a specific schedule for three months.
After internal administration of virechan and Takradhara for ninety days (three months),
it was observed that nodules became thin and itching completely vanished. After four
months of therapy, the colour of the skin became normal. It was concluded that
administration of virechan and Takradhara was effective in spurning symptoms of
prurigo nodularis.
Psoriasis: In Ayurveda, psoriasis is known as Ekakustha. A comparative clinical study
was executed in 20 patients. Virechan karma with two different formulations was
carried out in two groups.
 Group I: Virechana karma with Ichhabhedi ras and
 Group II: Virechana karma with Trivritadi churna.
Better results, in terms of statistical grounds, was observed in the group with
Icchabhedi rasa. The reason being psoriasis is tridosha disease with prominence of
vata and kapha humours. Icchabhedi rasa is vata kapha pacifying.

Pitta is one of the major biological humours of the human body. The balanced state of
the three biological humours represents health. By proper diet-regimen and code of
conduct, deranged pitta can be normalised. Several Ayurvedic formulations are
successfully used by practitioners to pacify pitta. Virechana, as per old belief and the
modern clinical research is complete solution for eradicating pitta disease.
Bera Pabitra Kumar, Kar Pulak Kanti. Role of Virechan and Takradhara in a Case of
Prurigo Nodularis. Int J Ayur Pharma Res 2014; 2(5):58-62.
Shah P. A Comparative Study of Two Virechana Yoga In The Management of Eka Kustha
(Psoriasis). The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine 2008 7 (2).
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