According to Ayurveda Vitiligo is known as “ White Leprosy” : “SHIVTRA”: “ KILASA” . In modern it is known as Vitiligo or Leucoderma. It is a non infectious disorder in which white patches are formed.
Vitiligo is a common acquired disorder characterized by well marginated milky white spots resulting from loss of melanocytes. It is not a skin disease rather it mis an Auto Immune Disease which affects the skin.
Vitiligo and Leucoderma are two different terms used for the same skin disorder. But there exits causative difference between two. Literally “ Leucoderma” means “ White Skin”. Terming it a disease is not appropriate because it does not cause any organic default and it starts without any symptoms.
It is generally known as whiote patches and it happens due to absence of melanin pigment in the skin.
It is basically a immune disorder of the skin that starts from a small spot , which gradually developes into a patch. Primirily the patch may be pale but it developes whiter as the time passes and finally it appears white due to complete loss od malanin pigment. The patch may be any size or shape and also known as “Pigmentary Disorder”
Vitiligo is non infectious and non transmittable disorder and associated with only change of the skin colour. All the ages and bothe gender may affect the diasese at any age.
In other language it is also knowna as “Safed daag” and the common sites are face , hands , feet , axilla , groins and trunk. In ayurveda is called “Svitra” or “Shveta Kusht” . There are 18 types of Kushta according to Ayurveda and Shveta Kushta is one of them which is cosmetically not good and doesn’t harm the health.