According to Ayurveda Vitiligo is known as “ White Leprosy” : “SHIVTRA”: “ KILASA” . In modern it is known as Vitiligo or Leukoderma. It is a non infectious disorder in which white patches are formed. Vitiligo treatment is well explained in the Ayurveda Texts.
Vitiligo is a common acquired disorder characterized by well marinated milky white spots resulting from loss of melanocytes. It is not a skin disease rather it an Auto Immune Disease which affects the skin.
Vitiligo and Leukoderma 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 white 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 develops into a patch. Primarily the patch may be pale but it developes whiter as the time passes and finally it appears white due to complete loss of melanin 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 color. All the ages and both gender may affect the disease at any age.
In other language it is also known 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.