Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Treatment Plans

Mexican treatment plan
A Mexican man who reported full repigmentation used this combination of treatments:

flaxseed oil
fish oil (omega 3)
vitamin b injections
multi-vitamin (centrum)
green tea (as much as you can drink)
vitamin e
beet juice
shark cartilage
(low fat diet, no junk food)
eat protein to help the body to asimilate all the other stuff
(some people with vitiligo eat keffir for that)
puva treatment twice a week using oxioralen pills.

An Indian treatment
Melonocyl tablets (Indian) one daily empty stomach
antioxidant multivitamin twice a day
main thing apply melanocyl ointment and give a sun exposure for 15 minutes daily.

One person's treatment plan
"Have increased my B-12 to 3x’s a week, added Flax seed oil and Vitamin E to my Paba 1000mg and L-phenalalyne and almost 90% color back around my lips along with clusters of color appearing on my hand/fingers which are the most difficult to get the color to return. Stay away from sunlight and too much red meat."

Amino Acid / Protein L-Phenylalanine
A recommended dosage is usually 2 to 3gm daily, depending on the severity of the vitiligo. For best absorption, L-phenylalanine should be taken in between meals.

Digestion Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)
In the 1940s it was discovered that the large majority of people with vitiligo also have stomach malfunction, with partial or complete lack of hydrochloric acid and pepsin production. At that time, hydrochloric acid and pepsin supplementation was recommended in some cases and repigmentataon was achieved in 2 to 3 years with this alone. In the 1990s, hydrochloric acid and pepsin supplements are still recommended for those who need them, and still are part of overall vitiligo treatment.
Environmental Sunlight Exposure Lab Tests/Rule-Outs Test Copper Levels.
Melanin, the normal body pigment, is synthesized from the essential amino acid L-phenylalanine by an enzyme system dependent on copper, vitamin B6, vitamin C. That's why these nutrients are all part of vitiligo repigmentation programs, also. Although 4mg of copper sebacate daily is usually a safe minimum amount, it is best to have red cell copper levels tested before settling on an amount of copper for long term treatment.


Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
See the links between Vitiligo and Vitamin B12, and between Vitiligo and Copper.
Vitamin Paba
PABA can help in vitiligo repigmentation. Depending on the severity of the problem, recommended dosage varies between 500 and 2000mg, three times daily.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
See the link between Vitiligo and Copper. Typical recommended dosage is 1000mg twice daily.

Treat inner imbalance first:
Get an endocrinologist to look at blood test.
Check thyroid and liver function.
Check for Vitamin B 12 deficiency.

Cover ups:
dy-o-derm skin dye. Lasts 4 – 7 days.

One person’s treatment plan:
take vitilax capsules
use vitilax oil
take chinese herbal thyroid capsules (the treatment lasts for 6 months too)
daily sunlight exposure
celery+apple+ginger or carrot+apple+ginger juice daily
eat as little red meat as possible
stress management.

Other treatment ideas

narrow band uvb phototherapy does produce results
Milk thistle seems to be a common treatment option and it is interesting that it is a liver repairing agent.

Rub garlic and honey on spots before going to bed. (Islamic Prophetic cure)
Lemon juice or vinegar neutralises the smell. Also stainless steel ‘soap’.

folic acid
Green Tea
B complex 100 mg
Vitamin D
Flax seed oil tablets
CoEnzyme Q10

Celery, parsnips, carrots and limes contain psoralens.
Callumae is a supplement from USA that contains various substances said to help with V.
Vitilax oil
Protopic cream (may cause cancer)

Jason from Melbourne:

I am applying some essential oils + vitamins that have been indicated to improve vitiligo.
As I posted on the ‘black pepper/piperine’ forum, this contains:
a) Extract of Pimiemta racemosa 1:1
b) Extract of Cucumis melo 1:2
c) Extract of Citrus aurantifolia 100 ml (lime oil)
d) Coenzyme Q-10 100 mg
e) Pyridoxine Chlorhydrate 100 mg (vitamin B 6?)

Most of the info on this combination of substances is in Spanish - it is called ‘Vitilvenz’ and was discovered in Venezuela.
Dilute in avocado oil 50 /50
Dead sea mud may help
There are quite a few products our there that contain herbal psoralens. I use ‘Pigmentum Pro’ - it’s available only on the Web as far as I can tell. But I ordered it and it arrived no problems.
Just so you know, I think it works OK if you use it with NB UVB, but if you use it alone, it tends to turn ALL you skin darker, so the contrast between vitiligo and non-vitiligo skin tends to remain. Also, it does make your skin more photo-sensitive in general, so you have to be careful with sun exposure etc if you use it.
found that some of the ingredients in this topical ointment can be found relatively easily in the form of essential oils:
‘Pimiemta Racemosa’ is otherwise known as ‘Bay Rum’ or ‘Bay’ oil
‘Citrus aurantifolia’ is just ‘Lime’ oil
‘Coenzyme Q-10′ and ‘Pyridoxine Chlorhydrate’ (Vitamin B12?) are available in health food shops, usually in a pill form.
I bought 500mls of each essential oil in Sydney (I live in Australia) for about $100 each.
The good news is that the ‘Vitilvenz’ compound (see above posts about various plant extracts) is working really well on the remaining stubborn areas of Vitiligo that I have. The areas of my skin that are freckled are becoming very evenly pigmented, and relatively quickly too. The remaining non-pigmented areas are darkening without the usual freckling effect, which can be a little unsightly.
I’d recommend it, but be careful not to use too strong a mixture: it does seem to make the skin mildly itchy and can make the skin a bit irritated if you use too much. I don’t think it matters what you use as a carrier oil, but I use avocado about 50/50 dilution to the main essential oils. I only use about 5mls of this diluted oil once a day(in the morning after shower).
This is, in my opinion, the most hopeful treatment I have trialled. I have even stopped using NB UVB. I still take some antioxidants etc tho’ - they seem to be good for my energy and health in general, so why not!?

Hi Jason!
Are you still eating black chickpeas? If so, could it be that the repigentation is from this source and not the oil? Have you tried to not treat some parts of affected skin to see if it really is the oil that is the key here.
I'm asking because I see that the Venuzuelaen mix has been debated on the internet for about 4 years and very few have had any results and I have found no research to support its claim.
I have not heard a lot about black chickpeas either, but at least there is some published research that it works with a pretty good repigmentation rate.

I read a few posts back that you have prepared the oil mixture in a base of Avocado oil. Upon cross researching the nutrient value of this oil I notice that it has a high concentration of sterol/plant sterolins which when taken internally have been shown to be a useful immune modulator. Is it possible that that the topical application of these beneficial elements be useful for vitiligo?

Bioperine (piperine)

The spreading stopped after I bagan to take Gingko (2 years on and off).
And I have taken Piperine (9 months) orally with capsules on a regular basis and mixed the content of these with a vitamin-A based skin lotion and applied it topically at irregular basis. But up until now this had produced very little result, the skin had become less white, but it still stood out from my healthy skin in a big and noticable way (I am Northern European in origin).
The reason for not using the topical piperine everyday is that it produces a pretty severe tingling in my legs after it hits the bloodstream..

The freckles appeared about a month after I stopped drinking colas on a daily basis, so it could be both attributed to less acid, less caffine or less sugar, or it could have nothing to do with fact.
Also I started taking vitamin B12 sublingually a couple of days before discovered the freckles, so I do not know that had anything to do with it, as the freckles may have appeared before this regiment started.

I have made my own cream by adding 5 drops of Black Pepper essential oil ($12.50 for a 5 oz bottle at the local Indian supply store) to one ounce base cream. I have been applying it to some vitiligo patches I have. I started with only a tiny spot and am working my way up to larger spots, paying close attention to the way I feel. So far, no adverse effects- and the best part of all: The tiny spot I stared with is DEFINITELY repigmenting! I wish I knew about this cure years ago. The spot was perfectly round and white, but now is darker and has three distinctive freckles. AFTER ONLY 5 DAYS. Wow, this is exciting. The only thing is, make sure you get it just within the spot- the pepper oil has boosted the melanin AROUND the spot and now the spot is more visible because of that.


  1. Vitiligo is more commonly known as leucoderma, which simply means white (leuco) skin (derma), i.e. a skin disorder where it loses its normal coloration. It is also medically known as achromia, which means loss of color. http://www.supercareproducts.com
    Basically, Vitiligo can hardly be called as a disease but a skin- disorder that has more social than medical significance, especially amongst the dark skin people. Due to retarded melanin formation, there is loss of pigmentation. http://www.supercareproducts.com
    The Vitiligo sufferers are observed all over the world, including the white skin communities. However, epidemiologically most cases are recorded in India (8.8%) and Mexico. Males and females are affected equally, inclusive of children age group. It may begin at any age. Childhood vitiligo is not uncommon. http://www.supercareproducts.com

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