About Vitiligo Desease

Let's talk about Vitiligo, why? what? where? how? Melanin is a pigment responsible for the color of skin and Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells. Obviously Vitiligo desease has got to do with melanocytes loss in your body.


Who is affected by Vitiligo?

It affects around 1% to 2% of the world population. It is especially relentless with people having darker skin. Approximately 65 milion people all around the world have it. It can affect anybody. The exact cause is not known, but according to the researches it happens due to the combinations of genetic, immunoligic and environmental changes.

Maybe you heard of Michael Jackson's story about pigmenting and de-pigmenting the skin and you didn't quite understand the background and why would a black man depigment his skin. The true is that Mickael Jackson suffered from Vitiligo.

Vitiligo Cure

As of today, it is generally known that no cure for curing the depigmenting desease has been found yet. However a few researches have been published revealing some interesting info about Ginkgo Biloba extract stopping and even treating Vitiligo Desease.

Vitiligo Treatment

How about treating the desease? There is no cure that would completely 'remove' the desease from your body, however a lot of different treatments can be used to stop, reduce and even improve one's vitiligo condition:
  • UVB Phototherapy
  • PUVA phototherapy
  • Transplanting melanocytes
  • Skin camouflage
  • Sunscreens
  • Cosmetics
  • Micropigmentation (tattooing)

A lot of information can be found all over the internet about every of these different treatments, this is why I am not going to write in details about any of the above. However I would like to bring to your attention the possibility of Treating Vitiligo Desease by taking Ginkgo Biloba extract as your daily nutritional supplement.

Can Ginkgo Biloba Cure Vitiligo Desease?

In 2003, Department of Dermatology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India concluded that people suffering from Vitiligo desease can improve their condition by taking 40mg of Gingko Biloba extract 3 times a day. In 6 monhts the following results have been shown:
  • in 20 out of 25 participants stopped spreading of Vitiligo
  • 10 out of 20 of the above managed to repigment a part or most of the skin

Another study by University of Toronto researchers, 2011 showed the following:

  • by taking 60mg of Ginkgo Biloba extract 2 times daily for 12 weeks the progression of Vitiligo stopped in all participants
  • an average repigmentation of around 15% of all participants of the study

Personal experience with Treating Vitiligo

Luckily I do not suffer from Vitiligo Desease. More than 10 years ago, my friend was diagnosed with Vitiligo. Her condition is not terrible, it is actually barelly seen:
  • depigmented paches of skin around eyes
  • depigmented skin around genital area

Since I read on the internet that Ginkgo Biloba can cure Vitiligo, I advised her to take 40mg Ginkgo Biloba extract in a form of pills 3 time daily. In our case that meant taking 1 pill 3 times a day (in the morning, during lunch time, in the evening).

Since it has been just a few days since she started taking the pills obviouslly no effect have been shown yet. I will certainly keep you up to date with an improvement (if any) of her condition.

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