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Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder which can be triggered by many external as well as internal factors.

Some of common triggers are:

1. Contact with nylon and rubber.
Long term contact with rubber shoes or nylon cloths can cause chemical irritation on skin and trigger the disorder.

2. Pressure and friction of tight clothes / watches / undergarments
Friction caused by tight cloths has been found to a trigger in many cases, so Vitiligo patients should avoid using tight cloths.

3 .Indiscriminate use of antibiotics oxytetracycline/ciprofloxacin/streptomycin

4. Contact with Photographic developing solution

5. Radiation from T.V

6. Artificial jewellery

7. Injury to skin

8. Stress

9. Polution.

Vitiligo can also get triggered by following factors.

1. Positive family history

2. Presence of infection in body

3. Gastric and liver related problems

4. Blood group B and AB

5. Pregnancy

6. Acute illness

7. Sudden shock death of near and dear

At KAYAKALP GLOBAL while working for years on Vitiligo patient we have observed that there are many more triggers which had been mentioned in our modern books.

A very detailed description is available in ayurvedic texts about this disease. This disease is described as Shwet kushth in Ayurveda .
Ayurvedic theory agrees with Modern theory of autoimmune origin, stress But in Ayurvedic texts we also see a very detailed reasoning with regard to Triggers of Vitiligo.

Causes according to Ayurveda

The main triggers of skin disease according to ayurveda are:

•Using of opposite quality of foods at the same time, that is using Yogurt with Milk,or Fish with Milk,or ACHAR(Pickle) with Milk or Honey with Ghee (Butter),these are opposite foods and if taken together, they produce slow poisons in our body.

•I have seen people taking fish preparations and cheese preparations along with alcohol; this is a deadly combination and can easily lead to skin diseases, because fish and milk products like cheese are contraindicated.

• Using cold drinks and cold water when you are in stress or after having hard physical work this is just like an injury to skin and It is a proven fact that injury to skin triggers Vitiligo (koebners sign).

•Sudden change in skin temperature.
Ayurveda has mentioned that any activity which can bring sudden change in skin temperature can trigger skin disorders .Using cold water after hard physical exercises ,entering AC rooms when the skin is hot in summer have been mentioned the triggers of Vitiligo.

•Taking heavy meals in short durations without getting earlier meals properly digested. This also produces slow poisons which get released in the blood.

•Having sex within one hour of taking meals, because one hour is minimum required time for our body to secrete the juices to digest the
meal. If our attention is diverted towards sex then these juices areproduced in less quantity in which case the undigested food will get
converted into slow poisons.
•Normal Sleeping mode takes our body into hibernation. Any sleep session during day time in addition to night time normal sleep may
cut the time available to our system to cleanse our body. Therefore Ayurveda Texts strongly recommend avoiding any additional day time sleep except in very hot summer season.

•Stopping the natural Vegas (waste disposal system of our body). Stool, Urine and Semen are natural Vegas, which should not be stopped.
If we are having constipation then part of the toxins present in stool gets re absorbed in the form of slow poisons into our blood system and they come out through our skin in the form of skin diseases including Vitiligo.

•Taking heavy meals in breakfast, lunch and dinner on a single day makes it difficult to digest and produces toxins in the body.

•Excessive use of yogurt, black pepper and sea food in regular meals and lesser exposure to sunlight are some of the triggers to psoriasis disease.

In my clinical practice I have noticed that:
There are three pillars which support our body system.




A person who is taking proper food, having good night sleep is less likely to be effected by Vitiligo, even though he might be having a family history of Vitiligo.

It is a very simple theory, If a person is bitten by a poisonous insect. Itching and rashes appear on the entire body. Our natural body system is throwing out that poison of insect out of our body through our skin. Similarly the slow poisons produced by above mentioned deeds are also thrown out through the skin and this takes the form what we call VITILIGO.

How correct these ayurvedic statements regarding causes of Vitiligo can be can be judged by the fact that all the herbs which are mentioned in ayurvedic texts for a particular disorder are absolutely accurate. The herbs mentioned for cardiac disorders like Arjun have been proved to be having heart muscle strengthening efficacy, herbs like pongamia are best remedy for eczema even today.

So a sacred book where medication and use of herbs are so precise is an indication that how correct the observations regarding causes mentioned can be.

If a person is left in a jungle surrounded by all sort of plants he can not judge in his whole life that which herb can be used in what disorder, so ayurvedic texts having precise mentioning of herbs for a particular disorder is an indication of time spent in this form of treatment method in past by ayurvedic physicians and thus producing this refined texts for us.
And if herbs are precise for a particular disorder then causes mentioned for a disorder in same text also need proper studies and due respe

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