Vitiligo is one among many autoimmune disorders. With an autoimmune disorder, the immune system has become confused. It sees the healthy tissue of the body as a foreign substance that it must protect you against. It then attacks this ‘foreign’ tissue. In the case of vitiligo, it attacks the cells that produce skin color – melanocytes. When this occurs, the melanocytes cease to function properly. The result is white spots and patches indicative of vitiligo. Unfortunately, western dermatology treatment is not very effective, since it does not treat the root cause – the immune system. The good news is that Chinese herbal medicine is very effective in balancing the body and treating vitiligo.
Vitiligo, from a Chinese Medicine Perspective
For those who are not familiar with Chinese medicine, here is a little bit of background information: according to Traditional Chinese medicine theory, there are 5 elements of nature: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each of these elements corresponds to a different season, as well as a different internal organ of the body.
- Wood – Spring – Liver – Green
- Fire – Summer – Heart – Red
- Earth – Late Summer – Spleen – Yellow
- Metal – Fall – Lungs – White
- Water – Winter – Kidneys – Black