Resources

What you choose to do or not do about your vitiligo is entirely up to you. If your Western medicine doctor tells you there are not answers for you and you’d like to end your journey there and let the spots do as they will, great. If that feels good to you, honor that.

If you’re like me and felt like some part of me was slowly fading away as the spots progressed, then know there are resources available beyond Western medicine. There are research studies all over the world, there are herbal treatments in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine and sound therapies, emotional and energy healings, meditations and hypnotherapy.

You can find a list of typical Western treatments for vitiligo here: Mayo Clinic Vitiligo

What you’ll find on the Mayo page is accurate and up-to-date information about what conventional medicine is offers and what new treatments might be up and coming. Quoted from their website:

“No drug can stop the process of vitiligo — the loss of pigment cells (melanocytes). But some drugs, used alone or with light therapy, can help restore some skin tone.”

So….not ideal if you’re looking to heal. But maybe a temporary fix if things haven’t progressed real far.

Short list you’ll find there includes: drugs to increase pigment, creams to increase pigment, light therapy, surgery, drugs to reduce pigment to match your spots, and….my favorite- skin grafting.

Here are a few websites with additional information:

Vitiligo Support International
Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center
Vitiligo Friends
Vitiligo Association of Australia
National Vitiligo Foundation

If you are looking for holistic or alternative ways to stop the progress or creating healing at a deep level to get to the root of your vitiligo, here are a few ideas to start your research.

Acupuncture
Ayurvedic Medicine
Herbal Therapy
Shamanism
Reiki
Hypnotherapy
Mindfulness/Meditation
Auto-immune Protocol (food as medicine)
Yoga
Supplements
Low Dose Naltrexone
Reflexology
Myofascial Release & Massage
CranioSacral Therapy
Qi Gong
Tai Chi

There are an infinite number of healing modalities available to most of us either in our communities or through the web.  These are a few things to explore. You’ll find more detail about my journey in trying many of these modalities in my blog.