Unani-tibb or Unani Medicine is a form of traditional medicine practiced in middle-east & south-Asian countries.
It is based on the concept of the four humours: Phlegm (Balgham), Blood (Dam), Yellow bile (Ṣafrā’) and Black bile (Saudā’).
The practitioners have used Unani medicine for Vitiligo treatment.
How effective is Unani in treating vitiligo?
For years together, Unani compound formulations for systemic as well as topical usage are catering to the needs of patients. It helps to treat and induce re-pigmentation. There are several treatment modalities available to control the spreading of the disease and minimize the chances of a relapse of the skin condition.
There have been no reported side effects of Unani medicines and they are well tolerated even after prolonged use. It usually takes about 2 to 3 months to see a visible improvement of the condition. The disease tends to become stable after regaining pigmentation.
Unani medicine for Vitiligo treatment includes:
Safoof Bars: Mix 5 gms of herbal powder in ½ cup of plain water. Let it sit overnight. In morning drink the water. Apply the remaining herbs on patches.
Black seeds (kalonji) and Fenugreek (methi) seeds:
Soak 1 pinch of black seeds and 2 pinches of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of water. Let it sit overnight. In morning drink the whole recipe, that is, drink water and eat the soaked seeds.
Black seed oil is also found effective for this. [Get Black Seed Oil from here.]
Itrifal Shahtra: 5gms with water before bed
Sharbat-e-Musaffi: 1 to 2 tablespoonful of herbal syrup mixed in water 2 times a day.
Herbs for Vitiligo Treatment:
Herbal powder and herbal capsules based on Unani medicine are prescribed for the patient’s consumption depending on the severity of the disorder.
Herbal ointment for external application – The affected individual must apply the topical ointment or balm and then expose it to sunlight for around 10 to 15 minutes. After that, it should be kept for one hour before washing it off.
Want to learn more about herbal medicines? Check this book.
Note: These herbal medicines should be taken for at least four months or more.
Recommended Food Items in Unani Medicine for Vitiligo treatment:
Wheat, Indian Millet, Pulses, Pure Ghee obtained from butter, Broad Beans, French beans, Spinach, Bitter gourd, ridge gourd, Onion, Beet-root, Carrot, Chilies (red pepper), Black pepper etc.
Restricted Food Items In Unani Medicine for Vitiligo treatment:
Banana, beef, dairy products, egg, fish, peanuts, cashew, most of citric fruits and vegetables e.g. lemon, orange, tamarind, processed foods, fast foods, sodas, alcohol.
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