Vitiligo is a condition of skin discolor disease caused by the destruction of pigment cells and melanocytes of the skin.
The condition has been found to induce emotional and psychological issues to patients, even the condition does not cause pain or health problems.
As of today, researchers do not know how to prevent disease onset. Most medications for the treatment of vitiligo including creams that control inflammation, combining psoralen and light therapy are focusing on reducing the severity of the condition and improve the quality of life.
If all noninvasive treatments fail, surgery may be necessary.
Turmeric is a perennial plant in the genus Curcuma, belongings to the family Zingiberaceae, native to tropical South Asia.
The herb has been used in traditional medicine as anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, colorant, antiseptic, wound healing agent, and to treat flatulence, bloating, and appetite loss, ulcers, eczema, inflammations, etc.
On finding a natural compound for the treatment of vitiligo, researchers examined the curcumin effect on the pigment cells of the skin, melanocytes.
Injection of Cucumis melo extract showed to exhibit the production of antioxidant by the host in blocking the effect of free radical in the induction of skin oxidative stress.
Topical preparation, containing Cucumis melo superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase, demonstrated a potential effect in the treatment of vitiligo.
Natural UV or artificial narrowband UVB treatment or phototherapy displayed significant protection against pigment damage, similar to those of turmeric topical preparation.
Additionally, the topical gel according to the repigmentation rate recorded exerted a similar effect compared to the patients treated only with the phototherapy with adverse effects.
Moreover, the topical formulation, containing phenylalanine, Cucumis melo extract, and acetylcysteine showed a more promising result combined with nb - UVB target phototherapy.
Based on the findings, turmeric used along with or combined with other conventional medicine may be considered remedies for the prevention and treatment of vitiligo pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.
Intake of turmeric in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.
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(1) Herbal Compounds for the Treatment of Vitiligo: A Review by Serena Gianfaldoni,1,* Uwe Wollina,2 Michael Tirant,3 Georgi Tchernev,4 Jacopo Lotti,5Francesca Satolli,6 Miriam Rovesti,6 Katlein França,7 and Torello Lotti. (PMC)