I am 45 years old. About five years ago, I began to notice that I was losing pigment in my hands and face. Since that time, the problem has only got worse. As I am of Mediterranean descent and a ...
This little understood disease causes progressive loss of normal pigment (melanin) in variously sized and shaped, white, smooth, sharply defined patches. ...
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is progressive depigmentation of the skin, leaving white, clearly defined patches, sometimes symmetrical, on the body. It often runs in families and can appear early in life.
Preliminary research suggests that the herb Ginkgo biloba can help halt the disorder and repigment the skin. The herb is a powerful antioxidant and immune-system modulator, and it may be these qualities that help it to work.
It is the skin condition that famously plagues pop star Michael Jackson. Characterised by patches of white spots (varying in sizes),
Re vitiligo (WDDTY vol 15 no 1), why is it usually so symmetrical? There must be a central cause, especially in the CNS, as I do not know how any other system can cause a symmetrical defect.