Ayurveda Q&A: Home remedies for melasma

Dr Gowthaman, Founder and Medical Director, rVita Ayurveda and Yoga Centers and www.rvita.com answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Sir,

I am suffering from lichen planus pigmentation (LPP) since 2 years & 1 months, this start from hand with 3 small black spots after sometime increased on both hands, neck, and face.

As per doctor advised I have used TACMOD FORTE, VIBROX and other anti- pigmentation products but no improvement found in affected areas. After 2 years doctor says that “this hyper-pigmentation known as LPP and after a long time this is out of control and can’t treat, such type of skin disease will be permanent on body.

Sir I am depressed since a long time and unable to face friends /anybody because my ugly skin decease. I request you to tell me a way to decrease my pigmentation.

Shyam Sunder Upadhyay

Hi Shyam,

Ayurveda Medicines, Therapies, Holistic diet and Life style changes can help. Of course, it may take long time for complete healing.

Thiktakam Kashayam 3 tablets + Vilvadi gutika 1 – Thrice daily before food with warm water and Manibadra Gulam 1 tsp at bed time followed by warm water helps. External application of Thiktakam Gritam external application followed by warm water bath after 30 minutes improves the condition in no time. Ayurveda recommends many therapies for skin and hair. Visit the near by Ayurveda Therapy center or Hospital and ask for a personalized skin care plan for healing.

Respected sir

my name is shihab.i am 29 years old male.i am suffering from melasma for
the past 12 years.now a says it is getting worst.my body have medium color but my neck and face is very dark.i tried meny medicines.all these medicines simply wasted my money and time.

now my weight is 86 kgs.is there any relation between body weight and
melasma..what kind of food items i have to avoid..can you suggest me some ways to get rid of this.now a days i am rarely going outside in day time and i am using sun screen that time.still my face and neck is getting more dark.please suggest me some ways to get rid of this.

shihab parackal

Hi Shihab,

Ayurveda medicines and therapies helps better.

At rVita we follow a 28 day treatment process for eradicating Melasma

1. Gently massage the affected areas with aloe vera gel. Aloe vera contains a potent substance called mucilaginous polysaccharide (MPS), which softens and lightens brown spots and other discolorations.Apply the aloe vera gel to the affected areas and massage in circular motions for 15 minutes.

2. Rub an oatmeal-and-milk mixture to the affected areas every day. Oatmeal is a natural skin-exfoliating substance, which can lighten skin discolorations such as melasma.

Mix one cup of uncooked oats and a 1/2 cup of milk and massage directly on the affected areas. Leave the oat-and-milk mixture on your skin for about 30 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

3. Apply turmeric paste to the affected areas every day. Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric spice, which has antioxidant and skin-lightening properties.

Mix five-to-six tablespoons of turmeric powder to 10 tablespoons of milk. Add one tablespoon of gram flour to thicken the mixture so it’ll be easier to apply to the skin. Gently massage the paste into the affected areas and leave on for about 30 minutes; rinse off and pat dry.

4. Massage honey-and-almond paste to the affected skin every day. The proteins contained in honey and almonds have a skin-lightening effect on the skin.

Add one cup of raw unsalted almonds into a blender with a 1/2 cup of honey. Blend the mixture until it turns into a paste. Gently rub the mixture onto the affected skin and leave on for about 30 minutes; rinse off and pat dry.

5. Apply lemon juice on the affected skin every day. Lemons contain citric acid, which can naturally lighten hair and skin. Wash your hands and squeeze a fresh lemon on the affected areas; gently rub and leave on for 20 minutes.

6. Take seeds of onion and make a paste of them with water and apply this paste on effected area and wash it after it dries.

7. Extract juice from fresh tulasi leaves and mix camphor powder in it.Apply this thick juice on effected area and wash it after it dries.

8. Take 2 spoons of Triphala Churnam and add it to 300 ml of water, soak overnight. Next morning boil this water till you get 100 ml of brown color water mixed with triphala churnam.Now filter the powder below and use this warm water to clean the effected area gently and later apply above pastes.

Food to eat :

Take 1 spoon triphala churnam with honey every night before sleep and every morning on empty stomach.Make juice of beetroot+carrrot+cucumber+honey and have 2 glasses (500 ml) before breakfast

Food to avoid : Tamarind, spicy and masala food, garlic, brinjal, green chillies, curd or yogurt, buffallow milk (should use only cow milk), liquour, sugarcane, eggs, fish, chicken.
Also avoid exercise in heat, birth control pills till it is cured.

dear sir,

My Name is vertika working as HR. I am 30 years old, height 5.2 but weigh is 70.sir my weight is increasing after the pregnancy.i have two sons.both r cesearian.how can i reduce my weight.Before pregnancy my weight was normal..sir pls give me d solution.

Alpika Rastogi

Hi Alpika,

Holistic approach with Ayurveda therapies, Yoga and diet plays a vital role in Weight Loss.

Three important points for loosing weight: Controlling eating habits, Regular exercise, Avoiding the causes of weight gain

Early morning – A glass of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. A teaspoonful of honey can be added if you like.
Breakfast – Wheat or Mung (green beans) sprouts and one cup skimmed milk.
Mid morning- A glass of orange, pineapple or carrot juice.
Lunch – Salad of raw vegetables such as carrot, beet, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes. In case you can not digest raw vegetables, either steam or boil them.
Whole grain bread or whole wheat chapatis (Indian recipe) and a glass of buttermilk. It will be good to add some roasted cumin seeds, green coriander leaves, a little salt and some grated ginger in the butter milk.
Mid afternoon – Coconut water or dry fruits or lemon tea or vegetable soup.
Dinner – Whole grain bread or chapatis, steamed vegetables and any seasonal fruit except banana and apple.

Diet and Regimen:

Avoid cold drinks, fatty fried foods and chocolates.
Fruits and green vegetables are low calorie foods, so over weight persons should use these more frequently include the green leafy vegetables, sprouted moong beans in your salad.
Salad is to be taken without any dressing . If you want relish it, take it with lemon juice and salt. Salad should form a major part of meals
Avoid intake of too much salt . Salt may be a factor for increasing the body weight.
Milk products like cheese, butter should be avoided because these are rich in fat. Meat and non-vegetarian foods should also be avoided.
Vegetables like bitter gourd (Karela), and bitter variety of drumstick are useful for loosing weight.
Avoid red meat (lamb/pork/beef) but be on white meat (chicken/fish).
Avoid Smoking/ drinking alcohol.
Do not drink water immediately after meals. Drink it after half an hour. Try to drink warm water.
Exercise is an important part of weight reduction plan. It helps to use up calories stored in body as fat. In addition, it also relieves tension and tones up the muscles of the body.
Walking daily for half an hour is the best exercise to begin with and may be followed by running, swimming and rowing. Increase physical activities in daily life.

Sir,

My daughter is affected by Segmental vitiligo ( on her left side of face and head ) 1 and half years back. She is 15 yrs old. She is taking English medicine now. (25% cured till now). But now healing very slowly. Now I am confused what kind of treatment has to given her. Some people says Unani medicine is good while others are telling homeopathy or ayurveda medicines are good for these disease. I am totally confused. I want to know whether you are providing effective treatment for this disease. We are from Kerala .

Kavitha.

Hi Kavitha,

Please continue the medications as it is giving partial results. The following home remedies would help.

1. Take 10 gms cow’s ghee and add boil it on SIM flame by adding 10 pepper . After few minutes remove the pepper from the ghee and use the ghee along with daily food.

Benefits: Blood gets purified, body immunity increases and skin related problems are removed.

2. Add 1 spoon honey to warm Goat’s milk and take early in the morning.
Benefits: Good relief of skin pigmentation within 40 to 100 days.

3. Wet turmeric : 100 gm (Make pieces of turmeric sticks, dry them and make fine powder), Turmeric powder : 100 gm (fine powder), Mangista powder : 100 gms

White mustard powder : 100 gms ( Fry mustard lightly by adding 2 drops ghee and make powder), Kaavirai powder : 100 gms, Cow’s ghee : sufficient
Mix all powders, sieve in a fine cloth and store in a bottle.

Usage: Add little ghee to 2 to 3 spoons of above powder and apply to face in the form of thick paste. Let it dry and later wash.
Benefits: Pigmentation disappears within 2 to 3 months.

4. Extract tender neem tree leaves and make their paste with buttermilk. Apply this paste on pigmented skin areas during nights and wash them in the morning.

If you cannot find tender neem leaves everyday, then buy neem oil and try alternate method.

5. Collect 100 ml of neem oil, 50 gms of neem tree bark powder, Boil them in 200 ml of water until only oil remains and all water evaporates.
Store this oil in a glass bottle and every morning, massage the effected skin areas with this luke warm oil for 10 minutes and wash your skin after a while.

Dear Sir,

My daughter aged 15 years lives at Kota Rajasthan since three months. She
gets lots of hair fall nowadays while shampooing her hair. Please suggest any remedy to the problem.

deepak tulsyan

Hi Deepak,

Please check her food habits. Nutritional deficiencies can help.

Maha Thiktakam Kashayam tablets 2 – Thrice daily before food with warm water, Satavari Gulam – 1 tsp twice daily after food with warm milk. Karkunthal – External application on scalp.
Keshmani Shampoo for scalp wash.

Add good amount of fresh vegetables and fruits.

My wife aged 45 years is having heavy bleeding during menstruation. We have two daughters. Doctor says that she has one myoma in the uterus. Please suggest some Ayurveda medicines for it.

thanks,
Biswanath

Hi Biswanath,

Saptasaram Kashayam tablets – 2 thrice daily before food with warm water. Kalyanaka Kshara – 250 mg thrice daily after food with curd water.
Satavari Gulam – 1 tsp after food with warm milk. continue this medications for 90 days and repeat the scans after 90 days.

Hello Sir, i had seborrhea dermatits all over the face from 2 year for that i have done every possible treatment but nothing works so please suggest me some ayurvedic treatment.

Rajesh Kumar

Hi Rajesh,

Wash hair regularly 2-3 times a week with a mild shampoo.

Massage your hair with oil every time before washing the head and hair.

Avoid spicy, greasy, hot and penetrating foods, junk food, and aerated drinks.

Have food with good nutritive value; include fiber-rich foods, salads, fruits, and lentils.

Do regular yoga and exercises to minimize stress levels.

Avoid scratching the scalp with hands or any other objects.

Mix 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of Indian gooseberry (amla) juice. Gently massage the scalp with this each day.

After washing the head and hair, rinse the hair with a decoction prepared by boiling margosa leaves and Indian gooseberry (amla) in water.

Add 10 drops of lemon juice to 1 egg white, and beat well. Apply to the scalp and hair once a week.

Dear Dr. K. Gowthaman,

My self Sandeep Turwatkar am suffering from pigmentation on nose & both cheeks from last 10 yrs. I am 42 yrs old & stay in palghar. I have tried no. of medicines, creams but problem is increasing day by day. From last 2 months I am using Glyco-6 cream on nose & both cheeks. I request you to suggest me an Ayurvedic Medicine/Treatment for treatment of the
pigmentation.

Awaiting your mail.
Thanks & Best Regards,
S.Turwatkar.

Hi Turwatkar,

These two remedies we use at rVita, for pigmentation

Remedy 1

1. Crush 1 tomato
2. Press on a sieve and extract its juice
3. Add 2 tsp oatmeal to it
4. Add ½ tsp yogurt
5. Apply on the patches
6. Allow it to dry naturally
7. Leave it for 15-20 min
8. Wash off with lukewarm water
9. Do this every day

Remedy 2

1. Take 1 tsp turmeric powder
2. Add 1 tsp lemon juice
3. Mix well
4. Apply on the affected area
5. Leave it for 15 min to dry
6. Wash off with cold water
7. Do not expose skin to the sun immediately after this
8. Application at bedtime is advisable

These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home.

Dear Sir,

I am 36 Yrs of Age i had been diagonised with diastolic dysfunction grade
1 and Bp is at 150/100. i would like to know what kind of exercise is
good for me. I do regular swimming for last two weeks is it good for me.

Thanks
John V Raj

Hi John Raj,

Mild exercises are good. Never stretch yourself. Swimming is good, I would suggest walking inside the water helps you much better than swimming. Take Wrudved 1 tablet thrice daily as a herbal remedy for Diastlolic dysfunction.

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