Natural Remedies and Supplements for Improving Vitiligo Symptoms

Neem Oil

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Posted by Becky (Columbus, GA,USA) on 01/10/2009

My daughter is three years old and she had small white patches when she was born, her dad is from the Phillipines, I am from america. the white spots have gotten bigger and more abundent. The doctors havd tried everything possible and can't get rid of them. Does any one know of anything that might work?

Replied by Raj
(Chicago, USA)

Your daughter may have Vitiligo and it can be treated with two treatments. Your doctor can prescribe Protopic ointment and also she can take 2 "Neem" capsules per day. Neem is use for treatment of many screen diseases and it is also known as blood purifier. The Protopic has successfully done re-pigmentation of white patches in 2-3 months and it is non steroid medication. Neem may take up to six months before you can see any result.

Replied by Sara
(Philadelphia, PA)

Please go through these links and you will have answer to your daughter's condition. Also for a steady treatment program, topically apply carrot juice to the patches 3 to 5 times in a day and give her half cup to full cup of carrot juice regularly for 40 days without any break religiously. Please do email me after 40 days about the progress and if needed further course of treatment.

Replied by Mandi
(Groton, Ct)


I have been diagonsed with vitiligo. have seen some white patches on face and hair. Has anyone been treated successfully with vitiligo. Dr has given me V-tar for application to the affected area once a week for 10 weeks.

Noni Juice

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Posted by Gilda (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) on 04/02/2009

Noni Juice for Vitiligo

Applying noni fruit juice to the skin and drinking 1/2 cup to 1 full cup can also aid in combating this disease.

Oil of Oregano

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Posted by Juliana (Washington, NJ) on 03/27/2014

I recommend "Oil of Oregano". I had my son use it for his vitiligo and it worked like a champ. It's been a year since, and there is no recurrance. It must be rubbed on the spot a number of times a day until it is gone. It will not happen overnight.. There must be consistency. My son used it about 4-5 times a day for 3 mths. This product is good to keep in your medicine cabinet for rashes, burns, bruises, abrasions ect. This is just a recommendation. Although I am a nurse, I am not a doctor.

Good health to you

Replied by Dexter
(Indiana, US)

Re: Oil of Oregano for Vitiligo. Did your son use an ointment or take something orally? What was the exact name of the product. Thanks.

Replied by Pam

Did you dilute the oil of oregano before you applied it to your son's skin for vitiligo?

Replied by Kay
(Georgia, US)

Nothing, and I mean nothing, not even the e-coli bacteria will grow in oregano. I open the capsules and put about 13 in a pint or two of water. I spray it on the rain rot (fungus) that my horses get. It is absolutely fungus free the next day. I take it as a vitamin supplement too. I have vitiligo also and will be trying all of this. A copy of this article is going to my doctor

Replied by Timh
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Kay: Naturopathic Physicians (ND's) routinely prescribe Oregano as well as many other herbs and natural remedies for their patients, on-the-other-hand, Medical Doctors (MD's) prescribe synthetic antibiotics.

Your discovery of this natural remedy is a result of you taking personal responsibility for your health.

Replied by Sm
(North Wales)

Did you dilute the oil or applied 100% oregano oil directly on to the skin? The more I read about candida and yeast abundance, the more I feel it is yeast abundance due to high sugars and less protein diet that are causing these autoimmune diseases. And once you have an aggressive disease, we have to aggressively detox ourselves from this yeast and bring it to an acceptable levels. When you come that far, even diet alone may not reverse the signs that are called diseases in modern medicines. Here comes the holistic physicians which are not covered by insurances. Three months is what I am reading a very standard timeframe across websites with this approach.

Protropic Cream + Supplements

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Posted by Sam (Los Angeles) on 10/31/2015

Vitamin B12, Zinc & Spinach with Prescription Cream Helping Vitiligo

I was diagnosed with vitiligo in June 2015. I had large white spots form around my eyes. Doctors said there was no cure, only to apply Protopic 0.1% to the lesions every day and see what happens. But after some research I found that protopic works most effectively when combined with the following vitamins: B12 (1000 mcg) - once a day, B Complex (50 mg) - once a day, Zinc (100 mg) - once a day.

Together with anti-oxidants like raw spinach a few times a week. I make spinach smoothies with avocado, cucumbers, apple, banana and apple juice. After 3 months my pigmentation is almost fully back around my eyes. Always give whatever you are trying 3 months as vitiligo seems to work in that cycle.

Diet is certainly a big part of the change, as well as reducing oxidative stress in your body. Eat more alkaline than acidic foods. And some sunlight exposure is not a risk as many say. The protopic with some sunlight exposure a day works best. Also, try to reduce your day to day stress levels.

A great book for more cure suggestions is 'My victory against Vitilio' by Xichao Mo. Don't believe it cannot be cured! With some patience and finding out what works for you, it is possible. This is what is working for me...

Replied by Sam
(Los Angeles)

Thank you so much Milly. Yes I believe there is always a cure and we should never give up. God bless you too!

Replied by Mink

How did your recovery go? has it relapsed?

Replied by Sam
(Los Angeles)

Hi Mink. Sometimes some small spots appear again. But then I try to rebalance my diet, meditate to relax my thyroid glands, and continue the treatment regime I did, and they soon fill in again. Good luck and keep it up!

Replied by Alyssa

Hi Sam, did you cut out dairy or gluten from your diet?

Ted's Remedies

Posted by Karen (NY, New York) on 07/22/2009

Hello Ted and Earth Clinic, My son was also diagnose with this condition and the doctor said it was caused by fungus. My son was prescribed Miconazolnitraat which I am hesitant to use as he is 4 years old and the condition is on his face.

So far the cures that I have tried on EC have helped my family. However I have a question. Janet from NJ asked for a natural cure for her 10 year old daughter. You mentioned borax, H202 and baking soda. I have also noticed that baking soda is used with ACV and lemon juice. Why are these chemically made items considered and used in natural cures? I do not have specific doubts but just curious as i would not initially associate any of these item with a natural cure.

Your response will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Karen

Replied by Veronica
(New York, Usa)

I have a question for karen regarding her son's vitiligo diagnosis of being a fungus. can you please tell me how the doctor came about with this diagnosis and if he did any type of blood test? I have a 10 yr old daughter and her doctor has not done anything but keep on prescribing meds that have not worked and has not said anything about possible fungus. Your feedback is greatly appreciate it. I will only try on her natural remedies as i dont want to keep on putting creams on. anyone please let me know

Replied by Nita
(Somerset, Ky)

My daughter also has this condition and her doctor said it is tinea versicolor-a skin fungus. If the hair growing in the white patches still has color then the pigment isn't gone. We rub virgin coconut oil on the white patches and are now seeing normal skin color returning! Hope this helps.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

Not sure if this will work for everyone, but I was reading about how to get shower tiles clean (caused by mold/fungus) and I read that if you mix lemon dishwashing liquid, vinegar and hot water together it will clean a shower. So, I decided to try it on my vitiligo. I made up a batch in a large plastic bowl. I used a loofah and scrubbed the darker areas. The skin became tacky (like the fungus was dissolving). Then I took a normal shower with citrus lime soap and shower gel. It seems to make the darker skin lighter. I had an ER physician comment on how good it looks last week! My skin feels softer too. I read that you need to use clean washcloths instead of scrubbies on the areas when you shower to prevent passing the fungus around. The idea is to loofah away the fungus and lather up with clean wash cloths. Rinse away!

Another idea is to try an anti-fungal bath.


Lavender: 4 drops
Geranium: 1 drop
Tea Tree: 1 drop

Fill your bath tub, then add the essential oils. Add 1 - 2 cups of sea salts, mix well. Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. Be sure to dry your skin well, especially between your toes and other cracks, where moisture can be trapped. (If you have a prescribed medication, apply after you are completely dry.)

I would follow up with virgin coconut oil or a lotion containing vitamins AC&E and COQ10. At least it will improve skin texture.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Hi Lou, I don't really have vitiligo but I have more and more white stains on my skin (they don't join to form a big patch though) and would love to get rid of them but I don't think that it would work by getting my normal, darker color away but by getting the white stains to tan again or to get a normal color again so I suppose your idea wouldn't work on me? Because if I try to get rid of the brownish skin around the white patches I will have a whiter skin all over my legs while I am a tanned Southern European.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I read if you get black pepper essential oil and mix it with a carrier oil (coconut or sesame, etc.) it can help with repigmentation of white areas. Kelp is also good to take in capsule form. I also read that rubbing the skin with juice of basil leaves and lime juice helps the white patches, although another site said it was for skin lightening. The juice of celery leaves also contains psolarens. Someone said that Neem is good - capsule, soap and cream - sold in health food stores. I know Neem cleans the blood.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

Two dermatologists refused to give me a skin biopsy here. One said that I could try to rub grapeseed oil all over my body. Grapeseed oil is antifungal. I recently read an article about hydrogen peroxide not breaking down in the liver and converting to H20. The H202 (hydrogen peroxide) is also found in the skin layers, which does something to the langerhans cells, causing the melanocytes to die. (It's all too confusing for me. ) Anyway, I read that catalase breaks down the H202 and converts it to H20 and this calms down the autoimmune response. Pineapple (the real thing) contains catalase. I also read about a pineapple and shelled raw pumpkin seed cleanse using distilled water that gets rid of parasites (which I believe don't help the situation). Three days on this and no tooth brushing supposedly gets rid of the little critters. Google it.

Vitamins D and B12

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Posted by Pa (Mo) on 08/20/2016

For vitiligo, my dr has me on 5000 mcg vit d and b12 shots.


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Posted by Art (California) on 08/31/2020 2159 posts

Vitiligo is a tough disease that is not easy to treat. It causes idiopathic (unknown cause) destruction of skin pigment cells called melanocytes and creates areas of skin with little or no melanin that look much lighter compared to the rest of the skin. This can affect a person's quality of life (QOL), self esteem and in some can instigate depression, so having an option that may help ameliorate vitiligo can be useful.

Here is a link to images of vitiligo. As you can see, it would be much nicer to not have vitiligo.

On that note, this fairly recent study suggests that oral zinc supplementation may have an impact on vitiligo. The following study abstract shows that zinc serum levels are lower than in people without vitiligo and suggests that zinc supplementation may be useful. They also show a negative correlation between between serum zinc level and vitiligo. So the lower the zinc level, the worse the vitiligo will be and the higher the zinc level, the less vitiligo was expressed:

This 2018 study also shows that zinc serum level is significantly lower in vitiligo, but goes even further and shows that increased age and duration of disease activity also results in even lower levels of zinc :

There are some who feel that vitiligo has oxidative stress as a major component that results in melanocyte destruction and zinc, although not normally thought of as an antioxidant, has antioxidant qualities as well as antiinflammatory qualities which is important because oxidative stress can also create inflammation. With that in mind, zinc does have some antioxidative and anti-inflammatory qualities as outlined in this study link:

Zinc functions as an antioxidant by different mechanisms.&text=Several studies have shown that, decreases oxidative stress (32).

The following study suggests that zinc may be useful in the treatment of vitiligo:


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