Is there a traditional medicine to treat vitiligo?

Pyrostegia Venusta RoadsideDuring the last decades, new methods of therapeutic research, ethno-botany and ethno-pharmacology and even archeo-pharmacology (PubMed), have been used extensively to explore 'traditional medicines.' Indigenous cultures possess notions, to a remarkable extent, of indications or applicability of different plants for different diseases, as well as toxicity, contraindications, and interaction among many plants. Ethno-pharmacological information represents a great shortcut in the search for new effective therapies.

Present-day healers are believed to be the end of the chain of 'traditional' medical knowledge. Nostalgic 'centers of alternative medicine' and online shops are becoming hubs for preserving the oriental heritage, folks medicine recipes, and ethno-botanical substances.

However, a bibliographical survey in the PubMed, Web of Science and Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases has shown that some of these species have toxic properties. We suggest to use caution and do own research of any substance before starting it's medicinal use for vitiligo or overall health.

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