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2023 Author: Alfred Shackley | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:14
The appearance on the skin of local, spotted areas of discoloration (disappearance of the skin pigment melanin) has been known to medicine for a long time. This disease is called vitiligo, but the causes and patterns of its development still remain a mystery to science. It is assumed that the vast majority of her cases are associated with heredity. However, it often develops in people whose relatives have never had it.
In addition, vitiligo has been and remains a relatively rare pathology, since no more than 8% of humanity suffers from it. Meanwhile, hereditary non-fatal diseases that tend to be inherited tend to spread faster.
What is vitiligo and how is it treated?
Alas, medicine is not able to answer any of these questions. And this is not surprising, since the treatment of the disease is impossible without understanding the causes and mechanisms of its development. This applies to any pathology-mysteries for science, starting with atherosclerosis and cancer (where its successes are also very modest just because of a complete lack of understanding where they come from).
At the moment, only some of the patterns of development of vitiligo are known. For example, no one knows for sure why it occurs in healthy people with a successful heredity, but it is already obvious that it is transmitted from parents suffering from it to children. In addition, it is known that, with the exception of a cosmetic defect and difficulties during sunbathing on a summer beach, this pathology does not cause any discomfort, does not lead to changes in the structure of the skin and its degeneration.
The patient's skin in areas affected by vitiligo ceases to sunbathe in the sun and completely loses its natural color - including in people belonging to nations with a special skin color (like those of people from Africa, Latin America, etc.). In this case, medicine can only offer an artificial transplant of normally formed cells containing a standard amount of melanin.
Marsh duckweed as a remedy for vitiligo
With vitiligo, the body is deficient in iron, copper and a number of other trace elements. Their presence or absence in itself does not in any way affect the appearance and course of pathology. But in some cases, replenishing this deficit can really help - if you do not get rid of the discoloration areas completely, then at least reduce their area, prevent the appearance of new ones and increase the resistance of the affected skin to sunlight.
This plant, which is popularly called a small duckweed or even a frog sack, is surprisingly rich in microelements. It contains not only iodine - a substance that is acutely deficient for most people who do not live in coastal regions. It is abundant in iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, as well as extremely (even more than iodine) deficient cobalt, titanium and, most importantly, copper. Most likely, the ability to effectively stop or completely eliminate the manifestations of this pathology is associated precisely with its unique composition.
Useful and harmful properties of marsh duckweed
As in the case with any other medicinal plant, most of all here you should be wary of allergic reactions - exacerbation of an existing intolerance or the appearance of a new one caused by prolonged use of the drug. It must be remembered that rumors about her ability, on the contrary, to muffle allergic reactions, are greatly exaggerated (allergists do not confirm that she has such properties).
In addition, there is one more thing: duckweed is rich in iodine, but it is not useful for everyone. For example, thyroiditis (diseases of the thyroid gland) are of different origins. And in some of their scenarios, iodine intake is prohibited, as it can dramatically worsen the situation.
Plus, its reception may not have the best effect on blood pressure, if it is already elevated in our country, since it itself has the property of increasing it. Therefore, with hypertension, hereditary migraine or vegetative-vascular dystonia (the one that is now believed to not exist), it should be handled with caution.
Recipes for the preparation of medicinal products for vitiligo
The main recipe for the marsh duckweed remedy, intended specifically for the treatment of vitiligo, is only one:
You need to take dry grass, grind it into a fine powder using a food processor or blender. Then take quite a bit of natural honey and gradually mix it with the resulting powder, achieving such a consistency that balls weighing about 1-2 grams can be easily rolled out of the mixture. Then the mixture really needs to be divided into such mini-portions and eat 2-3 "tablets" a day with a little water. Store "tablets" (they can be given any desired shape) on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. The course of treatment should not take more than a month. At the end of it, you must take a break for at least 2 weeks
There are other options for taking it - for example, alcohol tinctures, etc. But you need to remember that with its help, traditional medicine offers to treat a fairly large number of pathologies - from tonsillitis and rhinitis to glaucoma and cataracts. So all other recipes are just for other occasions.
Nevertheless, in the presence of reservoirs with fresh duckweed available to us, we can even conduct an experiment by trying to include it in our menu - in the daily diet:
To do this, you need to collect about 3 tbsp. spoons of fresh duckweed, wash it thoroughly and dry it on a paper towel. Meanwhile, boil, peel and chop 2 potato tubers, finely chop 0.5 heads of fresh onions, boil hard-boiled and also cut 1 egg, put these ingredients in layers in a salad bowl, put a layer of duckweed on top. Then you need to cover it with another, last layer of sauerkraut, pour over the whole dish with low-fat sour cream and serve
How best to use preparations from marsh duckweed
Of course, we, like many other patients with skin diseases, will certainly be drawn to make a local compress out of it to the affected area. But in fact, this is not necessary: after all, our skin in this place is quite healthy, just its cells do not produce the melanin pigment - they stopped producing it, and that's all.
Local treatment will not help here - this is not a problem of the cells themselves located in this area, since the lesions affected by vitiligo often change their location and size. In other words, the cells that we have already recorded as defective are not. And they can prove it to us by suddenly starting to synthesize melanin again. From which it follows that vitiligo needs to be treated only comprehensively, without trying to "remove" these spots with local compresses.
When to expect the first improvements
Objective (scientifically confirmed) data on the effectiveness of treatment with duckweed preparations suggest that you should not count on a quick result. So, sometimes the treatment can take up to a month. Moreover, even after the appearance of visible results, it is recommended to continue taking the drug for prophylaxis throughout life - only reduce the number of doses to 1 per day.
Contraindications to the treatment of vitiligo with duckweed
It is contraindicated if you are allergic to any plants (not necessarily to her). Also, the idea of treating vitiligo with its help should be taken with great caution if we have any allergies at all, including urticaria. The second strict contraindication is serious pathologies of the heart and blood vessels (hypertension, ischemia, myocardial infarction or a history of stroke).
Duckweed is contraindicated for malignant, radiation (when the thyroid gland dies due to the accumulation of radioactive iodine in it) and autoimmune thyroiditis. With fibrous thyroiditis - use the product with caution, after consulting your doctor.
When deciding how and with what to treat vitiligo, we need to remember that neither the doctor nor the healer can report anything definite about its origin. Perhaps that is why there is so much confusion in traditional medicine about what to attribute to this disease (for example, it was previously believed that brown age spots on the skin are close "relatives" of discolored areas). And the reality is that marsh duckweed helps only a few tens of vitiligo patients out of tens of thousands. And this is a very low efficiency, not far from the also frankly weak results of official medicine.
Therefore, in reality, you should not expect a miracle from the duckweed. This means that we should strive to try her course, despite all the contraindications.