IntroductionLeucoderma is a skin condition, characterized by formation of white patches on the skin. It is also known by the name Vitiligo. It is the deficiency of pigment melanin that causes the development of white patches on the body. It is more common in women. Hands, neck, back and wrist are most affected. Initially small white spots appear, and gradually develop into white patches. These can occur all over the body. These patches are pale in the beginning, later on they become whiter with time, as the 'melanin' pigment is worn-out from the skin. The patches can be caused due to plenty of reasons but the most common among them is worm infestation and/or calcium deficiencies. These patches eventually increase in sizes and produce lot of psychological stress in the person. It is an autoimmune disease and can have genetic predispositions.
Excessive mental worry, burn injuries, defective perspiration mechanism, ailments like typhoid that affect gastro-intestinal tract, acute or chronic gastric disorder, worms or parasites in the alimentary canal and impaired hepatic function are the main causes of leucoderma.There is no cure for leucoderma, but there are several treatments, including dyes or psoralens used in combination with Ultraviolet a light treatment. However recent days shows a considerable amount of cure by following many yoga asanas.
Yoga and LeucodermaThe skin protects the body from cold, heat, sunshine, wind and diseases and through sweat it throws out the waste material. Bodys complete health depends upon the skin. Skin diseases should not be ignored and should be treated immediately. Perspiration is necessary for good health. Lack of perspiration signifies presence of some disease like leucoderma dark spots, prickly heat, boils and skin diseases are few of them. The system of your body works well with the help of yoga. Moreover, it helps your skin to reproduce new cells. Yoga balances the internal hormonal system of your body. The hormones are very important to keep your skin soft. The physical exercises of yoga keeps you fit. It helps the fluids to carry oxygen to the skin. Yoga therapy includes nutritious food, restraint and a code of conduct to be followed by the diseased. The site, therefore, includes only the common beneficial effects of yogasana on various diseases.
YOGA POSES FOR LEUCODERMA
Cobra PoseCobra Pose is one of the best ways to maintain the body in perfect condition. It increases spinal strength and flexibility, helps prevent lower backache, and helps cure lumbago, rheumatism, and arthritis of the spine. It also relieves menstrual problems (irregularity, cramps, backache) cures loss of appetite, helps correct bad posture, and improves the functioning of the liver and spleen.
Bow PoseThe Bow Pose resembles an archer's bow. It strengthens the muscles in the back area, improves posture, and helps in dealing with several gastrointestinal problems. Take note that this Yoga Pose is not for people who are suffering from serious neck or back injury. The pose is so named because as you hold it, your body is bent back like a bow and your arms are held straight and taut like a bowstring.
PranayamPranayama is very important technique in yoga which is control and extension of Prana or Vital energy or Life force. Pranayama helps in management of this energy. Various techniques are available in yoga, which give interesting but good results. The Pranayama can be classified in 2 types in terms of physiology, Hypo ventilation or vitalizing pranayama and Hyper ventilation or relaxing pranayama. Kapalbhati, Bhasrika and Fast breathing can be classified under Hyper ventilation (increases Oxygen and reduces carbon dioxide) and Deep breathing, Bhramari, Shitali, Sitkari can be classified as Hypo ventilation.
Seated Forward Bend PoseThis seated bend stimulates the internal organs and is also beneficial in relieving some symptoms of menopause and PMS. Relax your body and mind, stretch your hamstrings, shoulders, and spine, relieve stress, and improve your posture and concentration by practicing the Seated Forward Bend.
YOGA ASANAS FOR LEUCODERMA
- Sit on the floor with legs outstretched. Fold your left leg and bring the foot under the right hip.
- Similarly, fold the right leg over the left and place the right heel by the side of the left hip. Both the soles should face upwards.
- Raise your right hand and bend it to bring it behind the shoulder.
- In the same way, bend your left hand behind the back and entwine the fingers. Keep your spine straight. Note that if the right leg is over the left, the right elbow should face upward and the left, downwards. This position may be reversed when the leg position is changed.
- Hold the posture for 30 seconds and repeat reversing the sides.
- Place a bolster or two folded blankets about 2 inches away from the wall.
- Sit sideways on the bolster so your right hip and side are touching the wall. With the bolster under your bottom, lower you back, using the support of your elbows and forearms, and swivel around to take your right leg and then your left leg up the wall.
- Stay in the pose for 10 minutes or longer. If you are tired, it is natural to fall asleep in this pose.
- When you are ready to come out, bend your knees, turn to your side, and relax on the floor for a few more breaths before you slowly sit up.
- Inhale and exhale take both your arms up above your head from the sides and join your palms above the head.
- Lift your heels, stand on your toes and pull your whole body upwards, keeping more weight on the left foot.
- Continue breathing normally.
- Use your right hand to lift up the left foot and bring it to rest on the right leg; sole of the foot resting on the right inner thigh.
- Stretch your hands as far up as possible. The more your body is stretched, the easier it is to maintain the balance.
- Keep your sight and mind fixed on an object in front.
- Releasing, exhale and bring both your hands down from the sides.
- Simultaneously, bring your heels to the floor in a normal standing position.