Natural Remedies and Supplements for Improving Vitiligo Symptoms - Ted's Q&A

Browse Ted's Q&A


Posted by Anonymous (Anonymous) on 09/12/2011

Hi, I have read your articles on Earth Clinic and thought I will send you an email and ask a few questions. I have been diagnosed with vitiligo for a few years, and at the moment its mainly on my hands, feet, and some on leg.

In Australia I started the UVB treatment. But since we moved in Bangkok a couple of months ago, I am not really sure what to do and who to see regarding continuing treatment. I have read your suggestions about borax, hydrogen peroxide and ammonium chloride solution. Could you please tell me where I can get those products and where can I purchase them in Bangkok. Also how do I apply them?

If you have any other tips/suggestions where I can seek help please let me know. Thank you so much!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

First, you have to understand how vitiligo works. There are several kinds that I found, the first one deserves mention as I found them recently especially on the hands, feet and face. These if exposed to UV light will have little effect and it may widen the area. In order to be exposed and not harmed, folic acid 10 to 15 mg a day, vitamin C 1000 x 2, B12 500 to 1000 mg a day, and if possible trimethyglycine 3000 mg to 4000 mg (1/2 teaspoon x 2) is needed to reduce homocysteine as exposure to UV increases peroxide forming on the skin and makes it whiter. If there is sufficiently low homocysteine it will cause the sun to withstand UV so it will darken like the rest of the body, provided there is sufficient quantities of melanin being produces by the body!

Melanin requires sufficient quantities of tyrosine, copper and PABA. Copper maybe 5 mg., tyrosine 50 - 100 mg, and PABA 5000 mg. are my dose. That's just one type I seen. The other one is a fungus that breaks down the melanin in presence of sun, and you destroy the fungus by topical hydrogen peroxide 1.5%, in a saturated borax solution, as the simplest. Or ammonium chloride 5% with borax solution alone on the body but I won't mix with hydrogen peroxide as they produce heat in a cross reaction. Now my first case, my friend was very easy, this remedy did work, but another one the PABA, folic acid, tyrosine, and maybe copper will work in another. It's the same fungus I believe, but in first case, it was merely killing the fungus in a person with sufficiently low homocysteine, in the second instance it was killing the fungus with a sufficiently high homocysteine. Fungi produce their own peroxide which breaks down the antioxidant melanin, but if excess peroxide, it may also kill the fungus, with borax or another formula ammonium chloride 5% with saturated solution of borax.

I haven't had the chance to try any commercial fungicides so I don't know about those, as it was cured too quickly to try. There are other things that kill the fungus also, beside 1% copper chloride. This includes black pepper, applied to the area also works, and people lack vitamin D (I used 20,000 i.u., but I think 5,000 iu for general use is ok too) to help support the skin's function. One of many properties of quercetin is it's ability to stimulate melanin production, my favorite dose is 500 mg x 2 or x3.


Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx

Ted, I am being told by a holistic doctor to take 5 5000 mg of vitamin D3 for a week and then drop down to one 5000 mg per day. Is this safe?

Replied by Katherine

I think she would've said 5000UI, not mg.

I've taken up to 20,000UI/day for short bursts of time (3-4 days) and it's ok. If you get diarrhea, you've taken too much.

I think 25,000UI/day is a little much for a week, personally, but 15,000UI/day should be good and then dropping down to 5000UI/day is a good idea as this is a necessary amount if you're not regularly sunbathing sunscreen-less.