By Dr. N S S Gauri, Unani
Diet plays an important role in the treatment of Bars. Accordingto Unani philosophy all cold and phlegm producing food items are harmful in this condition. Frequent use of such items not only delays the response but also aggravates the lesions. There is not enough scientific evidence to prove how these food items adversely affect vitiligo. However, clinical experience has shown adverse effects of such items. The diets which produce hot blood (Garam Khoon) are recommended in this disease.
Restricted Food items:
1. Food items that are supposed to produce Blood impurities(Fasad-ud- Dam) for example:
Eggs, Fish, Beef, Brinjal and combination of heavy and light food mixed simultaneously.
2. Food articles that are supposed to increase the production of phlegm (Balgham) are:
Milk, Curd, Buttermilk, Lemon and Lime, Tamarind, Oranges and other citrus fruits, Red Sorrel, Parsley, Custard apple, Guaua, Prunus, Dates,Melon, Water melon, Tomatoes (if sour), Amla and Indian sorrel.
Recommended Food items:
Wheat, Indian Millet, Pulses (specially Bengal gram), Pure Gheeobtained from butter, Broad Beans, French beans, Spinach, Bitter gourd, ridge gourd, Onion, Beet-root, Carrot, Chillies (red pepper), Black pepper etc.
The drugs which are Corrosive (Akkal), Caustic (Kaawi), Rubefacient (Muhammir) and Irritant (Laaz’i) are useful in the treatment of bars as these drugs increase the blood circulation of the particular area and ultimately nutrition reaches to the affected part.