Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF VITILIGO
Vitiligo is spontaneous depigmentation
of skin resulting in white patches from loss of pigment. Any
part of the body may be affected. The white spots vary in size
and location and usually both sides of the body are similarly affected.
Common sites affected include:
- Bony surfaces - back of hands and fingers, elbows and knees.
- Around body orifices - around the eyes, mouth and nose.
- Body folds - armpits and groins.
- Others areas - legs, wrists, nipples and genitalia.
- Vitiligo may also develop over an area of injury such as a cut
- Hair within the affected patch may be white too.
From a medical perspective, vitiligo is an incurable
condition of unknown causation. The loss of normal skin color is
traced to the disappearance of the skin's melanocytes which produce pigment.
Current theories regarding the disappearance of melanocytes focus primarily
on autoimmune reactions and possible genetic predisposition. In
other words, the body's immune system may attack the pigment producing
cells by mistake. Vitiligo can occur at any stage in life and is
Standard medical therapy for vitiligo consists mainly
at disguising the condition and protecting against sunburn with sunscreen.
Corticosteroid creams, psoralen photochemotherapy (PUVA), and camouflage
cosmetics are the most frequently used treatments. Counseling may
be helpful in dealing with the social stigma issues associated with skin
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE
Edgar Cayce gave several readings for individuals
who complained of "white spots" on their bodies. Some of these individuals
were diagnosed as having vitiligo while others simply asked Edgar Cayce
about the white spots. For example, in reading 464-2, while the
term vitiligo was not mentioned, a simple description of the condition
and equally clear explanation by Edgar Cayce traced the problem to poor
(Q) What causes the large white spots on my hands and forearms?
(A) Poor elimination. (464-2)
Systemic problems were noted which involved poor assimilations,
poor eliminations, poor circulation, and psychological stresses.
Among the recommendation for improving eliminations, a diet consisting
of little or no meats and increased green vegetables was suggested.
Laxatives, as needed, to assist with eliminations through the alimentary
canal were advised. From a pathological standpoint, liver dysfunction
was mentioned as a causative factor. Liver involvement was consistently
noted in readings for persons with vitiligo.
For example, reading 779-25 also linked poor eliminations
and inadequate liver functioning to white spots on the body:
(Q) What causes white spots on the skin back of hands and wrists?
(A) The poor circulation. Hence the need for stimulating
the activities through the whole of the alimentary canal, and especially
stirring up the liver, - through the use of the [castor] Oil Packs and
the Olive Oil as an eliminant.
If necessary, if there is a feeling of too great
a fullness in the abdominal area, use a light enema. (779-25)
Castor oil packs and olive oil taken orally were suggested
to stimulate the liver and cleanse the alimentary canal. Enemas
to cleanse the bowel were suggested. Proper diet was emphasized
- again little of the meats which would consist of fish, fowl or lamb;
no pork or beef; no fried foods. Keeping a proper acid/alkaline
balance was emphasized. Maintaining a positive attitude about the
healing process was encouraged in this case, as was the case in most of
the readings for individuals with vitiligo:
(Q) What about the mental condition?
(A) Keep this constructive. Of course, this can always
be changed by the attitude of the body. Keep it in a constructive
and creative attitude, and remember that the spiritual influences rising
to the greater dependence of the body upon Creative Energies will make
for attitudes that are constructive. Keep in that way and manner.
The importance of having a proper mental attitude
was also emphasized in the case of Ms. 3338. The background information
for her reading notes: "Since a child I have large white spots to
come on my skin, which now are on my entire body. Since they come
on my face and arms it it very embarrassing for me. The doctors
say this is called Vitiligo and is a depigmentation of the skin and there
is no cure for me. I feel there must be some cure, some cause.
Please help me if you can."
The fact that this was a long-standing condition suggests
that time and patience will be required for a positive outcome:
Yes, here we have a condition that is hard to combat;
the lacking in chemical processes of the body glandular forces, that causes
the pigment in the outer skin or epidermis to have varied colors - or
white splotches, that even at times become a bit scaly if not kept attended
to with certain ointments.
These as we find may be aided, but it will require
long periods and systematic activities, not only in the diet, but also
in the general habits of the body.
For, it is a glandular disturbance and deals with
the abilities of the body to produce reproduction of cellular force in
the skin, or the superficial circulation.
These as we find, of course, are indications that
there are also spots upon the liver. (3338-1)
Thus, the liver is again implicated in the pathological
process. The liver is the largest gland in the body, secreting and
excreting hundreds of chemicals. This vital organ is often linked
to skin conditions in the Cayce readings. Treatment recommendations
for this woman focused heavily on the glandular system, especially the
liver. Atomidine, a medicine containing iodine, was prescribed to
purify the glandular system. A tonic containing ragweed and lactated
pepsin was recommended to stimulate the liver and cleanse the alimentary
This should make for the activity of the liver,
and act much as a powerful cathartic, but after at least three doses,
do have a full, high colonic irrigation to cleanse the colon clear.
It may be necessary for two colonics within two weeks. (3338-1)
In addition to the medicines for stimulating the liver
and purifying the glands, colonic irrigation, a diet consisting mainly
of fruits and vegetables, and a simple full-body massage were suggested.
Ragweed was also included in a tonic recommended for
a man with vitilgo. In the background information provided by Mr.
236, this man noted: "I have a trouble for which the doctors say medical
science knows of nothing to do. They call it vitiligo or 'white
skin.' A few white spots started on my neck about three years ago.
These have gotten large now and others have started coming on my arms
Edgar Cayce's explanation of the condition described
problems with the liver and kidneys. These key organs are essential
for the eliminations of wastes from the body. In this case, inadequate
functioning of the liver and kidneys, "leaves those particles in the blood
stream that, finding their way into the lymphatic circulation, present
this effect in the outer portion of the body." Thus, basically,
the problem is again one of poor eliminations. Toxins that should
be eliminated by the liver and kidneys through the alimentary canal or
urine end up in the skin (another channel of eliminations through perspiration)
producing the characteristic white spots of vitiligo.
In addition to a cleansing diet, and high enemas,
the specific tonic in this case contained ragweed, sassafras root, calisaya,
and tolu. The ingredients of this herbal tonic were recommended
in many readings to stimulate the activity of the liver and kidneys and
improve systemic eliminations.
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC MODEL
Here are the basic therapies recommended for the treatment
of vitiligo based on the Edgar Cayce readings:
- STIMULATING THE LIVER: Hot castor oil packs applied over the liver
area followed by olive oil taken orally are intended to stimulate
the liver and improve eliminations through the alimenatry canal.
Tincture of ragweed is also recommended to stimulate the liver.
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is recommended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily, colonic irrigations (preferably) or enemas,
and cleansing diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. As mentioned above,
castor oil packs across the abdomen will also tend to assist with
- MEDICINE CONTAINING IODINE: Atomidine (taken in cycles) is suggested
to purify the glandular system. CAUTION: ATOMIDINE SHOULD
ONLY BE TAKEN UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PHYSICIAN.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed the Cayce readings. Particularly, an
attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health