One of my old college professors told me, "If you want a new idea, read an old book." So thanks to Dr. Richard N. Miller at the University of Central Florida I read an old book on vitiligo. Dr. Montes listed this book in the bibliography of an article; Abdel Monem El Mofty called the book Vitiligo and Psoralens. PUVA, Psoralen combined with Ultra Violet light is a common therapy forvitiligo. I enjoyed reading about these psoralens because it made me realize I had options, other than pharmaceuticals with their dangerous side effects. We use an herb called St. Johns Wort, which contains psoralen. Emily takes one tablet three times a week, on "T"-days, Tuesday, Thursday and SaTurday. She started out taking one tablet per week. It is made by Nature's Plus Herbal Actives (itcontains 450 mg./0.3-0.5% hypericin). They say to take two a day, I assume this is for an adult, so I cut it down for her. As of 8-20-97, at the age of 9, she takes one a day.
The following table shows the many plants that contain psoralen. Notice that even celery, carrots, parsnips and other common foods have psoralen in them. We have increased our intake of raw vegetables by juicing, 6-28-95.When we first started we were juicing everyday. We juice once or twice a week now. A big glass of carrot and celery juice contains lots of nutrients for the skin as well as psoralen.
DO NOT USE THESE WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH YOUR DOCTOR. DO NOT COMBINE PHARMACEUTICAL PSORALENS WITH THESE.
From: Vitiligo and Psoralens
by Abdel Monem El Mofty
(Pergamon Press, Oxford 1968).
PLANTS REPORTED TOEVOKE PHYTOPHOTODERMATITISE
|Common name |Botanical name |Natural order |
|Fig |Ficus carica |Moraceae |
|Parsnip |Pastinaca sativa |Umbelliferae |
|Cow parsnip|Heracleum sphondylium |Umbelliferae |
|Garden parsnip |Heracleum gigantum |Umbelliferae |
|Wild parsnip |Pastinaca sativa |Umbelliferae |
| |Heracleum mantegazzianum| |
|Fennel |Foeniculum vulgare |Umbelliferae |
|Dill |Anethum graveolens |Umbelliferae |
|Parsley |Peucedanum oreoselium |Umbelliferae |
|Wild carrot|Daucus carota |Umbelliferae |
|Garden carrot |Daucus sativa |Umbelliferae |
|Masterwort |Peucedanum ostruthium |Umbelliferae |
|Celery |Apium graveolens|Umbelliferae |
|Aatrillal |Ammi majus |Umbelliferae |
|Angelica |Angelica species |Umbelliferae |
|Common rue |Ruta graveolens |Rutaceae |
|Gasplant |Dictamus albus |Rutaceae |
|Lime bergamot |Citrus bergamia |Rutaceae |
| |Dictamus fraxinella |Rutaceae |
|Lime |Citrus aurantiom...