What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition that causes pale, white patches to develop on the skin due to lack of a chemical called melanin.
Vitiligo it is most popularly associated with Michael Jackson. According to the NHS Choices website, in the UK, about 1 in 100 people develop vitiligo. It usually starts to appear at around 20 years of age, although it can occur at any age. Men and women are equally affected, as are people of different ethnicities.
What Causes Vitiligo? - Modern Medicine’s Explanation
Conventional medicine is not clear on what causes the lack of melanin, but it has been linked to problems with the immune system (autoimmune conditions) and nerve endings in the skin.
According to the NHS Choices website, certain things can increase your chances of developing vitiligo, such as a family history of the condition or having another autoimmune problem, like hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid gland).
What is Going on Biologically?
1st Phase- The Stress Phase
Vitiligo is a reaction of the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. In the affected area of the skin, the number of skin cells reduce and the skin becomes rough, pale and poorly supplied with blood. The number of melanocytes (the cells responsible for synthesising the melanin or skin pigmentation) decrease or reduce in function, causing pigment loss.
2nd Phase- The Regeneration Phase
During the regeneration phase, there is a resolution of the vitiligo with spots mostly starting from the edges and re pigmentation of the skin.
What Causes Vitiligo? – Meta Medicine’s Explanation
Meta-Medicine believes that behind every symptom there is an emotional root cause. The emotional meaning behind vitiligo is a strong sense of disconnection or separation from someone or something we want to be in contact with. If we are continually seeking a connection that never happens, we eventually remove ourselves from the situation completely. The loss of pigmentation is almost an unconscious way of trying to be invisible or disappear from the situation.
So Why Does Vitiligo Appear on a Particular Part of the Body?
Why does one person get vitiligo around the eyes, while another gets it on the arms or down the legs?
Meta Medicine explains how location is meaningful: vitiligo appears in the place where the individual feels the separation most strongly. Someone who experiences a visual separation is likely to experience vitiligo around the eyes. Other people get vitiligo on the inside of the arms, where they feel separated from being able to hold someone close; others get it around the mouth, when they feel disconnected from talking to someone.
How can we use this revolutionary understanding to help ourselves and our clients?
Meta Medicine investigation reveals the specific information needed to empower a client resolve their issue, rather than simply ignoring or suppressing their symptoms. The Meta Medicine diagnostic process uncovers the specific separation anxiety shock the client experienced: when, where, with whom and what re-triggers it. Using this information, we formulate a plan for overcoming the issue at all levels:
Mind – overcoming the memories, thoughts and feelings associated with the shock.
Body – supporting the whole body and specific organ (epidermis) to come through the two phases, naturally.
Spirit – helping the client to align with their higher self.
Social & environmental – making real life changes to overcome the issue (for example, learning to feel comfortable with spending time alone).
Meta Medicine is a truly integrative approach that encourages understanding and healing at all levels. Most clients, get a huge ‘aha!’ when they finally understand their body, and begin to take control of their healing. Furthermore, Meta Medicine is meta-disciplinary: it can be learned and used by any therapist before any healing modality to pinpoint the root emotional cause and meaningful process of any health issue, and enhance the effectiveness of the therapy.
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