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Hair Loss Treatment with Homeopathy

Hair LossHair loss or alopecia is partial or complete loss of hair resulting from illness, functional disorder, or hereditary disposition. It is one of the most common medical conditions nowadays, which can arise due to different factors or may associate with various diseased conditions. It usually develops gradually.

Roughly 100 hairs are lost from the head every day. The average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs. Each individual hair survives for an average of 4-1/2 years, during which time it grows about half an inch a month. Usually in its 5th year, the hair falls out and is replaced within 6 months by a new one.

Genetic baldness is caused by the body’s failure to produce new hairs and not by excessive hair loss. Both men and women tend to lose hair thickness and amount as they age. Inherited or “pattern baldness” affects many more men than women. About 25% of men begin to bald by the time they are 30 years old, and about two-thirds are either bald or have a balding pattern by age 60.

Typical male pattern baldness involves a receding hairline and thinning around the crown with eventual bald spots. Ultimately, one may have only a horseshoe ring of hair around the sides. In addition to genes, male-pattern baldness seems to require the presence of the male hormone testosterone.

Men who do not produce testosterone (because of genetic abnormalities or castration) do not develop this pattern of baldness. Some women also develop a particular pattern of hair loss due to genetics, age, and male hormones that tend to increase in women after menopause. The pattern is different from that of men. Female pattern baldness involves a thinning throughout the scalp while the frontal hairline generally remains intact.

Hairloss has been a problem for as long as humans have existed. For most of the time, humans have also tried treatments for falling loss. While the understanding of the hair loss process has progressed tremendously, human ability to stop the process or reverse its effects 100% have not progressed.

Hair fall, while not life threatening, can certainly be ego threatening. Numerous studies have illustrated  the psychological impact of hairloss on adults as well as children. Societal stereotypes still exists which portray bald people as less virile and weaker than those with a full head of hair.

Hair loss affects 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States alone. It is estimated that 40% of men have some amount of noticeable hair loss by age 35 and 65% of men have some amount of hair loss by age 60.

Types of Alopecia

Non scarring alopecia

Androgenic alopecia

Telogen effluvium

Anagen effluvium

Alopecia areata

Scarring alopecia

homeopathy remedies for alopecia areata hair lossAlopecia can be divided in to cicatricial and non-cicatricial. Scarring hair loss, also known as cicatricial alopecia, is the loss of hair which is accompanied with scarring.

It can be caused by a diverse group of rare disorders that destroy the hair follicle, replace it with scar tissue, and cause permanent hair loss. Non scarring hair loss, also known as noncicatricial alopecia, is the loss of hair without any scarring being present and is the usual form of hair loss commonly encountered.

When hair loss occurs in one section, it is known as alopecia areata, in which there is sudden onset of well circumscribed, totally bald, smooth patch, usually affecting the scalp. Another form is alopecia universalis in which there is complete hair loss on the body.

Pattern hair loss, affecting the males is called male-pattern hair loss (MPHL) and when it affects females it is called female-pattern hair loss (FPHL). Pattern hair loss is hair loss that primarily affects the top and front of the scalp. In males, the hair loss often presents as a receding hairline, while in females, it typically presents as a thinning of the hair.

Psychology of hair loss

Though alopecia is not a life threatening condition, studies have illustrated that hair loss can have significant effect on quality of life. Patients can experience additional stress from concern over hair fall which in turn can add to future hair loss. Many studies have been performed which reinforce the fact that hair fall can take a psychological toll on the person with the loss and carry negative stereotypes.

Hair Loss TreatmentAccording to hair loss learning centre web site, a 1971 study done with a picture of the same person with different degrees of baldness drawn in was shown to 60 people. Respondents indicated that person with the balding head of hair was rated as unkind, bad, and ugly. Yet the same person with a full head was rated as handsome, virile, strong, active, and sharp.

Unfortunately adults are not the only patients affected by hair loss. Children also suffer from alopecia and the psychological impact should be minimized.

Causes of Hair Loss / Alopecia

Alopecia is caused by aging, change in hormones, certain illness, family history of baldness, burns or trauma. Other possible causes of hair loss especially if in an unusual pattern, include alopecia areata (bald patches that develop on the scalp, beard, and, possibly, eyebrows; eyelashes may also fall out as well), autoimmune conditions (such as lupus), burns, certain infectious diseases (such as syphilis), chemotherapy, emotional or physical stress, excessive shampooing, blow-drying, fever, hormonal changes (example: thyroid disease, childbirth, use of birth control pills), nervous habits (such as continual hair pulling or scalp rubbing), radiation therapy, tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp), tumor of the ovary or adrenal glands.

Baldness is not usually caused by a disease, but is related to aging, heredity, and testosterone (DHT). In addition to the common male and female patterns from a combination of these factors, other possible causes of hair loss, especially if in an unusual pattern, include:

Male pattern hair loss is caused due to a combination of genetic factors and the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The cause in female pattern hair loss remains unclear.

Diagnosis of the cause of hair loss

It mainly includes detailed medical history, full blood count, serum iron, renal function test, thyroid function test, liver function test, microscopic examination of hair etc.

Hair Loss Treatment

Treatment of hair loss depends upon the cause and the underlying medical condition. Treatments for the various forms of alopecia in conventional medicine have limited success.

Three medications have evidence to support their use in male pattern hair loss: minoxidil, finasteride, and dutasteride.

Corticosteroids injections into the scalp can be used to treat alopecia areata. Hair transplant is increasingly becoming popular to restore lose hair.

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, called the ‘donor site’, to a bald or balding part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. The technique is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness.

The current accepted method of hair transplant is called FUE. With Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE harvesting, individual follicle units containing 1 to 4 hairs are removed under local anesthesia. The surgeon then punctures the sites for receiving the grafts using very small micro blades, placing them in a predetermined density and pattern, and angling the wounds in a consistent fashion to promote a realistic hair pattern.

Preventing Hair Loss

Following are helpful tips for prevention and coping up with hair loss.

* Brushing and washing away hair that is falling out.
* Cleaning hair and scalp gently twice a week, and massage the scalp.
* Harsh damaging products containing bleach, peroxide, ammonia, alcohol, or lacquer should be avoided.
* Avoiding heat, curling irons, and hot rollers.
* Keeping hair short and easy to style.
* To avoid breaking hair strands, braids or ponytails to be avoided.
* Wide toothed comb to be used.
* Head to be protected from sun with a hat.
* Satin pillow or a hair net can be used while sleeping.

Homeopathic Treatment of Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatment homeopathic remediesHomeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.

This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat hair loss but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved remedies are available for homeopathic treatment of hair loss that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, modalities and extension of the hair loss.

Hair-loss is again just an indicator that there is something not well in your body. The hairs may fall due to a local infection or due to a systemic disorder or deficiency. The treatment also varies accordingly.

Apart from the treatment based on the totality, recommendations in the literature include local application of Arctium lappa, Ceanothus, Malva sylvestis and Tropaeolum in mother tincture form mixed with coconut or other oil.

Phosphoricum acidum, Ambra grisea are indicated if the hair loss is due to repeated sorrows. If it is due to depression, irritability and anxiety, Nitric acid and Arsenicum album may be indicated. If it is found in slow, constipated and sycotic patient Graphites and Thuja may be helpful. Lycopodium, Sepia and Natrum muriaticum can be given for hair loss after pregnancy. The other symptoms should match too.

For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following hair loss remedies are given which are much helpful in homeopathic treatment of hair loss treatment:

Thuja, Phosphorous, Acid phos, Kali carb, Selenium, Acid flour, Calcarea phos, Graphites, Acid flour, Natrum mur, Nitric acid, Lachesis, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Rhus tox, Sulphur, Medorrhinum, Vinca minor, Merc sol, Arsenic alb, Arnica and many other medicines.

This list of homeopathic remedies for hair loss is neither complete, nor exhaustive. Homeopathy has to treat the cause and the person a a whole, after due individualization of every patient.

Hair Loss Cases Cured with Homeopathic Medicine

Severe Hair Loss in a Woman of 43 – by Juhi Malhotra, Gaurang Gaikwad

Hair Loss and Constipation – by Jennifer Metzger

A Case of Dandruff and Hair Loss – by V. Charuvahan

A Case of Hairfall – by Aradhana Chitra

A Case of Alopecia Areata – by Rahi Nagda

A Case of Alopecia – by Shamim Sherwani

Homeopathy in Acute Cases – by Santanu Maity

A Tale of Two Cases – by Arup Bhattacharya

Exploring The Third Row – by Rajan Sankaran

The Cephalopod: Sepia Officinalis – by Atul Rajgurav