Alopecia Areata is the loss of hair from the scalp. It can affect other parts of the body as well. The hair loss from the scalp is usually gradual over a period of few years. It affects both men and women. This type of hair loss is different from Male pattern baldness which is a different condition.
In the treatment of alopecia homoeopathy can be a great answer. There are many homoeopathic medicines are available for resolving the problem alopecia areata. Homoeopathy would work as wonder if taken in early stages. It can grow the hair and normalize the hair growth by enhancing ones immunity.
Hair follicles go through cyclic phases of activity and inactivity in their lifespan. Each cycle comprises of three phases:
- 1. Anagen or growing phase lasting for 2-5 yrs, the average being 3 yrs. It is the longest phase of all.
2.Catagen or middle (transitional) phase, lasting for 1-2 weeks.
3.Telogen or resting phase, lasting for 3-4 months.
In a normal hair scalp, 90% of the hair is in Anagen phase (growing phase) while 10% are either in Catagen or middle phase at any given point of time. The normal human scalp has about 100,000. About 80-100 hairs are shed everyday and it is considered as normal.
•Immune system abnormalities
•Teens are more prone and so are pregnant women.
•Sometimes it is associated with thyroid diseases
- •The current theory is that the body’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles and destroys them which prevent further hair growth.
•Loss of hair in patches on the scalp – Alopecia Areata
•Total loss of hair on the scalp – Alopecia Totalis
•Loss of beard hair – Alopecia Areata Barbae
•Alopecia Areata monolocularis: In this condition there is a single bald spot on the scalp.
•Alopecia Areata multilocularis: In this condition there are multiple bald spot on the scalp.
•Alopecia Areata universalis: In this condition, all body hair, including pubic hair, is lost.
•Traction alopecia: In this condition, alopecia develops along the frontal margins and temporal margins of the scalp due to constant tension on the hair from being tied very tightly.
Diagnosis is finding exclamation point hair on areas of hair loss on the scalp. Hair follicle analysis or biopsy may be done.
Dos and Don’ts
- •Do not change soaps, shampoos, hair oils, frequently.
•Choose a shampoo which suits your hair.
•Have a balanced diet
How does Homoeopathy help in Alopecia
Homoeopathy has a tremendous scope in the treatment of alopecia areata. Hair loss can be effectively controlled using homoeopathic medicines. Homoeopathic medicines control hair fall by stimulating the body’s internal defense mechanisms.
With the right homeopathic medicine the immune response which is altered is corrected so that that body functions in the normal way. This will stimulate the affected hair follicles and as a result regrowth of hair takes place in the bald area. Thus they effectively control hairloss.
However, in bald spots due to scar tissue cannot be treated as it is dead tissue without the hair follicles.
Homoeopathic medicines are completely safe, gentle and effective. They are side-effect free and are not habit-forming. They act very well on adults and children and are not contraindicated during pregnancy. They are to be taken after consulting homoeopathic physician.