Did you know?
Alopecia or hair loss can also occur in other parts of the body.
It can effect the people of all ages.
About hair loss or alopecia
3 types — Alopecia areata, alopecia areata totalis & alopecia areata universalis.
Alopecia areata — Being an auto immune disorder, restoring the full strength of immune system resumes the normal hair production. Though not a life-threatening condition but can be emotionally devastating.
Addressing the root cause & eliminating it can reverse hair loss.
Common in men and women
How common is alopecia in men & women?
Overall, 42% men suffer from alopecia or male pattern baldness.
About 6% of women younger than 50 years of age & 38% of women aged 70 years old suffer from alopecia & 60% experience hair shredding.
What are the causative factors of alopecia?
- Genetics — Androgenetic alopecia
- Stressful conditions
- Hormonal imbalances, like thyroid disease
- Long-term fevers
- Associated commonly with other auto-immune disorders like diabetes
- Post surgical anaesthesia
- Nutritional deficiencies — Protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, folic acid & biotin. Hair follicles contain a protein that stores iron, it is ferritin. Whenever there is iron-deficiency in the body, it can essentially “borrow” ferritin from your hair follicles & other sources for more essential bodily functions, thereby causing lack of ferritin in the hair follicles which affects the hair’s ability to grow. Another cause of hair fragility is low zinc level in the body, weakness & breakage that is often overlooked. Zinc deficiency can affect the hair on your scalp as well as the eyebrows & eyelashes.
- Environmental alterations — Air pollution & colder climates
- Medications like antidepressants, blood thinners (Warfarin), beta-blockers, birth control pills etc., These medicines disrupt the hair cycle & shorten the growing phase of hair causing the hair to go into a resting phase & fall out prematurely.
- Chemical Treatments — Frequent usage of hair dyes, perming, straightening damage the hair shaft & make the hair weak. One good option is using a colour / dye with no ammonia
- Habits — Smoking & Alcohol are known to accelerate hair thinning
- Traction alopecia — Hair loss due to pulling hair into tight hairstyles
- Sleep Disturbances — Disturbed sleep & insomnia trigger hair loss
Bad prognosis — Young age; Atopic; Associated thyroid & any other autoimmune disorder; Ophiasis (hair loss from margins)
Signs & Symptoms
What are the signs & symptoms?
- The first sign of alopecia areata is often a round / oval bald patch on the scalp.
- Alopecia areata can cause a band of hair loss — Some people develop a band / strip of bald skin on their scalp (Ophiasis).
- Widespread hair loss — Widespread hair loss is caused due to Alopecia areata, leaving a person with little hair on the head, & some people lose all the hair on their head.
- Loss of eyelashes — Alopecia areata can cause partial / complete loss of eyelashes, eyebrows, / both.
- Red nails — About 10% to 20% of people who have alopecia areata see changes to their nails, which can include red nails, pits in the nails, ridges that run the length of the nails, / nails that become so rough they feel like sandpaper.
- Brittle nails — People who have a lot of hair loss can develop brittle nails that split.
Rarely causes symptoms:
- Some patients report tingling, itching, / skin burning where the hair will fall out right before the hair loss.
What happens if ignored?
- Alopecia areata may lead to alopecia totalis (complete loss of scalp hair) / alopecia universalis (complete loss of body hair)
- Altered self-image
- Low self-esteem
- Less frequent social engagement
How do homeopathy physician come to know about your hair loss (diagnosis)?
Often, your homeopathy physician will assess your alopecia with the help of a video microscope (hair examination system), which helps to:
- Identify the inflammatory process beneath the hair roots
- To examine scalp damage
- Check the thickness of hair strands & monitor hair growth
Homeopathy is effective in immune-stimulation, in the regulation of acute / chronic inflammatory processes (Source — Department of Scienze Morfologico-Biomediche, University of Verona, Italy).
Homeopathy over Modern-medicine
What are the advantages of homeopathy over modern-medicine for treating alopecia?
Possible side-effects of conventional treatments
Advantages of homeopathy
Anti-hair fall medicine like minoxidil
Hair restoration by platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Vitamins, minerals & supplements
Hair lotions in the markets
Treatment at Drs Homeo International
Assessing root causes & correcting them with constitutional approach
Natural medicines, topical solution & laser treatment
Nutritional guidance to improve well-being
Protein deficiency — Eggs; Chicken; Dairy products; Fatty fish; Nuts & seeds; Beans & lentils; Soybeans etc.,
Vitamins & minerals — Citrus fruits (kiwi, berries, oranges, lemons); Peppers; Broccoli; Sweet potatoes; Brussels sprouts; Avocados etc.,
Iron deficiency — Red meat; Nuts; Beans; Dried fruit; Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale & watercress; Whole grains (barley, brown rice, millets, oats) etc.,
Correcting the underlying deep-rooted cause / associated conditions can reverse hair loss & restore natural hair strength
Low level laser therapy (LLLT):
Intended for men & women with hair thinning / pattern baldness caused by a hereditary condition
Improved quality of life:
Build self confidence
* Treatment plan — Based on your diagnosis, age, extent of hair loss, & your expectations from treatment, our expert doctors will develop a personalised treatment plan. A combination of medical & aesthetic treatments could also be advised for best results.
Why Drs Homeo?
At Drs Homeo, we treat not only the physical complaints, but also target the mind (pyscho-somatic treatment) which gently restores mind-body equilibrium, thus we treat the patient as a whole. We have the best team of in-house experts who are dedicated in help you overcome alopecia & make your dreams come true. We have successfully treated alopecia patients with a cure rate of 95%.
Pie diagram — Cured (95%); No significant change (3%); No change at all (2%)
* Treatment effects & individual results may vary from person to person
Can alopecia be prevented?
Alopecia areata can’t be prevented because its cause is unknown. There are several factors that affect autoimmune disorder. Those include a family history, other autoimmune condition, & even other skin conditions. No one with any of these factors will develop the hair condition. That’s why preventing it isn’t yet possible.