Treat Hair Loss With Homeopathic Treatment
"An Experimental Investigation into the Effects of Bad Hair," published in 2000 by Yale University states that a bad hair day truly affects an individual, and surprisingly, having a bad hair day affects men more than women. It is important to note that one does not feel sad because they are having a bad hair day, they feel sad because they are anxious about how others would perceive them. If something as menial as a bad hair day can affect someone, imagine the extent to which hair loss affects an individual.
Hair does not have any significant biological function but it plays a huge role in how we perceive ourselves. No one likes hair that looks unhealthy so we try everything from flax seeds to fermented rice, apple cider vinegar to onions to curb hair loss. While all of these remedies work to some extent, hair fall occurs due to an underlying cause in most cases. If your hair fall is excessive and persistent, it's time to visit a professional homeopath.
Did you know there are over 100 kinds of Hair loss and 40 underlying causes that trigger hair fall? Conventional treatments provide only two medications to treat Alopecia (Hair Loss). Besides, a person acquiring conventional treatment could experience side effects like headache, insomnia, itching, dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and respiratory infections. Whereas, Homeopathy provides safe, effective, and bespoke treatments that can cater to your unique symptoms and types of hair loss.
Hair loss is of many kinds and homeopathy considers all the causes of hair loss during the treatment. In this blog, we will discuss what is hair loss, the types of hair loss, the cause of hair fall in men, the reason for hair fall in women, and the homeopathy treatment for hair regrowth.
What is Hair Loss?
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), every individual loses about 100 strands of hair every day and this is completely normal. To understand hair loss, we will first discuss the phases of hair growth.
Hair grows in three distinct stages, the first one is the Anagen Phase, during this stage the hair is in its active form. The hair follicles are active and the cells spread rapidly from the hair follicles to the scalp resulting in substantial hair growth. The second phase is the Catagen Phase (Regression Stage), in this stage, the hair follicles shrink and the hair growth reduces. The last stage is the Telogen Phase, during this stage the hair growth stops and the hair completely rests. When hair falls out, it is replaced with new hair; however, if this does not occur, one begins to lose more hair than the normal 100 strands each day. Let's discuss the types of hair loss to get a better understanding.
Types of hair loss?
To understand the causes of hair loss, it is important to first know the types of hair loss. The following are the 3 most common types of hair loss.
Androgenic Alopecia: The term ‘Androgenic’ itself implies that the condition is genetic and the term Alopecia refers to ‘Hair loss’. Several hormones play a major role in stimulating hair growth. One of them is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The hormone Androgen constitutes hair growth and is a Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When this hormone attacks the hair follicles, the hair begins to fall out. Men have a comparatively higher level of testosterone than females hence, they are more prone to suffering from Androgenic Alopecia than women.
However, even though men are prone to androgenic alopecia, it can occur in women too.
There are two types of Androgenic Alopecia and they are as follows:
- Male pattern hair loss
- Female pattern hair loss.
MALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS:
The occurrence of hair loss in men can take a toll on their self-esteem and confidence. It is important to tend to it before the condition worsens. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology (NCBI), a familial history of hair loss accounts for around 80% of occurrences of male hair loss. This means that if you have a relative who suffers from Male Pattern Hair loss then you are prone to suffering from the same as the condition is inherited.
The presenting symptoms of Male Pattern Hair loss are as follows:
- Receding hairlines on the temples, especially forming an ‘M’ pattern.
- A bald patch on the top of the scalp.
- Hair thinning
- Partial baldness leads to complete baldness.
- Excessive hair fall
There could be many underlying causes of hair loss in men but the most common ones are as follows:
- Hormonal changes.
- Smoking or consumption of alcohol.
- Helmet usage.
- Hair treatment.
- Radiation therapy.
- Unbalanced diet and nutrition.
The cause of hair loss in men may vary from individual to individual but they fall under the same categories listed above.
FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS:
Female Pattern Hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in women. Hair loss affects nearly 21 million women, according to a survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Hair loss in women can affect an individual’s self-esteem and can lead to isolation and embarrassment. To avoid this, it is necessary to study the exact symptoms and causes of hair loss in women.
SYMPTOMS OF HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN:
- Hair thinning at the crown
- Reduction in the hair density
- Hair partition growing wider due to hair fall.
- A “CHRISTMAS TREE” pattern where the sides of the partition and the top portion of the head show significant thinning.
CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN:
- Menarche (occurrence of the first menstrual period)
- Delivery (childbirth)
- Menopause (menstruation pauses in this period)
- Nutritional deficiency
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Crash dieting (skipping meals etc)
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Anemia (low hemoglobin)
All of these causes can trigger hair loss in women.
HAIR LOSS INDUCED BY STRESS:
Meeting deadlines, paying bills, working in a fast-paced work environment, losing a loved one, adjusting to a new town, chronic illnesses, pregnancy, etc can induce stress in an individual. When these stressors are not dealt with, they can lead to severe medical conditions. One such condition is hair loss. Telogen Effluvium is a hair loss type that occurs due to stress.
WHAT IS TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM?
Every individual loses 80-100 strands of hair every day and this is considered normal. Telogen Effluvium is the condition where, after a stressful event you start losing hair more than the normal range of 100 strands per day. In this condition, the hair enters the ‘Telogen Stage’ also known as the resting phase. The hair follicles rest and the hair re-growth stops. One starts losing a substantial amount of hair in a short period. However, the good news is that this hair loss is reversible in under 6-8 months with the help of individualized homeopathy treatment.
HAIR LOSS IN PATCHES:
We frequently identify beauty with our outward appearance and how others would perceive us if our physical appearance is not up to the mark. People suffering from hair loss often isolate themselves or avoid social gatherings due to embarrassment. According to the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) over 156 million people suffer from hair loss in patches. Hair loss in patches is termed Alopecia Areata.
WHAT IS ALOPECIA AREATA?
Remember the William Smith-Chris Rock slap scenario that got the whole world talking? Chris Rock made a lighthearted remark regarding Jada Pinkett Smith’s condition. Jada Pinkett Smith, while the most popular celebrity to open up about Alopecia Areata, isn't the only one to suffer from it. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, around 147 million suffer from Alopecia Areata or will develop the condition at some point in their life.
Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune condition where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles resulting in hair breakage. The hair falls out of the skin in patches, the hair fall usually occurs on the scalp, eyebrows, forehead, and other parts of the body. The patches grow wider, connect and then become visible. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), around 2% of the population suffers from Alopecia Areata at least once in their lifetime. Alopecia Areata is treatable, but it can re-occur in the case of significant hair loss.
There are two types of Alopecia Areata (AA)
- ALOPECIA TOTALIS- alopecia that affects the scalp.
- ALOPECIA UNIVERSALIS- alopecia affects the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard.
The presenting symptoms of Alopecia Areata are as follows:
Bald patches on the head, typically in the shape of a coin; eyebrow and eyelash hair loss, pitted nails and toenails (rare), tingling and itchy sensation.
Alopecia Areata could be a manifestation of concurrent diseases like depression, thyroid, diabetes 1, and rheumatoid arthritis. Hence, it is advisable to acquire medical guidance if the condition persists.
If you would like to know the current condition of your hair, you can take a self- Hair Evaluation Test.
SELF-HELP TIPS TO CURB HAIR LOSS:
- Always let your hair dry naturally.
- Avoid excess use of styling equipment like a hairdryer, straightener, or curler as the heat can damage the hair shaft.
- Wash your hair frequently or choose a frequency that suits your hair type.
- If you have greasy hair wash it 4-5 times a week, if you have dry hair then wash it twice or thrice a week as excessive washing can strip the hair of its natural moisture.
- Invest in a good conditioner as it acts as it temporarily builds protein on the hair shaft and locks in moisture.
- Oil your hair at least 30 minutes before a hair wash.
- Indulge in a hair massage at least twice a week.
- Apply hair masks that suit your hair. Flaxseed masks, egg, and curd masks are good for the scalp.
- If you are prone to dandruff then invest in a mild anti-dandruff shampoo.
- Haircare is all about trial and error, dont be surprised if a hair product doesn’t work for you as it did for someone else.
INDULGE IN A GOOD DIET
Achieving the perfect shape that helps you fit into your favorite pants is a dream for many. But make sure you don’t fall short of the nutrients you need in your diet while attaining this dream. Many people neglect a good diet and then complain about unhealthy hair. Your hair is made of fiber and it needs nutrition to feed the hair follicles for hair regrowth.
Here’s a list of food items that can help curb hair loss:
- Lean meat; Pulses like whole Moong Dal, Rajma, Chickpeas (kabuli channa), Soyabean; Nuts, Grains, Soy, Fish, Eggs, and Dairy products. They stimulate hair growth and the amino acids present in them can enhance the hair texture.
- Eggs- Eggs consist of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and biotin. Zinc ensures the proper function of the oil glands situated near the hair follicles.
- Spinach- Spinach consists of iron, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. These supplement nutrients to the hair follicles and make them strong.
- Orange and yellow colored fruits and vegetables like orange, sweet lime, papaya, and mango; green leafy vegetables like spinach, methi leaves, also drumsticks. These food items prevent dry scalp by producing enough sebum to maintain the hair’s moisture.
Please note that hair loss can be curbed if the nutritional deficiency is managed with a good diet. However, not all food items are suitable for everyone and the nutritional needs differ from person to person. The food items mentioned above should be consumed in moderation or as per your dietary needs.
HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS
Homeopathy follows a holistic approach to treatment, this means that it considers the physical and psychological state of the patient suffering from a condition. Hair loss takes a toll on a person’s psychological well-being and to curb it, homeopathy provides effective treatment for hair loss.
What research says about homeopathy:
An 11-year-old boy who received individualized homeopathic treatment for Alopecia Areata for three years showed significant signs of improvement. There was no recurrence of the condition following the treatment. This case report was published in the International Journal of Homoeopathic Sciences and documented in a Dermatology clinic at the Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh.
Conventional hair loss treatments have severe negative effects and may increase the reoccurrence of hair loss. Homeopathy hair loss treatment eliminates the recurrence of hair loss by treating the underlying cause. According to a study conducted by Researchgate, 87% of people prefer homeopathy treatment over other conventional treatments as homeopathy is safe and does not have any side effects. Another research conducted by World Health Organisation (WHO), states that homeopathy is the fastest and second-largest growing system of medicine.
Homeopathy medicines are derived from natural ingredients that do not suppress the condition but provide effective long-lasting treatment. According to a study released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the homeopathic medicine thuja promotes hair re-growth. There are many such remedies for different types of hair loss, it is advisable to visit your nearest Dr. Batra’s clinic for individualized treatment or book an appointment here.
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If you are tired of dealing with hair loss, we are here to help you with the right treatment.