Alopecia refers to hair loss from any part of the body for any reason. Several types of Alopecias are there, but main types are
- Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches)
- Alopecia totalis (lose all hair on the scalp)
- Alopecia universalis (lose all hair on the body)
Causative factors for Alopecia:
Alopecia areata is thought to be an autoimmune disease. The immune system makes white blood cells (lymphocytes) and antibodies to protect against foreign objects such as bacteria, viruses, and other germs. In autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part or parts of the body as foreign. In people with alopecia areata, many white blood cells gather around the affected hair roots (hair follicles) which are mistaken as foreign. This causes some mild inflammation which leads in some way to hairs becoming weak and falling out to cause the bald patches. Possible triggers include: viruses, infection, long use of antibiotics or other environmental factors.
Patchy hair loss: The problem often begins with 1 or more coin-sized, round, smooth, bare patches where hair once was. You may first notice the problem when you see clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower. Hair loss occurs mostly on the scalp. But it can involve eyebrows, eyelashes, beards also. Patches vary in size.
How is Alopecia Areata diagnosed?
The characteristic finding of alopecia areata is a well-circumscribed area or areas of normal hairless skin in an area of normal hair growth. Occasionally, it may be necessary to biopsy the scalp to support the diagnosis. Other findings that may be helpful are the appearance of short hairs that presumably represent fractured hairs, yellow areas of skin deposition at the follicular orifice, short thin hairs, and grey hair all present in a bald area. Other causes of hair loss are generally excluded from the consideration by history and clinical evaluation.
How Homoeopathy helps to cure Alopecia?
Homeopathy works wonderfully for all the cases of alopecia areata. Homeopathy does not work if there is scarring on the affected areas. Homeopathy addresses underlying autoimmune disease process while treating Alopecia Areata so the results are long lasting and of course, the treatment is free from any adverse effects. Homeo medicines treatment can help the hair re-grow more quickly. When hair re-grows, it can be white or fine at first. A person’s own hair color and texture often return later. Usually women after child birth or during approach of menopause time massive hair fall result from hormonal changes. Any hormonal treatment in those cases will not give the satisfactory results. But well selected homeopathy medicines in this case not only cure the hair loss problem but also be helpful to cure all other associated problems.
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic medicines
- Acid Flour: Acid Flour is one of the best remedy for alopecia. Falling of hair after fever, Hairs are brittle and rough, hair falling in patches, Itching of the scalp worse from warmth.
- Sulphur: Sulphur is a chief remedy for alopecia. Scalp is dry unhealthy due to tinea capitis. Pustular eruptions on the scalp. Hair fall worse after washing. There is also itching and scratching of the scalp causes burning. Scalp is sweaty.
- Natrum Muriaticum: Natrum Muriaticum is an another best remedies for alopecia greasy, oily, unhealthy scalpdry eruptions especially on margins of hairy scalp. Natrum muriaticum is frequently prescribed in cases of hairloss especially in anaemic females.
- Phosphorus: It is best remedy for Alopecia. Symptom is hair falling with dry scaly dandruff on the scalp with intense itching. Usually phosphorus patients are highly sensitive to external impressions such as light, sound, odors, touch and thunderstorms. Also they are very restless and excitable. Phosphorus predominantly acts on the gastrointestinal tract, hepato-biliary system, blood, kidneys, bones, lungs, nervous tissue etc.
- Other medicines: Acid.phos, Graphitis, Mezerium, Psorinum, Selenium, Thuja, Vincaminor.