Healthy hair has become a sign of a healthy body and mind nowadays as faulty diet and lifestyle along with mental stress have a direct impact on hair health. Hence, hair wellness is important from a cosmetic point of view and also from a general well-being point of view. With varied reasons for hair fall and baldness, alopecia stands out because of its unique features. Let’s look deeper and know more about alopecia and the role of homeopathy in its management. Alopecia also called hair loss is the partial or complete loss of hair from the areas of the body such as the scalp or other body parts where it is generally present. In simple terms, it is a kind of baldness.
The term alopecia is Latin in origin which means baldness.
Types of Alopecia
- Three types of alopecia are commonly found:
- Alopecia areata- in this type of alopecia mainly the hair loss is in patches. The word aereata means hairless in patches.
- Alopecia totalis – in this kind there is the complete loss of hair all over the scalp.
- Alopecia Universalis – consists of the cases where there is the complete loss of hair on the body.
- Androgenetic alopecia male/female
- Traction alopecia
Symptoms experienced in Alopecia
Alopecia affects people of all age groups but it is commonly found in early childhood. This autoimmune condition is not painful and does not cause any kind of disability, indeed this causes profound cosmetic disfigurement which affects one’s personality and may result in awkward feelings in social gatherings.
Some of the symptoms that should be taken care of and maybe the indicative of alopecia are :
- Hair loss in patches
- Coin-sized patches begin at places where earlier hair was present.
- The patches are smooth and the scalp is completely hairless.
- Stay aware if you see clumps of hair on your pillow, towel, or in the shower while washing it.
- Also, keep in mind that it may cover other areas of the body too not just the scalp.
Why Alopecia occurs in healthy individuals:
Alopecia being an autoimmune disease happens because of a faulty immune mechanism. Here, the white blood cells attack their body cells and cluster around the hair roots (hair follicles) which are considered foreign by the WBC’s. This phenomenon leads to mild infection and weakens the hair follicles to loosen their roots and finally, the hair falls off. Other causes may be certain infections, long use of certain medications such as antibiotics, and environmental factors.
How homeopathy helps to cure Alopecia:
Homeopathy being a science of symptoms works wonderfully for the cases of Alopecia. It works on the underlying cause of alopecia and works on it, homeopathy finds the reason and removes it hence the results are long-lasting and permanent with least or no recurrence. This is not just the case homeopathy also works to grow hair on the bald spot more quickly and new hair regrows with the original color and strength.
The other treatment methods such as hormonal therapies don’t work for a long time and do the needful till they are administered but a treatment that works holistically taking care of the mental, physical and emotional well-being will help one to heal holistically in every sphere and aid the body to resume the wellness.
There is a group of very effective homeopathic remedies that can be selected by a trained homeopath after case taking and considering the totality of symptoms (holistic approach). With homeopathic cases taking a small session of counseling is always associated which boosts the person emotionally as the social embarrassment sometimes leads to primary depression or pessimism in people suffering from alopecia.
Some important homeopathic remedies that work effectively to treat alopecia are as follows:
Natrum muriaticum- is a very effective remedy for alopecia. The scalp is generally unhealthy, oily, with several eruptions here and there, especially along the margins and sides. Its strong indication is individuals who are anemic, cachectic females who have loose skin.
Acid fluor- is the best remedy for alopecia where hair fall occurs after fever or other complaints for which hospital administration is required. Hair falls in patches and is weak and brittle. Scalp itch a lot and complaints aggravate from warmth.
Phosphorous- can’t be missed when we talk about alopecia and hair fall. The major symptoms that indicate this remedy are dry scalp with dandruff accompanied with hair loss. Usually, people who are very sensitive to external impressions such as noise, light, odors require phosphorous. Very restless individuals on both the spheres physical and mental.
Other remedies that can be used constitutionally are Acid. phos, Mezereum, Vinca minor, Selenium, Thuja occidentalis etc.
Homeopathy with an integrative approach corrects the deranged autoimmune system of the body to achieve holistic well-being. It is important to keep in mind that only the right dose with constitutional indicated medicine will help to get rid of alopecia, hence no self-medication is suggested for this chronic autoimmune disease in any case.
In today’s scenario, it is very important to be aware of your normal body functions so one can make out if anything goes wrong. Choosing a holistic lifestyle with a proper diet ( clean and green) and including ways to relax your mind to alleviate stress is the only key to the open lock of good health. Stay aware and choose the right mode of treatment especially for a chronic disease where gulping medications that cause side effects for a long time is not a good option. Instead, choose homeopathy and a holistic approach with minimum to no adverse effects and welcome healing.
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