Losing hair is no joke. It can sometimes be a serious sign. Hair loss in certain individuals is suggested to reflect an underlying, or waiting-to-happen, illness. Studies suggest that hair starts thinning five or six weeks before diabetes mellitus is detected. Likewise, hair loss can imply a three-fold increased risk of heart disease, especially in men.
Hair loss is more than what meets the scalp. There are about 40 different types of hair loss. Statistics suggests that approximately 45 million men and 20 million women are affected by the problem. Studies also indicate that there has been a 250% increase in hair loss cases during the last five years — the age-group most affected being 16-25. The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, that worsens with age. Triggers for the condition are hormonal imbalance — dihydrotestosterone (DHT) — body-building steroids, prostatic problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, besides stress-related or emotional issues and scalp disorders. The typical presentation is a receding hairline with 'baldness' on the crown.
There’s no need to push the panic button on your scalp. Hair loss is treatable; also preventable with timely homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy treats hair loss from the root — not just on the surface — safely. It treats the likely cause of the problem, taking into account the individual’s unique nature, temperament, sensitivities and also sensibilities. For example, hair loss in a business executive who is dominant, finds sweets irresistible, but has an extremely poor appetite, because he feels 'full' too quickly, can be effectively treated with Lycopodium Clavatum. Acid Phosphoricum is, likewise, useful in hair loss after prolonged mental or emotional grief. Phosphorus is effective in the 'falling off' of hair in bunches — along with dandruff —while combing.
International clinical studies have corroborated the fact that homeopathic remedies such as Thuja Occidentalis and Sabal Serrulata have the ability to act as natural DHT-inhibitors and, thus, control, stop, or reverse hair loss effectively. There are other, equally useful 'hair-remedying' homeopathic medicines. However, it must be emphasised that the best treatment outcomes can emerge in a clinic consultation with a professional homeopathic physician trained in trichology — the scientific study of hair and scalp.
Article by Dr Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 4 July 2010