Jan 18, 2010

Patient distressed due to patchy hair loss (alopecia areata) seeks homeopathic treatment.

Hair loss in patches (alopecia areata) had distressed 30-year-old Ramesh (name changed) for seven years and he never got complete respite from this. He had lost almost all his hair within a span of five months initially - however there was spontaneous regrowth of the hair to some extent later. Since the last two years, he had started to develop new alopecia patches on the scalp again. Troubled by dandruff and itching in addition to alopecia areata, he sought ayurvedic treatment, which didn't help him much. He had also taken steroidal injections in the past for the alopecia but to no avail. Finally, he decided to opt for homeopathy treatment at Dr Batra's.

Along with alopecia areata, Ramesh also had bronchial asthma, which had troubled him since childhood. Since the last few years, the frequency of asthma attacks had come down. Yet, he had to take a steroidal inhaler every alternate day. On the family front, his mother and brother suffered from asthma and besides this, there was no history of any other major illness in the family.

In general, Ramesh’s appetite was normal; he had a great liking for spicy food and was averse to sour food. His perspiration would be profuse and offensive. His sleep was sound and bowel movements were normal.

Ramesh was working as a software engineer in a private firm and was staying in a joint family. He was short tempered; he would get angry soon and retaliate immediately. He did not share a very pleasant relationship with his wife and there were many problems on this front. He had a tendency to brood over past incidents and would cry on remembering them. Being an ambitious person, he wanted to grow fast in life and, hence, he shifted to the marketing line but was faced with still more stress here. Thus, there was a lot of stress at a personal as well as professional level.

On the basis of these details, he was prescribed his constitutional medicine by the consultant at Dr Batra's. Within two months of treatment, his alopecia areata started improving very well and was almost 50% better. By the end of four months of homeopathic treatment, the regrowth of hair on the alopecia areata patches was almost complete. His hair loss had also reduced to about 30 strands per day, which was well within normal limits. Dandruff and itching on the scalp became considerably less after treatment.

Being a holistic medicine, homeopathy also brought down his attacks of bronchial asthma. He would now require inhalers only once in couple of months unlike every alternate day like before.

     

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