If you’re reading this blog, you are either looking for information on Alopecia Totalis (total hair loss on head/body), or you have been diagnosed with it. In either case, you are on the right page. We give you complete as well as authentic information on this disorder. Complete because you get to know everything right from the causes to the best treatment available for Alopecia Totalis (AT) and authentic because it comes from an institution with an experience of treating over 7 lakh hair-loss patients with 94% patient satisfaction rate.
You don't realize how much your hair makes you until it all falls out. The loss of hair can be extremely frightening for the affected individual and family, as the condition can lead to complete loss of confidence. This often affects the individual’s personal life, career or studies. In children, it can often be intense and emotionally devastating. Some children tend to isolate themselves from their family, friends and others, or appear withdrawn, shy, and reserved.
Fifteen-year-old Arshiya came to our clinic for treatment of AT. She said it all started with bald patches [alopecia areata] that had turned to complete baldness since a year. Because of the fear of being ridiculed and laughed at in public, Arshiya never stepped out of her house without a scarf covering her head. She cried several times while narrating her experience to us, as she had lost her self-confidence and was unable to lead a normal social life. Her parents were extremely troubled because her low self-confidence — for an otherwise bright girl — affected her studies as well.
The cause of AT is unknown, but it's thought to be an autoimmune disorder, where your immune system attacks your own body cells. It is a form of alopecia areata. Although not very strong, the genetic factor is also associated with AT. This means that some children whose parents have had alopecia areata or are suffering from it may have a predisposition towards developing the disorder later in life.
Although we have not yet found a direct link between stress and alopecia, stress is known to aggravate immune (defence) system-related disorders. This is the reason why some people suddenly lose their hair a few weeks or months after a traumatic experience. However, the good part is that as the hair follicle is not destroyed, the chances of hair growing back are always there. With proper diagnosis, most cases of hair loss can be treated successfully with homeopathy.
In case of Arshiya that we discussed above, we prescribed her homeopathic remedy, Calcarea Phosphoricum 200C. We thought of the remedy, primarily because of Arshiya’s feelings of great diffidence with regard to her health and social concerns. She appeared depressed and weary, at the physical and emotional level — a feeling that led her to feel restless and tentative. This was followed by Fluoric Acid 30C. Within a year-and-a-half of homeopathic treatment for hair loss and regular follow-ups, Arshiya regained her hair — something she had earlier thought was a ‘lost cause.’
Her case demonstrates that homeopathy works effectively in cases of alopecia totalis, leading to return of ‘lost’ hair. Today, Arshiya leads a happy social life. She has also regained her self-confidence and is doing well in her studies.
Why and how does homeopathic treatment for hair loss works? Research has shown that homeopathic medicines for hair loss offer excellent relief for disorders that are triggered by an abnormal immune response of the body. These medications are good for enhancing the immunity, thereby preventing the immune system from attacking the hair follicles.
The most common treatment of alopecia areata in conventional medicine is local, steroid injections with/without oral steroids. However, studies indicate that the relapse rate of patchy hair loss after steroids — not to speak of the side effects — is as high as 50%, as compared to a rate of just 9.1% after homeopathic treatment for hair loss. It is also imperative for triggers, such as thyroid disorders, to be controlled for tangible results to emerge.
Homeopathic medicines for hair loss also promote re-growth of hair, and control the progress and spread of bald spots to other regions. Homeopathic treatment for hair loss is an excellent solution for hair problems related to the mind, such as stress-related patchy hair loss as well as the later stages like total hair loss.
A study conducted in Scotland revealed that 90% patients with patchy hair loss opted for homeopathic treatment for hair loss as their first choice of treatment. Not only do homeopathic remedies reduce hair loss, they also protect the body from harmful effects, which are common with conventional drugs used for hair loss.
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