alopecia

Treat Alopecia Naturally

There are five main types of alopecia: androgenetic or pattern baldness, cicatricial or scarring alopecia, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium or stress baldness, and traction alopecia caused by hairstyles that are too tight. The treatment for androgenetic, areata, effluvium, and traction types of alopecia are very similar. Pattern baldness is the result of hereditary factors which determine what age you’ll begin to go bald, the pattern in which you will go bald, the speed and the extent to which you will lose hair. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune related baldness. Telogen effluvium is caused by high stress situations such as extreme weight loss, very high fever, death of a family member, serious surgery or poor diet. Traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles or excessive hairstyling – avoid these and you can avoid this form of alopecia. While in most cases hair loss occurs only on the scalp, certain types of alopecia can affect hair all over the body. In fact alopecia universalis means that your body has been rendered completely hairless!  Hair loss can be dramatically devastating. It will affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it as many people suddenly learn that much of their self-esteem is wrapped up in their hair! Individuals of any gender and any age can suffer from alopecia. 

The treatment for alopecia often simple but can take a long-term commitment. Most of the alopecia treatments require a minimum of a few weeks before you will begin to truly see results!

How do I prevent Alopecia?

  • Air dry your hair whenever possible.
  • Avoid tight hairstyles that put unnecessary pressure on the follicles.
  • Reduce stress, both emotional and physical.
  • Maintain a well balanced diet.

What are the symptoms of  Alopecia?

  • All over baldness
  • Loss of hair at the front, sides or crown
  • Hair loss and scarring
  • Small, round bald spots
  • Sudden loss of hair

How Do I get rid of  Alopecia?

  • Improve your intake of omega-3 fatty acids from foods like salmon or flaxseed.
  • Hypnosis, psychotherapy, and guided image therapy can help with auto-immune related alopecia.
  • GLA or gamma-linolenic acid, found in evening primrose oil and black currant oil, can help encourage hair growth.
  • Saw palmetto can help to restore hair growth in men.
  • Try phototherapy to help stimulate hair growth and improve the appearance of thinning hair.
  • Massage thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood essential oils together in jojoba or grapeseed oil and massage into the scalp daily.
  • Try rubbing onion juice into the bald patches, it has been shown to show some improvement in hair loss.
  • Increase your intake of vitamins such as Zinc, fatty acids such as omega-3 fatty acids, and biotin. Eat lots of citrus, fish, tomatoes and others with these essential nutrients.
  • Avoid foods with casein milk protein as this can aggravate auto-immune diseases and increase hair loss from alopcia areata.
  • Indian gooseberry can be used internally or externally as a paste or oil. It is full of vitamin C and essential fatty acids which help to revitalize hair follicles and stimulate growth.
  • Hibiscus flower paste can be applied twice daily to bald patches for two weeks to stimulate hair growth.
  • Apply iodine to affected patches of hair to help stimulate the immune response which, in turn, will stimulate hair growth.
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