As we are gradually moving into autumn and soon the colder winter months, this is the time of year when we may notice extra hair fall in our shower and bathroom floor. It is good to give a little extra TLC to our mane and scalp.
Besides good hair care, diet and lifestyle, homeopathy can be another way we can address some of the underlying causes of hair loss.
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine whose purpose is to trigger the natural healing responses in the body. And in the case of hair loss, it offers quite a few options for treating this condition at the source.
Depending on the cause of the problem a trained homeopath would be able to evaluate the root causes and discover a suitable homeopathic remedy to address the symptoms of hair loss.
SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES FOR HAIR LOSS
Stress, both physical and emotional, has been linked to hair loss. Physical stress in the form of an injury or an accident triggers a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium.
Excessive Intake Of Vitamin A
A study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that consuming too much vitamin A is linked to increased hair loss (1).
Pregnancy is an example of hair loss caused due to physical stress. Post delivery hair loss is very common in women.
It is common for women to bald if they have a history of female balding in their family. This is the female version of male pattern baldness.
Lack Of Protein
Hair is made up of protein. Hence, when you don’t consume enough protein, hair growth is curbed.
Iron deficiency anemia leads to hair loss.
Changes in the hormones, starting or going off birth-control pills, and conditions such as PCOS have all been linked to hair fall.
Vitamin B Deficiency
The consumption of B vitamins is crucial when it comes to maintaining the health of your hair. A lack of these vitamins leads to hair loss.
When the thyroid fails to produce certain hormones, it directly affects the health of your hair, resulting in hair loss.
This is an immune system disorder where hair is mistaken for a foreign object and is attacked.
Dramatic weight loss
Dramatic weight loss is often accompanied by the loss of nutrients. Your hair needs proper nourishment for growth. When it isn’t nourished, the resulting hair loss is inevitable.
Hair loss is a common symptom of aging. Less that 45% of women reach the age of 80 with a head full of hair.
THE HAIR CYCLE
Anagen — At any given time, approximately 90 per cent of hair on the head is in the anagen phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. During this phase, the growth cells in the papilla (a small projection of tissue at the base of the hair) rapidly divide, producing the hair shaft which becomes keratinized as it pushes up and out of the hair follicle into the pore. At the same time, the hair follicle grows down into the deeper levels of the dermis (skin) to get nourishment.
Catagen — After Anagen, the hair enters into the Catagen or transition phase, which lasts about two to four weeks. The lower part breaks apart, the dermal papilla breaks away, the bulb detaches from the blood supply, and the hair shaft is pushed up as the hair follicle finally disintegrates. In a normal cycle, only one to three per cent of hair is in this phase at any given time.
Telogen — The third phase is the Telogen or resting phase. Most of the hairs we lose when combing or shampooing are in this phase.
Hair loss occurs when the growth cycle of the follicle is disrupted – triggered by genetic predisposition coupled with physical or emotional trauma. Eventually, the hair falls out and does not grow back.
You may have heard the expression, “homeopathy treats the person, not the disease.” In fact, ten cases of Alopecia areata are likely to require ten different homeopathic remedies.
In homeopathy, the vital force, which is also known as the healing power of the body, is the force of energy responsible for the healthy functioning of the body, coordinating its defences against disease. Illness results when this force is disturbed by stress, poor diet, hormonal changes, illness, hereditary problems, or environmental toxins.
The symptoms of illness, including hair loss, are the outward manifestation of the vital force’s attempt to redress imbalances and restore order. It is the homeopath’s task to administer a remedy, a potent form of energy, to help restore the efficiency of the organism so that it may regain its health.