Alopecia: Cause & Natural Treatments:
Recovering from Alopecia begins with understanding the cause and putting into place Self-help strategies and Natural Treatments. Alopecia is a sudden and generally temporary loss of hair.
Two Stages of Alopecia
There are two stages or types Alopecia areata is a disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can remain unnoticeable. This disease develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. And alopecia universalis this being an advanced form of alopecia areata, where the hair loss is far more extensive, often including eyebrows and eyelashes. The condition affects mainly men, it is known to also affect women and children.
Alopecia an Autoimmune Condition
Although the exact cause of alopecia is unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune condition in which the person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. Often drugs, medication, alcohol, and poor nutrition have played a role in the cause of this disease.
Can Alopecia be cured!
As I have told my clients over the years, no-one can say that a “Disease can be Cured”. Because this is all dependant on how much damage has occurred and to how much compliance the person receiving the treatment brings into play.
The people whom I have treated over the years with this condition and who have achieved success, has been by making positive changes such as decreasing their consumption of alcohol, eliminating processed, packaged foods to include fresh whole foods, fruit, vegetables as nuts. Taking a “Vitamin B” Supplement, Regular exercise and eliminating negative habits such as smoking.
Standard Medical Treatments
Currently several synthetic drugs are being tried such as Corticosteroids, Dithranol, Tretinoin, Minoxidil, Zinc, Systemic Cortisone, other irritants and immune-suppressive drugs, Finasteride, Azelaic acid are also currently being used.
As you can see there is no singular drug therapy being used and many of the above will have interactions that will cause further harm, with no known reports of success.
The problem with using medications such as the synthetic drugs mentioned they are not going to restore hair growth, they will deplete your immune function that will make you more susceptible to ill-health and at risk of other diseases such as cancer. There are also several side effects such as skin sensitivity, redness to the skin and severe itching of the skin.
Complimentary and Natural Treatments
These are the treatments that I have used over the years with great success. However, the success does depend on what I have managed how chronic the condition is, that is has it been long term, the amount of cellular damage and last but not least the effort you put into your recovery process.
How Natural Treatments Benefit
Herbal Remedies are highly effective when it comes to restoration of cellular function and rejuvenation of organs and tissue. What is important for healing is that there is enough healthy cells for restoration so that rejuvenation of organs and tissue is possible. Herbal medicine, nutrition and nutritional supplements fuel the body to assist with restoration and rejuvenation from what is referred to as from an “Extra-cellular level. Homeopathics and Mineral tissue salts which I will include next work within the cells, to help with cellular rejuvenation and in many cases detoxification.
There is no doubt that pharmaceutical drugs have been found to have in many cases serious side effects and no significant benefits when it comes to supporting the body’s healing processes.
It is important when mentioning this that it is still important for quality, efficacy and to know that you are taking the correct medicine for your health problem to consult with a Qualified practitioner and not just to buy over the net without there being any knowledge of you or your condition. Also, not all medicines are created equal and the cheapest is not always the best, neither is the most expensive.
B Vitamins – Help support healthy blood flow, Biotin found in a B Complex is specifically helpful for improving hair growth, combine this with a B12 supplement for additional support. Other vitamins which are often found in a good quality B supplement are – Vitamins C, D, E, Iron and Zinc
Herbs to help with Alopecia
Saw Palmetto – One of the health benefits of Saw Palmetto is to support hair growth
Damiana – helps in supporting and balancing hormone levels therefore may help with restoration of hair growth. Damiana contains constituents that help to support brain and nervous function.
Bacopa – It contains alkaloids that have been found to activate proteins responsible for hair growth.
Gingko Biloba: stimulates blood flow and improves circulation.
Burdock: helps to promotes hair growth by improving blood circulation on the scalp and drawing the necessary nutrients required to foster hair growth to the follicles.
Homeopathics to help with Alopecia
Lycopodium –helps with anxiety and fear
Silicae – helps to strengthen hair follicles for regrowth
Nux Vomica – assists with detoxification of harmful chemicals from the body
Nutrition and Diet
The first step with your daily eating is to begin eliminating processed, deep fried foods and fast foods. Replacing these with food such as freshly made salads, freshly cooked vegetables such as sweet potato, pumpkin, kale, spinach, carrots, fruit such as apples, bananas, berries, nuts such as almonds and walnuts, lean meat, chicken and fish.
When reading about this condition you will see that a diet that will alkalize your system is considered optimal when regaining your health. The reason for this being that when the body is highly acidic it is prone to ill-health and disease, therefore by incorporating a diet that will decrease the acidity and improve the alkalinity of your body will help both prevent and overcome disease.
Keeping it simple most vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds have an alkalizing effect on the body, whilst red meat, baked and processed foods cause an increase in acid in your body. As does habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and soft drink do.
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