Alopecia is a sudden and generally temporary loss of hair. 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’s known to also affect women and children.
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.
As I have said to my clients, who have had success with changing lifestyle habits, implementing fresh food diets and including herbal, homeopathic and nutritional supplementation for the period of time necessary for the body to heal.
Standard Medical Treatments
Currently a number of 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 a number of 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.
Why Natural Remedies:
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
Nat Mur: For the correct distribution of fluid in the cells. For deep emotions, grief and depression. Swollen extremities, water retention. Runny nose, watery eyes, hay fever and mucous membrane symptoms also improve with Nat Mur and in conjunction with Nat Sulph due to the detoxification support
Nat Sulph: in conjunction with Nat Mur, it is nature’s diuretic. A toxin cleanser and liver decongestant. Therefore helping to improve cellular function and restoration due to the detoxification within each cell.
Julie’s Just for You Stimulating Scalp Tonic
I have formulated this tonic that people have found helpful including Rosemary oil increases peripheral circulation & brings nutrients & oxygen to the tiny blood vessels where hair follicles are located. Other essential oils include – Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cinnamon, Lime and Ginger.
Apply a teaspoon full into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together, then massage into your scalp. Using circular movements. This is to be done just before bedtime, as this is when the majority of your hair growth occurs. Whilst you are asleep. Shampoo and Condition hair in the morning
As with any disease or health problem the next step is what you can do to get well.
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.
A Weekly Alkalizing Sample Menu:
First thing in the morning have one lemon squeezed in warm water, then:
#Mixed Berry Smoothie – ½ – 1 cup of berries, 1/2 cup Kale, 1 banana, rind of one lemon (full of bioflavonoids antioxidant properties), ½ – 1 cup of Paris Creek or Greek yoghurt
Other fruit can include: rock melon, pineapple, apple or banana, you can include a tablespoon of LSA for extra fibre
½ cup of Almond milk
A Refreshing inclusion can be fresh mint
Or Poached Eggs or Scrambled Eggs: with 1/2 – 1 cup of Spinach, 1 tomato, 1/2 cup mushrooms and some sliced onion on either spelt or gluten free bread
#Roast Vegies or Salad & Protein
Stir fry some of your favourite vegetables—such as chopped Spanish onion, pumpkin cook your pumpkin longer than any of your greens, broccoli, zucchini these only need to be heated through,—drizzled with a good quality olive oil; make some whole meal couscous Combine these with a small tin of chickpeas and a handful of pine nuts.
In addition to the vegies, this meal gives you a serve of Complex carbs, these are your healthy carbs: such as whole grains, vegetables and nuts, a serve of protein and a serve of ‘good’ fats. Avoid Refined Carbohydrates these are the dangerous carbs that you are not meant to eat.
Changes to your lunch may include a fresh dark leafy green salad with some chicken cooked the night before, or some salmon or other fish, other beans that are delicious are butter beans
Preparing your lunch the night before I have found to be the easiest, by say cooking some extra food at tea time. Sometimes I cook up enough Couscous for the week and just add different things to eat. As alternatives I also have wild rice, quinoa and brown rice.
# One serve of protein (portion size of protein-size of the palm of your hand) Non vegetarian choices includes: a portion of lean red meat: duck, kangaroo, pork, scallops, squid, turkey, veal, muscles, oysters, fish, or lean chicken breast. Vegetarian suggestions are 1 cup of Quinoa or Buckwheat, Goats curd, 2 tablespoons Chia, 1/2 cup of firm tofu
Serving these with at least four vegetables such as sweet potato, cauliflower, pumpkin, broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, peas, cabbage etc.
Snacks during the day: can include non-sweetened yogurt with fruit, 1 handful of roasted almonds you can include pumpkin and or sesame seeds. If you haven’t had a smoothie for breakfast then you may like to have an apple, banana or some other fruit during the day. Fruit is great to have between meals as this is better for your digestion.
Last thing at night either have a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar or Swedish bitters or a teaspoon of Bi Carb in a glass of tepid water prior to bed.
Eliminate any Negative Habits such as Smoking, Excessive Drinking of Alcohol, Drugs and minimize any prescribe medication also to check out the side effects of these. Apart from the harm they do to your body, they also deplete your body of vital nutrients.
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It is a strength, not a weakness to seek support through these changes. Seeking Professional support to guide and keep you on track with these significant changes is what will help you to sustain these changes for the rest of your life.
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