Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body.
Alopecia and hair falling have multifaceted etiological factors. It is normal to lose between 50-100 hairs a day, this is part of the hair renewal process. However most people suffer from excessive hair loss at one time in their life. There are many reasons for hair loss. Many of these causes are temporary and a few are permanent. Here are 7 commonly indicated homeopathic remedies for hair fall you can start your treatment with.
These are some of the more common reason for hair fall:
Physical or mental stress can cause temporary hair loss.
Many drugs can also cause hair loss. Here are some drugs which may cause hair loss – Anti cancer drugs, Epilepsy drugs, anti-acne drugs, Lipid-lowering drugs, ACE inhibitors for blood pressure, Drugs for treating gout, Antimalarial.
- Skin disorders
Some disorders of the skin, for example psoriasis, tinea infection, lichen planus on scalp may cause hair loss.
Since hormones both stimulate hair growth and cause hair loss, hormonal changes by far have the biggest impact on hair loss. These can affect both men and women. Men generally have hair loss concentrated in a specific pattern from the front through to the crown. Women tend to have thinning throughout their head without being in any specific pattern. This type of hair loss is caused by the androgen DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone. Since everyone has DHT that is produced by their bodies and only some people suffer from hair loss there has to be another factor involved.
- Child birth
After pregnancy many women experience a loss of hair, this is caused many hair simultaneously entering the resting phase. This condition is caused by the hormonal changes that take place after a woman’s body recovers from her pregnancy.
Hair loss increases likelihood increases with age. By 35, 40% of men have noticeable hair loss, while by 60 65% do. Also elderly hair tends to be more thin and fine giving more of an appearance of hair loss.
After the menopause thinning of the hair is more pronounced, by the age of 50 more than 50% of women have thinning hair.
- Deficiency in Diet
If iron in the body is low then this may cause hair loss also, this is generally more a problem with women. Some people who go on low protein diets, or have severely abnormal eating habits, may develop protein malnutrition. To help save protein the body shifts growing hair into the resting phase. If this happens massive amounts of hair shedding can occur two to three months later. A sign of this is if the hair can be pulled out by the roots fairly easily.
- Thyroid problems
Both an overactive thyroid and an underactive thyroid can cause hair loss.
- Birth control pills
Women who have a genetic predisposition to suffer from Androgenic Alopecia can have it occur at a much younger age by taking birth control pills. The hormonal changes that occur trigger the onset of the Androgenic Alopecia.
- Trichotillomania or Hair Pulling
Some children and less often adults play with their hair by pulling on it or twisting it. This can be part of a behavioral problem. If the behavior is not stopped permanent hair loss can result from the constant stress on the hair.
- Hair Styling Treatments
Many people change the appearance of their hair by using chemical treatments like dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners, relaxers and permanent waves. Hair can become weak and break if any of these chemicals are used too often. Hair can also break if the solution is left on too long.
Here are 7 commonly indicated homeopathic remedies for hair fall described below-
Scalp sensitive, rough, dirty and dry. Scalp itches intolerably. Tinea capitis – Circular patches of bare spots. Scalp covered with dry scales. Severe burning (nocturnal) and itching with dandruff. Scalp very much sensitive, cannot brush hair.
Hair feels sore, falls off easily. Scalp itches when getting warm in bed. Hat pressed upon the head like a heavy weight. Itching on scalp, worse in the evening, when warm in bed. Falling off hair with a general weakened condition.
Alopecia. Caries of the skin. Feels as if burning vapors were emitted from the pores. Itching especially in the orifices and in spots, worse warmth.
Great dryness of hair, falls out. Loose feeling in the head with stinging pain. Patient feels pain in small spot. Worse early morning, after coition, coffee, around 3 o’clock, left, lying on painful side.
Scaldhead (crusty eruptions), yellow colored dandruff. Itching, burning, popular eruptions of eczema on scalp. Ringworm of scalp or beard with abundant scales. Worse in heated room, better in open air.
Severe hairfall. Premature baldness and gray hair. Skin of scalp becomes thick and indurated. Hair becomes prematurely gray. Tendency to psoriasis. Chronic eczema of scalp associated with gastric disorders, bleeds easily.
Dandruff white, scaly. Hair dry and falling out. Eruptions only if head is covered, worse after scratching. Scalp very sensitive to touch. Coldness of one side. Dry scalp with brown spots, sensitive.
Important note: Every case calls for a detailed study of the patient individually. There are no disease-specific medicines in homeopathy. The exact treatment is determined only on “in-depth” evaluation of the individual case. The readers are advised not to indulge in any kind of self-medication.
Of course it’s important to say that you should always consult your physician in case of serious illness or injury.