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Treating alopecia with homoeopathy

Alopecia is a disease that is characterized by hair loss on any part of the body. However, alopecia manifests itself differently depending on the physiological characteristics of each individual. Diffuse alopecia mostly affects older people, both men and women, while androgenic alopecia is caused by an important level of male hormones in the blood leading to a hair growth deficiency. It affects women that are in the menopause phase, when their body doesn’t produce as many female hormones. The most common form of alopecia is circumscribed baldness which can be hereditary or due to other factors.

It can appear at any time, even among children. If it is not caused by a thyroid gland deficiency, anaemia or a lupus, it can result from an autoimmune disorder. Infections such as mycosis can also lead to scarring alopecia due to the fungi.

Symptoms of alopecia

The most frequent symptom of alopecia is the loss of hair volume on the head, especially in the case of androgenic alopecia. In cases of circumscribed baldness, the hair loss is sudden and leaves small bare circular spots on the scalp. Besides hair loss, another sign is the nails’ abnormal aspect.

The different manifestations

Besides the hair loss, some patients, men in particular, also experience a loss of libido which can be treated with homoeopathic remedies. In that case, the treatment will need to contain Selenium Metallicum. Circumscribed baldness is a form of alopecia that is characterized by brittle hair that is dry at the tips. If hair falls off while brushing, there is no doubt that the patient is suffering from circumscribed baldness. For this type of alopecia, it is recommended to resort to a treatment with Fluoricum acidum. Phosphorus will only be prescribed if the alopecia has spread rapidly. Regarding Baryta carbonica, it is recommended for treating circumscribed baldness that leads to premature baldness. Sometimes, alopecia may cause hair to fall but the scalp may have excess sebum at the root level. If the alopecia entails this excessive seborrhoea secretion, the ideal homoeopathic remedy is Bryonia Alba. Thuya occidentalis also helps cure alopecia and seborrhoea, but its use will only be recommended if the patient loses eyebrow hair near the temple. When it is determined that alopecia stems from a relatively long and hard-to-cure disease, Arsenicum Album is the most recommended homoeopathic remedy one can use. However, if the disease’s origin is due to an infection, it is advisable to resort to Silicea. Finally, take Lycopodium Clavatum in case the disease is caused by a digestive disorder.

Causes of alopecia

The loss of hair particularly affects women a few days after giving birth or after having stopped breast-feeding. To stop this alopecia, mothers can take a homoeopathic remedy called Sepia Officinalis. Alopecia can be followed by a period of asthenia during which the patient notices that all or a portion of his or her hair has turned white. Otherwise, the hair can massively fall off instead of turning white. Alopecia can sometimes occur after the patient has been exposed to a traumatic event. Indeed, it may result from mourning, a separation or a job loss. In this case, the patient will need to take Arnica Montana or Natrum Muriaticum since reactional alopecia has a tendency to manifest itself only a while after the traumatic experience has occured. This homoeopathic remedy acts as both a preventive and curative measure.

Recommended dosage

To treat most cases of alopecia, it is advisable to take 3 grnules of Thallium Sulfuricum 4CH, 7CH or 9 CH daily during the treatment. Prescribing other homoeopathic remedies will depend on the cause of the hair loss. Among the most widely used remedies, one can find Eberthinum 15 CH. The doctor can also advise you to take a dose of Paratyphoidinium B15 CH each week over a period of 2 months. Taking 5 granules of Phosphoricum acidum 15 CH daily is only recommended when the patient’s alopecia is due to fatigue. If , however, the patient is subjected to overwork, he or she will be advised to take 5 granules of Selenium metallicum 9 CH a day.

When should you consult a doctor?

Before taking any kind of homoeopathic treatment, it is strongly advised to consult a doctor. That being said, any unusual and significant loss of hair during washing or brushing should immediately lead to a medical consultation.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “alopecia”

Associated treatments

•    Eberthinum
•    Parathypoidinum
•    Phosphoricum Acidum
•    Selenium Metallicum
•    Thallium Metallicum

Associated pathologies

•    Asthenia
•    Pregnancy

 Good to know: Aloe vera is very effective for treating cases of alopecia. However, be very careful when using this remedy since it is quite repellent, abortifacient and laxative.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.