Alopecia
9 Case Studies
6 Research

Around the world over thousands of years, patients have received root-cause holistic treatment for their diseases with personalized treatment, diet and lifestyle modification recommendations. Read the inspiring true stories of practitioners who heal people and who recovered from their problems after Alopecia treatment at their clinics. Many have been generous to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit from their problems after Alopecia treatment at their clinics. Many have been generous to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of other holistic experts and patients alike. Many practitioners share their Case Studies and the healing powers of Alopecia and related therapies as they heal people who benefited from our expertise.

June 2020

Indicated Remedy- Natrum mur


Follow up

She reported for follow ups at regular 1 month intervals.

She showed significant progressive improvement in Alopecia.

Generals are much better.

Patient smiles more and on the 4th follow up came with her head uncovered.


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June 2020

After examining her symptoms, we prescribed Silicea as Homeopathic remedy.

Follow up

After 1 month – Alopecia patches SQ but stopped increasing in size. No

new spots.

2nd follow up – Mother noticed Alopecia patches had slowly started

regressing. Hair density started to improve. Generally better. O/E - new hair

follicles seen in few alopecia patches.

3rd follow up - Alopecia patches SQ. No further improvement. Speech

– SQ.

4th follow up- Significant improvement in Alopecia patches. Area

regressing in size. Her speech was improved as she could speak complete sentences now as well as she started to  communicate with other kids in school.

Homeopathic Remedy:

Silicea


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June 2020

Based on the above rubrics the most obvious remedy was Natrum muriaticum. Administered in 30C potency BD for 1 week followed by SL.

As it was a case of advanced and chronic pathology she was asked to report for detailed case taking after one month of treatment.


First follow up:

The patient is reporting little growth of hair on the patches. She seems more positive now and feels Homoeopathy may help her.

On detailed case taking, the patient stated that her complaints began after the death of her family members. Her father-in-law suddenly died of a stroke while her mother-in-law passed away due to cardiac arrest. The patient experienced shock and took a long time to get over the loss. She has been suffering from continuous hair loss, first on the vertex, and then the whole scalp since then and is practically bald now.




Medical History:


Past History: The patient is mildly anemic, non-diabetic with normal thyroid function.

She was diagnosed with high blood pressure on routine examination 7 years ago and has been on antihypertensives (Telmisartan) since.


Family history:

Both parents are alive. Her mother is healthy but her father had hypertension and extensive vitiligo for 15 years. In addition, her younger sister was just diagnosed with vitiligo, indicating a history of autoimmune disorders in the family.


Physical Generals:

The patient has marked craving for fish. She complains of the dribbling of urine on coughing.


Mind:

The patient is very sensitive, emotional, and highly self-respecting (in her own words). She is extremely sensitive to criticism and weeps when people talk about her physical condition. She has stopped going to the local post office where she worked as a clerk for 10 years. She does not go for social functions and has recently stopped stepping out of the home. She is married with 2 children and has become reclusive with her own family too. She feels guilty about her condition and blames herself for this state.


The rubrics taken now were:

  • [Mind] shock, emotional, mental ailments from

  • [Mind]Grief: Ailments from, agg.:

  • [Mind]Sensitive, mental, oversensitive, emotional, (see Generals, chapter): Reprimands, to:

  • Conscientious:

  • [Mind]Sadness:Weeping:With:

  • [Mind]Embarrassment: Agg., ailments from:

  • [Generalities]Food and drinks:Fish:Desires:

  • [Bladder]Involuntary urination: Cough, during:


Natrum Mur again coming up as the most indicated remedy now given 1 M as a single dose. Patient-reported for follow-ups at regular 1-month intervals. Showed significant progressive improvement in Alopecia. Generals are much better. The patient smiles more and on the 4th follow up came with her head uncovered.


Case Management:


With both the approaches, keynote as well as comprehensive, Natrum Mur turned out to be the Similimum and proved to be the most accurate one as observed in the rapidity and the direction of amelioration


Conclusion:

There is nothing morbid in terms of signs and symptoms that will escape the eye of the discerning Homeopathic Physician. Where detailed case taking is difficult, concentrate on the expressions, body language, and the obvious physical signs and symptoms. What troubles the patient the most, must never be missed and that is the key to a successful prescription!




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June 2019

After proper diagnosis, I prescribed her Ayurvedic medicine for hair fall control as listed below:


Treatment given mahamanjistadi kwath

Gnadhak rasayan

Kaishorgugulu

Hairfit nasyam

Nimbhapatra kwath shirodhara


Please see after pictures on 7th day after treatment with ayurvedic medicine and positive results.


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May 2019

The child was a typical case of progressive Alopecia Areata. The parents were taking treatment for the past 3 years and had lost faith when they started therapy. Their daughter had experienced 95% of hair loss on her head.


After few diagnostic tests and reports, high protein diet was recommended for the girl. In addition, parents were advised to add immunity boosting food to the diet and continue with non steroidal treatment for Alopecia Areata. After 2 months of following treatment plus the high protein diet, hair growth started and bald patches began to disappear. The girl finally had 90% of her hair growth back and slowly started to regain her normal life.




How can diet affect hair loss or Alopecia Areata?

Losing hair especially for women can have a detrimental effect on a person’s psychosocial being. Hair loss can begin as early as the twenties. According to thehairsociety.org, 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss. Male pattern baldness alone contributes to 95% of the hair loss cases in men. Nutritional deficiency is the major cause of hair loss in women especially under the age of 35.  If you have brittle hair, chances are that you have  zinc and iron deficiency. Deficiency of amino acids, especially lysine leads to thinning of hair. IF you don’t take adequate omega-3 fatty acids, it might result in a dry scalp and dull hair. If you are deficient in any of the nutrients, chances are that you are going to have hair loss and none of the fancy shampoos are going to help. To top it all, stress can aggravate losing of hair as well.


Science and Research on Hair Loss and Alopecia Areata:


In one of the clinical trials, five female patients, diagnosed with Alopecia and zinc-deficiency  were treated with zinc supplement Polaprezinc for 6-12 months with dose varied according to severity of the condition. All the five patients had positive outcome with reverse of their medical condition with normal levels of zinc as well.  This trial reconfirms importance of zinc to maintain our good hair health. Often, it is not the composition of the diet, but the bioavailability of a nutrient that determines the health effects.


Foods that help hair growth:

Zinc: Foods rich in zinc include pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cashew nuts, meat products like beef, mutton and goat.  As far as lentils, include soybean, red gram, and bengal gram in your diet to get zinc as an important nutrient. It is noteworthy that the bioavailability of zinc is higher from non-vegetarian sources.


Iron: Iron is stored in human liver in the form of ferritin. Lower serum ferritin thus indicates significantly lower iron levels over a period of time. Supplementation with Florisene, which is particularly high in ferritin, L-lysine, biotin, Vitamin C, and selenium, was found to significantly reduce the amount of hair fall, by as much as 39%, simultaneously increasing serum ferritin levels.


To prevent iron deficiency, it is important to consider facilitators and barriers of iron absorption, as well as the heme and non-heme sources of iron.

Foods that have Heme iron:   Red meat, fish, and poultry and is absorbed readily irrespective of other dietary components. Non-heme iron, on the other hand, is found in both plant and animal sources but is affected by dietary components. For example, cauliflower, tomatoes, citrus fruits, improve iron absorption. Meat, fish, and poultry, being rich in lysine, also improve iron absorption. Tannins, dietary fiber, soy proteins, phytates, and oxalates have a negative effect on iron absorption.  


Antioxidants:  Antioxidants play an important  role in hair growth as well. Capsaicin, a key pigment of capsicum, was found to have a positive effect on hair growth. Oral capsaicin 6mg and isoflavone 75 mg daily for 5 months improved hair growth in 64.5% of the patients. Garlic, and onion, key ingredients in lot of asian cuisine have a positive impact  on improving hair health. Garlic gel 5% given in combination with betamethasone, for 3 months, improved hair growth in 95% of the patients. Full hair growth was observed in 87% of the patients treated with onion juice for 8 weeks, against 13% of those who used tap water alone. Application of pumpkin seeds oil and rosemary oil have also been found to be beneficial.


Several clinical trials have proven that the deficiency of niacin, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid and biotin can result in  loss of hair as well. However, limited evidence is available to substantiate the effect of supplementation of these nutrients to help reverse hair loss.


Summary: To prevent and reverse hair loss, foods rich in vitamins are recommended. HAir loss treatment diet plan   rich in eggs, fish, citrus fruits and vegetables are recommended. Antioxidants can help in fighting hair loss as well as other oxidative stress-related disorders.  I recommended cashew nuts, almonds, and walnuts for this patient as a snack food. Learning from the research, I planned a balanced diet plan for this patient and had positive outcome with success story to share with you all. If you are vegan, you can include supplements and a balanced diet  to provide enough nourishment to your body that you cannot get from meat. We all love our hair and can prevent hair loss with proper diet! Don’t forget to drink enough water and keep yourself hydrated!


References

Rushton, D.H., Norris, M.J., Dover, R., & Busuttil, N. (2002). Causes of hair loss and the developments in hair rejuvenation. International journal of cosmetic science, 24 (1), 17-23.


Karashima, T., Tsuruta, D., Hamada, T., Ono, F., Ishii, N., Abe, T., ... & Hashimoto, T. (2012). Oral zinc therapy for zinc deficiency‐related telogen effluvium. Dermatologic therapy, 25(2), 210-213.


Guo, E. L., & Katta, R. (2017). Diet and hair loss: effects of nutrient deficiency and supplement use. Dermatology practical & conceptual, 7(1), 1.


Hosking, A. M., Juhasz, M., & Mesinkovska, N. A. (2019). Complementary and alternative treatments for alopecia: a comprehensive review. Skin appendage disorders, 5(2), 72-89.

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Complaints: Persistent left sacro-iliac pain and sciatica after a disc replacement surgery, which had much relieved the lumbar pain.

Acupuncture: Left-side yang horary points in Wood Order of GB44, SI2, ST43, LI5, and ST36 (ST36 is as good as UB40).  

Treatment process: The first two treatments in Metal-Order of LI1, UB66, GB41, SI5, and ST36 gave an immediate relief but the same pain came back 1 or 2 days later. Wood Order treatments from the third visit had a more dramatic and lasting relief. By the 6th visit, pain was very minimal.   

Discussion: There are two types of five-element layout. About 70% of the population has metal LI1, water UB66, wood GB41, fire SI5, and earth STS36 as their horary points. The other 30% of the population has wood GB44, fire SI2, earth ST43, metal LI5, and water UB40 as the horary points.

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