What is alopecia?
The loss of hair or the lacks of hair on areas of the body that normally have hair.
Different types of Alopecia:
· Alopecia Areata
· Androgenic Alopecia
· Traction Alopecia
· Alopecia Totalis
Some people with Alopecia Areata start to lose their hair before the age of 20, however, this condition may improve on its own, it can though, get worse, or it may improve and then become worse again from a single patch of hair loss to complete loss of hair on the scalp (alopecia totalis) or the entire body (alopecia universalis).
Frequently found amongst people who wear tight braids, and who use hair extensions over a long period of time, also found amongst people who attach wigs or weaves with glue/clips/tape, or those who suffer from trichotillomania (hair-pulling disease).
Traction alopecia is a result of the chronic tension or pulling on the follicles causing irreparable damage. The definitive cure is hair transplantation which permanently replaces the follicles into the bald skin. However, without a change in hair-care habits, the transplanted hair is also at risk.
Androgenetic alopecia in men, or male pattern baldness, affects at least half of white men by the age of 50 years, the loss of hair can cause pain from cold, mechanical injury, and sunburn.
Hair loss can affect people psychologically, also, other people’s perceptions of people with hair loss can change negatively, and however, you may find your stress induced Alopecia can come and go and even permanently stay away.
A healthy adult may lose between 30 to 200 hairs a day, however, hair loss can be dramatically increased by stress, although stress is not the only factor of this condition, it may be a primary factor. Any form of stress, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental, can result in Alopecia and affects about 1% of the population.
Alopecia affects many people and it is important for you to go to your doctor/physician to rule out other causes of Alopecia (other than stress), such as for example, other health issues, your medication, for instance may possibly be the cause of alopecia.
Check you are not:
· Anaemic or deficient in minerals and vitamins
· Low in thyroid hormone,
· Suffering from an early menopause
Treatments: Alopecia Stress
At Ulverston Natural Health Centre, we have successfully treated a female client (in her twenties) for alopecia, using Scenar therapy; a full course of Scenar treatment initiated hair growth, she was delighted, and now has ‘normal’ hair growth. At Ulverston Natural Health Centre, Acupuncture has also been used successfully for alopecia.
We also suggest an anti-inflamatory diet for this autoimmune disease,
we also use live blood analysis to check for ways in which to help Alopecia
Avoid processed foods and concentrate on whole foods.
Other well known reported alopecia treatments that cannot be corroborated by the writer:
· Hair transplantation
· Botulinum toxin (Botox)
· The potassium channel opener monoxide
· Dihydrotestosterone synthesis inhibitor finasteride
· Application of topical capsaicin, a pain relieving cream.
Staying stress free is a great way to keep alopecia at bay
If your alopecia is caused by stress, then see web pages:
Help your stress levels:
· Get enough sleep, minimise processed food, sugar and alcohol.
· Using ‘The Tranquil Mind' audio relaxation helps to relax and unwind.
· Daily meditation assists in calming the mind.
· Using Therapy to come to terms with underlying emotional issues.
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