LOSS - TAKE CARE OF YOUR ROOTS
Nearly every other
day I get a patient who complaints that his/ her hair is falling
out. Right from infants to the aged come with this problem. People
are so desperate to get rid off the hair loss problem that they
will try any and all kinds of treatment. Thanks to this desperation
there a number of hoax and fraud treatments available in the market.
People are making money out of this disorder and misguiding the
patient. Instead of helping the persons condition they worsen it.
If you have a Hair Loss problem then read this article carefully
and get the correct facts.
FACTS ABOUT HAIR
Each and everyone
of us is born with a certain number of hair follicles on our scalp.
This is pre-determined by our genes. Also the density of the hair
on our scalp varies with the colour and texture. For example Blonde
hair has an average of 140,000 hairs whereas dark-haired people
like us Indians have 110,000 on an average. Each hair grows from
a hair follicle which are found in the inner skin. Our hair has
three distinct layers, the cuticle, cortex, which is composed of
keratinized cells and the medulla.
1- Contrary to what people believe every hair follicle
has its own oil gland and sweat gland. This oil gland removes
the unwanted waste products from the scalp. By putting excess
oil externally you are in fact blocking the hairs own oil gland
and all the waste matter remains collected in the scalp. Therefore
doing more harm than good.
2- people think that if they dont wash their hair often
it wont fall. They will wash their hair once a week only. But
what they dont realize is that this creates more problems. The
sweat gland in your hair follicle secretes substances which dry
on your scalp. The secretion can contain water, salts, acids,
and even bacteria. If this is not regularly removed from the
scalp by washing then it can lead to severe itching and DANDRUFF.
3- the patient is frightened even if a few strands of
hair fall. What they dont know is that each hair has its own
life of 1 to 6 years. When hair falls of from its follicle normally
a new one is already regrowing from that same follicle.
4- if you think by applying various different types of
oils, external treatments, different concoctions your hair loss
will be cured then you are under the wrong impression. This is
because the growth of hair is from within the body and dependent
mainly on blood circulation. It provides nourishment to the hair
and removes the unwanted waste products.
OF HAIR LOSS
if your father is bald having the typical male pattern baldness
then being his son even you have inherited his defective genes.
But you can delay baldness by taking care of your hair.
Old age -
as your age advances your hair loss increases. The quality of
the hair also reduces and is like the kind that new born babies
have. That is why old age is often referred to as the Second Childhood.
areata - this is a hair loss condition which usually
affects the scalp but can also affect other parts of the body
like the beard.
certain drugs have an adverse effect on the growth of hair. Chemotherapy
given for cancer causes the hair to fall. A high dose of Vitamin
A given for a long period can also have the same effect.
damages the hair.
illness - like diabetes, thyroid disorders etc. Even
an episode of high fever or severe flu can cause hair to fall
hair styling and dying - chemicals used for dying, tinting,
straightening, bleaching, perming etc.. can cause hair to become
damaged and break off .
Alopecia - if you use clips and rubberbands which pull
the hair or tie the hair very tight then it can cause damage
to the follicles.
this is a condition in which the patient suffers from a nervous
habit of pulling out the hair without even realizing what she
of physical stress- this is another common cause for
hair loss. Many women complaint of hair loss during or after
pregnancy. Even surgery causes a stress on the entire body and
the hair could be affected.
poor hygiene can cause dandruff, scaling, itching, scalp tenderness
and finally loss of hair.
an inadequate amount and quality of protein or iron in your diet
can cause hair loss. Vegetarians need to be especially careful
about the quality of protein they are eating. Soyabean is the
best protein of a vegetarian diet.
ringworm infection of the scalp causes changes on the surface
of the skin which can lead to hair loss. Once the infection is
correctly treated then the hair normally returns.
TIPS ON HOW
TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR
Wash your hair
regularly. If you are an outdoors person or you exercise and sweat
then you should wash your hair every alternate day. If not then
you need to wash your hair every third day. Use a shampoo with
a neutral pH value and one which has the least number of chemicals.
A good Homoeopathic shampoo is best.
It is very important
to treat the cause of hair loss if not due to Heredity or male
pattern baldness. Internal Homoeopathic medicine is the best treatment.
Avoid harsh treatment
and excessive styling of the hair. Dyes, chemicals, colouring,
tinting will affect the growth of hair. Use minimal amounts of
gels, mousses if required. Perming and straightening are extremely
harmful for the follicles.
Diet is very important
as explained earlier. 90% of your hair is made up of protein therefore
a good amount and quality of protein in your diet is essential.
EGG is considered as the complete protein. Also all non-vegetarian
sources have a high protein content. If you are vegetarian then
your diet must consist of a good amount of SOYABEAN. It is the
only substitute, all other vegetarian sources are not as good
in quality and quantity.
Vitamins and minerals
are essential for the growth of your hair and its quality. Ask
your homoeopathic physician what you should be taking.
WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR
As I have stated
earlier it is very important to treat the cause of hair loss. If
the cause is genetic then atleast the onset of baldness can be
delayed and the quality of hair improved. Alopecia areata can be
effectively tackled with our homoeopathic drugs. In Homoeopathy
we treat the patient as a complete person taking all the symptoms
into account including the personality of the patient. On the basis
of this we prescribe a constitutional remedy which will improve
the patients vitality and root out the cause of the hair loss.
Along with this it is essential to follow all the tips given above
too. Here are a few time tested remedies for hair loss.
If the cause of
hair loss is due to some infection in the scalp then Oleander should
be thought of. The patient complaints of a terrible itchy feeling
in the scalp especially along the hairline.
The scalp has eruptions
in spots which ooze and the secretion is offensive smelling. Though
the patient feels better after scratching it causes rawness and
soreness of the scalp.
5 pills of Oleander
200 four times a day will give great relief from the itching and
cure the eruptions.
Fluoric acid is
one of the most valuable remedies for Alopecia areata. Here the
hair falls out in typical patches. The texture of hair is very
brittle and dry.
If a child or person
develops sudden hair loss after a bout of fever then this drug
should be thought of.
All the discharges
are very acrid and corrosive just like the acid. Even the sweat
is very eroding and acrid which may cause the hair to weaken and
Fluoric acid 200,
5 pills four times a day will bring back the hair to its former
If after your pregnancy
or delivery you develop an excess amount of hair loss then you
might require SEPIA. Some women suffer from severe
hair loss during their climatric period along with typical butterfly
pigmentation across their cheeks and saddle of the nose. Here Sepia
will take care of the symptoms and help her through her menopause.
Eczema is one of
the leading causes of hair loss especially in children and adolescents.
Here the eruptions ooze a typical sticky discharge which is offensive
in odour. This discharge causes matting of the hair and makes it
brittle. Ultimately this brittle hair falls out leaving bald patches.
There may be premature
graying of hair and baldness. Even the hair from the chin falls
out leaving patches on the face. Graphites is very effective for
thickening and hardness of the skin, nails, glands of the body.
Graphites 200, 5
pills four times a day will cure the eczema and bring back the
If there is any
such thing as a specific remedy for hair loss then WIESBADEN would
be it. This is prescribed when there are no other symptoms available
on which to select a remedy from. Can be used to delay the onset
of typical inherited male pattern baldness.