Homoeopathy for Alopecia or Hair loss (Alopecia areata, Hair loss in patches)
It is common for a person to lose 50 to 100 hairs each day. Alopecia suggests an amount of hair loss greater than what is normally expected. It is primarily seen in younger, prepuberscent children and adult females. Alopecia areata is the term used when one or more oval or circular spots of hair loss occur on the scalp.
Causes of alopecia:
Genetic factors: Research states that almost 40% of people younger than age 30 with alopecia areata have at least one family member with the same illness.
Stress: Stress also plays an important role in alopecia. People living under constant stress experience gradual thinning of hairs.
Hairstyles: Too tight pulling of hair, as while tying ponytail, too causes alopecia.
Medical conditions: Diseases such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, vitiligo, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer are also associated with thinning of hairs.
Types of alopecia:
Androgenetic alopecia in which either it is male-pattern or female pattern baldness.
Telogen effluvium: Thinning of hairs, esp at crown and temples.
Anagen effluvium: Rapid hair loss after chemotherapy.
Alopecia areata: Patchy hairloss.
Homoeopathic medicines such as Bayta carbonica, Fluoricum acidum, Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorus, Silicea, Vinca minor play a major role in curing alopecia. The selection of medicine, however, depends on the individual picture of the presenting case.