Hairfall or Baldness – cause for worry
One of the biggest worries that can be caused by a seemingly harmless thing is that caused by falling of hair or hair loss as it immediately throws up a stark image of a bald pate, which no one wants to have. The very thought of hair fall tends to lower your confidence about your looks. It may even make you a target of jokes. A commonly heard joke in our part of the world is that if one is losing hair, it is an indication that he is becoming rich. In reality, the opposite is more likely to be true. A person with falling hair ends up losing or spending a fortune trying to stop the hair from falling and preserving one’s crowning glory. Moreover, there is no dearth of enterprising people out to fleece such patients who are already hassled.
Causes of Hair fall or Baldness
To understand the causes of hairfall, it is important to understand the normal process of growth and fall of hair. The hair are constantly undergoing a normal cyclic process of growth and fall at the same time. There are three phases of the life cycle of a hair. The first phase of growth is known as the anagen phase, which lasts for 2 to 6 years. Roughly 85% of the hair are in the anagen phase or the phase of growth at any given time. The normal growth of a hair is about 10 cm in a year. The second phase is known as the catagen phase or the transitional phase. It lasts for about 1-2 weeks. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6th of the original length. The last phase is the telogen phase or the resting phase. During this phase, the hair does not grow. This lasts for 5-6 weeks. Keeping in mind the normal phases of the life of a hair, it is perfectly normal for a person to lose about 40-80 strands of hair in a day. In fact, every person loses this number of hair everyday and does not even come to know about it. It is only when the number of hair falling in a day far exceeds this that one should have any cause for concern. The causes of excessive hairfall can vary from person to person as there are various possible reasons for this phenomenon.
- Deficiency in one’s diet where one does not get adequate levels of the required minerals and vitamins can be one prominent cause. Micronutrients like Zinc, Selenium and Iron are important for the normal growth of hair and any deficiency in these can cause hairfall.
- The absence of good health or the presence of some or the other illness can also cause the hairfall to increase. This illness may be acute or temporary in nature but can also be of long lasting or chronic.
- In males, the most common cause is the androgenic baldness or the male pattern baldness. This variety of baldness is present only in males and tends to run in families. It occurs due to the presence of excess of testosterone, which results in increased hair growth all over the body but the hair on the head falls out. In the male pattern baldness, the hair loss happens mainly from the front part of the had and the top of the head with sides and back relatively less affected.
- Fungal infections of the scalp can also cause baldness in patches. Other localised infections of the scalp can also cause hairfall.
- Hairfall can occur in females just after pregnancy or after delivery. This has to do with the changes in the hormones that occur during these phases.
Treatment of baldness or hair fall
Before we talk of treatment of hair fall, one needs to understand a few basic things. As mentioned in the previous paragraph about the causes of hair fall, there are different reasons for this problem. The treatment of baldness varies according to the precise reason of the problem. In cases where the baldness is happening due to androgenic reasons, it is almost impossible to cure the problem. Such cases usually run in families. One can only minimize the problem and delay the inevitable. But there is no way you can cure the problem and get back your hair. All so called wonder cures are just efforts to fleece the poor and gullible patients. In other cases, where the problem is because of some fungal infection or due to some systemic issues or poor general health, one can definitely cure the problem and even get the lost hair back.
Role of Homeopathy in curing Hair fall
Homeopathy is very effective in treating hair fall or baldness or alopecia. As mentioned earlier, when we say baldness, we do not mean the male pattern baldness or the androgenic baldness. In such cases, we can only reduce the hairfall. But in other cases, the homeopathic medicines for hair fall not only treat the symptoms i.e. the hair fall but also cure the systemic problems that are the root cause of the hair fall. In case the bald spots are happening due to fungal infections, the homeopathic medicines eradicate the fungus completely and the hair grow back on their own completely naturally.
Homeopathic medicines for hair fall or baldness or alopecia
Homeopathic medicines like Acid Flour, Phosphorus, Lycopodium, Thuja and Silicea have been very effective in treating hair loss. It is very important to study the patient in great detail and find the exact cause of the problem and treat the root cause. Sometimes, there may be some hidden stress in the mind of the patient which may have caused this hairfall and it also needs to be treated accordingly if we want a permanent cure to the problem. Given below are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for hair fall or baldness.
Acid Flour – One of the best Homeopathic medicines for hair fall with baldness in spots
When there is hair fall and baldness in spots results, Acid Four or Hydroflouric Acid is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for hair fall. These bald spots may be small in size or large. The number of the spots may be single or multiple but this homeopathic medicine for hair fall in spots is very effective in all situations. It is a great medicine for people who have or look prematurely aged.
Thuja – One of the best Homeopathic remedies for baldness with dandruff
When there is baldness or hair fall along with dandruff in the hair or on the scalp, Thuja is one of the best homeopathic remedies for baldness. The dandruff is white and scaly. The hair are dry in texture and fall out easily. The skin may be full of warts. The patient is usually exhausted and emaciated.
Lycopodium – The best homeopathic medicine for hair fall after delivery
In case where the hair fall has started in a lady after her delivery, Lycopodium is the best homeopathic medicine for hair fall. It is also a very good medicine when there is lot of greying of hair along with hair fall. There may be other associated symptoms of the urinary or digestive system that are usually present along with the symptoms of hair fall. The patient is usually full of flatulence. Appetite is less and feels full after having a little food.
Silicea – The best homeopathic medicine for hair fall or baldness in young people having constipation
When there is constipation in young people as a concomitant, Silicea is the best homeopathic medicine for hair fall or baldness. There is increased sweating of the head and usually the head is larger as compared to average people. There is constipation and the stool is hard and dry, which often recedes after being partially expelled. The patient is usually shy and introverted.
Phosphorus – One of the best homeopathic remedy for hair falling out in handfuls
When the hair fall is so much that almost handfuls of hair fall out every day, Phosphorus is one of the best homeopathic remedy for baldness. The patient is usually tall, narrow chested and thin. There is intense thirst and that too for cold water. He cannot tolerate warm water. Such patients have a bleeding tendency and bleed too much even from the slightest wound.