By Dr. Prashant K Vaidya, Homeopathy,
When it comes to beauty, nothing is more precious to a woman than a head full of long, healthy and lustrous hair. It is what adds an aura to their overall appearance. There was a time when hair thinning and related hair problems were mainly observed in aged people (a natural part of the aging process). But in the present situations, hair problems among young adults or people in their early 30′s and 40′s are on an unbelievable rise. Men or women, everyone is having a tough time dealing with hair problems.
Hair loss is a common problem in both men and women, but men are more susceptible to the throes of hair loss than women. Many a time, we blame aging, pollution and androgenetic factors leading to the loss of hair. But the spectrum of physiological disorders that result in hair loss is quite broad. Here is a list:
- Thyroid disorders
- Protein Deficiency
- Emotional trauma
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause and puberty
- Iron deficiency or anemia
- Male patterned baldness which is the result of a genetic predisposition.
One has to understand that hair loss is not something that follows a single pattern. There are various types of hair loss and these types are demarcated by the kind of effect it has on the person concerned.
- Patchy hair loss: Alopecia areata (a circular bald pattern that formulates on the scalp), Trichotillomania (the manifestation of an anxiety disorder where one has the habit of pulling out one’s own hair), traction alopecia, and Tinea capitis (caused by infection) are various types of disorders that lead to patchy hair loss.
- Diffuse hair loss: This is the manifestation of pattern alopecia and alopecia induced by certain drugs.
Role of Homeopathy in Treating Hair Loss
For the treatment of hair fall caused by syphilis, general hair breakage due to weakening of the roots, hair fall following a period of sickness, a homeopathic medicine made of diluted hydrofluoric acid is recommended. It is used to improve the condition which affects the scalp in patches.
There are certain homeopathic drugs that not only work to cure the core disorder, but also prove beneficial for other conditions. Inorganic phosphorous is one such component whose diluted version is used by homeopathic practitioners to treat not only alopecia, but also gastrointestinal problems, orthopedic disorders and problems related to the nerves.
Myrtle extract and diluted calcium are other ingredients that are used in homeopathic medicines to treat excessive dandruff and profuse sweating in the scalp leading to hair breakage.
Homeopathy medicines treat the causes that lead to hair fall. Allopathic drugs treat the disorder rather than the underlying causes which might differ from person to person. Therefore, sometimes allopathy fails to cure every person suffering from the disorder. This is where homeopathic medicines supersede allopathic practice. It treats the person from the subjective point of view, thereby providing long-term cure from the underlying factors that manifest themselves through loss of hair.