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Alopecia & Homeopathy
CAUSE, SYMPTOMS, HOMEO-MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION
What is Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia means loss of hair; alopecia areata refers to a skin disease where hair fall out in patches. It may occur in any hairy region of the body, such as scalp, chest, beard, eye-brow, pubis etc.
Other varieties of alopecia are alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis. Alopecia totalis means loss of total hair from scalp and alopecia universalis means loss of all hair from the body.
What is the cause of Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is neither an infective nor a contagious disease. In fact, it is an auto-immune disease where body’s own immune system attacks body’s hair-follicle destroying the latter.
Researchers say that genetic make-up of the patient and other factors are responsible for this altered immune reaction.
What are the signs and symptoms of Alopecia Areata?
1)Patchy hair loss from hairy parts of the body;
2)Bunches of hair are visible on pillows or while in shower;
3)Hair loss may increase to alopecia totalis or alopecia unversalis;
4)Finger nails get pitted; white spots are visible; nails lose their glossy appearance and turns rough, thin and split;
5)Very often, nails symptoms precede actual hair-fall;
How is the problem of Alopecia Areatamanaged in Classical Homeopathy?
Therapeutically there are a lot of medicines that may be used for patients with alopecia areata, like Calcarea carb., Kali carb.,Natrum mur., Mercurius sol.,Sysphilinum, Kali iod.,Tuberculinum etc. However, it may be mentioned, therapeutic aims at managing acute stage of the disease only; since this website is dedicated to manage chronic patients constitutionally with classical homeopathy, we will take up a case or two of chronic in nature.
Case Study 1:
Mr. K. Mukherjee, aged 42+, a senior govt. officer, reported the following:
1)He has been suffering from hair fall in small bunches since about last 8 months.
2)Now, all hair from his cheeks are lost; there has a substantial loss of pubic hair too;
3) Over scalp there were small 4 patches to start with which are now extended to cover almost 50% of his scalp; the area of patches are increasing day by day;
4)He looked very much anxious and worried;
5)He tried with so many costly shampoos and ointments for scalp massages for last 8 months and everything was at vain;
When queried about any other troubles he is suffering from, he reported the following:
6)He has 4/5 eczematous eruptions on hips for last 4/5 yrs; they are gradually increasing in sizes; they are dry type; scratching gives high level of pleasant sensation; they do not give rise to any serious trouble;every day he applies B-Tex ointment on those at night before going to bed.
7)He suffers from obstinate constipation and has to take medicine before retiring to bed for regular bowel movement for last 2 yrs. If medicine is not taken, there appears serious trouble in closet next morning and he may have to spent hours there. Sometimes, he uses his own finger to draw out stool from rectum;
No mentionable events are there except one event of typhoid at 12 yrs.
Family history :
1)Father suffered from eczema for many years.
2)Paternal uncle is reported to suffer exertional dsypnoea.
3)Grandpa died of lung cancer.
4)Mother suffered from bearing still children 2 times before his birth.
4)6pm (after reaching home): Tea and dry parched rice.
5)10pm: 2 pcs chapattis, sabji, dal, sweets, milk;does not like chapattis; but for doctor’s instruction he cannot rice;
6)He regularly takes about 2 lit. of water through a day.
1)He likes to stay alone; does not like fuss and sympathy; introvert, perfectionist, very much loyal to his superiors; dutiful++;
2)He cannot tolerate rudeness, criticism and humiliation; once humiliated unjustifiably, cannot forgive the person, severes all relations with him.
2)Likes reading and listening to music;
3)Talks a lot during sleep, as reported by his family members; dreams of robbers at home often, after waking searches for robbers;
1)Likes meat, salt++, bitter things;
2)Loathes fat, sweets, bread ;
2)Seminal emission soon during coition; desire increased after;
4)Thirst: Ok, takes 2 lit. water in a day;
Appearance: Very bulky, overweight; dark ring around eyes;
Natrum mur:10M/2; to be taken 1 TSF on two consecutive mornings in empty stomach after mixing a dose with one cup of water; Advice: To stop applying B-tex on eczemas immediately; during itching apply few drop of olive oil or bland coconut oil ; stop taking free salt immediately, to take enough fruits and green salad along with staple foods regularly; to start walking or jogging daily; to continue taking water as it is;
Next Review: after one month;
Follow up :
The patient was subsequently treated with Nat.mur 50M and CM for about 6months when the disease was almost gone.
How can Alopecia Areata be prevented?
Since this is a kind of auto-immune disease, its prevention is difficult. However, following points may be taken not of :
1)Keeping the scalp healthy by proper use of soap, washing and other healthy measures regularly must be practised.
2)Preserve natural body immunity; take enough of veg. and fruits rich with vitamin-C.
3)Do not practice bath in water having temperature more than body-temperature(BT). It is the best practice to use normal water for bath. If you want a warm water to bath, for some reason, never warm it more than BT, keep slightly less than BT; otherwise, your immune power will decrease.