Dr-batra-hairlossAlopecia areata, or loss of hair in patches, is the commonest type of hair loss. It can affect any hair-bearing area of the body, albeit the term often connotes patchy hair loss from the scalp. Among hair disorders, none arouses as much interest as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder — a condition in which the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks our body’s own cells (in this case, hair follicles) and destroys them.

Alopecia areata affects people of all ages. It can involve any part of the body. In certain cases, it can extend to the eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair (beard, moustache). It can progress rapidly, leading to complete loss of scalp hair in a span as short as 15 days, or limiting itself to persistent patches throughout life. It can sometimes progress to total loss of hair on the scalp (alopecia areata totalis), or complete loss of hair all over the body (alopecia areata universalis).

Evaluating alopecia areata is probably one of the easiest things for a doctor to do, since the patches are so characteristic. Yet, it is also the most difficult condition to treat. To confirm diagnosis, your homeopath, specialised in trichology (science of scalp and hair), may recommend certain blood tests to rule out underlying problems like anaemia, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. In addition, a folliscopic (PC-based video microscopy) test (a painless, non-invasive procedure that magnifies the view of hair follicles and the scalp up to 200 times) is performed. In rare instances, a hair biopsy is recommended.

Homeopathy does not merely treat hair loss on the surface. It endeavors to treat the “root cause” of the problem, taking into account the individual’s unique nature, their distinctive characteristics, temperament, and idiosyncrasies. Fluoric Acid is used as it has symptoms which characteristically match the symptoms of alopecia areata. In many cases, there is often an underlying emotional cause. This is taken into consideration while prescribing a homeopathic remedy. For instance, Ignatia Amara is used when there is sudden hair loss in patches — a result of sudden stress, grief, or emotional turmoil.

Published in the Times of India on 1 August 2010


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  • dr.b.c.parakh

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  • Bikram Prakash Joshi

    I can not become active and fullfill my curiosity because of system problem like if there is option of other countries in country choosing and why not in city out of india like nepal in city choosing.

  • bikram prakash joshi

    nice to get knowledge about dandruff,hair lossand stress and homeopathy

    • Tracy

      This book is mainly ergead toward alopecia areata (AA) sufferers, not genetic (androgenic) alopecia sufferers. It contains lots of stories of sufferers, including the author’s. The stories are somewhat interesting at first, but get dull rather quickly. There is some information about treatments, however, but it is not as informative as the books by Kobren or as comprehensive as the one by Greenwood-Robinson (if you’re a woman). But, if you suffer from AA, then it might be appropriate to read the author’s.The author is English, and so some of her stories include the charm and wit characteristic of the British. She takes the situation somewhat lightheartedly and advises (implicitly) readers to do the same (after all, it is just hair). However, her cure which is basically minoxidil, will almost certainly not be a cure for those with genetic balding. It is well-known that AA sufferers sometimes regrow spontaneously. The author’s case may be due to this and not to minoxodil. She does not mention this possibility (that I recall) in the text. Hence, I believe the title is a bit misleading.

      • Hamlet

        I hate People that I hate People that make fun of other people just beascue they are different or something that happened to them they don’t know what they go through and they bully them around .Those people should really see what they feel or is going through or at least put them selves in there position then will see if they want to bully anyone after .If they cant see what they go through then I think those people should just go to Sorry ..its IMO .

  • anurag

    mere bal har din bahut jyada nikal rahe hai