The reasons why people lose their hair are multiple, from nutritional, to genetic, to hormonal.
For many the reasons are hormonal, specifically they are andro-genetic: this means, very simplistically put, that a series of processes lead to excess DHT and an excessive sensitivity to DHT (dehydrotestosterone); this will progressively weaken your hair follicle, leading to an increasing falling of scalp hair.
A long time ago it was believed that only men suffered from it whilst women were greatly protected by their different hormonal makeup. However, studies and increasing evidence have proven that women too can suffer from this type of condition. In women there may be other, interwoven factors, such as the abnormal function of the pituitary gland (even if only mildly) or some subtle imbalances between certain hormones. However, they all influence DHT production and DHT sensitivity so the result (losing one’s hair) is the same.
For this reason this branch of alternative medicine offers very interesting answers to the problem of women losing their hair.
‘Classically’ speaking, one would tend to be prescribed constitutional remedies’, namely those addressing the whole cluster of symptoms and the person’s ‘constitution’ – i.e. body type, personality, genetic tendencies and even childhood traumas), However, modern approaches have allowed for the ‘creation’ of remedies which address ‘single’ problems, focusing on specific imbalances or ‘malfunctions’; so, in the case of a woman losing her hair, it addresses what’s strictly relevant to this condition from a ‘medical’, localized point of view rather than from a ‘constitutional’ point of view. The principles behind the remedies prescribed are, however, the same.
The specific approach to treat this condition discussed here is that of the use of the combination Folliculinim/Oestrogen:
This remedy, used in moderation and only during the first part of the menstrual cycle, addresses the falling of our hair for women who suffer from hormonal imbalances or other similar conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (which leads to hormonal imbalances). If you suffer from hirsutism (excessive body hair) whilst also losing your scalp hair, this remedy may also help.
There are several ways in which you can take folliculinim/oestrogen (estrogen):
a) starting on the 1st day of your cycle, one 6c of folliculinum/oestrogen for one week or 14 days (never more than half your whole cycle; so, if you have a period every 22 days, you should not take this homeopathic remedy for more than 11 days and these should be the first half of your cycle).
b) During the early days of your monthly cycle (so during your period or as early as you can after your period), take this homeopathic remedy once (30c) and wait for the results, which should be almost immediate. Repeat only when the results fade, making sure it is not during the second part of your monthly cycle.
Dosages do vary and should vary depending on the patient’s responses and characteristics. As for the potencies of the remedy, they should be kept low.
Why should one take folliculinum/oestrogen (estrogen) only during the first half of the monthly cycle? Because one’s hormonal make up changes dramatically from the 1st part to the second part, and the homeopathic treatment must reflect that. If you suffer from hair loss during the second part of your monthly cycle too, other remedies should be taken (more on this later).
Can one take other remedies whilst taking this one? It is possible, because this remedy is not a constitutional remedy. It is better to wait and see the results, so you can better understand how the body is responding to the remedy. However, it is not uncommon to alternate this remedy with (for example) Lycopodium or Calcarea Carbonica, though the potency should be equally low and their administration should not be more frequent than the original remedy (Folliculinim/Oestrogen). So, for example, if you consider it appropriate or essential, a few days after taking folliculinim/oestrogen you can take one dose of Lyc (30c or 6c, which ever it’s most appropriate in your case).
It is important to avoid mixing too many homeopathic remedies, so always use sparingly.