Homeopathy is one of the widely used holistic systems around the world, which involves treating the patient with highly diluted substances given mainly in pills or tablet form. It aims at triggering our body’s natural system of healing. Due to this unique way of healing, it not only relieves the symptoms but also heals you from the root-cause of the disease.
In this article, we will try to focus on the role of homeopathy in treating alopecia-areata.
What is alopecia areata?
It is a dematological condition in which hair are lost from a specific area of the scalp or beard to form small bald patches. The underlying skin may look apparently normal.
These patches are of different shapes but round or oval are the most common ones. In most cases the condition does not progress beyond a few bare patches, but at times it can spread entirely over the scalp leading to Alopecia totalis.
What are the causes?
It is often considered as an autoimmune disease, where the body’s own defence cells attack healthy cells of hair-follicles leading to hair loss.
Genetic link – if you have a close family member with the disease, your risk of developing it increases slightly.
How common is it?
Alopecia is quite common with at least 3-5 percent of population suffers with it at least once in lifetime. it affects both sexes equally.
How does it manifest?
The hairs tend to fall out for a short duration and the patches are mostly seen on one side of the scalp. The hairs tend to pull out easily along the edge of the patch where the follicles have already been attacked by the autoimmune process.
It does not form any complications or symptoms (like itching or burning) further, but the cosmetic angle is the most significant distress for the patient.
What is the role of homeopathy?
Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most suitable medicine to each patient and can prescribe an individualistic medicine suitable for your own ailment.
Medicines such as calc-fluor and silica have been the most commonly used ones along with the constitutional assessment. A few other medicines like wiesbaden or natrum mur that have a therapeutic action on the hair roots have also shown promising results.
Compared to the side-effects of local corticosteroid injections, Homeopathy offers a safe and effective alternative. One needs to be patient and should not expect the desired outcome overnight. We have seen patients getting completely cured within a fortnight, but results may vary.