Home Remedies For Alopecia Areata

There are some aspects that a human being cannot stop regardless of the technical innovations in recent times and one is time, and the other is the body getting old. There are many body challenges that come to the fore as you age and one of them is loss of hair on the scalp. This condition is experienced by people all over the world. Most people see the loss of hair as a sign of getting old. However there can be an underlying medical condition. There are however, some cases, in which people can have a head full of hair, no matter the age – and if you are one – count yourself as the luckiest person in the world. In this article on home remedies for alopecia areata information will be given on the types, symptoms and natural ways by which you may get relief.

Alopecia areata Or AA is also known by other names such as spot baldness. This is a condition where hair is lost from all areas or some parts of the body, mainly from the scalp as the body fails to recognize own body cells. The other major impact is destroying of its cell tissues as if it were a harmful pathogen. The result – bald spots appear on the scalp in the beginning stages. The first stage, however, is tiny bald patches. The skin will be normal, but the bald spots can come in different shapes, but they are usually oval or round. This condition can also affect parts of beard, and there might be body areas that can show loss of hair and regrowth. The disease might vanish for some time and then relapse. The loss of hair can be painful or tingle.

In rare cases, the spots can spread to the entire head (known as alopecia totalis), entire epidermis (alopecia universalis).

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Let us look at some common types of alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia – or in other words, male pattern baldness. Men get affected in their early 20s or when they are teenagers. The spots can be identified by baldness on sides of the head and in the temple.

This disorder is also linked with women and it is called by the same scientific name. In other words, female pattern baldness. In rare cases, women face complete hair loss. Usually, they lose hair only in patches. It first starts as a thin line at the front, crown and then the sides.

Cicatricial alopecia – is also known as scarring alopecia. This type demands a complex form of treatment as the hair follicles is destroyed and replaced by scar tissues. In other words, it amounts to permanent loss of hair.

Telogen effluvium – The normal growth cycle gets disrupted and you face sudden loss of hair. The hair will start to thin out and fall off the scalp. You can notice this condition as you comb or wash your hair.

Traction alopecia – certain hair styles such as cornrows, buns, chignons, ponytails and braids are responsible for this condition if tried regularly. The hair follicle is pulled, and the side effects might be red scalp, breakage of hair in areas of the scalp, tension headaches etc.

Causes

One of the main reasons for this disorder can be thyroid disorders and the hormonal imbalance can bring disaster in the entire body. It is very important to get the condition treated. There are also cases where environmental or psychological factors can play a minor role, but they are put on the back burner and the hair immediately relapses.

This disorder can also be caused by dysfunctioning of the kidney and liver. If you want to get rid of this body condition, you first have to know the correct reason so that the right type of treatment can be given.

 

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Go for home remedies of alopecia areata if you notice the following symptoms:

The place where hair has been lost, you face a tingling sensation

Loss of hair happens in one part of the scalp and the hair relapses after some time. Check with a doctor

Hair present near the bare patch is weak and can be pulled out without pain.

 

Different parts of the world use various home remedies for treating alopecia areata, as per the resources and the traditional methods. However, before you select any method, ensure that you are suffering from this disorder.

You can opt for cleaning the liver as a first step. For more information, kindly click here.

If your liver contains poisonous algae such as spirulina and chlorella, beware! If you are going for seafood supplements, kindly check these two in the ingredients list.

 

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1. Lavender

Medical research has shown, lavender oil, when rubbed on scalp on bald spots can reduce or reverse the symptoms of alopecia areata. However, the oil has to be diluted with coconut oil or almond oil. The process can make hair follicles to grow again.

Step 1

You can mix lavender oil, rosemary oil (three drops); thyme oil, cedarwood oil (2 drops).

Step 2

Mix the oils well before applying on the head.

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How Does It Work?

The main components are trans-ocimene, caryophyllene, lavendulyl acetate, linalyl acetate, a-pinene, limonene, cis-ocimene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and 1,8-cineole. The medicinal properties eliminate the infections and make the area suitable for growth of new hair follicles.

You can massage the oil on a small part of the skin to check if you are not allergic to any oil. In case of no reaction, you can continue the procedure. You have to continue the process for at least six months to see the maximum benefits.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You should not take lavender oil internally. It is toxic.
  2. You suffer from allergic reactions such as nausea, headaches and chills.
  3. You can get rid or at least reduce the symptoms of alopecia areata if you include Vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges as well as kelp in the diet. The minerals in kelp provide assistance in triggering the growth and protection of hair. Kelp is best known as seaweed or algae found underwater. It has high sodium content.

 

2. Kelp And Vitamin C

seaweed algae for aloepecia areata

 

How Does It Work?

The inclusion of this algae in the diet gives the human body nutrients rich in iodine, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, choline, vitamin k, Vitamins B12, B2 and also polysaccharides. B-vitamins also assist  promote hair growth because of cell division and cell growth. The sea algae are rich in magnesium that is vital for regulation of calcium levels in the human body. Zinc is also present in cells that can regulate male hormone levels in the body, the main contributor for loss of hair.

Deficiency in an amino acid (l-lycine) can also contribute to loss of hair. Kelp is rich in this amino acid. This alga can also provide help in thyroid problem and other disorders of the glands.

Instead of kelp, you can also use sushi and miso soup.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. It is better to check with a naturopathy doctor before you include this alga in the diet. Excess consumption can cause overdose of iodine and thyroid problems.
  2. You are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby. Do not use kelp or kelp supplements.
  3. You are allergic to iodine.
  4. You are scheduled for surgery. Two weeks prior, stop using kelp. This is because of the presence of Vitamin K to prevent blood clotting problems.

 

3. Herbal Remedies For This Disorder

The remedies are popular over the world. However, it also has to be noted that some herbs are not available anywhere and everywhere. In case of alopecia areata, you can use Gingko Biloba and milk thistle for hair loss as well.

 

Gingko Biloba

Gingko assists in triggering stimulation of blood as well as growth of new hair.

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How Does It Work?

The flavonoids play a major part in the generation of new hair growth as they provide the required nutrients to follicles. Major cases of loss of hair are attributed to improper circulation of blood, heart and glands conditions. Gingko extract provides answer to all these cases and also acts as scavengers in other words they eliminate any infection in the scalp. The flavones glycosides making the mark are quercetin, kaempferol, ginkgetin, bilobeten etc. In case of terpenoids, they are bilobalide and ginkgolides C, B and A.

 

Milk Thistle

If this disorder is due to low level of proteins in the blood, then the herb milk thistle can help solve the problem.

You can apply the milk thistle oil on the areas that have been affected.

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How Does It Work?

The bioflavonoid making the mark is known as silymarin. The compound is made up of flavonolignans, and they assist in repairing the liver cells that are rendered incapable by alcohol for protein synthesis.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to marigolds, yarrow, daisies, ragweed, chrysanthemums etc. You can suffer from allergic skin reactions.

 

4. Onions

There are numerous home remedies, such as onion juice that can be applied on the scalp.

Step 1

Take an onion, peel them and chop into small pieces.

Step 2

Squeeze the juice using a blender, juicer.

Step 3

Massage the juice on the scalp or over the bald patches.

It is advisable first to rub a small portion of the juice on the unaffected areas such as your arm and then check for allergic reactions.

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How Does It Work?

The high sulfur content that brings tears to your eyes when you cut an onion triggers the new growth of hair follicles and circulation of blood. The antiseptic quality of onions eliminates microbes and infections of the scalp that play a major role in loss of hair. The bioflavonoid, playing the major part is quercetin.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to onion. You might suffer from burns or rashes.

 

5. Coconut Milk

Step 1

Take a coconut, cut into small pieces. Have two cups of water ready.

Step 2

Heat the water in a bowl on the stove near to the boiling point.

Step 3

Let the mixture become cool.

Step 4

Put the mixture in a blender for two minutes and the result will be coconut milk made in home.

You can separate the milk by a cloth.

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Kindly note you have to use the coconut milk immediately within ten hours or pour in a mason jar. It has to be tightly sealed and can be kept in the refrigerator for four days.

You can mix coconut milk with flour and then apply to the scalp. The paste removes the infection and promotes growth of hair follicles.

 

How Does It Work?

The active constituent making a mark in antibacterial activity is known as lauric acid. In the body it gets converted into monoglyceride known as monolaurin. The other acids present in coconut oil are capric acid, caprylic acid etc which display the same properties.

 

6. Aloe Vera

The plant gel acts as a trigger and enhances circulation of blood to all parts of the body.

Step 1

Take an aloe vera plant and cut the leaf near the joining area of the branch.

Step 2

Take the gel and apply on the head.

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How Does It Work?

The gel contains aloin and vitamins such as A, E, C, choline, B3 (niacin), B2, B1 and folic acid. The aloe vera can be regarded as among the few plants that contain vitamin B12. The minerals found are magnesium, selenium, potassium, manganese, chromium, and zinc. It also contains fatty acids such as B-sitosterol, campesterol, and HCL cholesterol (possess the ability to reduce fats in the blood).

The major part that plays in the disorder of alopecia areata is that the gel of aloe vera is an adaptogen. It makes the body adapt to changes and resist any illness. The entire body is balanced and the immune system gets a boost.

The anti microbial properties are linked with cinnamic acid, lupeol, sulfur, urea nitrogen and salicylic acid. They eliminate the microorganisms.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to onions, garlic, tulips and plants of the Liliaceae family. You can suffer from hives, inflammation of skin etc.

 

7. Green Tea

Step 1

Prepare green tea the normal way.

Step 2

Dip a cloth in green tea.

Step 3

Strain the cloth, wipe the affected areas.

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How Does It Work?

The saponins, catechins as well the antioxidants present in green tea help trigger the regrowth (regeneration) of new cells in scalp. Also, if there is any infection of free radicals they get eliminated.

 

 

7. Chinese Hibiscus

The flower is long associated with health of hair such as elimination of split ends and also the rejuvenation of follicles of hair.

Step 1

The ingredients are six hibiscus flowers, half cup of the same plant leaves and five cups of water.

Step 2

You can include soap nuts (optional). It can be ten of them.

Step 3

Boil the entire mixture till the content becomes one and a half cup.

Step 4

End the flame and allow the mixture to cool.

Step 5

You can mash the product as well strain the water. You have got your shampoo.

Step 6

Wash your hair with water.

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How Does It Work?

Hibiscus or in other words, shoe flower can be regarded as an effective treatment for alopecia areata. The components of this flower are calcium, phosphorous, vitamin C, riboflavin and its leaves have carotene. Carotene prevents graying of hair at an early stage.

 

8. Fenugreek Seeds

The seeds have hormone triggering components that can help build follicles of hair which have become damaged due to alopecia areata. The other components enhance the defensive properties of the scalp.

Step 1

Take three teaspoons of fenugreek seeds with two cups of water.

Step 2

Mix the two together and let them remain overnight.

Step 3

Mash them in the morning and apply on the affected areas for sixty minutes.

You can leave them for an hour and then give a wash. Follow this procedure for thirty days and you can see maximum results.

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How Can It Work?

They are great sources of nicotinic acid and protein, which can reduce dandruff as well prevent thinning of hair. The other important compound is called as non-starch polysaccharides that make major portion of the fiber content. The other constituents are mucilage, pectin, tannin,saponin, hemicellulose etc. The other medicinal constituents are neotigogens, tigogenin, yamogenin etc.

The proteins, nicotinic acids along with lecithinare are important sources which strengthen the hair right from the root and solve the problems of follicles entirely.

 

Not Good, If:

  1. You are allergic to fenugreek seeds. You can suffer from rashes, dizziness and hives.

 

 

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You can see a doctor if:

You have developed a bald spot on the scalp

You notice that the hair has become thin and you suffer from bald areas around the head

You have lost the eyelashes or eyebrows; beard faces loss of hair; you have less hair on underarms
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Natural Remedy Vs Pharmacy

Cortisone cream is prescribed and when applied on the bald patches reduce the immune reaction. Cortisone can also be applied on the bald patches for suppressing the immune reaction.

Rogaine (topical minoxidil) can increase the growth of hair as it can enhance the growth cycle of natural hair.

You can also opt for immunotherapy by having prescribed medicines such as DCP or diphencyprone or SADBE (squaric acid dibutyl ester) on the affected areas of the scalp. The process works by neutralizing the active immune cells.