The search for natural alternatives to treat hair loss aims to find alternatives for conventional pharmacological measures, since these often have extreme side effects. One of these alternatives is homeopathy – it can be termed a natural route because this medicinal system utilizes distillations of organic substances. Homeopathy has several treatment modes for addressing hair loss. A qualified homeopath’s arsenal of remedies includes fluoric acid, lycopodium, kali carbonicum, kali sulphuricum, natrum mur, phosphorus, selenium and tissue salts. What a homeopath actually prescribes depends on the problem’s nature and severity.
Results from the homeopathic approach can take a longer time, but they are very often dramatic. Effective treatment of hair loss with homeopathy depends on accurate dilution ratios. In other words, it is not a ‘do-it-yourself’ option.
Aromatherapy as a treatment for hair loss is becoming increasingly popular, but the basis is not necessarily scientific. Experts in aromatherapy use the oils obtained from bay, cedar wood, grapefruit, jojoba, lavender, lemon, rosemary, thyme and Roman chamomile. Users massage these compounds into the scalp and disperse them into the air with special dispersing units. The combined effect of absorption and inhalation apparently arrests hair loss. Some users even report renewed hair growth after using this method.
The orient has given us many natural hair loss remedies. They include combinations of honey, aloe, arnica, brahmi and mulberries, amongst others. Ayurveda, an ancient medical discipline from India, involves massages with and ingestion of certain herbal formulations. Obviously, these approaches are only of possible benefit if a professional practitioner is involved.
Dietary modification has often employed in addressing male and female pattern baldness. In the dietary approach to hair loss, the accent is on foods rich in minerals like silica, iron and calcium such as green vegetables. In the treatment of female hair loss, there is increased focus on protein and zinc supplementation.
Practitioners of acupuncture and acupressure state that these treatment modes have beneficial effects in stopping and reversing hair loss, too. These disciplines derive from the belief that there is a direct relation between hair loss and blood purity. The integrity of internal organs and sexual health are apparently important factors, too.
There is sufficient evidence to support the benefits of regular massage of the affected area. This stimulates blood circulation and can help dormant hair follicles to yield new growth. Massage for stopping hair loss can be done manually or with the help of electrical massagers. In cases where prostate abnormalities in a male hair cause hair loss, natural remedy specialists often prescribe saw palmetto extract. This compound lowers the incidence of androgenetic alopecia. It can sometimes be useful in cases of female hair loss, too. However, its use on women using oral contraceptives or any kind of hormone therapy is contraindicated.
Detoxifying the metabolic system usually has very good results in cases of hair loss. Plain abstinence from alcohol, smoking and recreational drugs is often not enough to protect us from the toxins all around us. Toxins such as chlorine, pesticides, second-hand smoke, traffic exhaust fumes, certain cosmetics and germs in the air infiltrate the body systems and place an enormous load on our metabolic systems. This causes general health to deteriorate and one of the symptoms is often hair loss. Various detoxification therapies are now available to us, but caution should govern their use.