Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a condition that afflicts all humans from teen age to 50. It begins with loss of hair from scalp to other places on the body where hair normally grows. It usually starts in patches, and can slowly encompass the entire scalp or body.

Hair loss to the entire scalp is called Alopecia totalis. Hair loss to the entire body is called Alopecia universalis. Your head is the most affected area, which is natural because it has the largest number of hairs on the scalp, sides and face. Alopecia can occur in either men or women of any age, but children are normally affected the most often when it is a hereditary ailment.

An interesting fact is that hair follicles, the roots of the hair, although they may appear to have shrunken and hair growth does not appear above the surface of the skin, they remain alive and can burst into spontaneous regrowth anytime, days, months or years after the original onset with full hair recovery.

Why it comes?
Most dermatologists say that the alopecia is the result of bad diet, stress, poor circulation or polluted environment.If your loved person has alopecia, you can help her recover and get full regrowth through a judicious blend of diet, massage, detox regimes, and it helps if she converts herself to a fully balanced diet full of whole foods, organic vegetables, free from refined or processed foods, eat lots of green, red and yellow vegetables.

How to stop it?
For a hair friendly diet, ensure that whole foods are consumed regularly. Prefer organic foods to refined or processed foods, and take lots of fresh and green vegetables, and importantly, drink lots of water. The humble Indian Gooseberry (amla) fruit was traditionally consumed to strengthen the hair, connective tissues and muscle.

It is essential to stay as far away as possible from chemicals, insecticides, herbicides, cosmetics and aerosol sprays. In fact one must consciously stay away from all man made pollutants or chemicals. It is advisable to use a Rosemary rinse on the scalp, as it is traditionally used to treat hair loss.