Alopecia and sudden hair loss - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Alopecia episodes is usally seen in adults as a result of some sort of shock to the nutrition of the hair follicles in the scalp. People that are affected report that clumps of hair come away while combing or brushing, often in circular patches...

Woman with hair loss problem before and after treatment on grey background, collage. Visiting trichologist

Alternative medicine suggests that this issue may be the result of circulation shock where the hair roots are deprived of blood supply for a period of time, or a chemical shock where toxins in the system have affected the health of the hair roots.

Potential causes of alopecia

  • Stress
  • Scalp infections
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy or hormonal changes
  • Genetics
  • Poor diet and malnutrition
  • Hair styling and over-colouring
  • Medications

Circulatory Shock

Alternative medicine suggests that circulatory shock is often caused by stress, when there is an increase in the amount of tension carried in the scalp. This can result in the starvation of individual hair follicles and resultant hair loss.

It has been observed that frequently these people suffer from poorer circulation generally, and carry their stresses in the neck and shoulders. Additional stress loading can further reduce the oxygen supply to certain areas of the scalp and hair loss occurs in those patches.

McDowell's Herbal Practice's standard Circulatory Shock Mix of herbs includes:- Maritime Pine Bark, Sage, Nettle, Rue, Prickly Ash, Valerian, Ginseng, Rosemary and Rosehips, as well as the Bach Flower Remedies Rescue Remedy and Crab Apple.

In addition, massage with a little Rosemary Oil to improve scalp circulation and health is recommended on a regular basis.  However, please note that any hair follicles that are already damaged will not recover, and massage will initially seem to cause more hair loss.

Toxic Shock

Hair loss resulting from chemotherapy as part of cancer treatment, is a dramatic example of a chemical or toxic shock. However, an accumulation of toxins, which are not being cleared through the normal processes of elimination through the skin, may settle in patches under the skin of the scalp. This can produce local areas of toxic shock to the hair follicles and result in those patches of hair falling out.

McDowell's Herbal treats this condition with blood cleansers and specific metabolic tonics and the problem can be resolved quite quickly.

In addition, massage is recommended using a little rosemary oil to improve scalp circulation and health. Please note that any hair follicles that are already damaged will not recover, and massage will initially seem to cause more hair loss. 

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