When a person has a good hair day, it is most certainly that the whole day will turn out to be quite good. Our hair is an important part of our personality and what defines us. We have seen in the movies that when a movie characters want to change their identities, the first thing they change is their hairstyle.
The health of our hair is very important and we should take proper care of it. Our bodies do not actually require hair for survival and hair health along with sex drive and energy are to first things that suffer when our body enters a state of imbalance.
A lot of men and women are concerned with hair loss. The average woman loses from 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. Nevertheless, if there are patches of hair which are missing, there are areas of thinning and the hair volume is reduced, it can be a sign of a possible pathological loss of hair.
History and Labs:
Upon your visit at your naturopathic doctor, you could be asked the following questions:
1. If you have noticed any flaking or itchiness of the scalp. These symptoms could be indication for various skin condition of the scalp which can lead to hair loss. Seborrheic dermatitis is an infection by a fungus, Malassezia furfur, and it causes dandruff or scalp psoriasis which is an autoimmune condition. The ND may perform trial-and –error or skin-scraping to exclude a fungal infection. For a definitive diagnoses, a skin biopsy is possible, but this is invasive test.
2. How do your labs look like? Complete lab tests are necessary in patients who suffer from hair loss. The iron levels should be checked as well as the thyroid health. Hair loss can be caused by under-functioning thyroid or low levels of iron. High androgens, the male sex hormones, can also cause hair loss.
3. If you are taking any medications? Hair loss can be caused by deficiency in minerals and vitamins such as zinc and B vitamins, which can be caused by oral contraceptives. Other medications which can lead to hair loss are antidepressants, blood pressure medications, acne medications, antibiotics, chemotherapeutics agents, pain medications and immunosuppressant. A ND with collaboration with the doctor who has prescribed the medications can work out and address the root cause of the problem, and if necessary change the medications.
4. What’s bothering you? Stress can play part in hair loss. The possible causes of hair loss can be a drop in circulation to the scalp, deficiency of protein and decrease of vitamins which are used by the adrenal glands. A condition where the hair follicles are pushed into a resting position is known as telogen effluvium. This comes as a consequence of stress since when stressed, the body enters its survival mode and does not devote resources to entities like hair loss. Another condition which is believed to be caused by stress is alopecia areata which is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the follicles of the hair. Trichotillomania is another condition, in which people pluck their own hair as a mechanism for self-soothing.
5. Are there any other symptoms? Irregular periods, weight gain, acne and hair growth on the face can be a sign of PCOS, which can also be a cause of scalp hair loss. Men who have high testosterone levels will also face hair loss. Another thing that can cause hair loss are digestive problems.
6. Which hair products do you use? Hair loss can be caused if a person is sensitive to sulphates and similar chemical ingredients to hair products.
The naturopathic treatments for this condition necessitates first identifying and then treating the root cause of the symptoms and not the hair loss. It restores health by recharging the body with minerals and vitamins. Removes scalp fungus or infection if that is necessary. It manages stress in healthy, practical way. It balances the hormone levels and the immune system with dietary changes, supplements and herbs. It nourishes the hair with vitamins like fish oil.
Castor oil hair mask:
Castor oil is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal and it increases blood flow to the areas where it is applied to. It is also an excellent moisturizer and hair supplement which is nutritious. It moisturizes split ends. By doing a self-scalp massage you can reduce the stress levels.
Put some castor oil on your palms and rub the oil to warm it. Start with the scalp and then work it into the hair follicles, moving your fingertips in circles putting on some pressure. Massage for around 5 minutes. Remove the oil with shampoo and hair conditioner.
Source: the hearty soul.com
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