Drug and medications prescribed for the treatment of alopecia
may fail to provide any satisfactory effect on hair
regrowth. When this happens, some individuals who suffer from
this hair loss disease
turn to alternative forms of therapy and treatments.
Complementary and alternative medicine for alopecia , together with conventional treatments, can help in managing the excessive loss of hair. Some of the available alternative therapies are not supported by research and clinical trials, and may not be effective in the promotion of hair regrowth. In fact, some of the alternative medicines may make the condition worse. It should also be taken into consideration that despite being said to be natural forms of therapy, these types of medicine are not guaranteed to be safe, so it is best to consult a licensed medical practitioner before starting on any form of alternative medicine for alopecia.
Alternative forms of medication that are said to help alleviate the symptoms and effects of alopecia include the following:
According to researchers from the Department of Dermatology, Aberdeen Royal
Infirmary, Foresterhill, Scotland, aromatherapy
is an effective form of alternative treatment for patients with
Individuals who undergo aromatherapy have shown significant results after months of undergoing treatment. It was concluded, based on the study conducted by the research group, that aromatherapy is an effective and safe alternative treatment for the said hair loss disease.
The intake of foods that aid in inflammation such as saturated fats and dairy products should be reduced. More vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids, and protein should be introduced into the diet. Trace minerals such as those present in blue green algae aid in the regrowth of hair. So does biotin.
For individuals suffering from androgenetic alopecia, the intake of vitamin B6, zinc and gamma-linolic acid can help in inhibiting 5-alpha reductase. Hair loss brought about my hormonal imbalance can be reduced through the intake of essential fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium as these enhance the production of hormones.
Herbs in the form of dried extracts
such as capsules, powders and teas, alcohol extracts, or glycerine
extracts may be used to alleviate the effects of alopecia.
Using different mixtures of teas such as ginkgo, black cohosh, yarrow, saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, chaste tree, Echinacea, astragalus, and ginseng can aid in regrowing of hair that was lost due to androgenetic alopecia, hormonal imbalance or autoimmune diseases.
Techniques used for the reduction of stress can be done to increase the flow of blood to the scalp, thereby aiding in the hair regrowth process.
Some forms of therapeutic massage can increase circulation and reduce stress. Massaging the scalp with the use of oils such as rosemary, sage, cedarwood, and thyme can greatly help in increasing circulation. These essential oils should be massaged onto the scalp daily. The use of oils and massage has been proven to work and have not shown any side effects; however, some individuals may have allergic reactions to the oils used.
Preliminary studies have been conducted to explore the use of hypnosis as an alternative form of medication to aid in the hair growth of individuals with alopecia. Patients who were involved in the study have shown a significant increase in hair regrowth. These studies; however, had some limitations and may not be as conclusive if compared to larger studies conducted on other forms of medication.