Alopecia areata is sudden loss of patches of hair when there is no obvious cause such as a skin or general internal disorder.

(See also Overview of Hair Growth and Hair Loss [Alopecia].)

Alopecia areata is common. It occurs in both sexes and at all ages but is most common among children and young adults.

Our individuality or uniqueness as a person, is the reason why some people experience it more severely than others. Homeopathy values this uniqueness of yours.

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Shaving the head does not bring back, the hair lost in the bald patch. In fact, it acts as stress for already weak follicles and increases the speed of upcoming bald patches.

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Causes of alopecia areata

The cause of alopecia areata is believed to be an autoimmune reaction in which the body’s immune defenses mistakenly attack the hair follicles. Alopecia areata is not the result of another disorder, but some people may also have a coexisting thyroid disorder or vitiligo (a skin pigment disorder).

Recurrent and severe alopecia areata can prevent people from doing what they usually enjoy and starts to affect the mind as well. They may become shy, depressed and anxious. They may stop their activities, withdraw socially, and become preoccupied with their appearance. The mind-body complex is now fully affected and becomes a vicious circle which keeps an individual in suffering mode.

Symptoms of alopecia areata

Round, irregular patches of hair are suddenly lost. Around the edges of the patches are characteristic short, broken hairs, which resemble exclamation points.

The site of hair loss is usually the scalp or beard. Sometimes all the scalp hair is lost called as alopecia totalis. When hair is lost from around the side and back edges of the scalp it is called ophiasis, or hair is lost on the top of the head but not at the edges of the scalp called sisaipho. Rarely, all body hair is lost, a condition called alopecia universalis.

The nails may become pitted or rough, or the half moon at the base of the nails (the lunula) may be red.

Diagnosis of alopecia areata

A doctor’s thorough evaluation which includes physical; mental; emotional; social health and environmental influence. Through this evaluation doctors try to identify the causes, factors modifying it and the impact of it on the daily life quality of a person.

Doctors base the diagnosis of alopecia areata on the location and appearance of the patches. Doctors examine the scalp, body surface, and nails. To rule out other disorders, doctors may do testing.

Doctors ask how the person feels; eats; sleeps and goes through a routine day. Identifying these changes is critical because they can make the situation better or worse and, if present, must be treated for it to be treated effectively.

Homeopathic Treatment of alopecia areata

After a thorough evaluation, each case is worked upon and a set of similar medicines is derived, from which one single medicine which fits the patient’s presentation at that time, in relevant intensity and repetitions is given.

Some need only one medicine throughout the duration of treatment and some need few in sequence one after another across the treatment.

Timely follow-ups are essential to keep moving forward towards the goal of treatment and to identify, manage and overcome any obstacles to the outcome.

Outcome of Individualized Homeopathic Treatment

With Individualised Homeopathic treatment focused on the person who is suffering, the outlook is as follows:

  • Reduces new patch emergence
  • Brings back the lost hair
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces recurrence
  • Improves hair condition
  • Restores function
  • Better moods
  • Improves quality of life

Each person is unique and hence the time taken for treatment and the results achieved are also unique. 

Try to consult a well qualified professional homeopath who practices adhering to the tenets of Hahnemannian Homeopathy for Best Outcomes.

Alopecia Areata

Quick Facts


"Alopecia" means hair loss. "Areata" means occurring in patches.

Alopecia areata is the sudden loss of patches of hair without any of the obvious causes.

  • Your hair falls out in patches for no clear reason
  • Alopecia areata is common and happens most often in children and young adults
  • The hair loss is usually from the scalp or beard
  • Your fingernails may become rough and pitted

Doctors think alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder.

In an autoimmune disorder, your immune system goes haywire and mistakenly attacks part of your body.

In alopecia areata, your immune system attacks your hair follicles so hair doesn't grow. If not cured it can start affecting the hair follicles all over the body and you will be left without any hairs - alopecia Universalis.

Alopecia areata causes:

  • Round patches of missing hair—patches can be small or you can lose all the hair on your scalp.

You may notice short, broken hairs at the edges of the patches. You may have rough and pitted nails. There are no other symptoms, and you otherwise feel well.

You, and the whole of you, are the only reason why you experience the disease differently from others.

It is

  • your genetic predisposition and
  • your unique response system

These are constantly evolving as you grow through life. They are constituted and modified by

  • your upbringing and
  • your experience of different life situations around you

Technically the way you are wired and the way you learn and change through life is what makes you unique. This is the main reason why people experience diseases differently.

Homeopathy values this uniqueness of yours, and therefore there are no medicines for disease conditions but for the person who is experiencing those disease conditions. This is the basic reason that allows a homeopath to prescribe a single medicine at a given time, even for multiple disease conditions.

Homeopaths treat the underlying cause of your condition. If your condition is caused or made worse by a medical problem or substance use, it also will be treated. If you have any associated anxiety, stress, or any other psychological impact due to your condition, will also be given due importance while selecting homeopathic medicine.

After a thorough evaluation, each case is worked upon and a set of similar medicines is derived, from which one single medicine which fits all your symptoms at that time, in relevant intensity and repetitions is given.

Homeopaths treat alopecia areata with:

  • A homeopathic medicine that matches your whole case.

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