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bullet The definition of alopecia areata

alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disease that results in hair loss on the scalp and any other parts of the body. It occurs in males and females of all ages but most often the onset can be seen in childhood. This common but very challenging and capricious disease affects approximately 1.7 percent of the world population and can have a profound effect on one's physical and emotional state. Alopecia areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).

bullet What are the triggers or causes of alopecia areata ?

It's yet not perfectly understood what causes alopecia areata. For some reason, follicles stop producing visible hair, resulting in smooth bald patches that can appear overnight. Researchers are trying to determine what triggers the disease, and whether it's from within the body or from environmental factors. There are no diagnostic tests available which can predict the onset and behavior of alopecia areata. However there may be some hereditary factors which play a roll in hair loss, in about 20% of cases people with alopecia areata have a family member who are also affected. Below area few common factors which are known as a trigger for Alopecia areata.

• Genetic tendencies • Environmental triggers • Medicines
• Long illness • Exposure to chemicals • Nutritional deficiency
• Thyroid dysfunction • Extreme Stress • Vaccines
• Local skin disease • Pregnancy  
bullet What are the symptoms of alopecia areata ? How it may progress ?

The typical pattern is one or more bald patches appear on the scalp or any other part of the body. These tend to be around in shape, and about the size of a large coin. A Family member, friend, or hairdresser may be the first person to notice the bare patch or patches. Apart from the hairless patch, the scalp usually looks healthy. In few cases, the patient may feel redness, scaling, mild burning, or a slight itchy feeling on an affected part. Quite often the bald patch or patches re-grow hair within a few months. If hair grows back it may not have its primary color and looks grey or white. The original color eventually returns after several months. Sometimes, the initial hairless patch re-grows hair whilst a new bare patch is developing. Often several small hairless patches develop and merge into a larger bald area. Patches on body hair, beard, eyebrows, or eyelashes can be seen in some cases. Large bald patches develop in some people. Whole scalp hair loss is known as alopecia totalis and complete body hair loss is known as alopecia universalis. The nails are affected in about 1 in five cases and can become pitted or ridged.When a bald patch first develops, it is difficult to predict how it will progress. Alopecia areata behaves in a different way in everyone. However below are the classifications of how it may progress.

Primary Alopecia Areata Primary Alopecia Areata Primary Alopecia Areata Primary Alopecia Areata

Primary Alopecia Areata : A small, round, non - scarring smooth patch which can be seen on any part of the body.

Mild Transient Alopecia Areata Mild Transient Alopecia Areata Mild Transient Alopecia Areata Mild Transient Alopecia Areata

Mild Transient Alopecia Areata : Patient with repeated transient alopecia areata but never converts into alopecia totalis or universalis. The hair loss in these patients lasted longer than those with primary alopecia areata and sometimes associated with seasonal recurrences.

Transient Alopecia Areata Transient Alopecia Areata Transient Alopecia Areata Transient Alopecia Areata

Transient Alopecia Areata : Patient with alopecia areata in progressive phase and some of them converts into alopecia totalis/alopecia universalis. Known as chronic condition.

Ophiasis Alopecia Areata Ophiasis Alopecia Areata Ophiasis Alopecia Areata Ophiasis Alopecia Areata

Ophiasis Alopecia Areata : Ophiasis type of alopecia areata shows a band like hair loss. It occurs mostly in the temporal or the regions of the scalp and is therefore more difficult to treat, as most medicines have a delayed action on these areas.

Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis

Alopecia Totalis & Alopecia Universalis : Alopecia totalis and universalis are known as an extreme stage of alopecia areata. Alopecia totalis means entire scalp hair loss, alopecia universalis means entire body hair loss.

bullet What is ayurveda ? What is alopecia areata as per ayurveda ?

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine alopecia areata Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India, which originated there over 5,000 years ago. Ayu means "life" and Veda means "science." According to this translation, ayurveda means "the science of life.  
Ayurveda has described alopecia areata as Indralupt many natural treatment options Ayurveda has described alopecia areata as Indralupt. There are so many natural treatment options given in the ancient ayurveda books, which is known as most potential treatment.  

bullet What is the origin of ayurveda ?

Widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world, Ayurveda is an intricate medical system that originated in India thousands of years ago. The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas, the ancient Indian books of wisdom. The Rig Veda, which was written over 6,000 years ago, contains a series of prescriptions for different types of ailments. The key to natural Alopecia hair loss treatment, lies within the Ayurveda. 

bullet What are the basic principles of ayurveda?

Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans by three doshas, or energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance. Every individual has a distinct balance, and our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas (tridoshas). Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines to help individuals reduce the excess dosha.

bullet Which ayurvedic oils & herbs are used in the treatment of alopecia areata ?

Sesame Oil (Sesarnum indicum), Coconut oil, Motiya (Jasmine), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Bhringaraj (Eclipta alba), Gotu kola (Centella asiatica), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Licorice, Musk root (Nardostachys jatamansi), Nutgrass (Cyprus rotundus), Indrayan (Citrullus colcynthis) (Bitter apple), Indian licorice (Gunja) (Abrus precatorius), Daru Haridra (Berberris asiatica), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Karanj (Pongamia glabra), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia). All of these natural ingredients can be a part of Alopecia hair loss treatment.

bullet What exactly in the treatment ? Is there any oral pill in the treatment ? Will the treatment disturb my daily routine ? Will I have to apply the products during my office hours ? Does it contain any perfume/fragrance ?

Alopecia (hair loss) treatment

Dr Rohit's natural treatment for alopecia areata contains natural oils, natural powders, natural paste. The treatment does not contain any oral pills. Products are prepared according to the history given by the patient and it is prepared at a registered pharmacy under the strict norms of ayurveda. Applications are so convenient that anyone can use it at home. The mode of application does not disturb office hours. Products are applied at night and washed off in the morning. The products do not contain any perfume or artificial fragrance.

bullet How external natural therapy does work in alopecia areata ?

Alopecia areata is an auto-immune condition. The exact pathology is not yet known so there is no 100% perfect cure for alopecia areata. Most of the oral medicines available in the market are known as placebo products. Ancient ayurvedic books have described alopecia areata as indralupt and there are so many natural treatments indicated which have been used successfully in India and other Asian countries. Topical Ayurvedic herbs and oils are effective to stimulate hair follicles and have proved a safe and best alternate to cope up with alopecia areata. However the exact pharmacological action of these herbs and oils are not yet known.

bullet Why Dr. Rohit's natural therapy is best treatment option for alopecia areata ?


bullet If I start the treatment when will I see the result ? What will the duration of my treatment ?

In most cases, natural therapy takes 3-4 months to start showing its effect but in few cases, it may take 9-12 months. Duration of treatment can be variable in each individual. However approximate duration of treatment is given as under :

Primary Alopecia Areata 12 to 18 months
Alopecia Areata (Patchy) 18 to 24 months
Alopecia Areata (more than 50% hairloss, alopecia totalis or universalis) 36 to 48 months

bullet Does natural therapy make the patient lifetime free from alopecia areata ?

Alopecia areata is an idiopathic [no reason found] medical condition. No therapy can guarantee that a patient will remain symptom free for the rest of the life. Certain circumstances or trigger may cause reoccurrences. However compare to other treatments, results with natural therapy are long lasting and recurrence rate is very low.

bullet Are there any side effects of natural treatment ?

Compare to other treatments, topical natural treatment is known as safest way to cope up with alopecia areata. There are no known side effects of natural treatments.

bullet Once I start the natural treatment, will it stop progress of alopecia areata ? Is it normal to get new patch even though I am using natural therapy ?

If alopecia areata is in active and progressive stage, no treatment can stop it immediately. There are chances of new patches even though you are taking any treatment.

bullet Is there any way to get rapid results ?

No. There is nothing like rapid treatment for alopecia areata. Any therapy will take 4-6 months to yield its results. This is true for all types of Alopecia Arteta herbal treatments.

bullet I have been diagnosed with alopecia areata, is there any way to know whether it will convert into alopecia totalis or universalis ?

Unfortunately the prognosis for alopecia areata can be variable for each individual. When a bald patch first develops, it is difficult to predict how it will progress. There are no symptoms before bald patches appear or no diagnostic tests available which can predict whether it will convert into alopecia totalis or universalis.

bullet What about extensive alopecia areata where greater than 50 % hair is lost?

Natural treatment definitely helps in such patients. The success ratio is high compare to other treatments, however duration of the treatment varies from person to person. We had seen in our clinical practice that some patients got faster recovery but some took long time to respond natural treatments.

bullet I am a patient of alopecia totalis / alopecia universalis. Will natural therapy work for me ?

Alopecia totalis or universalis are known as extreme stage of alopecia areata and there is no perfect cure for it. We recommend to try natural therapy for minimum 12 months for those patients who are newly diagnosed with alopecia totalis/universalis. After completion of 12 months therapy, if we find some positive results, we recommend to continue the therapy. However if there is no results after 12 months, we recommend to stop the therapy. We do not recommend natural therapy for those patients who have had long history of alopecia totalis / alopecia universalis since last 3 years or more time. It is not well understood how natural therapy gives result in few cases and not in others. The perfect pharmacological action of natural therapy is yet not known.

bullet Is alopecia areata contagious ? Will it spread to my family members ?

Alopecia areata is not a contagious or an infectious disease. It cannot be passed from one to another.

bullet Can the natural treatment be taken with dietary supplements, multivitamins or homeopathic treatment?

Yes, natural treatment can be used with dietary supplements, multivitamins or homeopathic treatment .

bullet Can I use the natural treatment during pregnancy ?

Yes, Alopecia Arteta natural treatment is safe during pregnancy. However we recommend to consult your gynecologist before you start natural therapy.

bullet If i start the treatment, will I have to use natural products rest of my life? Once I stop the treatment, will I loose my hair again ?

No. there will be no need to use the natural products rest of your life. In most cases, natural therapy gives long lasting results.

bullet I have been wearing a wig, can I still use these products ?

Yes, you can use the natural products even though you are wearing a wig because natural products are applied at night and washed off in the morning. These products are essential for sucessfull Alopecia Arteta natural treatment. 

bullet Someone told me to apply garlic paste [or onion paste, ginger, jamalgota seeds (croton tiglium)] on affected areas of alopecia areata. Will it help me ?
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Using garlic, ginger, onion, lime, jamalgota seeds, diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP) may destroy hair follicles which may convert into scarring alopecia. As per Ayurveda,Garlic and onion are known for its Tamsik property, They all work in much the same way as mild skin irritants. The more modern version of this type of treatment approach is using Anthralin. Jamalgota (croton) is poisonous seed and causes lot of irritation and even blisters. We recommend not to do such experiments because sometimes it can cause permanent damage to hair follicles and alopecia areata may convert into scarring alopecia.

bullet Someone told me to shave off entire scalp and then i will get new hair on alopecia areata patches. Is it true ?

No. it is not true. If you remove the hair from entire scalp, it will not help to regrow your hair on alopecia areata patches. You will have to opt for specialised, patchy hair loss treatment.

bullet While regrowth, I have noticed white hair on affected area of alopecia areata. Will those hair stay lifelong white or eventually I will get my original hair back ?

In few alopecia areata patients, regrowth may start with soft white hair but eventually those hair will change to a normal texture and pigment. Usually after about 2-3 inches of growth, hair starts getting pigmentation. In some individual, hair also become curly but it could be a part of the healing process. This is completely natural for any type of Alopecia Arteta Herbal tretament. 

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