Everyone experiences hair loss to some degree, but for those out there with more severe hair loss – or long term hair loss – there are treatment options that can help you regrow your mane.
The average person has between 100,000 – 150,000 hairs, which means that the roughly 100 hairs that you lose every day don’t make a big dent in your ‘do.
Everyday hair loss can become a problem, however, if you aren’t re-growing those hairs at the same rate that you’re losing them.
Sometimes, however, follicle deficiency is outside the realm of normal everyday loss, and can mean bald patches or overall balding.
However, there are a number of naturopathic treatments which may be able to help, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for hair loss.
But before we get to those, let’s talk about where hair loss comes from.
What Causes Hair Loss?
A number of different factors can cause hair loss, including:
• Stress, both severe and sustained
• Hormone imbalances, such as hypothyroid
• Nutritional deficiencies, such as iron or biotin deficiency
• Medication side-effects
• Harmful hair-styling practices
Natural Solutions For Hair Loss
If you’re suffering from hair loss, the first step is to find out what’s causing it.
For example, if we discover one of your prescriptions has hair loss as a side effect, it’s unlikely that any natural treatments will suffice.
In the case of above-average hair loss with an obvious cause, patience and time will see resolution of the problem.
When the lost hair doesn’t re-grow, or turns into long-term, sustained hair loss, then one of the following, among other possible treatments, might be the solution for you.
Here are a few natural solutions for hair loss.
This is only relevant if the person loses hair due to too much testosterone.
1. Supplement With Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is a good way to help if the underlying issue is a testosterone imbalance, because it helps regulate that particular hormone.
Testosterone is a common hair-thinning culprit, in both men and women.
Saw palmetto can be taken by supplement, or can be applied as an extract in a shampoo base, and the result is thicker hair after about three months.
2. Consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
One of the most common causes for hair loss in women is menopause, among many other symptoms.
One option for menopausal women that helps with many of these side-effects is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
BHRT is just as effective as synthetic hormone therapy in controlling the hormone fluctuations that cause hot flashes, osteoporosis and also dreaded hair loss.
3. Supplement With Fish Oil
Fish oil is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which boast a whole host of benefits for your body and brain.
One of the things that fish oil does is reduce inflammation, which could be a cause of hair loss if that inflammation is attacking your scalp.
Chronic inflammation is as serious as it sounds, and while Fish Oil Treatments could help, the source should be investigated; it could be related to early stages of many diseases and disorders, including autoimmune disease, cancer and metabolic syndromes.
4. Consider The Side Effects Of Your Prescription Medicine
Prescription medication is infamous for its side effects, and hair loss is a more common one than you’d think.
One of the most common culprits for women is the birth control pill, which is why doctors may recommend against this form of birth control for women who are prone to hair loss.
In fact, many hormonal medications warn of hair loss as a side effect.
Another medication class that continues to grow in use is antidepressants, which can be a cause for follicle deficiency.
5. Supplement With Zinc
Zinc is well-known as an aid for wound healing and tissue repair, which means that while you’re also boosting your immune system, adding more zinc to your diet can also boost hair replacement.
For instance, zinc is also one of the main components in diaper rash cream, and helps fight skin irritations and infections.
The best way to absorb zinc is naturally, through foods such as chickpeas, grass-fed beef (an excellent source of iron, which could also be a cause of hair loss if you’re deficient) and tasty snacks such as pumpkin seeds.
Contact Dr. Simona
If you’re feeling like your hair is thinner than it used to be, call me, Dr. Simona, for a consultation so we can discuss the best way to restore your head of hair naturally.
If you’re new to naturopathic medicine, I offer new patients a FREE 15-minute consultation.
During that consultation, you and I will sit down in a simple, comfortable atmosphere.
We’ll talk about your hair loss concerns as well as any other health issues you may have, I’ll answer any questions, and from there we can talk about how naturopathic medicine may be able to help you.
Hair loss is an annoying – and sometimes persistent – issue, but there are natural solutions available which may be able to help.
Reach out now and we’ll begin working toward getting you back to full hair health.