Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hair Loss Treatment


Hair Fall is a normal process upto a certain extant. On an average 60 – 80 hair fall a day is normal, but more than that is abnormal and is a reason to worry. Approximately 45% of hair disorders are comes under this category. It can affect both Male and Female, but more presence in Males, in females thining of hair is it's symbol Hair Loss can be differentiated in 5 major types such as :-
Androgenic Alopecia or Male-pattern baldness: Accounts for 95% of all hair loss
Alopecia Aerata: Hair falls out in clumps or patches
Alopecia totalis: Complete Baldness
Alopecia Universalis: Complete loss of all body hair
Anagen Effluvium: Chemotherapy caused poisoning of hair follicle

Male Pattern Baldness: Androgenic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness (MBP) accounts for 95 % of all hair loss and starts when an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase in a hair follicle combines with testosterone. The enzyme changes testosterone into a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

It is believed that DHT causes the hair follicle to shrink until the hair grows thinner and smaller – until it eventually disappears altogether.

Male and Female pattern hair loss is due to the effect of DHT, among the people who are genetically linked with baldness. This is also the cause of hair loss in women.

Hair Root exposed to DHT enter the resting phase and begin to shrink. Eventually the root becomes so weak and shallow, the scalp can no longer sustain hair growth.

The damaged hair roots are not necessarily dead, however, and may be induced to resume growth with proper stimulation and nutrition.

Reasons for Hair Loss: Hair Loss may happen due to :-

Thyroid or Liver disease
Liver or Kidney failure
Starting or stopping birth control pills
Very high fever
Severe Stress and Tension
Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
Essential fatty acid deficiency
Zinc deficiency
Any condition that upsets the Hormone system of body
Protein deficiency (Common with vegetarian diets)
Loss of Appetite or Dieting
Too much intake of vitamin A
Local viral, fungal, or protozoan infection
Drug toxicity
Antimitotics – such as those used for cancer chemotherapy
Bromocriptine – used to stop lactation (Breast Milk)
High B.P. Medicines (Beta blockers / ACE inhibitors)
Appetite destroyer (Amphetamines)

Food Useful in controlling Hair Loss:

Brown rice
Sweet rice and mochi (pounded sweet rice)
Root vegetables, such as carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, ginger, turnips, and onions
Winter squash
Black beans
Black pepper
Brown rice syrup
Whole grains
Nuts and seeds
Leafy, green vegetables

Foods to Avoid during Hair Loss:

Cold foods and drinks
Sugary foods and drinks
Fatty foods
Animal protein
Excessive raw foods
Fruit, especially citrus
Dairy products


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