Natural Ways of Overcoming Hair Loss
by Vera Peiffer
It is estimated today that around 25 to 50 percent of women will suffer a spell of hair loss in their lives. These statistics are not far behind those of men. Hair loss is increasingly becoming a problem and it is no longer a consequence of old age. Younger and younger men and women are affected, and even though it is not a life-threatening condition, it can be emotionally devastating.
I should know because it happened to me. At the age of 14, I discovered a small bald patch on my head which slowly became bigger. Doctors and dermatologists did not seem to know why it was happening or what could be done. UVA treatment, steroid tablets and irritants didn't help, and steroid injections into the scalp made the hair loss even worse.
I was devastated when I realised that I had to start wearing a wig to cover my baldness. I could not believe what was happening to me, and nothing seemed to stop the hair from falling out. Within another few months, I had lost all the hair on my head. Within another six months, the hair on my entire body had fallen out.
To this day, I don't know how I got through the first few years of losing all my hair. I tried more medical treatments with irritants which produced a bit of hair but this fell out immediately once the treatment was stopped.
I had tried every conventional treatment that was available at the time, none of which worked, but all of which had major negative side effects. For the next thirty years I was to try and recover from the medically induced health problems I had developed.
Thirty years later, while I was training to become a health kinesiologist, a fellow student worked on me to see if my hair growth could be restored. Using my arm muscle as biofeedback, she found out what it was my body needed to rebalance itself and to become healthy again. After 16 sessions, I noticed that something was happening on my head. I looked at my scalp and found that tiny hairs had started to grow. It was the happiest day of my life and for weeks, I spent hours in front of the mirror just to see whether it was all still there!
Since my own hair started growing back, I have spent endless hours researching alopecia and have been able to help numerous clients regrow their hair using Health Kinesiology, self-hypnosis and natural supplements. My findings, together with many self-help methods, resulted in my book Regrowing Hair Naturally.
types of hair loss
The three most common types of hair loss are alopecia areata, alopecia androgenetica and telogen effluvium.
areata usually starts with one small round patch where hair falls out, usually on the
head. This bald patch can stay the same size and then gradually begin to grow
hair again, or it can become bigger, with more bald patches turning up. In about
30 percent of cases, the bald patches become worse and all the hair on the head
falls out. In rare cases, such as mine, all the hair on the entire body can be
condition is considered an auto-immune disease.
also called 'male pattern hair loss'. It shows itself in men as gradually
receding temples and thinning of the hair on the crown. In women, alopecia
androgenetica commences by thinning hair in the crown area which slowly
spreads over the top of the head. The remaining hair grows only very finely so
that the scalp can be seen through the hair.
both men and women, this condition is thought to be caused by genetic factors
and/ or hormonal imbalance.
is a condition that affects women only, usually after childbirth or during
menopause. ‘Telogen” is the resting phase in the hair cycle where hair
becomes loose in the hair follicle and is shed. The word ‘effluvium’ means
'flow out' and is used here in the sense of 'shedding'.
Telogen effluvium is different from alopecia androgenetica in that hair is shed evenly over the whole head and sometimes also over other parts of the body.
condition is considered to be due to an hormonal imbalance.
of hair loss
are a great number of reasons why your hair can start falling out. Pinpointing
the underlying cause is crucial but can be tricky as the body sometimes shows a
delayed reaction to a noxious substance or a traumatic event. It is also
possible that hair loss problems are triggered by a combination of causes.
body is an extremely finely tuned mechanism which is geared towards keeping an
equilibrium. If, for example, you are getting too hot, the body starts cooling
you down by producing sweat which evaporates on the skin's surface and so
returns the body temperature to normal again.
start occurring when this ability to adapt is overstretched and the body can no
longer right itself and consequently remains in a permanently unbalanced state.
It is at this point that you start noticing symptoms of illness or disease.
we often overlook or ignore the initial warning signals that the body sends out,
and we tend to only take action when the symptoms become acute or slow us down
so much that we can't function normally any more. Worse still – conventional
medicine often treats the symptoms only by switching them off so that we no
longer get the warning signals. Often, this makes matters worse. Not only has
the underlying cause been ignored, but now we are also likely to have
side-effects from the drugs so that the underlying cause for our initial symptom
gets obscured even further.
the body is struggling or unable to return to its natural equilibrium, the
immune system is compromised and bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites
have easy access. By the time your hair is starting to fall out, a lot has
already gone wrong. The hair problem is usually only the tip of the iceberg.
is a list of reasons that can be at the bottom of your hair loss problem:
of vitamins and minerals through toxicity
imbalance through toxicity
or overactive thyroid through toxicity
blood loss during an operation or accident
or chronic illness
immune system through toxicity
products and dyes
can you do?
order to help yourself, you should check the following areas:
Do you have any silver-grey amalgam fillings in your mouth? These leak mercury
vapours into the body which are known to cause a number of serious health
problems, amongst them hair loss. You will need to detox first and, at a later
stage, have the amalgam fillings replaced. Spirulina is a particularly relevant
remedy in this context.
Do you have a problem with parasites? Have a health kinesiologist or
bioresonance practitioner check this out. Parasites
destroy body cells faster than they can be regenerated.
Important remedies for fighting off parasites are wormwood, cloves and
Are you drinking enough water? You
should have at least 8 large glasses of still filtered water a day. This is
absolutely essential if you want to help your liver, kidneys and gut to work
well so hair can grow again.
Are you frequently stressed? Sort out any emotional problems by going to an
analytical hypnotherapist or counsellor. Stress is a big factor in hair loss –
I have had clients who regrew their hair simply by getting rid of emotional
baggage. Alternatively, learn self-hypnosis to help your emotions back onto an
any supplements you are taking it is crucial to take the right amount. If you
take too little, you spend a lot of money and the supplement doesn’t work. If
you take too much, it can be dangerous as in the case of iron. Your best bet is
to have a hair or nail analysis done or go to see a health kinesiologist or a
Health Kinesiology (HK)
is a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and western style muscle
testing. By touching an acupuncture point and at the same time exerting gentle
pressure on, say, the client's arm muscle, the practitioner sets up a
biofeedback system with the body. A strong or weak response of the arm muscle
will show whether there is a problem relating to that particular acupuncture
point or not
energy cannot flow freely through the energy pathways (meridians), the organs
and glands will not have the strength to be fully functional. In the long run,
this can lead to ill health or disease.
stimulates energy flow and encourages detoxification, and as the body gets rid
of accumulated waste, nutrients can get to the cells and help heal the body.
With a number of my clients I found that their body didn't recognise certain
nutrients and were therefore unable to utilise them. Even though these clients
were taking all the right supplements, their cells were unable to metabolise the
supplements. This problem can be remedied with a variety of HK procedures
falls out easily but regrows slowly. If you notice a problem with your hair,
deal with it as soon as possible. You can get your hair back without chemicals
that compromise your health. Make sure you find out what your body needs to
regrow healthy hair and start looking after yourself physically and emotionally.
As you start to look after your body’s needs, you may well find that other
health problems disappear as well as your hair loss problems.
And if you are feeling particularly low, remember that my hair regrew
after 30 years of not having a single hair on my body, so your chances are
pretty good too!
Case history 1
client of 60 came with a number of health problems. She suffered from diabetes,
rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel, panic attacks, anxiety and alopecia
areata. With health kinesiology treatment, the hair started growing but kept
falling out again and again. She had a great number of crowns in her mouth which
had been put in a long time ago. Initially, my client was very reluctant to go
to a dentist as this would have meant financial outlay for having to have the
crowns with the amalgam inside removed and replaced. However, I was finally able
to persuade her to see the dentist I work with who specialises in amalgam
removal. He found that there was an area of serious inflammation in her jaw, and
on removing one of the crowns found that it had amalgam inside. Gradually, she
had all the crowns with amalgam replaced and the difference in her hairgrowth
became quickly apparent. The hair started growing better and more quickly
without falling out again.
Case history 2
young man of 24 came to see me. He had had problems with his hair since the age
of 14 when he had developed thinning hair on his crown. He was eating a lot of
junk food, drank lots of diet coke and was also very dehydrated. We started with
a little tidy-up of his diet by reducing the junk food somewhat and increasing
water intake. At the same time, eight sessions of Health Kinesiology were
necessary to allow his body to rebalance itself and allow nutrients to get into
the cells. At his last session, he came back, sporting a shorter hairstyle and
showing off a clearly denser hair growth.
Sep Meyer's review of Vera Peiffer's book Regrowing Hair Naturally will be found in our review section. http://www.NurturingPotential.net/Issue15/Bookreviews15.htm#hair It is also available on special offer on our Books and Tapes page.
Vera Peiffer holds a degree in psychology and has been in private practice as an analytical hypnotherapist since 1986. She has also trained in Thought Field Therapy and health kinesiology.
Vera is the author of a great number of books, amongst them Thorsons Principles of Hypnotherapy. She is the principal of the Peiffer Foundation and runs Positive Thinking and self-hypnosis workshops in England, Italy and Germany.
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