Herbal and natural treatment success stories?

I have had alopecia areata for about 6 years now and had lost most of the hair on my head, but am at the stage now where i have several patches of dark hair, several patches of white fuzzy hair and only a couple with no hair. This gives me hope but i want more progress and am determined to make this happen.
I am not interested in steroid injections anymore or chemical medications so I am starting to try different herbal and natural remedies.
I want to hear your success (or failure) stories. Tell me what remedies have helped you and what remedies did nothing.
Right now I am taking silica gel, using essential oils for shampoo and massage, drinking kombucha tea and a couple other things here and there.
I'm starting to get the feeling that applying things topically as well as taking things internally are part of the trick..thoughts?
Thank you! <3

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Comment by Sue on November 13, 2011 at 4:22am

What I don't understand is that I also have MS and am on medication to dampen down my immune system, I can't therefore understand how I now also get AA if my immune system is medicated down???

Comment by Geeske on November 13, 2011 at 5:28am

Hi!

I'm doing bioresonance therapy at the moment. It's not just for the hair loss, but for lots of things. I did get my eyelashes back and lots of them :) (although I guess you can never be sure if it's because of therapy or something else) Anyway, my therapist looks at your body and mind as a whole and tries to figure out what is wrong. She tests for a lot of things with bioresonance, to see if I have any allergic reactions to food for example or if I'm hypersensitive for anything and if so she can correct it with bioresonance and herbal medication. What I like about it, besides the fact that she takes me serious, is that she looks at everything. I think the mind can play a big role in this, for instance if your stressed out your hair can fall out. And I think talking about it good, but sometimes talking only goes so far.... I was at that point, I wanted to do something about it and that's when I started this therapy.
I have no idea if you've ever heard of it, or if I even explained it right. (turns out it's not that easy to explain in English :p) But maybe you can find something about it on google :)

Comment by Geeske on November 13, 2011 at 5:36am

Sue, I'm guessing they just say it's auto-immune related because they don't know why it is, but they still have to give some explanation;) My doctor said it was an auto-immune disease but could never back it up. I'm a med student now and I have never found any solid proof that it is in fact a problem of your immune system. I guess your story makes it more clear.
Every person is different so my theory is every reason for developing AA different (For one it can be stress for the other its intolerance to some kind of food or something) Anyway that's my opinion :)

Comment by Norm on November 13, 2011 at 6:50am

If there's no accepted "cure" or recognized "fix" for something, the holistic approach is often the way to go. Don't study the effect.... search for a cause somewhere else. Take acupuncture, for example - they stick pins in your feet, and your head feels great! And, one "effect" can have several potential causes, so simply saying "it's stress" isn't always the answer.
Geeske is right - the mind can have greater power over the body than we think. Why else would athletes spend time with a shrink, if "getting their heads right" didn't help them to perform better? And why can people who are hypnotized do things, or have things done to them, that they otherwise couldn't? We've all seen those Indian fakirs who do things to themselves that defy all rational thought.... and that's all to do with the mind being in a particular state.
I'm not saying you can necessarily "cure" alopecia just by thinking about it (although I'm sure the correct mental approach must help) - but alternatively, maybe you can "fix" yourself to learn to deal better with the setbacks that life throws at us, and become a calmer, more contented person that way? Maybe being bald isn't the end of the world after all, when there are so many interesting and wonderful things out there to see and experience? That's another way to approach it....

Comment by rosamosqueta on November 13, 2011 at 9:00am

I know the protocol commented by Sherry. It´s about two groups. The active group massaged essential oils (thyme:2 drops;rosemary:3 drops;lavender:3 drops and cedarwood: 2 drops) in a mixture of carrier oils (jojoba: 3 ml and grapeseed:20 ml)into their scalps daily. The control group only used carrier oils. The name of the article is "Randomized trial of Aromatherapy", by Isabelle C.Hay MRCP; Margaret Jamieson, SRN, and Anthony D. Ormerod,FRCP.

Comment by Sherry Schaefer on November 13, 2011 at 12:29pm

Yes rosamosqueta that's the one! I've been trying to find it in my files and apparently lost it (other than the link) in a recent transfer of files from old pc to new one. Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Cheri A on November 13, 2011 at 1:27pm

Hi Halina, I started using Ayurvedic oil treatments from Dr. Shaw's Alopecia Treatment Centre (in India) last April. I sent him a bunch of pictures and he diagnosed me online with chronic stage alopecia areata. I've had alopecia for about 8 years but in the last year before I started treatments I had the greatest hair loss. I was missing about 1/3 of my hair. About 1 month after starting treatments I noticed that my shedding slowed down considerably. About 2 months after that it pretty much stopped altogether. That was a huge relief because at the rate I was losing my hair I was sure to be completely bald in months. After another couple of months I started growing a nice little crop of little white hairs on most of my bald spots. Today, after 7 month of treatment, the little white hairs are quite dense in most areas and some of them have turned into grown-up hairs but are still white. Also, some of my smaller bald patches have started to fill in with regular hair. I haven't developed any new bald spots in about 5 months. Dr. Shaw was really concerned at first that the treatment wasn't going to work for me because I'd had this condition for so long and a lot of my scalp appeared damaged from all the steroid injections over the years. He is very excited by my results so far since I'm showing real signs of recovery. With this treatment you have to be really patient. It's not a fast cure, but for me it has completely halted my shedding and my hair folicles are most definitely waking up and starting to produce hair again. Something you may want to consider.

Comment by emmettbrown on November 13, 2011 at 7:49pm

A few other things you might want to try: Wobenzym - an enzyme complex that is supposed to eliminate the "circulating immune complexes" that are set off during an autoimmune reaction. Another compound that people have had success with (myself included) - bovine colostrum. It's the first bit of milk from a cow. It's produced first by the mother to build a calf's immune system. That sounds like it wouldn't be a good idea for autoimmune, that it would crank up the immune system, but it's theorized that it actually resensitizes the thymus gland so your body knows the difference between a foreign invader and your hair :)

Comment by Christa on November 14, 2011 at 1:08pm

A few months after I had lost all of my hair, I had my food sensitivities tested like Djuna did(I got my blood allergies tested). I cut out the foods that I was sensitive to(a lot! including gluten, eggs, fish, beef, soy and most dairy) and now about a year later I have nearly all of my hair back, except for a couple shrinking patches. I think it was mostly the gluten for me, but its hard to say. They say that A gluten intolerance if left untreated for a long time will damage the intestines which causes malabsorption of vital nutrients, which in turn causes an array of health problems. Hopefully it continues to work for me...

Comment by rosamosqueta on November 14, 2011 at 1:56pm

I also tested my food sensitivities in 2008 (Alcat test). I was extremely sensitive to gluten, dairy, chicken, some fruits and vegetables. I cut out all of them for two years. My hair didn´t come back, but I´m healthier than ever. I feel very well, my digestive disorders dissapeared, and I go on gluten free diet.I know that sensitivities may change, so I should have to test again ,but this kind of blood test is very expensive in my country.

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