Alopecia areata is a condition characterized by hair loss on the scalp and sometimes, in other areas of the body as well. The hair loss is usually quite rapid and mostly affects one side of the head. It can occur in both females and males, and differs from male-pattern baldness.
The condition is thought to result from a disruption in the body’s immune system. This results in what is known as autoimmunity wherein the immune system targets and attacks healthy cells and tissues of the body, thinking them to be harmful. In the case if alopecia areata, the hair follicles are affected and as such normal hair growth becomes hampered. This condition may be associated with other immunity abnormalities such as thyroid disease, lupus, vitiligo and rheumatoid arthritis. Alopecia areata may also have a genetic vulnerability involved, as it tends to run in families. The condition causes one or multiple patches of hair loss on the scalp. A different form of alopecia areata may also occur in which case the hair all over the scalp starts to thin. In some cases, there may also be complete hair loss on the scalp. In rare cases, there is loss of hair on the entire body. Alopecia areata is more common in children and teens. It is not a contagious condition and is different from the hair loss that is experienced upon discontinuation of hormonal therapies or upon delivery of a baby.
Natural Way to Treat Alopecia Areata
There are some natural ways by which alopecia areata can be treated.
- Essential oils are an effective way to treat this condition. You can prepare a blend of the essential oils of lavender, cedarwood, rosemary, grape seed, and jojoba. Massaging this into the scalp daily will stimulate hair growth and have a revitalizing effect on the hair.
- Onion juice, too, is believed to be an effective remedy for alopecia areata. You may extract the juice of an onion and apply to the scalp twice daily. Regular application of onion juice is known to promote hair growth in a period of two months.
- Another beneficial remedy for alopecia areata is to make a paste of ground fenugreek seeds and a little water. Apply this to the scalp and allow it to stay on for half an hour, before rinsing.
- Application of the extract of mustard seed is also a good way of treating this condition naturally.
- A regular scalp massage using rosemary oil is known to enhance hair growth and prevent further hair loss.