It’s not a secret or even controversial that stress can make your hair fall out. PTSD and CPTSD, being expressions of stress, are often associated with hair loss. (This blog post does not deal with hair loss from hormonal shifts or aging.) Homeopathy can help.
I did a bit of research on the medical view of stress and hair loss. Here is a summary of what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it.
There are three ways that high stress can cause hair loss. Do any of these fit your situation?
- Telogen effluvium: Where high stress causes large numbers of hair follicles to rest, meaning they don’t produce new hair. Within a few months of the start of the resting phase, the hair might fall out suddenly, or you may notice it when combing or washing hair. Kind of the opposite of Rip Van Winkle, who had lots of hair after a phase of rest!
- Tricotillomania: the irresistible urge to pull out your hair. This could be your eyelashes, eyebrows, scalp or other hairy areas of your body. This is a way people deal with stress, tension, loneliness, or other mental states that are distressing.
- Alopecia areata: This is the total or near-total hair loss that you sometimes see people get with seemingly no explanation. Severe stress is one of the possible causes, according to western medicine. The physiology of this type of hair loss is that the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles causing hair to drop off.
According to the Mayo clinic, “stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you get your stress under control, your hair might grow back.” [emphasis mine]
Notice that Mayo says it MIGHT grow back. So if you do nothing other than managing to get your stress under control, you may have the good luck to get your hair back. Do you really want to leave it up to luck?
In this day and age, when men are shaving their heads, it is not a big deal to most men if it doesn’t grow back. But that isn’t the current fashion with women. If it is a serious case of it, such as Alopecia areata, which is considered an autoimmune disorder, this would be more likely to increase stress in women and become a vicious cycle. Living with hair loss makes life a hair-raising experience for some people.
End Hair Loss with Homeopathy
Using homeopathy gets to the root of the problem. The right remedy deals with the stress and accompanying emotions, and creates permanent healing rather than having to try to manage the stress. If you are just managing your symptoms, when a trigger, such as a holiday or a family gathering, or even a movie, comes up, stress levels will rise and it could affect the ability to keep hair on your head.
I checked the homeopathic remedies that cover hair loss under all these circumstances. Good News! There are lots of them! That means that there are many options for healing this particular symptom associated with PTSD.
I did notice a pattern of the remedies that are known to heal this symptom. They include remedies that have Anger, Fear, Anxiety, Grief, Hopelessness, Loneliness, and/or Disappointment associated with them. Those are very common emotions that appear in people diagnosed with PTSD. In the case of some of the remedies, these emotions are very suppressed as well.
There is also overlap with remedies that are known to help picking, scratching, and generally injuring oneself, as would be the case with Tricotillomania. Read that blog post here.
How Can Homeopathy Help?
I had a client, “Eric”, who experienced Alopecia Areata hair loss as a teenager. This young man was okay with being bald. He had the type of personality where everyone liked him and he had more friends than he could count. When you are a teenaged boy, if you fit in, you don’t care about baldness. And he didn’t.
Lucky for him, his mother was wise enough to know that 16 year olds aren’t supposed to be bald. She knew there was something underlying it and he was likely to develop more dis-ease, which leads to disease, as he aged.
Eric was a very kind young man, was definitely there for his friends, and over extended himself on behalf of others frequently. He was a burn-the-candle-at-both-ends type of kid, even as a teenager. Eric spent some of his free time on music and other creative endeavours. However, he had boundary issues—everything came in that wasn’t part of himself, and everything that was himself went out to the benefit of his friends.
When he got the appropriate remedy, he first was able to recognize that he needed to take care of his own stuff first—homework, his job, etc. His friends still liked him with his new boundaries. Once Eric started respecting his own boundaries, he got some peach fuzz on the top of his head. Eventually, over the course of a year, he got his hair back.
Do You Want Your Hair Back?
If you’d like a better chance than “wait and see” which is offered by Western Medicine, or buying supplements monthly for the rest of your life, schedule a Complementary Consult to see if homeopathy can help with your PTSD stress and hair loss. Or if you are ready to get started today, schedule an initial consult.
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