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Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Is your hair thinning? Do you fear that soon you may need a wig or extensions? Perhaps you have already resorted to using artificial hair due to lack of growth of your own hair. Trust me: I understand what it is to have your hair fall out in the sink and not have a clue why. Is it stress? Is it a vitamin deficiency? What is going on? I went through a time when my own hair started to fall out. It happened during medical school. I went to a salon and asked the cosmetologist for advice. Her recommendation was to get hair plugs surgery. It was not an acceptable answer to me. As I sat in the salon, I saw many women getting extensions. I began to think of my friends and family members who had experienced the embarrassment of hair loss. I internalized a desire to effectively treat hair loss in the future. Over time, I figured out the cause of my personal hair loss. I then forgot about the topic.
This changed one day when I had a patient come in. She had seen me lecture at a seminar on a different topic. She begged me to treat her hair loss. I expressed reservations, but she was adamant in her belief I could help her. She complained about her cosmetologist: “She’s making my hair fall out!” She had recently relocated to Arizona and thought it was due to her stylist’s lack of knowledge. However, after a detailed intake was performed, it turned out to be a hormonal imbalance. Suitable treatment was prescribed. After a few visits, her hair had grown back and she continued seeing her stylist. Her stylist was grateful for being able to keep her as a client and started to refer patients to me for hair loss. Soon I was being requested to do seminars on hair loss.
I do not use any particular product, nor do I treat each patient identically. Hair loss can be caused by a number of different reasons, such as hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, external damage, genetics, circulatory problems, etc. Consequently, during an initial visit with a hair loss patient, I spend a great deal of time trying to determine the “root cause” of the person’s hair loss. I then devise a treatment protocol the patient can actually adhere to. Varieties of tools exist in natural medicine to stimulate the growth of hair. Some of the treatments are acupuncture, hormonal testing, scalp treatments, etc.
Whatever the cause of your hair loss, whether due to cancer treatments, hormonal imbalances or other conditions, I strongly encourage you to consider natural treatments for the regrowth of your own hair. I have experienced significant success with female patients who were losing hair. However, if treatment is not something you desire at this time, I encourage you to know “you are not your hair.” You are a beautiful being and your beauty radiates from your inner self. However, more than the cosmetic concern, it should be noted that hair loss can be an indicator of an underlying pathology that needs to be identified to prevent other more serious health issues. For example: hypothyroidism causes hair loss, but other more serious effects are weight gain, coldness, constipation and severe fatigue. Again, I encourage you to take care of your body and it will take care of you.
Wishing you lots of health and beauty from the inside that radiates outwards,
Dr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She employs alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from the West Valley!
Disclaimer: The information on this site regarding medical conditions is presented for general informational purposes only. It does not describe all available treatments. The information presented should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician. Neither Global Integrative Medicine, PLLC, nor Dr. M. Pringle, assume liability for anyone using information on this site. By using this site, you agree not to rely solely on any of the information for medical treatment. We strongly encourage you to see a licensed physician, such as Dr. M. Pringle or another of your choosing, and adhere to the physician’s recommended protocol first and foremost.