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Alopecia Areata Aromatherapy Treatment

Aromatherapy is an effective, alternative treatment for patients suffering with Alopecia areata, according to researchers at the Department of Dermatology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Scotland.


In a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial, lasting 7 months, eighty-six patients diagnosed as having Alopecia areata were split into two groups. The first group received a combination of essential oils - thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood in a base of carrier oils (jojoba and grapeseed) - massaged into their scalps daily. The second group had just the base massage oil massaged into their scalp.


The treatment was assessed using sequential photographs taken by two dermatologists (I.C.H. and A.D.O.) independently of each other, and the photographs were then analysed via two methods - a 6-point scale and computerized analysis of traced areas of Alopecia. Records were taken before the treatment commenced, after three months, and then again after seven months.


The results revealed that nineteen (44%) of 43 patients in the treatment group showed improvement compared with just 6 (15%) of 41 patients in the control group. The degree of improvement on photographic assessment was found to be highly significant. A demographic analysis showed that the two groups were well matched for prognostic factors, and the researchers concluded that, from the results of their study, aromatherapy is a safe and effective treatment for Alopecia areata.


Source: Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Hay IC; Jamieson M; Ormerod AD Arch Dermatol, 134:1349-52, 1998

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1. Jesus wrote:
You have some good answers here and I just want to add to them. Hair loss, as I found out, can be caesud by so many things. You definitely need to talk to a doctor to make sure you don't have thyroid issues, low iron, low B12, or your hormones are out of whack,,,,just to name a few things you need to check on.It can be your diet, so if you are not eating a well balanced diet, you would need to start. You may want to start a multivitamin (senior formula since you are menopausal). It can be genetic and there really is nothing you can do except check into transplants, or good hair pieces.There are many types of alopecia traction (from pulling your hair back), androgenic (from having too much DHT), telegen effluvium (all over hair loss),,,the list goes on. I had a scalp biopsy to try to help me figure out which battle I am fighting. I am waiting on the results. Gotta tell you, that kind of hurts, but it could be worth it.As far as shampoo, you can buy Nizoral in walmart, it is a bit more affordable than Nioxin and has the ketoconazole that is a mild DHT suppressant. But that will only work if DHT is the culprit. You can also try Mens forumla Rogaine (or walmart equivalent!!). I know they say its not for women, but my derm and many other derms have said its just fine and more effective. Its kind of oily but if you apply it at night, then rinse your hair out in the morning, and then later in the day, you can apply more, and wash your hair before you go to bed. It has to be on for 4 hrs to be effective.If you can determine any kind of nutritional deficiency, like iron, B12, B6, Biotin etc, then you might be on to something. You could try B12 sublingual (not the regular kind) to see if you notice a change. It this is the cause then you should notice your hair loss slowly rather quickly.I know if frustrating. I am 41 and suffering. I am desperate, I had pretty hair one time. I have considered, and that is a big CONSIDERED, bioidentical hormones, but it is so expensive, insurance does not cover it and I don't know if it would work, or make things worse. I hope you can find a resolution. Good luck!!!!

Thu, November 22, 2012 @ 6:51 PM

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