Evidence Based Clinical Study on Alopecia

Evidence Based Clinical Study on Alopecia

*Dr. Nishant Kumar Srivastava

B.H.M.S (Pune),  MD (Hom) Repertory, Jaipur

I.P.T.C, D.S.H.M.C (Pune),  I.C.R (Pune)

P.G.D.E.M.S, Symbiosis College (Pune).

Geetanjali Homeopathic Clinic & Research Center

Adarsh Complex, LGF-69, 70, 71, 79

Enggineering College Chauraha, Jankipuram, Lucknow

Website : www.drnishant.com

E-mail:  dr.nishantkumar@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

A total of 100 well diagnosed cases of ALOPECIA Areata & TOTALIS were registered for treatment at Geetanjali Homoeopathic Clinic & Research Center Lucknow from October 2008 to November 2015. Clinical diagnosis followed by constitutional treatment with homoeopathic medicines showed encouraging results in majority of cases. Out of 100 cases 21 cases showed complete re-growth of all the lost patches of hair in both alopecia totalis and areata both taken together. While 42 cases showed improvement in few patches and rest 25 cases did not show any response to the treatment, whereas 12 cases worsened after treatment in which increase in size and number of bald patches was observed. Duration of treatment varied from case to case depending on the size and number of the bald patches and response of the patient. In depth case taking was done in each and every case on holistic principle giving more emphasis on causation and mental symptoms. The outcome of this study is very encouraging, which gives new dimensions and confidence to young Homoeopaths in treatment of alopecia aerata/totalis strictly abiding by Hahnemaanian principles of minimum dose and minimum repetition.

INTRODUCTION

Alopecia areata is a prevalent autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). The scalp is the most commonly affected area, but the beard or any hair-bearing site can be affected alone or together with the scalp. It is an autoimmune disease in which  cells of body fail to recognize its own body cells and destroys its own tissue as if it were an invader. Often it causes bald spots on the scalp, especially in the first stages. In 1–2% of cases, the condition can spread to the entire scalp (alopecia totalis) or to the entire epidermis (alopecia universalis). Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course differs from person to person. No matter how widespread the hair loss, most hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair if treated properly.