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"Alopecia or hair loss is the medical description of the loss of hair from the head or body, sometimes to the extent of baldness. Unlike the common cosmetic depilation of body hair, alopecia tends to be involuntary and unwelcome, e.g., androgenetic alopecia. However, it may also be caused by a psychological compulsion to pull out one's own hair (trichotillomania) or the unforeseen consequences of voluntary hairstyling routines (mechanical "traction alopecia" from excessively tight ponytails or braids, or burns to the scalp from caustic hair relaxer solutions or hot hair irons).
In some cases, alopecia is an indication of an underlying medical concern, such as iron deficiency.
When hair loss occurs in only one section, it is known as alopecia areata. By contrast, hair loss associated with chemotherapy sometimes affects the entire body." (Wikipedia)
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
[YEA] 05/02/2011: Commit2change from D, Usa: "Alopecia was stopped on my head with the use of Amla Juice and Ashwagandha. Amla juice is sold at some India stores but the Amla or Amla C and Ashwagandha can be bought at Sprouts, www.himalayausa.com and some online stores.
I was told by my doctor I had ZERO Vitamin D in my body and no protein uptake either as per my blood results. She even asked if I was vegeterian which I am not as my body was not uptaking protein which is what hair is made of and therefore I had Alopecia.
Googled what caused Vitamin D and protein to be blocked and found the sugar Splenda (yellow package of no calorie sugar) of which I consumed daily. People also wrote in that they had alot of itching on their head when they consumed Splenda. I stopped using Splenda.
I also used Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins which can be bought at drug stores and vitamin stores. That helped my hair grow back in after about 6 months BUT it would NOT stay in as my hair fell out all over my head and my scalp was quite visible.
Then found AMLA and Ashwagandha and after 6 weeks of use it totally stopped my hair fallout.
Just google Amla or Amla C (it same product) and Ashwagandha and you will find lots of information on it. I also use NEEM which can be bought at same stores.
My hair has all grown back in and I continue to use Amla shampoo and hair products. You can also buy Amla Oil ( which has a very strong smell) and Amla powder. Just mix the powder with water and apply to hair/head. It will tighten the hair follicles. The Amla tablets and juice I consumed.
Hope this helps others.
05/03/2011: Clopez247 from El Paso, Tx replies: "I have a 12 yr old daugther with alopecia areata. She lost almost all of the hair on her head and now I'm noticing that some of her eye lashes and eyebrows are falling out too. How would you suggest my daughter consume or use the 2 things you suggested? I am desperate. I also have a 7 yr old little boy who has the same thing but it is very minor. I appreciate any help you can give me."
07/14/2011: Mary from Auckland, Nz replies: "Hello EB - I would love to know how much you mix. I have used Alma & neen before in a ready prepared indian oil mix and it did help. But it is expensive and I want to mix my own. I have found powdered Neem, Alma & Tulsi.
How much did you mix? And did you use an oil base? THANK YOU"
07/23/2011: Zack from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "CLopez247 Your children's Fluoride intake levels must be to High. Have them tested for low Iodine levels. That is mostly the case with children with Alopecia. Avoid giving your kids toothpaste with Fluoride. Go to your local organic supermarket and purchase children's fluoride free toothpaste. The negative effects of Fluoride out weigh the positive benefits. Zakisl(at)aol.com if you need help"
10/27/2011: Camanokat from Camano Island, Wa, Usa replies: "Save yourself some money and don't buy toothpaste. H2O2 and baking soda work great and it's cheap."
09/17/2012: Shainaz from Chennai, Tamilnadu Chennai replies: "I'm suffering from alopecia areata for the past 10yrs. I have taken many medicine and treatment but no use. No development of hair on that patch and its spreading. My hair is thinning."
09/17/2012: Amanda from Nsw, Australia replies: "I read that quercetin can be prevent and treat alopecia areata."
01/05/2013: Anne from Kuwait replies: "Hi , Is there any other way to prevent traction alopecia because I got to school and as part of uniform we are supposed to tie our hair back so I can't entirely stop pulling my hair back and about the amla my problem is the same school it is not possible to put amla regularly is it ok if im not regular and I don't use alcohol?"
Anti- Fungal Treatment
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/09/2012: Pamela from Beverly Hills, Ca Usa: "Hello Ted I have follicular alopecia (scarring alopecia) and have used so many types of products and have even gone to the dermo and nothing they gave me helped. My scalp would burn and hurt when I touch it and my hair would fall out not matter what I used. I recently sprayed intensive antifungal treatment on my scalp and shortly after it stopped hurting, I have been using this for a few days and notice that all systems are going away. I decided to use pure coconut oil as an oil base to keep it from drying, I will also buy some tea tree oil and lavender oil to help my scalp remain healthy.
Do you know how this actually worked on my scalp and why don't the doctors tell people to use this if this is what will make the alopecia go away? Did I just find a cure? Well it is working for me and I'm treating my entire scalp so the fungus will go away and not return. Please reply."Replies
07/09/2012: Cat from Bop, Nz replies: "07/09/2012: Pamela from Beverly Hills, Ca Usa: Sadly Pamela, it amounts to $$$. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies can't make money out of anything that's not a prescription drug, so you don't expect them to tell you. Not only that, but I believe that in their medical school training, they aren't told ANYTHING about how the right food can help your illnesss, let alone a natural remedy such as coconut oil. My 11yr old son recently experienced alopecia areata and after going straight to a naturopath and feeding him up on the essential minerals, oils etc that he was missing, his hair is now growing back at a steady rate. A doctor would never have told me this stuff. I would have been given a cream to rub on!"
07/10/2012: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa replies: "Hi Pamela, What type of antifungal did you use and how long did you use it? Thanks."
09/07/2012: Mr Q from Casiz, Spain replies: "Have you tried apple cyder? but be careful if u have it irritated could be itchy."
10/17/2012: Eva from Madrid, Spain replies: "What type of scarring alopecia did you have? Because I'm sufering from lichen planopilaris and I havent found any successfull treatment. Can you specify the anti fungal treatment that you used. Thanks"
11/28/2012: Jo Ann from Nashville, Tn replies: "I was told which oils (below) cure the below conditions:
- Alopecia (I was told that there was no cure.... A lie! )
- Hair Loss
- Hair Thinning
At one point my edges were almost completely bald from alopecia and then I started going to a dermatologist twice a month to get injections in my scalp to grow my hair and that worked ONLY as long as I kept going but once you stop getting the injections, your hair falls back out. So my mother-in-law, who is considered a "health expert" told me about specific (PURE) oil combinations that grow your hair. These oils stimulate your scalp's hair follicles, strengthens and repairs them.
I have been using these oils for a few months to the point, I don't need to go to the dermatologist to get injections anymore. Since using these oils, my hair has grown back around the edges and have become even stronger and thicker.
The oil combinations are (Please Make Sure that the oils are 100% Pure):
OILS (Estimated Price)
- Jojoba Oil ($8.00)
- Castor Oil ($8.00)
- Lavender Oil ($14.00)
- Rosemary Oil (Note Sure of Price)
- Lavender Oil ($14.00)
- Peppermint Oil (Not Sure of Price)
When I bought the 1st set of oils, they were a bit expensive, totaled $30.00. I hope that this information can be useful to you! Be blessed!"
12/18/2012: Brenny from Parma, Mi replies: "Hi, those oils you mentioned did you mix them together?"
Apple Cider Vinegar
12/14/2011: Walker from Huntsville, Alabama: "My sister has alopecia, and I was wondering will using Apple Cider Vinegar directly on the bald area will it remove the DHT that is around the follicle that is keeping the hair from growing?"
Chinese Red Dates and Honey
[YEA] 01/26/2007: Trisha from Singapore: "I started taking red date and honey as I read it is good for blood circulation, I added 3 -5 drops of apple cider vinegar to it ( balance of the yin and yang in the body and for calming too.. according to traditional chinese medicine) lo and behold, after 3 months of it.. I noticed that a balding part of my scalp rejuvenated and hair started to grow !! after 6 months I started to let my hair grow without cutting it, I now sport hair beyond shoulder length, something which I couldn't do since my hair was very fine and scanty !! ( I also take apple cider vinegar half a teaspoon daily with honey) My sister and brother also tried it, we noticed that facial skin became more youthful !! due to the blood circulation?"Replies
03/23/2007: Veena from Chennai, India replies: "Hi Trisha, I am suffering from Alopecia for past 10 months and was trying all home remedies like onion ,Garlic etc. Though it helped it did not prevent further patches. I would like to try Chinese Red Dates and Honey with Apple cider Vinegar.Can you tell me the quantity and should honey and vinegar mixed in water or milk? can we try dates syrup instead of red dates?"
10/02/2008: J from Lebanon, TN replies: "Is this tea or actual fruits and honey? Thanks."
06/11/2009: Ruddy from London, Canada replies: "Was it fruits you used and you applied to your scalp right? you didnt drink it?"
06/11/2009: Zabby from Atlanta, GA replies: "I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW YOU ACHEIVED THE HAIR GROWTH. PLEASE SEND THE RECIPE YOU USED ALONG WITH HOW OFTEN. THANKS"
06/06/2010: Mom52 from Metairie, Louisiana, Usa replies: "I have tried onion and garlic, horsetail tablets and have seen little hair growth. what is red date and where do i find it Trisha please send me you hair regimen"
EC: Chinese red dates are jujube fruit, no?
09/03/2010: Mom52 from Metairie, Louisiana, Usa replies: "Can this Red Dates be found at whole food super market? Thank you, Mom52"
01/19/2011: Diana from San Antonio, Texas replies: "I would like to get the recipe for the alopecia remedy as my 15 year old son has a bad case."
12/26/2011: Joanna from Delhi, India replies: "I have less hair in the front of my head and the scalp is visible........ Please tell me how to apply ACV on my hair and in what quantity........ and where will I get 100% pure ACV?
01/12/2013: Maheen from Karachi, Pakistan replies: "Hey Trisha, I'm a 16 year old girl and I've had alopecia for nearly 10 years now. I've tried everything but not much improvement has been seen.. Please tell me how to use the red dates honey remedie... The quantity and method.. Please help me"
[YEA] 05/11/2007: Alicia from Las Vegas, NV: "After trying countless products on my poor daughter, my friend recommended the Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo. In one week she started sprouting little hairs. In two months her hair is now thicker and her bald spot is almost completely covered. It didn't stop the reinfections in other spots of her head though. For now we are using the shampoo. I got it from Hello-Gorgeous.net."Replies
06/30/2008: Shea from Mineola, Texas replies: "yes, i have alopecia and i was wondering if you know anywhere to get that shampoo, other than online....? if so email me....and how often to use it?"
07/09/2008: Jackie from Danville, VA replies: "Hi. I have seen that Milk Shampoo on Amazon. It is pretty expensive, but worth the money if it works, right!"
[YEA] 10/27/2008: Anita from NYC, NY replies: "I read this post about 1 month ago and got excited as I have extremely thin hair at the temples. I found the product on many online sites but decided to check out the Rene Ruterer website. I could find a distribitor in the city. Just type in your area and state and you will find many options. The product is expenisve but I did a walk-in consultation at a salon which sold the product. They were very patient and advised me on a treatment plan. The product is expensive but I am happy to report that it has now been 3 weeks and I already have new growth - amazing. As a result I have alrady changes my hair style. I have to continue this treatment (pre-shampoo, shampoo, conditioner, serum daily use moisurizer and vitamins) for 3 months. I will report on whether the growth has continued - so far so good. My hair is also very soft and not greasy. Thank you very much Alicia from Las Vegas - if you did not write this post I would never have heard about this product. I do not know whether you did a consultation at a salon but I found that very helpful in guiding me to using the right product for my particular condition.
01/28/2010: Melissa from Albany, Ny replies: "I picked up the R-80 serum for my son who is 5yrs old...has anyone tried this for alopecia areata? or just the Rene Fruterere soothing milk? I could really use some feedback on what to use, I found the serum in Sephora store."
01/30/2011: Jaazaniah from New York, NY replies: "Hi,
I have a bald spot the size of a nickel near the top of my ear. I really think it happened when I was hit very hard during a sporting event. This is the second time it has happened in the same spot during a 3 year period. I suffered a severe hit the first time as well. The bald spot varies in size during a 1 year period from the size of a dime to the size of a quarter. The bald spot does not irritate me in any way. I have medium to thick wavy hair. Please recommend a product or products that could help me because I do not want to have to wait more than a year for it to start growing again and I do not want to have any kind of injection - Per doctor's recommendation.
I noticed that Rene Furterer Shampoo was recommended. I want to purchase it but before I do I just wanted to know if this shampoo was the only product or was it combined with any other products?
[NAY] 02/03/2011: Carla from Holbrook, Arizona replies: "I have been using the Rene Furterer shampoo for more than two months and am disappointed that I have experienced no new hair growth in that time and no relief for my alopecia. It is an expensive shampoo that I ordered online, and I wish it had worked as the original poster described. I am wondering if the original post was actually a plug for the beauty website she mentioned in her post. I hope not, and I hope it works as described for someone else. Just my 2 cents."
08/31/2011: Fooch from Tucson, Az replies: "Well, the poster put that she used the pre shampoo, shampoo, conditioner and vitamins. You stated you just used the shampoo. So how can you call it ineffective when you used a different regimen?"
12/07/2011: Shishir from Abudhabi, Uae replies: "Hi Alicia, I am quite impressed with your story and I am planning to buy the same product but as you have said "Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo" I could not find the same thing as you have mentioned. There are other with similar names. But not this one. Can you please help me to choose the same as you have described.
thanks in advance....!!!"
12/26/2011: Joanna from Delhi, India replies: "From where can I get french shampoo in india?"
12/30/2012: Edyta from Toronto, Ontario: "Hi there, I been reading an article about the iodine/alopecia connection?... is this the root cause of alopecia.? I been suffering with hair loss since I was 9 years old. I am 27 now, can you please advise on the best cure? Thanks, Edyta"
[YEA] 01/01/2008: Rob from Hawthorn Woods, IL: "Since I posted my comments several months ago regarding the use of Iodine for my wife's allopecia, I've had several inquiries about the particulars of my wife's treatment. I believe the majority of allopecia problems are internal, not external, so I would highly recommend an Iodine deficiency test if you indeed suffer from this. Many doctors are familiar with this test, but if you go to Dr. Mercola's website at Mercola.com and type "iodine deficiency" in the search box, he will give directions on how to easily and inexpensively do the test yourself. Please post your feedback here at Earth Clinic so that we can help everyone....Thanks"Replies
[WARNING!] 08/08/2010: Miriam from Farmington Hills, Mi replies: "Warning: Be very careful how much iodine you take and that you do not have thyroid issues!!! I was put on 100 mg. of Iodorol and I had a toxic reaction and all of my hair fell out in a five month period! It has taken almost 2 years to get it back with the help of a very dedicated Dermatologist. Beware."
12/04/2011: Teri In T Town from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "Mariam, it may not be the iodine that caused problems, but the form of the iodine supplement. High dosage in Iodorol is likely to throw other electolytes out of balance. Try correcting iodine deficiencies slowly with natural food supplements such as Kelp and Seaweed, which has many minerals as well as significant iodine. It is interesting that Iodorol caused hair loss (and is indeed a listed side effect) since their marketing describes it as correcting hair loss!"
04/23/2012: Grizz from Jackson, Tn replies: "The problem was NOT the iodine. It was detox symptoms from taking too much iodine too soon. Iodine detoxes the body of bromides, fluorides & chlorine, as well as heavy metals. You must start iodine small3 months. You MUST also take companion supplements selenium, magnesium, vitamin C to avoid detox symptoms.
[YEA] 08/16/2007: Rob from Hawthorn Woods, IL: "My wife unexpectedly had all the hairs in her eyebrows fall out over a period of several weeks. There was no apparent cause but we suspected stress had something to do with it. They did eventually grow back, but were very thin and the follicles were still weak. It wasn't until almost a year later that a wonderful holistic doctor tested her and found her iodine deficient. She was put on an iodine pill, her energy levels came way up, the her eyebrows are as thick as ever. Kelp tablets would probably do the trick too, as they are high in iodine."
EC: Please read the .pdf, Fluoride Poisoning Q&A by Jason Uttley.
08/17/2007: Jason Uttley replies: ""Fluoride displaces iodine. So you need the more iodine to perform the same function. Hence Carton's comment in the Fluoride Journal. This is an example of why I included "noticeable hair loss" as a symptom in the relatively early stages of chronic fluoride poisoning."
07/28/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Note:
For anyone in Canada who really wants to pursue getting a bottle or two of decolourized iodine (size and cost unknown), here is an excerpt not followed up by myself, of an April e-mail reply to a company in B. C. , Canada. It sounds like you should have a few pharmacy names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. picked out and handy to give to tell them where you will pick it up! :
We do not distribute a Decolourised Iodine, which you correctly refer to as being water white. For us to
bring in a bottle or two of the colourless iodine would make the cost to you prohibitive. If you want to pursue the matter I suggest you call 1-800-668-9453 and ask the customer service to refer you to a pharmacy in XXXXX who would either stock the product or who could bring it in for you."
[YEA] 09/12/2006: Barb from Auckland, New Zealand: "Alopecia Areata is bald spots that occur all of a sudden on your scalp. I dab it on once a day on bald spots for a week to a fortnight - and then forget about it (if I can) and hope:) So far it seems to start the growth of hair again. It changes the scalp texture from red and irritable back to normal scalp. Within 6 weeks to 8 weeks usually spot is covering with little hairs. The iodine may even help the fatigue that comes when your hair falls out too - when a bald spot is occurring I tend to get deathly pale and feel exhausted."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear K: You are asking for trouble by using hydrogen peroxide and iodide solution. If a 35% H2O2 is added to iodide a somewhat explosive reaction, but if a 3% H2O2 is added to iodine solution, the solution will still remain brown and being colorless takes place very slowly.
The solution if you are not careful will cause some burning to the skin where a regular iodine won't.
The problem about all this is it will also inhibit the body's ability to absorb iodine too.
Therefore, use the regular iodine foot painting. Here is an abstract on iodine and hydrogen peroxide uptake issue. In so many words, a hydrogen peroxide will inhibit the uptake of the iodine or limits your body's absorption of iodine, which of course won't help you.
1: Thyroid. 1991 Summer;1(3):267-71.
Hydrogen peroxide inhibits iodide uptake and iodine organification in cultured porcine thyroid follicles.
Fukayama H, Murakami S, Nasu M, Sugawara M.
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Wadsworth VA Hospital, Los Angeles, California.
We investigated the effect of hydrogen peroxide on the process of thyroid hormone formation in a physiologic culture system of porcine thyroid follicles that we recently established. Porcine thyroid follicles cultured in medium containing 1 mU/mL TSH were exposed to 0 to 500 microM hydrogen peroxide in the presence of 0.1 microCi carrier-free Na125 and sodium iodide for 2 h. Iodide uptake and iodine organification were measured in this incubation system. The kinetics of iodide uptake were used to explain the action of hydrogen peroxide. In addition, cAMP content and Na ,K( )-ATPase activity (an enzyme necessary for iodide uptake) were measured to investigate the mechanism of hydrogen peroxide action. Hydrogen peroxide at concentrations of 100, 200, and 500 microM inhibited iodide uptake in a dose-dependent manner. Iodide organification was inhibited only when the concentration of hydrogen peroxide was greater than 200 microM. The kinetics of iodide uptake indicated that hydrogen peroxide was a noncompetitive inhibitor with iodide. Inhibition of iodide uptake and iodine organification by hydrogen peroxide were not mediated by alteration of cAMP content of Na ,K( )-ATPase activity, since exposure to even 500 microM hydrogen peroxide did not change these parameters in the follicle when compared with those of control samples. Our results suggest that the iodide transport system in the thyroid follicle is inhibited at 200 microM hydrogen peroxide or greater. -----
Therefore a preferred iodine is iodine trichloride (a light yellow color) or a sodium iodide, both of which are more or less colorless.
Your best bet is to use Povidone Iodide (Betadine is its commerical name), if you cannot find colorless iodine."
12/19/2006: K from Montreal, QC Canada replies: "Hello, i have tried to find decolorized iodine but to no avail. I was informed that decolorized iodine is not available in Canada ( not sure why) I would like to know if red iodine would be just as effective. I found out that red iodine can be decolorized with hydrogen peroxide but since I would be using it in an 'inconspicuous' area on my scalp, the color would not bother me. Please let me know as I would really like to try the remedy and post my results!! Thanks for your time."
08/19/2008: Tania from Santa Fe, New Mexico replies: "Decolorized iodine can be challenging to find. I have seen it on www.otclatino.com. Just type iodine into the search bar, and it will pop up."
03/26/2010: Laurie from Great Neck, Ny, Usa replies: "Hi I am new to this site. My son is 25 years old and has Graves Disease since he was 16 years old. He had his thyroid radiated about 10 years ago and is on synthroid ever since. His hairline is receding very bladly. Would iodine treatment regrow his hair? Internally or externally? Clear or orange iodine? Any other remedy that would work? Could you give me specific directions on how to try to regrow his hair? Thank you in advance."
03/28/2010: J0hnn from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "To stop hair loss and start regrowth follow the following protocol:
3 times a day with meals for the first 2 weeks:
Biotin 10,000 mcg(this is a "megadose" level -comes in 5,000 mcg caps)
vegital silica(this is the organic variety(not inorganic silica) 9.4 mg(comes in 4.7 mg caps)
chelated zinc(must be chelated form)100 mg(comes in 50 mg tabs).
After first 2 weeks, continue same dosage twice a day until satisfied with hair growth and optimal health/nutrition is being met.(Biotin is a B vitamin and as such, continuing high stress can increase your regular B vitamin requirements substantially)
Any hair loss will stop immediately and growth with start. Top of head hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month so you will not see any "fuzz" until about 3 weeks from start.
This is what worked for me as a 64 yr old male that had sudden hair loss last fall where hair was coming out by the handfull for a couple of weeks.
By adding the zinc to the other 2 items, my hair came back in with my natural hair colour rather than the grey/white mix that had been falling out.
You can do further research and will see both the biotin and vegital silica as very well regarded for their benificial properties for hair."
03/29/2010: Lori from Ny, Ny replies: "Hi John from Toronto,
Does this protocol for hair regrowth interfer with thyroid replacement synthroid.
03/30/2010: J0hnn from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Reply to Lori -- I'm sorry I cannot answer your question as I am not on ANY prescribed medication."
06/11/2010: Tessaa from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Have any ladies tried the hair loss protocol from JOhnn from Toronto? If so, what were the results?"
06/19/2010: Jbear from Buckley replies: "To Laurie from Great Neck, Ny, Usa; Has your son's hair issues been resolved? The vitamins John from Toronto mentions does not interfer as I take these and am also on Thyroid replacement. The only thing I have found so far that stops the hair loss from reoccuring is to replace the Synthroid with Armour Thyroid (it's all natural) I was started on the Synthroid and had terrible issues with hair loss. The change helped a lot. Something to discuss with his doctor :)"
07/27/2010: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Kathy from Naperville, Il. . No, I have not been diagnosed with any disease. I experienced a huge amount of stress during the first half of 2009 and most of my hair turned white or grey during that summer. I started losing hair at the top of my head(in typical male pattern baldness) in October 2009 and would have a comb full of hair every few days. I was 64 years old at this time. I was aware of these nutrients for hair health from various reading over the last 20 or so years and so I decided that it was worth a try. I knew it has worked for some people so I thought it might work for me. I started this specific set of nutrients in late October 2009 and my hair loss stopped almost instantly. I knew therefore I was on the right track and continued this daily for about 3 weeks. I then dropped the dosage slightly and continued. By mid December I could see that all of the remaining grey or white hair was showing my natural brown color about a half inch at the root end and the previous bald area was covered with brown fuzz. I have continued taking these nutrients but have reduced the dosage further. My hair continues to grow in my natural brown color at about a half inch per month. I am experimenting with finding the dosage for maintence even now as a few weeks ago I started seeing( for the first time since I started this) that there are now a few hairs in my comb each day. Between November and May I never saw hairs left in my comb. The journey continues."
07/27/2010: Kathy from Naperville, Il replies: "Johnn from Toronto have you been diagnosed with alopecia areata? Is this vitamin combination work for alopecia or is your hair issue something else? How long were you on this vitamin combination?"
07/28/2010: Tish from North York, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hey Jay, would you please give me the list of supplements you are taking for hairloss. I know you must have posted it but, I can't find it. Would be really great if you could write it one more time :). Thanx a lot."
EC: You can find his list in this thread.
07/30/2010: Kathy from Naperville, Il replies: "Jay, the vitamin combination sound like it is worth a try. Do you know if these dosages of the vitamins interfere with any food or medication?"
02/10/2011: Ann from La Mirada, California, Orange County replies: "Jay from toronto where do I find your thread so I can find out what the vitamins are?"
09/11/2012: Reshmi from Yuba City, Ca, Usa replies: "I wanted to ask John who requested the vitamins for hairloss whether he is diagnosed with alopecia areata or is it male pattern baldness. My son is diagnosed with alopecia areata, and he has lost approximately 25% if his hair from ear to ear. Can you please reply and let me know if it would benefit this disorder."
[YEA] 06/01/2013: Sms27 from Princeton, NJ, USA: "To women who are suffering from sudden onset of diffuse hair loss -- there seems to be a lot of information about the connection between low iron (especially low iron stores, I. E. Ferritin serum) and hair loss. Explore that connection before you try alernatives, because it may be a simple explanation."
[YEA] 01/16/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada: "Good news good news, for your alopecia aerata cure.
If you have alopecia aerata. Don't worry. Use Milk Kefir, Take a cup of milk kefir (drink it) and also apply milk kefir in the affected areas. You will see nice and full hair growth in 3 months. There will not be a single trace that you had alopecia.
It is auto immune disease. Definitely Milk Kefir cures auto immune disease. Milk Kefir is God Sent, It cures many diseases like IBS, Crohns, dyspepsia, autism some claim even schizophrenia.
Important point- You should use real home made milk kefir. Don't use store bought industrially produced milk kefir. You can buy milk kefir grains from ebay and see how to make kefir videos in youtube.
Milk kefir is the one food that can't be industrially produced however the company claims it. It is due to the synergestic combination of Billions of yeast and good bacterias in it.
People in north america and europe can easily get it. it is hard to find to milk kefir in asia.
Hope this will help many, who are in despair.
02/28/2012: Dave from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "I have alopecianuniversalis... Total hair loss... This happened just recently, due to appendectomy... Do you think milk kefir will help me? I am desperate... And where did you get this info from? Do you know people who have used this method? Thanks, Dave"
[YEA] 09/13/2012: Jackie T. from Modesto, California United States replies: "Back in May 2012, I noticed what turned out to be Alopecia Areata and was immediatley frightened due to the rather large bald spot on the top of my head. I immediatly reached out to the internet and found this website and the reply regarding milk kefir. I had nothing else to lose (besides more hair) so I tried the milk kefir. Needless to say, after drinking a cup a day for the first 10-15 days, I immediatley started to see new hair growth. This stuff is amazing! For anyone dealing with Alopecia Areata, this is by far, the cheapest, as well as the most effective cure, in my opinion. I am so pleased with the results as I continuously have a cup of milk kefir each day and watch my hair, slowly but surely fill back in. Thanks to whoever made the comment about milk kefir, I am well on my way to a healthly, full head of hair in the near future, and for that I am eternaly grateful. Thanks for sharing! All I can say is WOW!!"
09/13/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "I am very happy to see that you are cured of alopecia. It is the best medicine or food for Auto Immune Disease.
It can also be used for any type of skin diseases.
1. Baby Diaper Rash,
3. Allergic Reaction
4. Vaginal Yeast Infection (Should be applied in vagina and taken internally)
It is truly GOD SENT food and it cures many diseases. Thanks for sharing"
09/13/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Jackie, Just curious, do you make your own kefir? For a year I made my own kefir and really enjoyed the process and sharing it. Everyone I gave it to loved it and felt various changes from it. I know it helped me restore my health. It is an amazing food! I keep meaning to go back to making it since I've returned to making fermented veggies. Your post was a good reminder! Congratulations on restoring your hair! Best of health to you, Lisa"
09/14/2012: Jackie T. from Modesto, Ca. Usa replies: "To Lisa: Yes, I do make my own kefir at home. I read all about it on the internet and have found that it is really very easy to make, not to mention, very inexpensive. For anyone who has tried other products that can be a little pricey, I would recommend you try the milk kefir. Can't say enough about it.... Thanks again for sharing."
09/15/2012: Rabia from Islamabad, Pakistan replies: "Kindly share that what is kefir and how to prepare milk kefir at home??"
09/15/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Rabia, Milk Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to yoghurt or curd. It requires milk kefir grains to ferment. milk grains is the starter culture, how you add existing yoghurt to milk to make it yoghurt. google or youtube milk kefir you will see plenty of information. FYI, there is a small amount of alcohol in milk kefir. thanks"
09/15/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Rabia, Well, Ed2010 gave it to you in a nutshell. I'm going to give you a link to a site which gives you extensive information on kefir.
I discovered it a few years ago when I first started making kefir and learned so much from it, I thought it might interest you and perhaps others. I would not recommend ordering any grains from Dom though, as I remember he was rather unreliable in this manner. Nonetheless, the history and information is absolutely fascinating! Enjoy and best to you, Lisa"
11/17/2012: Diyac from Maple, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi Ed2010, I wanted to know if you can tell me which ebay seller you purchased your kefir grains from. My brother suffers from alopecia and I just want to make sure that I get real grains and not something fake.
Since you have already bought great grains from someone can you please share the sellers info?
you can e-mail me privately at diyac87(at)gmail.com. I would also love to hear any other tips you may have. My brother has taken this condition very seriously and I need to do anything possible to make him better. Thanks!"
11/18/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "hi diya, I bought my kefir grains from a seller in Kijiji. Ebay is good for people who can't kefir grains locally. I sent the info about the seller to your email.
Good Health, thanks"
11/18/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Diyac, I originally bought my kefir grains from a commercial site since I was brand new to that world. After I started to learn more and join groups, I learned there were lots of people out there that are more than willing to share their grains. I know I have given my personal grains to friends and family. When you begin to make your own, you will have a surplus too and can then share as well.
Anyway, here is a great resource to finding kefir:
I hope this helps. Lisa"
11/19/2012: Tammy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "I would like to have more info on water kifir from anyone on this site who has used it. I have scoured the web but not seeing too much in the way what it has really done for people. I am concerned about the sugar used to ferment it since you can't use honey. I can't use dairy. What I have found is that only 20 % of the sugar is left since it is "eaten" in the fermentation but it is still sugar. I am trying to heal my stomach from gluten issues and need to keep the cost to bare minimum. A friend gave me grains and have been fermenting but still not sure it has helped."
11/19/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tammy, You really don't have to be concerned with sugar when making fermented foods or drinks as all the sugar is "eaten". I have used molasses and also coconut sugar in lieu of regular sugar if that helps. I believe fermented foods and drinks are very important to our gut health and can heal them. I am going to give you a link to one of the most comprehensive sites I have ever found on kefir. You will find a lot of information here on water kefir as well.
You can also coconut water kefir. I make this often and it is highly recommended by Donna Gates who is an authority on fermented foods and coconut water kefir to heal the gut. If you google her you will learn a lot on healing the gut and also ridding candida.
Hope this helps. Lisa"
11/19/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Hi Tammy, I have used many of the fermented products. Milk Kefir, Water Kefir, Saurkraut, Miso, Natto, Kombucha, Kimchi, yoghurt.
I used water kefir as well. For me, I like the Milk Kefir very much because of the improved well being I noticed in the 2nd day. I did not feel the same in water kefir.
In both water kefir and milk kefir the sugar is completely broken and/or converted (too much of chemical reaction to explain) So, you don't have to worry about sugar. In yoghurt both commercially made and home made lactose is not completely converted, so still there is lactose present in it.
Even, in the days when I was lactose intelorant I can take milk kefir without any issues. So if you take milk kefir the chances are there to cure gluten intolerance. Once the intestines are healed it can digest wheat.
But I recommend to view the gluten intolerance page in EC. There is a particular type of wheat (traditional variety - non GMO) can cure and make your body to tolerate gluten.
11/21/2012: Tammy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "Thank you for the info. I read about the water kefir. I will keep trying. Last batch I added ginger root and pear(peeled) after grains were removed. Very tasty. If nothing else, it has been fun to make and watch the grains multiply like crazy."
11/21/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tammy, Just curious if you looked at Dom's kefir site when you say you read about the water kefir. Also, I know you said you were trying to heal your stomach. Would you consider milk kefir instead of water kefir? Sounds like your grains are really proliferating so you could use some of them to try milk kefir. Milk kefir has loads of good bacterias that can really heal the gut. And often it can turn around dairy intolerance because it replenishes the bacterias which help with digesting it. Try reading about the milk kefir and its benefits on Dom's site as well. I learned so much from him!
At any rate, your water kefir drink sounds delicious! And I'm glad you're having fun making it. Lisa"
[YEA] 09/28/2012: Nature-angel from George, Western Cape, South Africa: "I'm a 25 year old female who started to experience heavy hair loss. I started drinking the juice of half a lemon in half a cup of warm water in the morning and in the evenings for a month. Sometimes I would forget but I just started drinking it again the next day. My hair loss stopped completely. Even when I pull all my hair at once it is difficuilt to pull out one hair."
[YEA] 07/12/2008: Carol from Chicago, IL: "I purchased the clear iodine, known as liquid kelp from Whole Foods. I applied a drop or two a day on my scalp every other day for about 2 months. many strands of hair did grow on my scalp but the hair is in the form of white fuzz. The article you about wrote about clear iodine causing fuzz to grow on scalp, worked as you said it would. A bald spot on my scalp still remains along with many stunted growth of white fuzzy hair."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/01/2007: T from Ottawa, Canada: "re: Alopecia -- Hello, On and off seemingly during high stress times (exam time when I was in university, during heavy work load times at my job) my scalp becomes irritated, red and inflamed. Bald patches start forming and the scalp is very soft in those areas. I have tried many different types of herbal solutions. I have tried apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil with lavender oil, hydrogen peroxide, taking a spoon of baking soda twice a day etc. All seemed to help slightly. The tea tree oil was probably the most effective. However, because I've suffered from this many times in the past I feel I should let people know that the only thing that really 100% worked for me was not herbal. It required a trip to my doctor and a prescription for minocin (an antibiotic). It's very cheap and worth it. Within a week the irritation, redness, inflammation disappeared. Within a month the bald patches had also filled in. I would recommend anyone with this problem visit their doctor and ask about an antibiotic. It will save you a lot of pain and stress. Good luck."Replies
07/27/2010: Kathy from Naperville, Il replies: "I seem to have the same problem with the red and inflamed scalp. How long are you on the minocin for it to work?"
05/24/2012: Saoirse from Nyny replies: "This is for alopecia/ hair loss: take an onion and either you grate it/put it in the blender or food processor--then you have the juice and "pulp"-
You will put the juice and pulp to your scalp in which ever way is easiest according to your hair length-cover it and keep it on for at least an hour and then either simply rinse it out or if your hair texture and condition can tolerate it--wash/condition as you normally do.
Do this every day for at least 2 weeks to a month---that's why I say to either simply rinse it out or use shampoo, all according to your hair's texture etc.
MOST have seen regrowth within a month, then they do it a few times a week then once a month.
Now, punching hair loss remedies into the google search led me to this onion remedy and I wound up on youtube where there are many, many testimonies and their videos-this seems to be the easiest and most "economical" one around.
I am doing this for 5 days now AND seeing tiny new hairs in the areas previously without any as in my receeding hairline, crown and sides.
I have never tried any remedies before and I feel this one needs to go 'round and be tried for at least 2 weeks."
11/06/2008: Lightfeather from New York, New York: "Alopecia Areata/Totalis/Universalis: I recently saw something in a search on cures for alopecia. It's called 'pulse therapy' which includes several high doses of steroids, for a short period of time; pulsed out over time. The reseach has suggested that many people with this disorder are cured within a 3-6month time frame. Although they say it causes no side-effects or risk, I would do my own personal due diligence. Seems to be available in most other countries except here in the USA"Replies
08/08/2010: Gerardo from Pasadena, Tx replies: "I had the steroid treatment for my alopecia and all my hair grew back, but the steroids were administered by a doc and in the form of shots to the bald spots. I've not seen or felt any side affects though I did see some scarring due to the shots."
01/17/2012: Fenny from Toronto, Canada replies: "My son had the steroid shot on the scalp, it helped for period of time, nothing seems to last. I would not recommend for the risk of side effect.
Then I gave him the gel of aloe vera plant , rubbed it on his scalp, it worked and helped for hair grow. But after 2 years the baldspot came back.
Now he does not know what to do, I am helping him to find the solution with natural remedies. Hopefully by using Milk Kefir will helped to solve the problem, bythe way, where can I get the Milk Kefir ?
With Aloevera plant helped for periode time, but it did not last forever. Now I am helping him to search the cure with natural remedies."