Naturopathic Approach to Hair Loss By: Dr. Kristy Lewis ND
Hair loss in women can be caused by various factors, including hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, stress, genetics, medical conditions, and certain medications. Understanding the underlying cause is crucial in determining the most effective treatment. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or trichologist, to assess your specific situation and provide appropriate guidance. Here are some general natural approaches that may help promote hair health:
Ensure you are consuming a well-balanced diet that provides essential nutrients for hair growth. Include protein- rich foods (lean meats, fish, legumes), fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds) to provide adequate vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Consider supplements that support hair health, such as biotin, vitamin D, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplements to determine appropriate dosages and ensure they are safe for you.
Regularly massaging your scalp can help improve blood circulation, promote hair growth, and reduce stress. Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in circular motions for a few minutes each day.
Chronic stress can contribute to hair loss. Implement stress-reducing techniques, such as exercise, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in activities you enjoy. Prioritize self-care and find healthy ways to manage stress.
Gentle Hair Care:
Avoid excessive heat styling, harsh chemicals, tight hairstyles, and rough handling of your hair. Opt for gentle shampoos and conditioners that are suitable for your hair type. Allow your hair to air dry whenever possible and use wide-toothed combs or brushes with soft bristles to minimize breakage.
Some herbal remedies, such as aloe vera, rosemary oil, and saw palmetto, are believed to promote hair health. However, scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness is limited. Use caution and consult with a healthcare professional before using herbal remedies. It’s important to note that natural approaches may take time to show results, and individual responses may vary. If you are experiencing significant hair loss or if it is causing distress, it is advisable to seek professional advice to determine the underlying cause and explore appropriate treatment options.
About Dr. Kristy Lewis, N.D.
Dr. Kristy Lewis is a naturopathic doctor who wants to understand you and your current health challenges. Learn more or book an appointment: www.drkristylewis.ca.