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Hair Loss


Sameera (dr.) Abbas Naturopath View profile

Thanks for your queston and apologies for delayed reply.

I agree that Amla is good for your hair as well as being an overall antioxidant. It will enhance the appearance of your hair by making it look healthy and shiny.

The Amla fruit has a rich concentration of natural vitamin C hence it being used as an antioxidant. It is used to boost immunity, rejuvenate hair & skin, act as an aphrodisiac and to promote food absorption, amongst other uses. If you are looking at strengthening and promoting hair growth, then I suggest you add Biotin to your supplement range (Solgar Biotin 1000ug - R60 for 50caps - 1 daily).

It will promote hair growth (thicker fuller hair) as well as increase the elasticity of the hair's cortex preventing hair breakage. Please refer to my previous answers on hair health if you would like some more information.

Kind Regards Sameera

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

There are many different causes of hair loss. These are largely divided into 3 groups: skin disorders, drug related or as a result of systemic disease.

The 2 products that you are using are both used in the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia, which is hair loss related to high levels of androgens (one of the sex hormones). Yaz is an oral hormonal contraceptive. This would be used to control your sex hormone levels. Spiractin is primarily used as a diuretic and to increase the level of blood potassium. It also has anti-androgen affects (decreases the production and effect of androgens). Recently a few studies have shown a benefit in promoting hair growth in androgenetic alopecia specifically in women, however hair loss is not one of the official uses of this drug.

While both of these drugs are aimed at moderating the levels of androgen in your body, they have different mechanisms and so are not interchangeable.

The results depend on the reason why you had high levels of androgens in the first place. It is important to correct the underlying cause as well as the symptoms. I suggest that you give your Dr a call. S/he would have done tests to diagnose the exact cause and so will be able to answer your questions more specifically for you.

Warm regards

Gabriell

Sameera (dr.) Abbas Naturopath View profile

Biotin (also known as vitamin H) is a type of B-vitamin that is very important for strengthening hair follicles. It is best taken at high doses of 1000mcg or 1mg daily. Inositol, also a B-vitamin helps to promote hair growth and may prevent the onset of grey hair. Chinaherb also makes a wonderful product called Replenish Essence that is used for both hair loss, thin hair and greying hair. My advice to you is to use the Replenish Essence and Biotin daily as these give excellent results in strengthening hair as well as making it look healthy and shiny.

Regards

Dr Sameera Abbas
Naturopath – Cavendish

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

Your doctors have done the correct tests in trying to find the cause of your hair loss. One of the more common causes of new hair loss is thyroid disease. The ECG and cardiac echo have also helped rule out abnormalities of the heart, which could be the cause of your palpitations. I have not heard of hair loss being specifically related to stopping the pill, but if there are no other changes in your lifestyle and medication history, then this could indeed be the case. The contraceptive pill provides oestrogen and progesterone and by stopping the pill, the change may have an impact on the health of your hair. Should this be the case, and your physiological hormone levels are normal (please check that you had oestrogen, progesterone, LH and FSH tests done) then it should recover as your bodies hormone levels self regulate and your hormonal cycle settles down. This should take 3-6 months. Also analyse whether there have been any other changes in your life, both physiological and psychological. Have you experienced increased stress levels or has your diet changed. Try and revert to your previous lifestyle. Unfortunately, hair loss can also have no defined cause. For some advice on natural remedies and lifestyle changes to strengthen your hair, please view our previous questions on the panel at www.wellnesswarehouse.com/wellness/qafilter.php?subCatID=36

Kind regards. Dr Sean Gomes

Sameera (dr.) Abbas Naturopath View profile

Colouring or tinting your hair every two weeks can cause damage to the roots of your hair. You should have a moisture or protein treatment done regularly to prevent hair breakage. Massaging your scalp with olive oil/coconut oil once a week will help stimulate hair growth. Supplementing with certain vitamins and minerals can also help with hair loss. Take high doses of omega 3 (at least 2000mg a day) as well as omega 6 in the form of evening primrose or borage oil (1500mg daily). Inositol, a type of B vitamin is beneficial to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Also take biotin (1mg daily), it will strengthen the follicles of the hair. A good multivitamin & mineral should also be taken on a daily basis.
Hormones also play a part in hair loss. Hormone fluctuations during pre-menopause or menopausal stages can also be a factor that contributes to hair loss. Also have your thyroid hormones levels checked to rule out hypothyroidism.

Also please refer to our previous questions regarding hair loss.

For further assistance, please feel free to come and see me at the Natural Medicine Dispensary at our Cavendish Branch.

Kind regards

Dr Sameera Abbas (Naturopath)

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

It is unlikely that your hair loss is as a result of Microval. Your
hair loss is a very normal and temporary hormonal change due to the
birth of your baby. This results in a larger number of hairs than
normal entering into a resting phase. New mothers will experience
greater than normal hair loss once the resting phase ends and shedding
begins. This is where you are at the moment. This of course will be
followed by hair growth. The amount of time between the birth of your
child and the onset of shedding corresponds to the length of the
resting phase of hair growth. You can support the return of healthy
hair growth by taking some supplements. Omega 3 is essential. B
vitamins are important for the health and growth of hair. Silica
tissue salt is useful. Coconut Oil massage into the scalp stimulates
healthy hair growth. If excessive hair loss persists you might
consider checking your thyroid levels and iron levels. Regards Reena

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

Whilst many women have healthy hair growth during pregnancy there are those who suffer from hair loss. It is in fact completely normally considering you are in a stressful work environment. This stress compounded by fluctuating hormones could trigger your hair loss. It seems that you are already under some vitamin protocol from your gynae so I recommend you stick to that.
You definitely need to address the work related stress as it is not good for you or the baby. If its very overwhelming- slow down. Make more time for rest and relaxation. Applying coconut oil to your hair will help. Massage it well into the scalp. Consider a more manageable hair style and avoid washing your hair too frequently. Regards Reena

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia (AGA) in men, occurs with varying severity and age of onset.

The following are a few treatments that may be beneficial:

• Over-the-counter treatments: Minoxidil, a topical formula applied to the scalp, may help preserve existing hair.

• Prescription treatments: Finasteride, approved for men only, is available in pill form and may promote both retention and regrowth.

• Natural treatments: Some men see positive results from taking the herbal supplement saw palmetto.

• Diet therapy: Talking to a knowledgeable, experienced nutritionist may provide some guidance on foods to eat or avoid. It is helpful to eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, and take a multivitamin supplement.

Should your hair loss be affecting your self-esteem, focus on your favourite features instead.

Remember, millions of people in all parts of the world lose their hair as part of the body’s natural aging process and in many cases, rather than seek treatment, they simply choose to live happily with less hair.

Regards Sean Gomes MD


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