May 29, 2023

Are you losing your hair? It could be alopecia. Find out more about the types of alopecia and remedies for alopecia.

Today we’re going to talk about the 11 types of alopecia now what does the word alopecia mean it comes from a greek word uh alopex which means fox and the reason why they talk about a fox is that certain fox get an infection with mites and they start losing their hair in different patches so that’s the origin of the word alopecia now as i go through this there’s

A lot of new words that you may not be familiar with just realize they’re mostly greek or latin words that describe the characteristics of what’s happening with your hair so definitely don’t get caught up with the names just classifications of different types of hair loss now some of these conditions that i’m going to talk about are not really a hair loss problem

That’s a symptom the underlying real problem is the immune system and so when someone has an autoimmune condition they develop antibodies against their own tissues in certain types of alopecia you have the body developing antibodies to your own hair molecules and that creates a loss of hair or some type of thinning with the hair or damage with the hair root or the

Hair just doesn’t grow other types of alopecia could have a genetic component but don’t get too caught up in the genetics because there’s something called epigenetics which is above your genes and so you can do things about this even though you have a genetic problem and then there’s a type of alopecia that is caused by too much dht which is a very powerful form of

Testosterone so i’m definitely going to get into the remedies after i describe each type so let’s start with number one alopecia areata okay now what does the word ariata mean comes from the latin word which means area as in a vacant space or a patch okay so this is where you see patches of hair loss throughout your hair because of a certain autoimmune disease

Now there are certain types of alopecia areata that i’m going to describe right now this is going to include different patterns of hair loss hair loss to your eyebrows hair loss to different parts of your body but with this condition there’s usually a problem with your t cells that’s part of the immune system your body has some type of confusion and it’s attacking

The wrong thing our own hair and so this general type of alopecia areata can then get worse and become alopecia ariatus totalis which means that you have this total hair loss in the top of your head which i will get into in a minute or alopecia ariata universalis which is hair loss throughout the entire body and the rest of the hair in your body including your

Pubic hair and axillary hair the hair underneath your armpits and then the next type of alopecia is called diffuse alopecia areata and sometimes referred as incognita and don’t ask me why they use these incredibly long names maybe to make them sound very very scientific so in this diffuse type instead of having patches of hair loss you have areas that are very

Very thin so the hair follicle is very very thin and it looks like there’s some patches then we have the next type called alopecia ariata ophiosis try to say that three times in this type you have hair loss on the sides of the head as well as in the lower back part of your skull this type is uh really difficult to treat with medications so i would go with natural

Recommendations which i’m going to get to okay so the next one is called alopecia this one is a loss of hair either on your mustache or your beard this version could also occur with other types of hair loss as well but it’s very specific to the beard and mustache area all right the next one is called androgenic alopecia another name for this would be pattern hair

Loss now normally hair grows in these little groups between three and four hairs and so with this condition you’re going to see those little patches of hair or little groups of hair start shrinking or atrophy and so the number of hairs in these little groups are going to get less and less and less and eventually when they’re gone you’re going to see more scalp than

You see here and so androgenic alopecia is commonly known as male pattern hair loss but you also have women pattern hair loss too and this is the most common cause of hair loss in fact 50 of men over the age of 50 have this condition and 50 of women over the age of 65 start developing this condition and so in a man you’ll see receding hair loss right through here

And then a loss of hair on the top part of the head and with women you’ll see more just thinning on the top part of the head all right this next one has a very long name so we’re just going to call it ccca okay just to make it really simple so this type involves scarring on the top of your head this is most common in women that have an african descent and adding

Some vitamin e oil in fact massaging that into the scalp can be a great thing to help break down some of the scar tissue and also provide more oxygen stimulation to the scalp but the problem is if it’s there too long the scar tissue could get to the point where it’s it’s permanent it’s irreversible all right the next one is called frontal fibrosin alopecia this

One involves the sideburns and the frontal part of your head this mostly involves menopausal females but it can also affect men as well so with this you’re going to see a lot of receding the hair through here due to scar tissue some people may lose their eyebrows or eyelashes with this condition all right the next one is called traction alopecia and this occurs

Because there’s strain or stress and the hair roots it usually occurs when people have these very tight hairstyles so you have people who are using braids dreadlocks or a ponytail or even using certain chemical relaxers that can weaken the hair so this constant traction actually pulls the hair right on the scalp and the last one is called chemotherapy induced

Alopecia unfortunately the chemicals that use in cancer therapy destroy not just the immune system they can destroy different parts of your body including the roots of your hair but as soon as the chemotherapy is stopped the hair should come back given the right nutrition the person’s on and the overall health of the immune system now i do want to say one thing

About chemotherapy anytime someone goes through chemotherapy it’s very very important for them to also do intermittent fasting and periodic prolonged fasting the fasting can greatly reduce the side effects from chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy all right so at this point let’s talk about some really good remedies that i would recommend if you have any

Of these type of alopecia issues number one rosemary oil is a really great natural oil to rub into your scalp each night before you go to bed there’s certain properties in rosemary oil that are great for many different types of alopecia issues and as a side note castor oil is good for the loss of your eyebrows now there’s a lot of things you can also use like

Onion juice and garlic oil and green tea of course don’t put it on your scalp hot but wait till it cools down and you can rub into your scalp but there’s many different herbal extracts that can help stimulate the growth of hair but in this list there are seven things i’m going to talk about one is the rosemary oil okay number two is taking a really good probiotic

Why because in many autoimmune conditions it starts in your gut your gut becomes too permeable it’s called leaky gut and you have the entire immune system right behind the barrier and certain things get in there and you start creating all sorts of issues with immune wise so a probiotic is very important especially if you have a history of gut problems that

Occurred just before you start developing this hair issue i always recommend to get a clue on what’s causing your hair loss is just to look back in time and find out what occurred just before you started to develop this condition and it could be any condition at all any body problem there’s always something right before this that triggered it it could be a severe

Stress like a loss of a loved one which by the way is behind a lot of autoimmune diseases so this gives you information to help you try to undo some of the damage based on what caused it if it was a stress trigger then you can work on doing all sorts of things to improve stress both food wise environmentally and certain supplements all right number three zinc zinc

Is essential if you have any immune issues at all number four vitamin d vitamin d and zinc for any immune problems is very very important vitamin d is an immune modulator it is the best remedy for any autoimmune condition i’ve done a lot of videos on this and i would recommend taking nothing less than 10 000 ius but probably 20 or 30 000 ius of vitamin d every

Single day all right the next one is using an infrared type treatment on your scalp there’s a lot of new devices coming out that are like little helmets that you put over your head the infrared spectrum of light energy is really good to help reduce androgenic type problems with the hair because what’s happening is we have this enzyme that’s converting more free

Testosterone to dht which is a very powerful form of testosterone and that’s burning the hair out and so anything that you can do to interfere with that process is a good thing and there’s a lot of herbal things you can take too like salt palmetto stinging nettle root but the infrared light on your scalp has been shown to create some significant improvement in

Your hair all right so the next one and we fasting you need to be doing intermittent fasting okay and definitely periodic prolonged fasting fasting for autoimmune conditions to drop inflammation for any genetic problems or weaknesses is dynamite as far as the effectiveness in helping you put this thing back in remission because we can never say cure we’ll just

Say put it back in remission fasting is probably one of the most powerful epigenetic things you can do especially if you have a genetic predisposition to any condition all right the last thing is reducing your stress i’ve already mentioned that but there are many many things you can do to pull yourself out of this stress state i’m talking about a chronic stress

Situation where you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place it could be either environmental where you’re in an environment where there’s a lot of stress or you had a severe loss there are many things you can do in fact i want to put up probably one of the most important videos i’ve done on stress right here so check that out you

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The 11 Types of Alopecia (AND HOW TO FIX IT) – Dr. Berg By Dr. Eric Berg DC