Remember the time, after I had just turned 40, that I blogged about a sudden bald spot I discovered on the back of my head, near the nape of my neck? Well, the hair has finally grown back.
But it didn’t happen on its own. Or with the help of prednisone (which is what the dermatologist wanted to inject.)
No, it happened with the help of my naturopathic doctor. Ironically, I was seeing Dr. B for acupuncture related to my elbow injury when, during one visit, I happened to mention some other ailments (My knee keeps buckling. And the arthritis in my back is flaring up. And, oh yeah, I HAVE THIS RANDOM BALD SPOT.)
And that’s when Dr. B recommended two little miracles, which, used in tandem, I credit with healing my alopecia areata.
What is Alopecia Areata?
In the event you don’t know (as I didn’t, until it happened to me) alopecia areata is an auto-immune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks itself. This can manifest itself in a variety of different ways, and in this case the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Alopecia areata usually presents itself as a sudden loss of hair, most noticeably on the scalp and in a circular shape. It can, quite literally, happen overnight.
Fortunately for me, I only had the one patch and it was on the back of my head so it wasn’t too noticeable. But it was there. I could feel the shiny nakedness of it. And I hated putting my hair up in a ponytail. But it could have been much more serious so I consider myself lucky.
No Overnight Fix
Looking back — and likely because it was winter and hat weather and so what was the point, really? — I did not rush off to the doctor’s. In fact I went in several months later on a matter unrelated And, oh yeah, I HAVE THIS RANDOM BALD SPOT.
That’s when he referred me to the dermatologist and, well, that didn’t go so well. I wasn’t keen on the idea of having steroids injected into my scalp, thankyouverymuch.
To say I suffered in silence would be an exaggeration because after a while I didn’t give it much thought. However, the hair was not coming back on its own, clearly. At this point, nearly a year had passed — now into November or December 2014 — and I was a couple of weeks into my elbow treatment before I thought to bring it up in passing to Dr. B. I’m so grateful I did.
How I Grew My Hair Back
As with most natural remedies, every body will react differently. And everybody will have an opinion. However, many of these vitamins and supplements are well known for their common healing, curative and restorative powers. It goes without saying, I’m neither a doctor nor an expert in this field. I’m merely sharing the experience and positive results I had after following the advice of my naturopathic doctor. You should absolutely consult your healthcare professional before embarking on any treatment.
As old as the sun — ha! See what I did there? — Vitamin D (naturally derived and best absorbed from the sun itself) is essential for the promotion of good health. In fact, being Vitamin D deficient can have serious health consequences, including hair loss — particularly in women.
Everyone should consider taking a Vitamin D supplement because we just don’t consume or absorb sufficient amounts these days. Your healthcare practitioner will advise you on dosage. I take a rather large dose — 4000 IUs daily in the form of drops — but after scouring the internet, I could probably go higher even though many resources provide more conservative recommendations.
Also, I have been outside every single day since April. So I’ve been reaping the rewards of a beautiful, sunny weather.
Rosemary oil is known for its hair-growth stimulation qualities. I have only been advised to use the rosemary oil as a topical ointment; I have never ingested it. Dr. B recommended I either mix a few drops with a little olive oil and massage it into my bald spot at night before bed (I did this once) or mix a few drops in with a squirt of shampoo and lather up. I did this two-to-three times a week, and still do.
The Results are In
So here we are, nearly two years after first discovering my bald spot and about 11 months after beginning treatment using Dr. B’s naturopathic wisdom. Who knew these two little bottles — Vitamin D and rosemary oil — could pack such a healing punch? Good-bye, alopecia areata! Hello, ponytail!
Check it out! It’s filled in quite nicely, don’t you think?