It is known that alopecia is an auto-immune disease whereby the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Mainstream medicine treats the problems on a purely physical level with localised steroid treatment to suppress the immune system temporarily. The hope is that the immune system rights itself again, which it often does, but the question is if and when. However, the mind and body are ‘two sides of the same coin’ and unless the emotional aspect of the sufferer is taken into account there will never be cure.
In my practice I have observed and treated very specific emotional issues that alopecia sufferers commonly have. Viewed holistically, hair is very much linked to personal identity. Sufferers ‘lose their identity’, typically, when not able to voice their feelings, and therefore cannot fully express who they are. Paradoxically, when suffering from emotional distress, as a coping mechanism, there is a disconnection with their own feelings, and ironically others tend to think they’re feeling fine.
Louise Hay writes that alopecia is a sign that the first emotional centre, relating to our identity within the primary family setting, is disturbed. So issues such as parental divorce or other upsets that threaten our security within our community could trigger off the emotional distress that could lead to alopecia.
By helping to reconnect and express these repressed emotional feelings with homeopathy we stop the body’s immune reacting against itself. When we reconnect with our feelings, we can express ourselves more freely without the fear of reprisal, and live a more emotionally fullfilled life, the one that we truly deserve.