Alopecia: the root of the problem

hair loss 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.

Dying for clearer skin

dying for clear skin… was the title of a recent television documentary. It detailed the story of a promising young man who, after taking a repeated dose of the drug Roacutane for acne became severely depressed and ending his life.  This tragedy unfortunately illustrates my earlier point about treating the symptoms and not the cause of an illness: Acne, as well as all other skin conditions are a way for the body to eliminate toxins. Think of a bath, when it is overflowing with water then it flows via the overflow – it’s the same with skin – the body’s last resort if the eliminate organs, mainly liver and kidneys are not functioning properly. This drug tries to stop this elimination process by drying up the sebaceous glands, so that the body retains the toxins. This has a further knock-on effect whereby the mind will retain toxic thoughts, which are destructive and negative. Toxic overload is at the root of many serious diseases so here a few detox tips: For a more complete list, ask me for my detox PDF.
  • Drink about 4 pints of plain water per day – proportunately less when a child
  • Avoid sugar/wheat when possible.
  • Eat raw green leafy vegetables which contain folic acid good for re-balancing the liver.
  • Give yourself a 16 hour food break to allow the liver to recuperate.  
  • Avoid dwelling on past negative events and people. A toxic body leads to a toxic mind and also vice-versa.

“Dying for Clearer Skin” was on BBC3 in November 2012.


Are you treating the cause of your illness?

alarm signals tell you that there is something wrong under the bonnet

Would you be happy if the garage mechanic took the flashing warning light out of the dashboard of your car and told you that your car was now fixed? So why would we want to treat the symptoms of an illness instead of it’s underlying cause? Not only would your health problem not be resolved (and that’s why you have to keep taking the pills), but could also be more damaging to your health, by masking the body’s own defense mechanism.  

So, to look at it another way, what is the underlying cause of illness? Either physical or mental stress stops our body from functioning normally because our vital energy is being compromised, by being diverted towards crisis management rather than normal functioning. Imagine squeezing a water hose so much that the water is unable to flow through – this is what happens to our vital energy, which governs our health and well-being (it’s like being plugged into the mains – without it life is not possible). No wonder we feel so awful when we grapple with difficult situations in our lives!

Homeopaths identify areas that patients find difficult in their lives or past traumas that have not been fully resolved and prescribe a remedy for that. So, if you are currently experiencing symptoms of illness, try and notice when they get worse, what triggers them and how you are feeling mentally when they occur.

I had a backache recently and asked myself the question “what am I currently believing?”. By remaining silent, without trying to work it out the answer came to me: – I felt I had done something wrong (which was causing subliminal stress). Once I realised that this belief was not warranted, I relaxed, and by doing so my backache vanished!