Monday, October 29, 2012

How Long Will It Take to Recover From Traction Alopecia?

People who suffer from traction alopecia or other forms of hair loss commonly want to know how long the recovery time is until their hair begins to grow. Traction alopecia is different from other forms of alopecia as it is brought on by physical actions placing tension on hair follicles. In other words, you develop traction alopecia after you have pulled your hair constantly.

The pulling is commonly a result of a hair styling process or routine. Additionally, hair extensions have also been known to cause traction alopecia and those women who often wear extensions are at the highest risk of developing the condition.

Hair loss caused by traction alopecia generally begins at the front hair line, but can also occur at the crown of the head or in the form of generalized thinning of the hair. Much like other hair loss forms this condition can cause the sufferer to have a reduced lack of self confidence. The hair loss in other assorted areas of the head can significantly reduce the number of hair styles that can be used; thus creating more stress.

The good news is that you can re-grow the hair you lose from traction alopecia. However, before choosing surgery as the treatment plan, it is suggested that you first allow your hair a chance to grow back naturally. The process will certainly require patience, time, and caring for your hair but the end results will be well worth the effort. Traction alopecia recovery times can range from just a couple months to years. Recovery time will directly depend on the degree of damage caused and the length of time the abuse lasted for.

Whether you like it or not, during traction alopecia recovery times you will have to avoid the hair styles that caused the damage in the first place. Regardless how many articles you read that claim extensions or braids are okay as long as they are not tight on the scalp, don't listen to this advice. The weight alone from the additional hair will cause additional stress to hair shafts that are already weak and aggravate follicles that are already sore. Hair extensions and braids that are fitted can lead to scalp inflammation. The inflammation alone symbolizes the scalp is stressed. So, it is in your best bet to avoid all activities that further stress the hair follicles and scalp. However, there are a couple things you can do to speed your scalp's healing process up.

First, you need to halt the application of damaging chemicals such as colorants and relaxers. For example, relaxers are used to permanently straighten hair that is naturally curly. The chief reason hair is curly is due to the keratin products that make up the hair contain amino acids referred to as cysteines. The cysteines link each other by disulfide bonds as two sulfur atoms connect to each other. The more disulfide bonds contained in the hair, the curlier the hair will be.

Relaxers simply go in and dissolve the disulfide bonds and cap them so they cannot reform chemically. Commonly, relaxers use a base or reducer like lye (sodium hydroxide) to break up and cap the bonds. Sodium hydroxide in itself is a very strong chemical that can damage your hair or burn your skin. Even if a commercial relaxer is considered safer and gentler, they still use the same chemical reaction to break the disulfide bonds and cap them. When a scalp is affected by traction alopecia, it contains follicles that are damaged and may be inflamed already. Applying a relaxer to a scalp like this will only further aggravate the situation as it will burn and irritate skin exposed from missing patches of hair; thus prolonging your recovery time. You are not recommended to relax your hair until it completely grows out again.

Nutrition and diet play important roles in recovery as well. Eating foods rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as fruits and vegetables will also help start the biological healing process. It may also be in your best interest to begin taking supplements to make sure you are receiving nutrients essential for hair growth. You can always choose a supplement specifically for hair growth. Many of the vitamins made specifically for hair contain 200mg of Biotin and other nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium. In particular, biotin is great for increasing the length of time your hair remains in the growth phase which will also keep your follicles actively producing hair.

Protein, however, should be of the utmost importance to you. In fact, lean sources of protein almost always contain vitamins essential for hair growth. However, most importantly your hair is created for protein which makes it essential for the production of keratin. Easy ways of increasing protein intake is by consuming protein cookies, shakes, and bars.

In conclusion, to reduce the recovery time for traction alopecia you should begin by quitting the hair styles that stress your hair follicles out the most; you only want to wear hair styles that do not apply any tension at all to your hair. Additionally, refrain from applying chemical relaxers and colorants to your hair. Finally, make sure your hair follicles are being nourished from inside the body by consuming proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and protein. If you cannot consume these essential items naturally, then you should begin a supplement regimen that offers them for you.

Receding Hairline Treatment for Men - Some Information

Receding hairline treatment for men encompasses three steps and the first step is that men facing the problem of hair loss should know that they have a problem. Second step is even though; it is easier to safeguard the already existing hair from falling as compared to re-growing of new ones, steps should be taken for re-growth as well. Finally, they can decide to fill the gaps in their scalp that has baldness with some transplantation treatments. These steps are discussed in the content given below:

Stop losing hair: Once gents have understood that they have some hair loss problem, they will have to take some steps to stop losing. Generally, most of them tend to lose hair due to genetics and this is known to be caused by Dilhydrotestosterone or DHT. Generally, men begin to face this problem when they are in their old 20s or early 40s, but it can also occur in some boys during their puberty period. If the amount of DHT in the scalp can be reduced to some extent with some treatments, loss of excess hair can be stopped in such a way that the next step of regrowing can be concentrated.

Hair re-growth: This is the toughest step since it requires some patience. Once the DHT level is reduced, the instance of falling will gradually reduce and then re-growth will begin. Even though, falling can happen at a faster pace, growing will take some time and even it might take some six months to see the results visibly. So, the treatment methods must be consistently followed.

Filling of gaps: The man should patiently wait for one to one-and-half years for re-growth and after this period, he will have to take some informed decision. Here, if he is intending to add some density to the back or top of their scalp, he can take up transplantation treatments. There are improved receding hairline treatments for men under the category of transplantation and once a person gains hair under this method, nobody can identify that he had undergone such a treatment as it will look like natural hair.

So, stop suffering from hair loss problem immediately with the help of DTH blockers that are safe and simple. Since they are capable of reducing the Dilhydrotestosterone level on scalp, loss can be reduced to a great extend in such a way that men can head towards the next step of trying out for gaining new hair.

Hair Care Tips for Natural and Healthy Growth of Your Hair

Beautiful long hair has always been a dream for every woman. Though short hair is easy to manage, it is always the long, thick and shiny hair that has won open and secret admirers. No wonder the sale of artificial hair and hair fixing industry is at an all time boom. Many people believe visiting hair salons regularly is the secret for well kept and healthy hair. Yes, hair salons with their experience, knowledge, oils, creams and massages offer good nourishment and support for the hair to grow.

Those who visit salons regularly have a well maintained hair. The experts can check the split ends, check for dryness of scalp or hair and condition, and moisturize the hair for a healthy growth. Apart from the comfort of the salon, hair care from home is not a difficult affair at all. The following are a few simple tips that will help your hair grow naturally healthy and lustrous.

Balanced diet, plenty of water intake and sound sleep is the secret for a healthy body. Your lifestyle and your food habits and sleep patterns affect your hair. Students who burn the midnight lamp, often complain of rashes and pimples on their skin and hair fall. One of the main reasons behind this is the improper sleep pattern, and unhealthy habits that keeps them awake during exam periods. Eating good food that is balanced with all the nutrients and vitamins (A, B, C, and K), minerals, iron and calcium is the best solution to trigger or stimulate a healthy hair growth. Your diet must contain green leafy vegetables, salads, fruits and milk. Drinking as much as 9 to 10 glasses of water per day helps detoxification. Removal of the unwanted toxins is a must for proper absorption of the natural nutrients that directly promote hair growth.

Moisturizing and massaging the scalp daily helps the pores to open and improve the blood circulation. You can use the hair oil of your choice. Many hair experts advice medicated oils. Tinctures of arnica, jaborandi, thuja etc are known for their action on scalp and hair. Adding drops of these tinctures to the hair oil and massaging on the scalp daily helps eliminate dryness of scalp, and dandruff for a clean and nourished scalp.

You can also apply a paste of yogurt and soaked fenugreek seeds. It is a good solution to treat dandruff. Egg is a good hair conditioner. Egg yolk is an excellent source of protein that is rich with essential fatty acids and vitamins to nourish the hair scalp and also prevent dandruff. It offers shine and glaze to the hair for a lustrous, smoother and softer feel. Hair care from home is simple and easy, and very cheap compared to hair care at salons.

Can Qi Gong Cure Cancer?

When I was invited to speak at the annual Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) Conference I was more than happy to share all I could with the group about 
Medical Qi Gong and how it can play an important into a patents recovery.

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is a new approach to treating cancer that involves no new drug products. The therapy uses insulin, and takes advantage of the powerful, cell-killing effects of ordinary chemotherapy drugs, used in very low doses.

Today a well-informed physician has to know a holistic platform of integrated healing modalities to support the body and the immune system plus Spirituality; Mind/Body; Immunity; Nutrition; Detox; Lifestyle; and Exercise. A totally integrated program is a must, as cancer and chronic disease treatment is most effective when it focuses on strengthening and growing good cells rather than just killing bad ones.

The conference was a unique opportunity to learn of the best therapies, techniques and approaches that Integrative Cancer Care has to offer.

When I treat a patient no matter whether they are looking for anti-aging treatments, recovering from a disease like cancer or any degenerative disease, I always work to balance the internal terrain.

If you had a garden in your backyard and the soil was very acid and had very little vitamins or minerals (clay and sand) in it, you wouldn't expect to get much of a harvest.

You could still grow something, but the plants would grow poorly and as far as getting any healthy fruits or vegetables your chances would be slim.

On the other hand, if your garden soil was alkaline had proper vitamins, minerals, air and water- your chances of getting a Bumper Harvest would be great.

I have been growing organic gardens for years. The key is the soil. Of course it needs air, water, and sunlight, but if the soil is in bad shape. You will get bugs, weeds and insignificant unhealthy plants. The soil is of utmost importance. In the human body it's the same your biological. Terrain is the key to being healthy and staying healthy.

If you are still eating the junk food diet that you ate in high school and collage it's time to open your eyes. You are poisoning your garden. We need good healthy food to stay healthy.

Make food your medicine and you will have a better shot at staying healthy. Get clean air and water into your body and your health garden will grow. If you have a poor internal terrain (Bad soil) your health will reflect it.

Balance the terrain and the body will go towards health.

At the conference I was asked to share my knowledge of Energy medicine, Medical Qi Gong and Chinese internal exercises and acupuncture as well as the importance of a proper internal terrain balancing the Ph.

The doctors who attended were the top physicians in alternative oncology, MD's, DO, Naturopath Doctors, Doctors of Oriental Medicine and a few members of the general public, everyone there knew the importance of exploring and using all the healing modalities when necessary to cure and balance a patients body, mind and spirit.

Keep Healthy Through Autumn - Five Elements Style

Autumn - letting go of Summer

Article applies to geographical areas that have seasonal variations.

As the indistinct Summer we've had gives way, nature changes to adapt to the next phase. We look forward to the beautiful Autumnal colours but also perhaps feel a hint of sadness at the departing season. In terms of the five elements, we are leaving the late Summer (Earth Element) and entering the Metal element. Although the non-human organic eco-system adjusts to this change automatically, we vary in our ability to take on the changes.

The Metal element is made up of the two meridians (energy channels) which are named the lung and large intestine channels. The two meridians cover our respiratory and elimination systems as expected from their names but also has influence at the mental and emotional level. For example, the phrase in the title "letting go" is the mental/emotional equivalent of the physical elimination of waste carried out by the large intestine. At the non-physical level, letting go is very much associated with grief and sadness too. Then our lungs are organs of breathing, taking in fresh air and exhaling carbon dioxide. The inhalation at the physical level is linked with the taking in of new ideas and being inspired by them. Interestingly, in the Eastern medical view, the lung, which is the interface boundary between the outside air and our inner tissue, is totally equivalent to the skin.

So as we slide into Autumn, there could be a sense of grief and finding it hard to accept the new energy of the season. Metal is sensitive to light, and the drawing in of the days will add to the sense of sadness. Yet as mentioned, the stunning colours can be very inspiring as can be the fresh crisp frosty days. The majority of us work in buildings and do not have the time to be more connected to the natural world. So changes of season can present physical and emotional challenges. We could be more susceptible to respiratory infections or have skin problems. Our bowels and urinary tract can play up. Emotionally we might feel down and out of sorts and perhaps have a sense of general malaise.

Being out in nature can be invigorating on clear days and can help with adapting to the energetic changes. Our diet can also help us to adjust. Eating with the seasons can really synchronise us with the natural changes. For example, it is now best to reduce consumption of tropical fruits and start with pears and apples and berries. Squashes are also plentiful and a bowl of warming pumpkin soup fits in nicely. Another positive side-effect of eating with the season is the positive ecological aspect - as supermarket demand of imported food reduce the "air miles" impact due to fuel usage pollution will also reduce. Knowing this will introduce a feel-good factor which is starting to be acknowledged as a very important part of out mental well-being. Additionally, a "top-up" or "maintenance" acupuncture treatment at the change of seasons is a good idea and will help the body and mind adjust to the coming Autumn.