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Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH

Our lovely fan, Carol, had an excellent question about alopecia, and what can help with it. First, let’s take a look at what alopecia actually is.

What is alopecia? Alopecia simply means hair loss, for which there can be many different causes including:

• Hormonal factors (both men & women)
• Heredity
• Medications
• Vitamin A in large doses
• Birth control pills
• Pregnancy
• Menopause & perimenopause
• Thyroid problems
• Low-protein diet
• Low iron
• Diabetes
• Major surgery or chronic illness
• Fungus infection of scalp
• Chemical and heat treatments on hair
• Tight braiding
• Hard brushing
• Immune system attacking hair follicles (alopecia areata)
• Lupus

Once the cause of the hair loss has been determined, options for hair regrowth, including Hair Essentials, can then be considered!

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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