Stress & Hair Loss (Telogen Effluvium)
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 21, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Stress-Related Hair Loss
Stress can have many effects in our body, including hair loss. Significant hair loss (between 200-300 hairs per day, over an extended period) can occur after a significant shock to the system, such as: surgery, illness, high fever, losing a loved one or other emotional stress, certain medications, dramatic weight loss (such as from gastric bypass), pregnancy, and other causes.
A highly stressful event signals our system to conserve energy for other, more immediate bodily needs. One of the ways it does this, is by increasing the number of hair follicles entering into the resting (telogen) phase. (On a normal, healthy scalp, only about 8% of follicles are in the telogen stage at any one time.) When these follicles then re-enter their growth phase, a noticeable increase in hair loss occurs because of the higher-than-normal number of hairs suddenly being shed, as they make way for the new hair to grow in.
This type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium. It usually occurs anywhere from one to four months after the stressful event (but can take longer). The good news? With telogen effluvium, hair will typically regrow once the stressful situation has passed. Treatment is not usually necessary, other than a balanced diet and quality supplements such as Hair Essentials™ to support healthy hair regrowth.
Hair Essentials™ provides over 20 hair-healthy nutrients that nourish your follicles to promote stronger, healthier hair growth, faster!
Other common causes of hair loss that Hair Essentials™ can also help, include:
• Hereditary hair loss (androgenic alopecia)
• Thyroid disorders
• Postpartum hormonal imbalances
• Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
• Alopecia areata, lupus, and other autoimmune disorders
• Iron-deficiency anemia
• Skin conditions of scalp (dandruff, psoriasis, infections)
• Over-styling and hair products
For more information on Hair Essentials™, please visit our website: http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/products/hair-growth
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