CANCER SIDE EFFECTS: HAIR LOSS
NATURAL ONLINE DOCTOR’S SUNDAY BLOG
If you suffer Hair Loss as a consequence of oncologic cancer treatment, see how to relieve this side effect with natural medicine. While all of the following recommendations are scientifically validated in the Anglo-American sphere as a general rule, they cannot replace a strictly personalized advice based on your individual metabolism. With respective individualized dosages since in medicine, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’. For individualized dosages ask the author.
Some 80% of the U.S. population are affected by hair loss (alopecia), an autoimmune disease which, in most cases, is caused by an inflammation of the immune system where immune system cells attack hair follicles.
Also, hair loss can result from deficiencies of protein and certain minerals, primarily
according to research at, inter alia, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH – one of most prestigious clinics in the U.S. – and the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, UK.
As well as
as scientifically validated at, inter alia, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
These deficiencies may be balanced out according to your latest blood count showing these potential deficiencies.
Even worse, alopecia in many cases is caused as a side effect of prescription drugs such as anti-depressants, cholesterol-lowering and hypertension drugs, chemical blood thinners, arthritis drugs and chemical painkillers – and those of conventional cancer treatment.
As far as the latter is concerned, hair loss is induced primarily by cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs like Cyclophosphamide. (Dependent on the dosage, the hair loss is 20% up to 100%.). Similar results with Doxorubicin and Methotrexate.
However, the good news is that, as long hair follicles are still alive, a balanced natural diet with the appropriate building blocks of protein and other essential nutrients can spur hair growth. Inter alia, with vitamins C, D, E, and B-7 (Biotin):
- Vitamin C
according to Kyungpook National University in South Korea.
- Vitamin D
according to research at, inter alia, the University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center, both in Houston, TX, Tel-Aviv University in Israel, as well as Marselisborg Hospital in Aarhus, Denmark. The best natural source of Vitamin D is 20 minutes of daily sun exposure, if possible.
As far as
- Vitamin E
is concerned, this is based on first ever scientific findings, elaborated at the University of Science in Malaysia.
- Biotin (Vitamin B-7)
as scientifically validated at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.
Another set of natural substances supporting hair growth, at least topically, are following herbs in form of essential oils, such as
- Lavender (Botanical name: Lavendula angustifolia)
- Rosemary (Botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Cedarwood (Botanical name: Cedrus atlantica)
- Thyme (Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris)
according to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Scotland Al-Fateh University in Tripoli, Libya.
As well as
- Yellow Mountain Laurel root extract
(Daejeon University, South Korea)
- Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) enzyme
(Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX)
Similar positive results are reported about topical application of
rich fish oils, according to the International Oceanic Association of Aquatics and Marine Life.
Additionally, you may consider the sulfuric amino acid
according to scientific validation at PATH Medical Clinic in New York.
As well as eating
- Cayenne (Capsicum)
- Soy Isoflavones
the latter found in soy beans, based on research at Nagoya City University and Kumamoto University, both Japan
You can finally also consider a hair transplant, however, it is the opinion of the author to first trying the natural way as recommended above.
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