I have the great pleasure of presenting at the UK’s leading Alopecia charity, Alopecia UK, in Manchester in September at their annual conference, but what is alopecia?
Alopecia is a general term used for hair loss; this can be a small bald patch on the head or the loss of all the hair over the entire body. The three main types I will focus on are:
Alopecia Areata (AA)
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which causes patchy hair loss. It can result in a single bald patch or extensive patchy hair loss. The hair loss can happen at any point, although it is most common in people age 15 – 29 and affects 2 people in every thousand in the UK
Alopecia Totalis (AT)
Alopecia totalis is a more advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the scalp. According to statistics, about 1 in every 125,000 men and 1 in every 250,000 women have alopecia totalis or universalis. Most sufferers are children and young adults under the age of 40, though it can affect people of all ages.
Alopecia Universalis (AU)
Alopecia universalis is the most advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
My presentation will cover the vastly underestimated effects that stress and trauma has on the skin. It is estimated that 70% of skin problems have an emotional trigger but there is nothing in mainstream healthcare to deal with this which I find incredible!!
The current, mostly ineffective, treatments for hair loss are topical and injected steroids. The NHS doesn’t, as yet, support any other medication as none have been particularly successful if at all.
I’m currently seeing 4 people as case studies to present at the conference. 1 is already showing regrowth from having Universalis, 2 are showing promising results and no growth from the 4th.
Treating alopecia with hypnotic methodologies has been shown to promote regrowth in at least 50% of trial participants but I suggest this number could be more like 75% where the hair loss was due to stress or trauma.
So if you had a pill that could help 50 – 75% of alopecia sufferers to regrow hair, reduce anxiety and depression and had no side effects you’d think this would be a medical breakthrough! This is exactly what hypnosis can do! This will be an area of my talk, how to implement hypnosis into mainstream treatment and design a strategy that could be taught to other hypnotherapists.
I don’t want the medical professionals to tell patients with alopecia that there is no hope, as there is, we just need more awareness to how stress and trauma can keep hair from growing and that the release of that stress and trauma can promote regrowth.
If you have any questions or simply wanted to chat further then please drop me a line, I’d be delighted to talk to you!
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