Alopecia areata is quite a common condition that causes patchy and sometimes complete hair loss, usually from the scalp, but can affect any part of the body. The condition can occur at any age and is considered to be due to autoimmunity i.e. where the body’s immune system attacks and damages normal body tissues. In this case, it attacks the hair follicles or bulbs beneath the skin and “turns off” their abilitiy to grow.
About 50% of these patients recover spontaneously within 6 to 12 months, but many can suffer the condition for many years. There is reputedly no known cure, but I have increasing numbers of patients recovering completely using my wheatgrass extract. The patient and/or carer however, needs to commit to daily application for at least 12 months. The case below emphasises the importance of perseverance when using wheatgrass for alopecia.
Recovery may be brought about in the same way that wheatgrass produces rapid healing of injured body tissues such as skin, muscle and bone following injury. Wheatgrass appears to contain hormone-like molecules that stimulate growth factor activity. Growth factors are essential for promoting cell division and proliferation and for immune stimulation. This may well create an environment for re-activation of dormant hair follicles and subsequent hair re-growth.
Case History This 28 year old Japanese woman suffered from alopecia areata for 5 years including a large, readily visible and embarrassing bald area at the back of her head. She had tried a number of treatments without success. She first attended my clinic on 14 August, 2002. After applying wheatgrass extract every second or third day, she regained complete hair re-growth within 4 months. On 4 February 2003, hair remains normal. I have increasing numbers of patients recovering completely using this treatment.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.