Alopecia areata (hair loss): 3 Cases

About Alopecia

Alopecia areata – patchy and sometimes total hair loss, (usually on the scalp, but also on other parts of the body). The onset is usually quite sudden, and begins with one or more round bald patches. It is often considered to be incurable.

Occurring at any age, the condition is most likely due to the body’s immune system damaging hair follicles by “turning off” their ability to grow. A so-called “autoimmune” condition.

About 50% of these patients recover spontaneously within 6 to 12 months but others may lose part or even all of their hair, permanently.

Wheatgrass can assist recovery of alopecia

Alopecia areata is quite a common condition.  It may occur at any age.

About 50% of patients recover spontaneously within 6 to 12 months, but others may suffer permanent hair loss. Although there is no known medical cure for this condition, wheatgrass extract completely recovered the hair of these three patients and in other patients I have treated.

Recommended Treatment

Apply a small amount of wheatgrass extract over the affected area(s) twice weekly (or less) and persevere for at least 12 months before giving up. Hair re-growth may even  appear after only several weeks’ treatment.  It is important not to overtreat, because paradoxically, this can actually slow recovery.

Case No. 1

This 28 year old Japanese woman suffered from alopecia areata for 5 years. Note the large, readily visible bald patch on the back of her scalp. Numerous treatments had not worked for her. She began applying wheatgrass extract twice a week, and after just four months treatment, her hair recovered completely.

Fig. 1. Alopecia areata. Present 5 years.

Fig. 2.  4 February ’03. Complete recovery 4 months later. This photograph was taken 2 months after recovery.

Case No. 2

This young boy lost most of his hair 5 years before he began wheatgrass treatment. His parents had spent a small fortune on dermatologists and medications to no avail. Although his mother was skeptical about using a “herbal remedy”, when some small tufts of new hair appeared, she regained hope. After 11 months' treatment, as you can see in the photo on the right, hair now covers his head.

It may take a year for the hair to recover, and perseverance can work well. Time has also taught me that “less is best” when wheatgrass is used for alopecia (and many other conditions).

Prior to commencement of wheatgrass treatment.

8 months later. New tufts of hair appearing.

10 months after commencement of treatment. Hair is robust, growing strongly and almost completely covering the scalp.

Mother’s comment at 10 months:

“Everything continues to improve. F’s hair is growing strong and the gaps are slowly merging together. Still a way to go but on top of his head the hair is thick and healthy. We are all thrilled with the progress. He even shampooed his hair the other day,something he has not done in 4 years!!!!!

Case No. 3.

In this case, the little boy lost more than 50% of his hair when he was two. He has since fully recovered after wheatgrass treatment, but it took 10 months. Fortunately for him, his grandmother never gave up.

Grandmother’s story:

“Doctor, I have a 6 year old grandson who lives with me. He was diagnosed with alopecia when he was 2 years old. We have taken him to several different doctors. They have given him shots, vitamins, herbs. We have taken him out of town to specialists. We have spent several hundred dollars, out of pocket, trying to find a cure.  All the doctors say the same thing, “There is no cure.”

The kids in his school laughed at D and called him mean names. He likes school, but he would come home crying. My girlfriend got on the internet and found “Wheatgrass extract”. She ordered some and gave it to D. I had him use it every day – just once a day. His hair appeared to be coming in so I bought 2 more so not to run out. D now has a full head of hair and I give “Wheatgrass” all the credit. It is amazing. I have told everyone about “Wheatgrass” and have shown these pictures to back up the facts.

Thank you so much for your product. I am in your debt.


January 2007. Severe alopecia. 4 y.o. child. Treatment with wheatgrass extract commenced.



3 months later. Note new tufts of hair beginning to appear.


9 months. Full head of hair.

These three cases, along with a number of others whose hair has re-grown, make a strong case for useing wheatgrass extract. However, it is important to know that generally, “less is best” when using wheatgrass extract for healing purposes, including alopecia.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.