A patient I recently treated has generously given me permission to share her case history. When this 44 year old woman presented to Clinic, her hair loss was about 40%.

Alopecia Areata is a distressing condition resulting in circular patches of baldness. It can occur at any age, but mostly affects teenagers and young adults.  Six out of ten people affected develop the condition before 20 years of age.  The causes are unclear, but it is thought to be an auto-immune disorder.  It is more common in acquired thyroid disease, vitiligo, diabetes and collagen diseases. Stress is sometimes given as a factor but it may be that the disease is the cause rather than the result of stress.  Traditional Chinese Medicine classically diagnoses this condition as Blood Deficiency.    The treatment was primarily aimed at nourishing Blood and calming the Shen.  The patches of hair loss were treated using a plum blossom needle technique and then needles were inserted obliquely and medially around the periphery of the bald circles.

alopecia case study crown of head shot 1

Acupuncture points such as BL17, BL18 and BL20 known as ‘six flowers’ were used.  Also ST36, SP6, SP10, BL15, BL16, REN4, P6 and SP4.  Ear Points used were Shenmen, Tranquility, Point Zero, Liver, Spleen and Heart.

After attending regular acupuncture sessions, her condition improved enormously.  The photographs chart her excellent progress over 17 treatments.  The first three show the rapid improvement in hair re-growth at the side of her head over 5 weeks.s this condition as Blood deficiency. When she presented to Clinic, her hair loss was about 40%. After attending regular acupuncture sessions and making changes to her lifestyle and diet, her condition improved enormously. The photo album attached charts her excellent progress over 17 treatments. The first three photographs show the rapid improvement in hair re-growth over 5 weeks.

More support can be found at Alopecia UK Online

 The Progress

 Regrowth at the side of head


Regrowth at the crown of head

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