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The condition of the hair and scalp reflects the general well-being of the body and mind. Illness or emotional stress can cause lifeless, dull hair, lack of vitamins and thyroid hormone deficiency can result in hair loss. Most women experience a thinning of the hair two or three months after giving birth, but there is usually improvement over the following months. Sometimes at times of stress, a sudden and generally temporary, patchy loss of hair can occur. The hair usually regrows, but the colour may be different. This is known as alopecia. Dandruff is scales of dead skin from the scalp. Severe cases are sometimes caused by a type of eczema called seborrhoeic dermatitis. Infectious lice can infest the hair, leaving nits, they often spread among family members and in schools.
Doctors sometimes prescribed minoxidil solution, which when rubbed into the scalp daily produces a temporary improvement in male baldness. Small areas of alopecia sometimes respond to steroid injections or creams. Hair lice can be killed by rubbing malathion or carbaryl lotion but not garden insecticides containing these. The whole family should be treated at the same time.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info