My Story (Treatments Tested)

Let me share with you my two years journey with Alopecia Areata in a aim to shed light on which treatments were helpful and worth considering for those who are in a similar situation.

Clarification: Alopecia Areata (AA) is an hair loss due to an autoimmune condition which shows as one or more bald patches on the scalp or elsewhere on the body (in more severe cases of AA hair loss can affect the entire head or even the entire body) – not to be confused with other types of hair loss.

Summary:

I’m a guy who had Alopecia Areata in the form of hairless spot on my beard which finally came into remission after two years. I’ve tried many treatments to regrow the hair back of which I believe gently rubbing ginger juice on the hairless area was the most effective. With that in mind I believe that this regrowth was successful and sustainable in part thanks to a healthier immune system achieved by: improving gut flora by including more dietary fiber in the diet, avoiding chronic stress. In addition adjusting my vitamin D level may have also helped. Important: if you plan on trying any of these please keep on reading for some precautions later on this page and also in How NOT to Apply Ginger / Onion / Garlic and Natural Treatments.

2014 September:

I woke up one morning to discover a small coin sized patch without hair on the beard of my left cheek. I later discovered that this phenomena is called Alopecia Areata and although it usually manifests itself on the scalp it can show on the beard or any other place on the body where there’s hair.

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Alopecia Areate (2014 September)

During the time that followed I did some research and learned that the preferable conventional approach was to let this condition to resolve on its own since most patients with Alopecia Areata grow their hair back within 6 months (my doctor also suggested the option of receiving corticosteroids injections into the hairless area in order to suppress the immune system from attacking the hair follicles – the only problem with that being it’s an extremely bad option as the evidence suggests that almost always the regrowth is only temporary after which it comes back worse).

2014 December:

I waited for the condition to resolve itself as suggested, but the hairless spot on my beard expended three times its initial size in the passing three months. So, I began to seek for possible treatments.

Treatment #1 – Vitamin D:

After learning about the strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and Alopecia Areata I took a blood test to measure my vitamin D level and indeed I was found deficient (although this didn’t come as a surprise since most people in developed countries are not exposed enough to the sun and therefore are deficient in vitamin D) so I immediately began to take vitamin D and vitamin K2 supplements. Word of caution: When raising your vitamin D level either through supplementation or sun exposure it’s important to also supplement with vitamin K2 and magnesium since they work in synergy with vitamin D. Too high a level of vitamin D without them can cause calcium to collect in certain body tissues where it shouldn’t (I didn’t know about the importance of magnesium back when I was supplementing with vitamin D).

How to treat with vitamin D and precautions: Read here.

Results: During one month I raised my vitamin D level into the normal range (~35 ng/ml) and stopped taking it (too high a blood level of vitamin D is also not advised). I felt that the patch stopped expending in size which was a good sign although to be fair I cannot attribute it certainly to the vitamin D as it may have been unrelated.

2015 January:

Treatment #2 – Gently rubbing onion juice: 

After learning about two studies in which rubbing onion juice over the hairless patch twice a day was found to regrow the hair in Alopecia Areata patients, I began to rub onion juice  (which I made by simply grating an onion) on my hairless spot between 1-2 times a day everyday for about 1 month. Since the onion has a very strong smell I could only apply it when I was at home and not planning to go out anytime soon :).

How to treat with onion juice and precautions: Read here.

Results (2015 February): After one month the patch hasn’t change much in size although it seemed there were few new terminal hairs regrowing, so it may have helped a little bit but I stopped it since the results weren’t great considering the effort and since the onion’s smell wasn’t great either.

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Alopecia Areata (2015 March)

2015 March:

Never Ever Do!!! – Forcefully rubbing garlic clove:

After someone I know told me a story about a guy who had rubbed a garlic clove on his bald spot to successfully grow his hair back, I decided to give it a try but I with a twist – I though it would be a good idea to rub the garlic cloves very forcefully on my skin for more than 20 minutes because I wanted to make sure the garlic penetrated the skin in a large enough dose. Soon after I realized what a huge mistake it was since the area stung badly and within the hours got infected. To make a long story short I got a 2nd degree burn and was prescribed antibiotics and corticosteroids to treat the infection, and the burn took about two months to heal. To read the longer story (and watch the unsightly photos of the burn) see How NOT to Apply Ginger / Onion / Garlic.

Results (2015 May): Thankfully the burn healed after two months, but the bald spot expended as a result of the burn (to be frank I couldn’t care less since I was just happy to have the burn healed) and I decided to be prudent from now on.

2015 June:

Treatment #3 – PRP treatment:

After learning about a study in which Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments was found to regrow the hair in Alopecia Areata patients I did two PRP treatments – the first one in 2015 June and the second in 2015 September.

How to treat with PRP precautions: Read here.

Results (2015 October): I don’t know if these treatments helped or not, since if there was any improvement it was very modest. Anyway, because these treatments were expensive (more than 200$ for each treatment) I didn’t continue with them and I don’t recommend.

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Alopecia Areata (2015 July)

2016 January:

Treatment #4 – Avoid Stress and Chang Diet:

I traveled in the world for about 1.5 month. This had two main implications:

  1. I didn’t experience any chronic stress during that time (chronic stress is one of the worst enemies of a healthy immune system).
  2. My diet totally changed during the time of the travel since I was eating local food most of the time which guaranteed to change my gut microbiome. One change that I integrated into my diet even before the trip was eating more dietary fiber mostly in the form of fruits, vegetables and bread (the gut microbiome is maybe the most important modulator of the immune system in our body).

How to avoid stress and improve gut microbiome: Read here.

Results (2016 March): The purpose of the trip was simply to enjoy a great vacation so that the beneficial effects on the immune system were merely a positive side effect. The bald spot lessened a little bit in size.

2016 May:

Treatment #5 – Gently rubbing ginger juice:

After encountering (totally by mistake) a blog post where someone told that she had rubbed ginger juice on her bald patch which caused her hair to regrow, I thought I might as well try it (but this time take it easy and be cautious not to rub too hard). So I grated ginger and gently rubbed the pulp and juice on my hairless spot for about 5-7 minutes (which resulted in a warm tingling-stinging sensation which lasted for about 5-10 minutes after each time). I repeated this process every few days on average (I didn’t have a fixed schedule – I could apply it for few days in a raw and then not apply it for more than a week and than apply it again and so on – so that on average I applied it every few days).

How to treat with ginger juice and precautions: Read here (one important precaution is do not use other topical treatments concurrently during the weeks you treat with ginger as in theory it may cause some serious side effects).

How to apply ginger: Read here.

Results (2016 September): Within few weeks new terminal hair began to grow where the patch was and within 3 months (by August) almost all the hair came back and I stopped applying the ginger. One month later (by September), the entire missing hair regrew so I considered the case closed. Although the ginger was really helpful in what seemed like quelling the immune system and stimulating the hair to grow faster I believe it was possible due to a healthier immune system resulting from avoiding chronic stress, healthier gut flora and maybe better vitamin D levels.

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Alopecia Areata (2016 August – 3 Months After Starting Ginger)
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Alopecia Areata (2016 September – 4 Months After Starting Ginger)

I hope that this share of experience will be of benefit to others! As I said before if you gonna try any of the treatments above please play it safe and make sure to follow the precautions on this page and in How NOT to Apply Ginger / Onion / Garlic and Natural Treatments.

Last Updated: 2016.10

39 thoughts on “My Story (Treatments Tested)

  1. Ashley Green December 3, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Is it odourless? I am a JAK inhibitor fanatic and I have MPB.I know for a fact jak inhibitors will help me and theres no harm in trying. What ginger did you use the specific brand and also could i get it all over my head without it leaving a smell?

    Thank you. I know this helped AREATA but no harm in trying!

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    • Resolve Alopecia December 4, 2016 / 1:49 am

      It isn’t any brand but rather a real whole ginger that I’ve bought in the supermarket and simply extracted its juice (check out this page for how-to-make instructions: https://resolvealopecia.wordpress.com/how-apply-juice-topically). It is indeed odourless and colorless so no need to wash it off and it practically disappears on its own.

      Just to make clear – at the moment there are no scientific studies that I know of that show that JAK inhibitors help Male Pattern Baldness, the first study is scheduled to take place in the next year or so (until than it’s only speculations). As someone who also have MBP I hope it be found to work but then again it’s important not the have too high expectations (if you wish to experiment with it for MBP I believe you should give it more time about at least 4 months and while doing so try to avoid other treatments that may irritate the scalp to prevent JAK inhibitors side effects).

      Cheers!

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      • Ashley Green December 5, 2016 / 8:05 pm

        I keep up to date with the studies and know this. But all the major experts recently said at the presentation recently that treatment results for mob, aerate etc are going the way they expected “positive” so I am rather optimistic.

        I am shocked as a man with mpb you haven’t tried it on your head as well? Nevertheless I will give it a go for 4 months as I planned as thats how long it took the topical jak creams to help universalis etc. If i see results i’ll continue more, if not I’ll wait for the official jak creams/topicals.

        I have ordered organic ginger juice to apply to my head. Only rubbish thing is I hope i can get it on all areas of my head without wasting a lot too quick ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Resolve Alopecia December 6, 2016 / 2:11 am

        My experimentation with the ginger for AA was quite recent, I may also try it for MPB in the future it’s just that at the moment I have busy days so I don’t wanna start if I’m not sure I’m going to commit e/d for at least few months. Searching on MBP forums, I managed to find only one testimony of someone using topical ginger for MBP but he was on minoxidil as well so unfortunately it’s impossible to attributed his regrowth to the ginger over the minoxidil (http://www.hairlosshelp.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=112445).

        Regarding wasting solution no problem – you can use a blunt syringe (syringe without a needle; it should cost around 1$) to apply over the scalp and then rub 5-7 minutes with fingers.

        I’m not sure whether bought organic ginger juice has the same effect as freshly juiced ginger because some compounds can be lost or decrease in concentration as time from extraction passes – just saying so you can take it into consideration. Anyways, if you try it for at least 3 months please update on whether it works.

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  2. Ashley Green December 8, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I believe the juice I am buying is just the equivalent to what you did. All they do is juice it for you I believe. Either way I’m going to try it and will update. Don’t think I could be bothered extracting myself all the time.

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  3. Ashley Green December 8, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    What would your advice be? I was thinking apply in the morning all over my head after a shower or days i don’t shower in the morning just apply to my head. Then at night/evening repeat.

    Secondly if this worked i’d have to keep my hair short for easy application D:

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  4. Ashley Green December 9, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    hey again sorry for bothering you. the juice arrived and i just got home and its very watery so i don’t know if its worth to keep buying this as i don’t see it lasting, its going to be gone each time. There is a bag of 4 i believe for 80p at a store near me.

    How should i do this? I plan on twice application a day, so how do you suggest me going about this, use separate juice for evening application or the same and just store it. I want to do this to the best i can ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Resolve Alopecia December 11, 2016 / 1:29 am

      No problem, glad to share my experience.

      Regarding your first message โ€“ it may be equivalent but it may also not be because as far as I know, from the moment you extract the fruit / vegetable into juice it begins to lose some of its compounds (I guess it depends on which compound that is, temperature etc) so who knows if the exact compounds that act as JAK inhibitors degrade or not in the meantime๐Ÿ™‚

      Regarding the application โ€“ I would advice not to apply twice daily but rather once daily or even once every two days before going to bed (or another time if more comfortable). I myself only applied about every three days on average (sometimes more often like every day and sometimes less often like every 5 days) and I think it was adequate since during that time I didnโ€™t had the itching in the AA patch area that I had experienced before starting the ginger application. Devising a regimen that you can stick to throught at least 4 months is the most important factor here because otherwise youโ€™d just give up after a month or so.

      Also, you donโ€™t need to use much โ€“ I think around 5 ml should be more than enough to cover the entire scalp and you can use a droper / syringe to apply it more easily (for comparison โ€“ people who use minoxidil only apply about 1 ml on each application). I would argue that properly massaging it into the scalp for about 5-7 minutes (up until you feel the tingling-burning sensation on the applied area) thusly making sure it is properly absorbed is more important than using a greater quantity.

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  5. Ashley Green December 10, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you need to do anything to ginger before extraction as I have never even had it believe it or not. I appled the juice today and my whole head afterwards was tingly and felt a lot of air was getting to my scalp so I think its ok what I did ๐Ÿ™‚ I will apply once daily and that way if i happen to miss a day by accident it won’t harm me. Did you use a new ginger juice with each application or store? Thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚ This is my second day application so by march we will know if theres a change

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    • Resolve Alopecia December 11, 2016 / 1:28 am

      I haven’t done anything to the ginger, just grated it and applied the juice, each time extracted new ginger juice (it takes about 2 minutes and needed only very small amount each time). Sounds good!

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  6. Ashley Green December 15, 2016 / 1:34 am

    Hey man, started the ginger today, only been using the juice but now have to start the ginger juicing. I am having trouble i am on my 6th day coming up and it was a total pain, i have a grater but thats pretty much it and i couldn’t get much juice out at all. How can i get a lot of juice from the ginger? Thanks.

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    • Hassan December 16, 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Hey Bro !

      What was the result. You havenโ€™t updated it.

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  7. Ashley Green December 19, 2016 / 12:38 am

    Never mind sorted it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • roy March 15, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Hi Ashley, I wanted to know if you had a change since december ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Dan's Mom January 9, 2017 / 3:55 am

    Hi just came across ur story while researching natural remedies for AA bec my 3 yr old was diagnosed today. Im having a hard time digesting this news but ur story is really giving me hope. Im a very big fan of curing things naturally and im so happy i came across ur story. Gd willing tomorrow i plan i buying fresh ginger to start applying it gently on my sons bald spot a few times a week. I will keep u posted on his progress and im going to take pictures once a week or so. Any tips or comments r welcome. Thank u for sharing ur story with very clear explanations and instructions!! Gd bless u!

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    • Resolve Alopecia January 10, 2017 / 2:50 am

      Hi Dan’s mom, Thank you for your kind words. Try not to worry, as many AA instances just pass on their own within the first six months or so.

      I would also suggest that you should:
      – Check your son’s vitamin D level and moderately supplement if low.
      – Verify his diet includes enough dietary fibers (see this great video for additional info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiwWd87mkOQ).
      – As a precaution, as he is very young and his skin may be more delicate – I would say it may be better at the first few times to rub the ginger for a shorter amount of time (maybe ~2-3 minutes) and follow his feedback (whether he feels the itching-burning sensation) to see if enough penetrated.

      All the best!

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  9. D February 3, 2017 / 12:00 am

    I was reading about natural JAK inhibitors for MPB and came across your post However, instead of Juice, I picked up Ginger essential oil. Essential oils are much more potent, cheap and convenient. Hopefully the steam distillation processes doesn’t somehow change is JAK inhibiting properties.

    Time will tell.

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    • Lynn December 19, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      Well? How’d it go?

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  10. Jim February 26, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I also noticed that you posted these results in a lot of other blogs and forums.

    Do you have examples or seen/heard of other’s sharing their experience of hairs on the scalp responding to this ginger treatment?

    Also, since facial hair grows much quicker, do you think your own progress would be different if the bald spot was on your head?

    Thanks

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    • Resolve Alopecia March 1, 2017 / 1:34 am

      Hi, good questions.

      Indeed just after uploading my results I posted the info in related forums in order let relevant people know about it. Unfortunately, I haven’t followed these posts much after that so I don’t know. Nevertheless, there’s this blog post that I know of regarding someone who had similar experience: https://intothegloss.com/2015/05/ginger-for-hair-growth/

      Concerning the bald spot location, it is true that the hair cycle duration of facial hair is shorter than scalp hair so theoretically it’s possible that with scalp hair it may take longer to see regrowth (still, I think that in both cases the ginger would subside the inflammation thus allow regrowth to occur so I’d guess it shouldn’t take much longer)

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  11. John July 7, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Hi there,
    Thanks for your blog. You touch on some great points. I have been dealing with alopecia areata on two specific spots right next to each other on the nape of my neck. It’s been 11 months and I have been getting cortisone injections every 4-6 weeks. I also tried topical steroids (strong ones) for the last few months. I experienced some growth but it would just fall out shortly after. Last year I checked my vitamin d levels and I was low. I have been supplementing and now am in the 40 no/ml range after constant supplementation.

    During times of stress or interrupted sleep, the areas with alopecia seemed to feel bruised/sore as if my immune system is attacking it. Did you ever get this sensation in your beard?

    I still need to work on managing my stress and anxiety as I feel that’s a big contributing factor.

    I have just started applying ginger juice tonight and like u said there’s a tingly/stinging sensation that lasts for a bit. I plan on no longer getting anymore injections and see how this treatment does.

    I have also bought some culturelle probiotic pills from Costco. What are your thoughts on these probiotic pills?

    I had surgery last year and had to take nsaids for a long time and think this may have messed with my gut microflora.

    Thanks for ur help and for sharing your experience

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    • Resolve Alopecia July 8, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Hi John, I’m glad you’ve found the information helpful.
      Regarding probiotics – probiotics is just another name for “beneficial bacteria”. There are many strains of bacteria and mainstream scientific interest in the subject has just began to gain momentum in the last couple of years so frankly there is not much knowledge about which bacteria has which effect (beneficial or less so) on the body. So to answer your question – I don’t know ๐Ÿ™‚ but I can tell you that the answer depends on the type and amount of bacteria present in the probiotics and whether they are still active at the time that you take them (the latter one depands on the quality of the supplement preparation etc). For this reasons I think that until more knowledge is gained, currently the best way to get probiotics and prebiotics is through food (this lecture is recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiwWd87mkOQ)

      if you indeed persist with the ginger application for three months, it’d be great if you could update here about your results.
      Cheers!

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  12. Ozzy March 6, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Hi, thanks for your info about ginger. Ive got alopecia universalis, for 20 years now. Gave up all treatment years ago as it never worked. I have completely no hair anywhere except for a few patches of black hair on arms. i have no eye lashes and no eyebrows at all.
    I’ve decided to experiment with a few harmless treatments just as a hobby, as I have accepted my fate and do not want to risk cancers and infections with strong JAK inhibitors.

    First up I’ve been taking Zinc picolinate (50mg zinc) for 8 months. This needs to be taken at least 2 hours after food. Blood serum increased slowly from 0.6 (abnormally low) to 1.0 mcg/mL (good).

    According to the 1980s research, you need to wait an absolute minimum of 6 months to see any hair improvements.

    Result so far is much more fuzz on scalp with some stubbly hair here and there but nothing like a cure. Pre existing arm hair seems to be growing longer. Unfortunately I cant be sure of any new hairs, but I have a lot of peach fuzz around ears and temples. I have experienced no other improvements in general health with the zinc (still get sick, no extra energy, etc etc.)

    Among the black hair on my arms are many completely bald spots. I use these spots as tests for topical applications. Zinc acetate applied to one patch daily for 2 months has not created any new hairs at all. Neither has borax on another patch for the same amount of time.

    So , in a nutshell, zinc, after 8 months, most definitely improves the existing hairs and has some strong positive impact on scalp vellus hair. With 50mg zinc, there is no need to worry about copper deficiency due to zinc. Mine has hardly changed – from 1.3mcg/mL to 1.1 over the 8 months.

    Now, thanks to your blog, I’m experimenting on two bald patches.on my arms. One with onion and the other with ginger juice.

    If this blog is still up, I will report the results in exactly 4 months.

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    • Resolve Alopecia March 8, 2018 / 12:58 am

      Hi Ozzy, thanks for sharing.
      I’m not a doctor but it’s my impression that with alopecia universalis the condition is more systematic than with alopecia areata. As much as I believe in the rubbing ginger option, I guess that while on its own it may or may not show local improvement, such improvement won’t be the consistent long term one you desire. I think that in order to see long term improvement with alopecia universalis it’s important to act systematically in addition to locally (rubbing ginger), most importantly: improve gut microbiome (this lecture is recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiwWd87mkOQ) and make sure within-range levels of vitamin D (no need to go nuts with too large doses as some do with vitamin D). Nonetheless, I command you for your scientific attitude, please do share your findings.

      All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Ozzy March 8, 2018 / 3:00 pm

        Yes, universalis is a nasty progression of areata. Started with my beard first when I was 18, but areata appeared when I was 24. I have not checked vit D for years but it was very good about 10 years ago and no hair ever came back.

        The diet change would be too hard for me, but I did go gluten free for 2 months previously with no benefit.

        The onion juice will not be tested as one day only and already I got complaints at home.

        So it will be minoxidil left arm vs ginger juice right arm for the 4 months plus 100mg zinc a day.
        I’m increasing the zinc as I just tested my blood serum today and the zinc has dropped a bit to 0.85 . it seems that 50mg per day is not quite enough to get me into the 1.3 range and levels taper off after all of these months.
        After many months the topical treatment will stop to see if anyhair drops off.

        Next update in 4 months, bye till then.

        Ozzy

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      • Resolve Alopecia March 8, 2018 / 10:56 pm

        I don’t think taking vitamin D / zinc will cure alopecia, but rather that it’s important to maintain a within-range level of these in order not to hinder improvement when it happens (I think of them as prerequisites). Regarding diet change it shouldn’t be hard – the idea is to simply eat more prebiotics (mostly in the form of dietary fibers such as fruits, vegetables, whole bread and the like). I don’t see the importance in gluten-free unless gluten intolerance is an issue. The minox vs ginger test sounds great, good luck.

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      • Danโ€™s Mom March 8, 2018 / 10:51 pm

        Agreed! My sons alopecia areata resolved completely as soon as we detoxed his body. Never had to apply anything topically. Its about getting to the root cause and not treating symtoms. In my sons case it was strep and vaccine toxins. A natural/holistic/kineseologist/chiroprator type dr was the one that helped him. We couldnt be happier with the results. Besides for the cleanse addressing his alopecia we addressed his behavior and sensory issues and we saw dramatic changes in that as well.

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  13. Ozzy June 27, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    Well, its almost 4 months of minox vs ginger! As mentioned above, I have AU, which is what some unlucky areata suffers will also get. The tests were done on my arms. They have been very stable and had grown some tufts of hair spontaneously years ago, but left many bald areas. I have also been taking glutamine 10g a day and a macrobiotic tablet a day for 2 months.
    Each day ginger was rubbed on my right arm, and 5% minoxidil on the left arm. Sometimes twice a day. Only three times I stopped ginger as I developed tiny eczema spots which calmed down after a day.
    The result is that minoxidil worked, but very slightly only , and ginger did nothing.
    I need to stress that ginger has a positive stimulating effect on the skin, and should be tried by all areata sufferers with fresher patches than my 20 year old ones.
    Good luck everyone reading this.

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    • Resolve Alopecia June 27, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Hi Ozzy, sorry to hear it did nothing. I’ve suspected it may not be effective for AU since the condition is more systematic than a single or few persistent patches. Nevertheless your update is appreciated as no one with AU yet tested it to testify.
      BTW have you tried testing your vitamin D level and fixing gut microbiome (with dietary fiber foods etc)?

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  14. Ozzy June 28, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Hi, I forgot to mention that I’ve been gluten free for two months now as well. Yes, I tried healing the gut with the glutamine protocol and macrobiotics (the ones kept cool in fridge).
    I’m keeping the gluten free/ glutamine going for another month. The zinc level is very hard to keep at the correct level, 50mg is not enough. I stopped taking it to see how low it drops to, and a few weeks and will start again, but with 100mg/day.
    For a few weeks I was taking 9mg/day of boron. My urine levels showed 2mg/day before supplementation.Boron reduces inflammation for arthritis sufferers and I thought it might help with areata. This coincided with my scalp going really smooth bald, no fluff at all. I knew that boron (from borax or boric acid) causes alopecia in huge doses but others have claimed that it helps to cure alopecia areata, so I gave it a go. Considering it is in the same group as thalium , a very powerful depilator, it may not have been such a good idea. I cant say for sure it was the boron, but it sure did not help.
    Currently, I am trying sodium iodide solution on a small patch, as well as fresh silicic acid in glycerol on another patch. If these do anything in 3 months then extra iodide or silicon could be added to my diet. A third patch is used for zinc iontophoresis trials .
    I am also taking methylated B vitamins orally I have 3 moths supply to try out.
    Vit D I have not tested, but about 10 years ago it was more than fine and the universalis was at full strength. When I go for a checkup soon I will ask for it to be tested in the future.

    So, bit of a long story, but nothing worked well so far, the only positives are zinc picolinate which may have given some slight, negligible fluff on the scalp, but made existing arm hair longer, and minoxidil which gave a tiny amount of real black hairs only in a few spots, although the whole arm was treated.

    Cheers

    Ozzy

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    • Resolve Alopecia June 28, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Very interesting, love your scientific approach. I wouldn’t worry about topical applications as long as the AU is active since the evidence so far suggests that the autoimmune reaction is more systematic than local. I would however go full power on prebiotics (dietary fibers from vegs and fruits etc) and keep vitamin D at good levels. I suspect that zinc is only beneficial if you were deficient to begin with and that taking gluten off wouldn’t do much (actually this is very dependent on personal ability to digest it and for people who have no problem with digestion, the fibers in whole wheat are quite beneficial). Regarding iodine I have no clue (would guess it’d increase metabolism rate), just please be careful with dosing since too much can quite negatively affect the thyroid. From literature I’ve read, the right probiotics and prebiotics should help but it’s anyone’s guess as to which are the right ones since there are thousands of common microorganism species in our gut and research is relatively new. Having said all that – wish you the best of luck with the tests! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Ozzy June 29, 2018 / 2:39 am

    Thanks. I will post another update in 4 months time. I have noticed that much of my body, but not all, has tiny hairs that never grow any more than 1mm. They look distorted under the microscope.So not all of the hair bulb, if any, is actually dead. Your advice regarding iodine is spot on. That’s the reason I am not taking it orally. My thyroid levels are good and I don’t want to endanger it.
    I give each treatment about 3 months to see if there is any sign of improvement at all, then I begin others.
    I still need to try injected biotin (just in case it is not being absorbed by the gut), oral curcumin and the higher zinc dosage. After that, I’ve run out of ideas.

    All the best till then

    Ozzy

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  16. Mike January 20, 2019 / 5:55 am

    Stumbled across this, have had AA for about 10 mos but doesnt seem to get better (got worse for awhile and now seems stable). I tried a bunch of things in a shirt time including rogaine, vivisceral, turmeric fish oils, injections, stem cell gel, organic essential oil shampoos and shave creams, and jak inhibitors. I’m also obsessive with my diet (almost nothing processed and very low to no sugar) The only thing that clearly worked for me was Xeljanz but way too expensive (and also sort of risky with side effects). Now going back to something more holistic and found ellagic acid is a powerful and natural JAK inhibitor with anti-inflammatory properties shown to help AA. However, absorption is low and half life short. I did start to take 200mg of ellagic acid 2x per day (1ร—morning. 1ร—night) and will report back here if any progress. If anyone finds a ellagic acid with the better delivery system and a way to extend the half life please share! Was thinking of taking with grapefruit juice to see if that helps with bypassing for greater absorption.

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    • Resolve Alopecia January 20, 2019 / 11:42 am

      Sounds interesting, hope it helps and if it does feel free to update here. By the way, what was the purpose of the shaving creams? Is it one bald patch or more systematic? If it’s a bald patch why not try ginger which is absorbed topically and probably also a JAK inhibitor (while simultaneously verifying vitamin D level)? Goodluck.

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      • Mike January 22, 2019 / 4:46 am

        I have two bald patches on my face, one is very large and the other is about 1/2″ diameter or smaller. Shaving creams the sulfates and chemicals that are in them can aggravate the AA from what I’ve read so went all organic to just try one more thing.

        I’m fine trying ginger out but there isn’t good fresh ginger here I’d almost need to order an essential oil extract or something online I think. In the meantime I have a follow up with my dermatologist in about 3 weeks, we will see what is next that I can try.

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      • Resolve Alopecia January 22, 2019 / 12:20 pm

        Oh I see, interesting. I was using a trimmer at the time and I remember reading studies about certain materials which may induce autoimmunity (such as silica which Iโ€™ve used as a lube for the trimmer). It would indeed be better to use a fresh ginger, on the up side if you do manage to get it โ€“ one ginger kept in the refrigerator is ample for a long duration (a month+). All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Mike February 20, 2019 / 8:13 pm

        Hello, got back from my dermatologist with great news- all patches are regrowing hair and it is coming in thicker and slowly gaining pigment (white or clear to now blonde- hopefully soon to dark brown/black again). My dermatologist said to continue with the rogaine, ellagic acid, and factor 5 serum (stem cell gel) and that all my hair and pigment should return in 3-6 months! ๐Ÿ™‚ I no longer take vivisceral either.

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  17. Suz February 15, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    Really good and comprehensive article on Alopecia, thank you! I’ve been dealing with my daughter’s Alopecia Areata since she was 19 months of age, while still on a healthy and carefully thought-out diet, after a course of antibiotics. She’s now 5 years old and we’ve been through our ups and downs, but happy to say her health is on the uptrend, and her hair regrowth is quite encouraging.

    We did not use a single medicine throughout this process, not even topical steroid cream of any kind. Daily nutrition, and going beyond by including high phytonutrient cactus as well as polysaccharides to support the body’s natural immune modulation process.

    We also use ginger and essential oils for the topical. I find a good ginger juice from Wholefoods to make the routine more convenient for when I can’t squeeze fresh ginger juice.

    But mostly, I think what we put inside the body by way of food and diet makes the most difference. We don’t follow any diet protocol or elimination diet, but just focus on wholesome foods, and mostly plant based. The only way to recovery from autoimmune is by restoring the health of our immune system.

    Thanks again for your well thought and well written article. I’m sure it will help many people.

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