Hair Loss (Alopecia) – Possible Causes

by drsjbecker on September 28, 2012

Hair loss is actually a pretty common concern for the patients that I see. It’s not dangerous, but can be very psychologically damaging, especially for my female patients. There can be a number of causes.

There’s the obvious – male pattern hair loss. This is officially “androgenic alopecia,” and it’s caused by a particular metabolite of testosterone called DHT, dihydrotestosterone. Female hair loss associated with advancing age is caused by the same thing. Treatments for it, both in the traditional medical model and naturopathic medicine, focus on limiting the conversion of testosterone to DHT. However, the medications (Rogaine and those similar) do have their side effects, and (the bad news): hair loss will resume as soon as treatment is discontinued, whether traditional or naturopathic.

Tuscon Citizen (AZ) – By Lauren Deville – (Friday, July 20, 2012) –


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