In these days of swine flu and hospital superbugs, more and more people are looking for natural ways to look after their bodies. So can holistic therapy prevent hair loss? A recent article in The Telegraph looked at the Grinberg Method, a healing technique which is based on reading the feet to work out a patient’s patterns of tensions or of energy. It differs from reflexology in that it is not reading the state of specific organs but rather looks at a more holistic picture of a person and finds ways of unlocking and rebalancing those energy patterns through breathing, exercises and manipulations of the body. The method was developed in the 1970s by Avi Grinberg, an Israeli former paramedic who then worked as a therapist and healer, and published an influential book called Holistic Reflexology.
The Grinberg Method is widely practiced in Switzerland, Germany and Italy – in these countries it is often used alongside conventional medicine to aid recovery after surgery or broken limbs. But there are only six Grinberg practitioners currently in the UK and one of them, Victoria Oldham, says she has helped clients with a range of ailments including a woman who suffered hair loss following surgery on a brain tumour.
Oldman says, “She had a big scar right down the middle of her forehead, which had healed badly and was very bumpy, and she had bald areas on her hairline. By the time we had finished, her forehead was smooth, with only a faint line on it, and the hair had regrown.”
By helping patients understand and work through their behavioural patterns, their patterns of thinking, their posture, and helping them discover how they themselves could be producing the symptoms they are struggling with, Oldham is able to help with a range of physical symptoms from indigestion to sinusitis to psoriasis to old aches in joints that just won’t go away.
So could this help people suffering from hair loss? Senior hair specialist at the Belgravia Centre in London, Leonora Doclis, says that hair can re-grow at any point in life if the follicle is simply dormant. In the case of the woman whose hair re-grew after surgery on a brain tumour, Doclis explains, “This patient’s hair follicles were always present and not damaged but simply dormant. This is a situation where the follicle is intact but has shut down hair production. This happens due to particular reasons such as trauma or as seen in the case of Alopecia Areata whereby the immune system attacks the hair follicle’.
Trauma (as well as pregnancy, certain medications and rapid weight loss) can cause a hair loss condition called Telogen Effluvium. The hair loss is usually temporary with hair growth returning approximately 6 months after the body has fully recovered from the event. In some cases though, this condition can trigger genetic hair loss.
Doclis points out that when it comes to genetic hair loss (ie Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss), the follicle is not dormant but has shrunk. “Lack of hair growth indicates that the follicle dropped out hence, it can no longer produce hair. No form of therapy, holistic or otherwise, can restore hair growth on a scarred or miniaturised follicle,” says Doclis.
For hair loss of this type, that is caused by a genetic sensitivity to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), there are two hair loss treatments that can help to restore lost hair. Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (for men only) are the only products that have shown in clinical studies to be safe and effective and when combined with the correct hair growth booster can bring about optimum levels of regrowth. Examples of the results that Belgravia clients have achieved can been seen by visiting the hair loss success stories. As well as successfully treating genetic hair loss, Belgravia has also had success in treating mild cases of Alopecia Areata.
If you are suffering from hair loss, the first thing to do is get an accurate diagnosis so you know whether or not it is genetic. Belgravia offers a free consultation with a specialist who will diagnose your condition and discuss treatment options. To book your appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the London-based clinic, just complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website.