Symptoms: hair loss may be gradual and generalized (small amounts of hair coming out over the whole head), hair may come out in clumps (often a parasitic problem); hair loss may be localized (only on top of the head, etc.)
Hair loss is often linked to poor diet, especially consumption of hydrogenated oils and/or fried foods, and infection (including bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic) which may be in the scalp itself (often causing dandruff) or it may be a systemic infection. Also linked to low pH (deficient minerals), intestinal infection (backup of waste products into liver, which can then affect the head and scalp), heavy metal exposure/toxicity (esp. from dental materials); lack of sunlight.
Please note: In Oriental medicine, the condition of the hair is said to be a direct reflection of the blood, the organs responsible for cleansing the blood — kidneys, liver and the adrenal glands. Therefore, weak kidneys or liver toxicity, or high stress (affecting the adrenals) can create hair loss. It is highly recommended to do liver detoxification.
Male pattern baldness or Androgenic alopecia has a characteristic pattern of hair loss: begins at temples and at top of head; it may continue until more and more hair is lost. Approx. 25% of men in the U.S. begin balding by age 25; 66% by age 60. In male pattern baldness, testosterone’s derivative, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hardens the galea (skin on top of the head) and chokes the hair follicle, resulting in hair loss. This process can be halted by using special nutrients that prevent the formation of DHT.