The condition is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own hair follicles and suppresses or stops hair growth. There is evidence that T cell lymphocytes cluster around these follicles, causing inflammation and subsequent hair loss. An unknown environmental trigger such as emotional stress or a pathogen is thought to combine with hereditary factors to cause the condition. There are a few recorded cases of babies being born with congenital alopecia areata; however, these are not cases of autoimmune disease because an infant is born without a fully developed immune system.
As with most autoimmune diseases, alopecia areata is associated with increased risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE.
If a person suffers from this condition and it is partially or totally triggered by stress or other emotions, hypnotherapy may be an option to restart hair growth. Depending on how involved emotions are in the condition, the results will vary with hypnosis from minimal to complete recovery.If you are interested in exploring this option please contact me for a confidential phone consultation.
Too far away? Consider using Skype for this form of hypnotherapy.