Alopecia areata can be a tough condition to live with. It’s not dangerous, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a terrible underlying condition. But because the effects of the condition are cosmetic and very noticeable if not covered up, it can be hard to deal with for many people. However, acupuncture may hold the key to alleviating the condition and its effects. If you live in or near Midtown Manhattan, call Balanced Health Medical to see if this gentle treatment is what you need.
Alopecia areata is a condition in which your hair inexplicably falls out in round patches. You don’t have to use any medications or cosmetics to develop this, and stress does not play a role in this type of loss. The frustrating thing is that it can be idiopathic, or have no apparent origin or cause. Alopecia is an overall term for hair loss, and the “areata” portion describes the shape of the patches.
If you develop alopecia areata, it could last a short or long time; your hair can grow back and never fall out again, or the condition can flare up repeatedly. It’s a very individual condition — it’s different for everyone.
The effects can be psychologically difficult. The bald patch is complete; in other words, it isn’t a diffuse area of “less hair.” The patches can be small or large, and they occur all over the scalp. You can certainly cover the patches with a wig, but just knowing the patches are there can be enough to aggravate how you feel about the condition.
Acupuncture is known to help many skin and other health conditions, so it’s not surprising to find it can help alopecia areata. However, the treatment has to be customized given any other conditions you may have. What you can do is go through a few treatments and then review the progress you’ve made with your acupuncturist. This gives you the opportunity to adjust what you’re doing or to see whether the current course of action is the right one.
Balanced Health Medical offers chiropractic treatment as well as acupuncture, sports medicine, and massage therapy. For residents of areas near Rockefeller Center, Midtown east, Midtown west, and Hell’s Kitchen, our chiropractor and acupuncture services are easy to get to. Call us at (212) 755-1717 to arrange an appointment so we can help you treat your alopecia. Our office is located at 133 E 58th St #1101 in New York, NY.