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The untimely appearance of grey hair can be a major concern for most people. Some feel like it makes them look older than their actual age and may feel embarrassed about it and even suffer from low self-esteem. People try numerous treatments to prevent the hair from turning grey, and homeopathy is among the remedies for grey hair. But does it work? Keep reading to find out.

What Are the Causes of Grey Hair?

As a young person, your head is full of black, brown, blonde, or red hair. But as you become older, you may start to notice thinning in certain areas or the hair turning grey to white. While greying hair due to age is normal, some people experience it prematurely.

Usually, there’s no reason to panic. Grey hair develops as melanocytes (hair cells that produce hair pigment) decrease in number. The exact time the cells start to wane off varies from one person to another. While for some it may start as early as eight years, others may start experiencing it in their mid-20s.

Premature grey hair can be a result of:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Vitamin B-12 deficiency
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Smoking
  • Chemical hair dyes and hair products

Can Homeopathy Cure Grey Hair?

Homeopathy is an alternative or complementary medicine that can be used to treat different illnesses or diseases. It was invented in the 1790s by a German doctor known as Samuel Hahnemann.

Most homeopathic remedies are based on the principle around a process of dilution and shaking known as succussion. The process involves substances that have been diluted several times in water until there’s none, or almost none, of the original substance, left.

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Homeopathy is applied in the treatment of many ailments, including greying hair. Many proponents of this treatment method claim it works, especially if there’s an underlying ailment. If it’s a hereditary case, reversing the grey hair might be impossible, but homeopathy can effectively control its spread.

Several homeopathic remedies have been said to help reverse grey hair, but the choice of medicine will vary from one person to another.

The following are the common medicines used in homeopathy to stop or prevent greying hair:

Lycopodium clavatum

Lycopodium is touted as one of the best remedies for grey hair and is said to halt the process. The patient taking this medicine usually experiences side effects like constipation, desire for sweets and hot drinks, itching of the scalp, and dandruff.

Natrum Mur

Natrum Mur is another homeopathic medicine used to treat premature grey hair. It is said to increase the patient’s immunity and overall health. Some known side effects include excessive craving for salty foods.

Phosphorous

Phosphoric acid can help reduce hair thinning out and turning grey early. It also helps prevent hair from falling out. Common side effects from taking phosphorous include craving cold drinks, juice, and ice cream.

Silicea

Silicea is another popularly prescribed medicine in homeopathy. Derived from human tissues and sandstones, is said to enhance hair growth. It’s excellent at strengthening the hair and eliminating hair dryness by nourishing your hair.

People taking Silicea may experience excessive sweating on the scalp, and their feet may sweat with bad odor.

Other potential homeopathic medicines used in treating grey hair are Vinca Minor, Wiesbaden, and Thyroidinum.

Is Homeopathy for Grey Hair a Safe Medicine Alternative?

According to the National Health Service (NHS), a publicly funded healthcare system in England, homeopathic remedies are generally safe. While there are risks (as seen in the above homeopathic medicines), the side effects are thought to be minor.

However, not all homeopathic treatments contain substances that are safe to use, and some may interfere with the action of other medicines. It’s therefore advisable to seek your doctor’s advice before trying out homeopathy.

As of this writing, there are no FDA-approved products labeled as homeopathic. That means any product labeled as homeopathic and is marketed in the U.S. has not been evaluated by FDA for safety or effectiveness.

Apart from treating grey hair, homeopathy is widely practiced in treating conditions like:

  • Migraines
  • Allergies
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Toothaches
  • Nausea
  • Coughs and colds

The FDA has warned against using homeopathic medicine for life-threatening conditions like heart disease, asthma, cancer, or in emergencies.

Does Homeopathy Work?

There is no conclusive evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. Some research shows that such alternative medicines can be helpful, while others indicate they can cause severe health issues.

Usually, the homeopathic remedies are so diluted that they don’t cause any side effects. But there are exceptions. Some contain large amounts of active ingredients, such as heavy metals, that can be fatal to human health.

The FDA has issued several warnings against homeopathic treatments due to certain risks involved. The NHS also concurs, saying that some people who use homeopathy may experience an improvement in their health conditions due to the placebo effect.

While we are not for or against the use of homeopathic remedies for treating grey hair, here is our advice.

Before you start using any homeopathic medicine to treat grey hair or stop any treatment prescribed by a doctor, including vaccinations and other health procedures, consult your general practitioner first to get qualified expert advice.

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