Do you struggle with compulsive hair pulling? Do you feel high tension and then the uncontrollable urge to pull your hair, eyebrows or eyelashes? Are you looking for help with Trichotillomania?
In this article you will learn 5 natural ways that many people have found help with Trichotillomania.
“It's stronger than I, she says, this idea, this need is after me all the time. The movement happens by itself, there is something in my arms that pulls me along irresistibly. If I resist I have these irritable and stifling feelings which are totally unbearable, I just have to give into this need ...” ― Dan Stein
Hair Pulling Disorder
Trichotillomania is an obsessive-compulsive urge to pull out hair. Even though people know that they can damage their hair follicles, they can’t resist the pulling impulse.
Sometimes the follicle can become permanently damaged and hair will not grow back.
This pulling usually produces bald spots where hair should be. People suffering with this obsessive disorder often feel embarrassment and may try to hide the damage.
A big aspect of hair pulling is anxiety. Anxiety may trigger the urge to pull and people often feel anxiety when their hair thins or bare spots become noticeable. This is where hypnotherapy shines for many people. Hypnotherapy can help to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety, while helping to build powerful healthy habits.
- Hair pulling of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes
- Pulling body hair can also be a source of focus
- Feeling stressed or tense before hair pulling
- A sense of relief, satisfaction or calm after pulling hair
- Embarrassment or distress because of the result of hair pulling
- Bare patches where hair usually is
- Chewing, eating or twirling hair can also be a sign
It is thought that Trichotillomania is caused by several factors: environmental, genetic and even a disruption in certain brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.
Help for Trichotillomania
While trichotillomania is an impulse disorder, underlying issues can complicate this disorder.
- Apple cider vinegar, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and Magnesium like CALM have shown to be helpful to many people suffering from pulling hair.
- Calming nervine herbs like lemon balm, valerian, and Kava Kava are important for keeping stress at bay.
- Dietary changes that have a strict avoidance of sugar. It has been suspected that Trichotillomania may be triggered by fungus or an overgrowth of candida. See John Kender and the fungus connection.
- Hypnotherapy has been reported by many people to help with natural stress relief and a reduced urge to pull hair.
- The tyrosine that you receive from bananas, watermelon, and eggs are a great way to kick off an exercise routine. Make sure you get plenty of sunlight. Pairing the food, exercise and sunlight on a daily basis will help balance your brain chemicals: dopamine and serotonin.
And the disclaimer required by law: Information or suggestions about natural therapies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare provider if you feel you have a medical problem or before trying any of the above natural remedies.
Watch this video on how NAC helps with Trichotillomania.
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