Over a year ago my son who’d lost all of his hair due to alopecia came to me and asked if he could get a wig. This knocked my sideways as I thought that he was dealing with his hair loss well. More to the point, I didn’t want to be the type of Mother that was constantly on at her child giving him the impression that he needed to be ‘fixed’. If he was happy, then I was happy. The converse was also true. I recalled some research that I’d done the year before (2018) with regards to treating alopecia with LDN. I’d not done anything with this info at the time, just stored it away.
LDN and autoimmune disease
I didn’t think that the answer for a super-sporty boy would be a wig. I revisited my alopecia studies, and recalled an auto-immune seminar that I’d attended with US pediatrician Dr Elisa Song https://healthykidshappykids.com/ She’d mentioned that some of her patients who had been diagnosed with auto-immune diseases had responded positively to the medication LDN. This medication was side effect free which was important to both my son and me. (We’d previously discussed Jak inhibitors with a dermatologist and not felt confident that the benefits outweighed the risks).
After finding out a little more via the LDN Research Trust https://www.ldnresearchtrust.org/ I was intrigued to find some examples of people with alopecia who’d experienced regrowth. Given the tricky nature of this auto-immune disease we’d already tried many different ‘experiments’, and saw this as another avenue to pursue. After discussing further with his functional medical doctor, we decided try treating his alopecia with LDN.
Three months from smooth to tiny hair
Three months later his completely smooth head developed some under the skin lumps and bumps, these developed into fine white growth which ultimately grew back in as his thick dark hair. It’s still growing back now.
This medication has been a critical part of the alopecia puzzle along with many significant lifestyle changes which would be challenging to anyone let alone a teenager. His strength of resolve and character inspires me every day.
What else can you try?
The purpose of this article is to let you know that other options exist that may support your hair regrowth. You could discuss LDN with your functional medicine practitioner. Alternatively you can get in touch with the compounding pharmacy that supplies LDN and can arrange delivery directly to your home as a private patient. This treatment is not available on the NHS, and your GP will just be confused if you ask them about it. If you’re keen to pursue this option, here’s the link to the pharmacy https://dicksonchemist.co.uk/new/.
Functional Medicine gave us Hope
Alopecia is a disease which can affect anyone. My experience of living with someone impacted by this particular autoimmune disease is what made me decide to retrain as a Health Coach. Conventional medicine had no answers for us, even worse it had no hope. From the outset functional medicine gave us a measure of confidence, and the opportunity to try different protocols which have ultimately been successful.
I was delighted to discuss our experience on Alopecia Life with the lovely Deeann. You can listen here https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s2e06-health-coaching-low-dose-naltrexone-advocating/id1479093384?i=1000499444249&fbclid=IwAR1jANOokS3xp9n5N9stIlqtf2pDy2TU_5UfUsYJbCCN53JW9SAvT-DbGoQ
Please leave a comment if you’ve had experience, positive or negative, of trying LDN.
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