Alternative Therapies for Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is an impulse control or brain disease where the person pulls out their own hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or pubic area. The hair can be located anywhere. Some cases of trichotillomania are minor and can be managed with cognitive behavioral therapy and others are very severe and may require hospitalization. This disease can overwhelm the person. It is an emotional disorder that usually needs several therapies in order to be managed successfully.

Trichotillomania seems similar to a bad habit or an addiction. It has many qualities that seem similar to an obsession. Some of the therapies available to treat OCD may work to improve this disease. The disease cannot be managed without paying attention to interrupting the physical symptom of hair pulling. Quieting the mind should be a focus of this treatment. Therapies that quiet the mind include Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Yoga or Qi Gong should be done at least three to five days per week for this disease. Medical Qi Gong may also be tried and should be done two times per week for at least one month with a professional. There are not many professionals with training in Medical Qi Gong. They may be found online and the training location is in California.

Acutonic Harmonic Healing in New Mexico or the Tibetan Singing Bowls may harmonically balance the brain of a person with trichotillomania in some different way. There are many practitioners trained in Acutonics and these may be located with the help of the Acutonics website. You can purchase the Tibetan Singing Bowls at an Eastern store or online. Tibetan Singing Bowls are extremely good for treating several types of addictions. Chackra alignment with a sound therapy CD may be worth trying. Interactive Metronome is a therapy which could work for a mild case, but it would be not enough for a serious case of the disease. Interactive Metronome should be tried at least two times per week for one month before evaluating the success of the therapy.

Trichotillamania may be triggered by trauma, rape, physical violence, torture, child abuse, and very severe emotional abuse. The events should be enough to have the person evaluated by a medical professional. the hormones and neurotransmitters have diagnostic testing and a mild anti-depressant may be useful. It is extremely important to be very aggressive in treating this disease. There are several amino acids and nutritional supplements that may help this patient including 5-HTP, theanine, GABA, and phenylalanine. Botanical extracts or supplements should also be tried including ganoderma, Edelweiss, lemon balm, and others. It is extremely important for this patient to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Incorporate several ways to fight insomnia into your plan including melatonin, reducing alcohol, and getting regular exercise.

Any alternative therapy which addresses the emotional component of illness may be considered for this type of patient. Alternative therapies including Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT) may help this patient. EFT uses emotional statements of affirmation and combines them with tapping a finger many times on several acupuncture points while the patient states the affirmation aloud.

┬ęDr R Stone, MD-India