It is scientifically ‘proven’ that there is no plausible solution for those who suffer from a hair loss condition such as alopecia Universalis. Yet a recent study accomplished some time in 2017 revealed that two individuals with chronic digestive disease and consequential hair loss were able to regrow hair, rather unexpectedly. This was primarily when both of them underwent a procedure to restore the healthy bacteria or microbes, back into their guts. Over time, these patients who had experienced hair loss not just on their heads but on their bodies as well were able to regrow hair, gradually. In other words, they were able to address total hair loss by just restoring a few healthy microorganisms to where they belong.
The microbes in our gut
Microorganisms and bacteria are not always bugs that cause sickness. There are several millions of bacteria residing in and on our bodies. But most of these are beneficial. In fact, there are more microbes than even the cells in our body.
The microbiome is made up of a collection of microbes present in our body, including the fungi, viruses, and bacteria. These bugs primarily help us with digestion, skin health, and immune functions. Although the subject does require more research, scientists believe that the microbiome in the gut may actually be able to regrow hair, if used constructively in the future.
The Research and relation between Microbiome and Hair Regrowth
Two patients with chronic digestive disorders underwent faecal transplantation procedures where a healthy donor’s stool is transferred into the intestinal tract to replace the good bacteria, ideally absent in their guts. In this 2017 study, it was also observed that both the patients suffered from an advanced type of alopecia areata, known as alopecia Universalis, during their transplants.
one patient reported hair regrowth on his scalp, face and arms eight weeks after the procedure and thereafter in about three years, he continued to report hair growth across these areas. Significant hair regrowth was reported by the second patient as well, after the transplant. While initially, his hair loss was 95 to 99%, it minimised to 25 to 49% after the procedure. There is continued evidence linking healthy immune function to a healthy microbiome. Thus, there is also a possibility of replacing the good bacteria into the gut of an individual suffering from alopecia, may help him regrow hair, and more so, since alopecia Universalis, is an autoimmune condition.
Faecal transplantation – an answer to hair loss
While the research is still in its early stages and is not really considered as an available treatment for hair loss, more research is required to determine if indeed, faecal transplantation is the answer to at least certain types of hair loss.