Helminthic therapy and hair growth

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There have been numerous reports of hair growth increasing while using helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy., along with improvements to fingernails and skin condition. There have also been a few accounts of hair being shed, although this appears to have been limited to the side effect phase of the therapy, i.e., the first 2-3 months.

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My wife mentioned her hair coming out more than normal when brushing it and showering. She has thick, healthy hair and never really had a problem with hair loss so it's something new that came up since dosing with worms. [1]
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I had a problem with thinning hair before I took hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. (probably thyroid-related in my case). It got even worse in the early weeks after my first HWhookworm, usually referring to the human hookworm, Necator americanus dose but it stopped once the worms had settled in and my thyroid was treated. So whatever contribution the worms made to the problem was only temporary… The excessive hair loss had stopped by the time my other (mostly gastrointestinal) side effects had stopped. [2]

Alopecia

In his book, An Epidemic of Absence, Moises Velasquez-Manoff (who has Alopecia Universalis) mentions that, after inoculating with hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin., he started to notice fine hairs beginning to grow back. While he wasn’t very impressed by the result and terminated his colony after only a single dose, this experience, in someone who had been completely bald since his youth, is reason to be hopeful that there may be significant regrowth if a hookwormA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. colony were maintained for long enough. Occasionally, hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. do not deliver any benefits until around two years after the first inoculationThe introduction of an infectious agent into an organism. [http://helminthictherapywiki.org/wiki/index.php/Helminth_inoculation Helminth inoculation], and the benefits can then continue to develop until 3 years or more.

In one case, hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. proved to be effective for someone who has alopecia as a result of the lupus component of her disease.

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… without a doubt, my treatment with hookwormsA helminth that lives in the small intestine. Necator americanus (NA) is the only hookworm species used in helminthic therapy. Its microscopic larvae are applied periodically to the skin. has been very effective on my bald spots and thinning areas. [3]

Taking HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta also lead to a very quick remission in a case of alopecia areata that had been progressing for 5 years and caused total baldness for 3 years.

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After starting HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta I regained 80% of all hair within about 4 months. [4]

After subsequently adding NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus and maintaining his colony for four years, this same individual has reported that, in the longterm, NAthe human hookworm, Necator americanus caused neither progression nor regression of his alopecia.

The following three comments were made by a blogger at 4, 5 and 6 months after starting to take HDCHymenolepis diminuta cysticercoids (Hi-men-o-lep'is dim-a-nu-ta sis-ti-sur-koid) - the larval cysts of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta every two weeks.

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For over 12 years, I have had alopecia (on my lower legs) and (now) I have hundreds of tiny, fine hairs regrowing, where once there were none. [5]
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During November, I ran the dust mop after a long lay off … (and) there wasn’t nearly as much of my hair getting picked up as normal. A family member confirmed this observation… I am not shedding as much hair as I normally do, either from my head, or body. Normally, I shed so much hair it is annoying. While that has not stopped completely, it is noticeably less. This would correlate well with the reversal of alopecia on my lower legs I mentioned last month. [6]
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… all previously described positive benefits were maintained (this month), and to these I would add that the hair on my head is less grey. My sideburns had gone completely grey before worming up. Now they have freckles of dark hair, and my hair is less grey overall, as well. [7]

Alopecia and the gut

  • Mechanisms of tolerance and potential therapeutic interventions in Alopecia Areata -- Full text (See section 4: Gut microbiotaThe specific population of microorganisms living in a certain part of the body, such as the gut. "Microbiome" refers to all the microorganisms living in and on the body, or the genome of these microorganisms. These two terms are often used interchangeably. and helminthsAn intestinal worm which grows large enough to be seen with the naked eye when mature but which is microscopic when administered in helminthic therapy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helminths Wikipedia:Helminths], autoimmunity and tolerance.)
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We have seen a link between AA and a dysfunctional gastrointestinal system which raised the hypothesis that an underlying intestinal inflammation drives the priming and dysregulation of immune cells that lead to hair follicle destruction.

In view of this last finding, it might be advantageous to combine helminthic therapyThe reintroduction to the digestive tract of a controlled number of specially domesticated, mutualistic helminths (intestinal worms) in the form of microscopic eggs or larvae to reconstitute a depleted biome to treat and prevent chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other immunological disorders including allergy. with FMTFecal Microbiota Transplant. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_microbiota_transplant Wikipedia:Fecal microbiota transplant] to address alopecia.

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