Dr Shivakumar. K, M.D., is a young and enthusiastic
homoeopath from Calicut, Kerala. He graduated from Govt.
Homoeopathic Medical College, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh and
completed his post graduated in Materia Medica from Govt.
Homoeopathic Medical College, Calicut, Kerala. He has
published many articles in National Homoeopathic magazines
and journals. He is working as a Lecturer in the department of
Materia Medica, Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College, Calicut.
He is an experienced faculty for M.D. (Hom.) entrance coaching
and other competitive exams. He is also guiding homoeopaths all
over India about Post graduate courses after BHMS.
Interest in hair loss and hair care originated around 250 years
ago. Later in 1902 this branch of hair disorder became known as
trichology, and the institute of trichologist was founded in London.
Trichology is regarded as an orthodox paramedical study or
a specialist branch of Dermatology. Trichologist are able to give
advice on diagnosis and treatment of wide range of hair loss, hair
conditions and scalp problems, such as alopecia areata, alopecia
totalis, diffuse hair loss and scalp problems such as scalp eczema,
psoriasis, seborrhoea, scalp itching, hair splitting and damage.
In this book Dr Shivakumar has tried to include topics related
to almost all the conditions mentioned above with their general
management and homoeopathic treatment.
The chapter evaluation of hair falling and management
deals with the common conditions which lead to hair falling
and the nutrients that promotes hair growth. Split ends of hair
are a very common problem women always complain. There is
a separate chapter for this, which include the management and
treatment of this disorder.
I hope this book will pave the foundation stone for
research in trichology and homoeopathy. I take this opportunity
to congratulate the research work done by Dr Shivakumar to
establish the role of homoeopathy in trichology. With much proud
and happiness I forward this book to homoeopathic fraternity
in general and to those who are interested in further research in
trichology and homoeopathy.
A complete handbook of trichology and homoeopathy by
Dr Shivakumar BHMS, MD (Hom) is the first reliable and
authentic book in homoeopathy that covers the major hair
disorders with general and homoeopathic management.
Currently trichology is a fast developing but expensive
field, but the fact is that majority of the hair disorders can be
easily and permanently managed with homoeopathy and there is
no recurring expenditure.
This book covers anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of
hair, investigations, diagnosis of different types of alopecia and
effective management of dandruff, premature greyness, hirsutism,
and evaluation of hair fall.
There are interesting sections like, cosmetic tips, latest
developments in the field of trichology, syndromes that include
hair abnormalities, interpretation of findings in alopecia and
differential diagnosis of alopecia by investigations.
He also incorporated findings of "A study on alopecia
aerata and its Homoeopathic management" which was conducted
at Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College Calicut during his post-
Dr Shivakumar tried his level best to include detailed
homoeopathic therapeutics, miasmatic approach and a concise
repertory abstract of various disorders related to hair that will be a
great help and support to practitioners of homoeopathy.
‘Trichology’ is the study of hair and its disorders. In human beings,
hair has an important cosmetic function, the other functions
include protection, aids to appreciate superficial sensations and as
outlet for secretion of sebum. Excessive hair loss or excessive hair
growth in certain areas of the body may lead to mental agony and
distress. Normal human beings have approximately one million
hairs of these 1,00,000 is present in the scalp.
I am very glad to present this work ie. "Hair Care and
Homoeopathy" before the Homeopathic fraternity. The need
of a book on Trichology had arisen in my mind during the
study of ‘Alopecia Areata’ as a part of my dissertation work in
Post-graduation. When I was referring many standard books
of dermatology for literature review, I was not satisfied with
the information which I have got about hair and its disorders.
At that time, I thought it would be better to have a handbook
on trichology which contains all the information about hair i.e.
anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology of all the diseases
of hair with homoeopathic therapeutics, advanced investigations,
and cosmetics in trichology.
In modern medicine, trichology is included under the
subject of Dermatology and the literature about hair and
its disorders are scattered here and there. In Homoeopathic
literature also trichology is a new subject. Much advancement
is taking place in trichology, but our fellow homeopaths are
unfortunately not aware of these developments. To prepare
this work, I have gone through the major standard dermatology
literature and all the modern medical and general websites
to collect vast literature about hair and its disorders. 10 yrs
of experience in homoeopathy has led me to complete this
In this book I have explained in detail about hair anatomy
(including micro anatomy), physiology, biochemistry, pathology
of different disorders of hair, with its general management and
homoeopathic therapeutics. Miasmatic interpretation about
different types of hair disorders are also explained in well
The literature which is available in Materia Medica about
hair disorders is also presented under different topics. Different
homoeopathic repertories contain various rubrics regarding hair.
In this book I have placed all the rubrics about hair given in the
standard homoeopathic repertories at one place for easy reference
In this work I have also presented advanced clinical
investigations to arrive at the accurate diagnosis and follow up
of the patients by assessment of improvement. Importance of
nutrition in hair care and some cosmetic tips to have beautiful
hair is also well explained. Comprising of all these things,
this work would be useful for students, teachers, physicians,
research scholars, medical professionals and trichologists.
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