About the Illness

Hair loss is usually caused by fungal infections on the head and is common in HIV+ people. These fungal infections are caused by the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans which grows in our digestive systems. To find out more about candida infection, see Thrush in the General Health and Diet Related Problems section.


Common Symptoms

Hair loss; thinning hair.


Children's Issues

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Important Information

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Herbal Therapy

Moringa and Marigold Shampoo Crush a handful of moringa leaves and a handful of marigold leaves and flowers. Soak them in a saucepan of cold water overnight. Strain the liquid. Use this as the final rinse after washing your hair, or massage/comb it through your hair every other day.                     


Cold Water Extract
 
  • This is used to extract ingredients that are destroyed by heat.  
  • For the best results, cut leaves into small pieces or pound roots with a mortar and pestle.  
  • Soak plant parts in water overnight unless the recipe advises otherwise.
  • Filter before use.
  • Prepare freshly every day.

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Stinging Nettle Shampoo Place a handful of leaves in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and then simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and leave it to cool.  Use this as the final rinse after washing your hair, or massage/comb it through your hair every other day.  


Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

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Food and Nutrition Advice

Follow guidelines to prevent thrush in the General Health and Diet Related Problems section:

  •  Avoid caffeine and nicotine.
  •  Avoid sugar. This means refined sugar, yeast, dairy products, wheat products and alcohol.
  • Eat raw garlic, selenium-rich foods, fresh natural yoghurt (not sweetened or flavoured), yellow vegetables, cooked banana and green vegetables (but not acidic ones like spinach and mchicha).
  • If you take antibiotics then you should eat unsweetened, natural yoghurt (maziwa mala) to help friendly bacteria grow in your digestive system.

Body Work and General Advice

Boost your immunity.