FMT: Fecal Matter Transplant: Can it Help Alopecia ?
Do you know what FMT is? FMT or fecal matter transplants is used to treat gut infections and is now being studied as a treatment for obesity, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome and more. Studies have shown to help many with diseases such as Parkinson's, MS and even alopecia universalis. Full regrowth for AU normally takes a full year to a little more whether that's with FMT, on its own or with other methods. In the studies I have read, it took the patient, a year and a half for full regrowth with FMT.
FMT is performed by around 500 doctors in the USA. Essentially, they take the poop from a healthy donor and insert it into your colon, to recolonize with good bacteria. Good bacteria, gut microbes and your microbiome is at the heart of healing. The gut is your second brain.
With FMT, the good bacteria enables your body to heal and rejuvenate.
This is potentially a good option for those that have more complex situations... meaning, someone who has more than two autoimmune diseases with alopecia as a side effect but not the primary source of illness. In the literature and in the studies, it showed a man who had alopecia, but also had C. Diff bacteria which is hard to treat, thus FMT was primarily used for his C. Diff condition, alopecia universalis was the side effect to that first condition. And in his example, full hair regrowth came after a year and half... however he noticed growth quiet immediately after doing FMT.
However, without going so far, you have the power to recolonize your gut naturally. You choose everyday what you eat, what you do and how you live. There's a cheaper option than having someone insert their poop in your body- which is getting serious about diet and lifestyle and taking action. Nothing gives you overnight results... not the transplant nor doing it yourself with healthy habits... but it's a start, and a much needed one towards your health and hair goals.
FMT does come with side effects. They include a mild fever and mild GI symptoms (abdominal discomfort, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting) that usually resolve within few weeks. Other side effects include gaining weight if your donor was obese. Some patients have documented death in the process or after the process as well. Think of it like a transplant. Sometimes your body takes in the new bugs and bacteria happily and adapts, while other times it rejects it. There's no way to know until you do it.
Fecal transplants aren’t recommended for people who are immunocompromised because of:
drugs that suppress the immune system