Hi, I am 28 years old and was recently diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. Over the past 2 months I've lost about 50% of my hair. I am kind of at a loss about what to do about it as I still don't know what was the instigating factor in causing it to start to begin with. I really want to stay away from the injected corticosteroids or systemic corticosteroids as long term use of those have negative side effects. Are there any natural or non-prescription products that work well? Also, I have heard the shedding of hair occurs in phases. How long does it last? It has been 2 months and it does not seem to be slowing down or getting better. I would rather try and treat it naturally without using prescription medications as I have very poor medical insurance and do not like to use medications unless absolutely necessary. Any help would be very welcome!!