Herbs for hair loss
Herbal hair loss remedies helped both women and men stop hair loss
and even re-grow natural hair, safely and permanently. It is 100%
natural hair loss remedy has no side effects and works locally in the
scalp area only. It works by reversing the buildup of DHT residue on
the scalp which blocks blood supply to the hair roots. As long as there
is hair, or hair root still present in the scalp, consistent use of it
will re-grow that hair strong and healthy.
There are three major approaches to topical treatment with herbs:
- Use strong circulatory stimulants, such as hot pepper or ginger, to try and restore the scalp circulation.
- Use blood-vitalizing herbs, such as those used in internal therapies, to promote microcirculation.
- Employ herbs with a reputation for benefiting the hair, such as ho-shou-wu, morus fruit, or ligustrum.
Increasingly people are turning to herbal hair loss remedies as they seek an alternative cure for thinning hair. Many of the products available commercially contain one or more herbs.
Herbs have an obvious appeal for many people because, rather than
attempting to suppress symptoms, they work with the body's natural
healing mechanisms to tackle the cause of the problem. There is growing
evidence to support the view that some herbal hair loss remedies offer
hope to many people.
Herbal Hair Loss Remedies for Internal Use
Ginko Biloba - this is a popular herb that is thought to improve
blood circulation to the brain and skin. It is recommended by
practitioners for the treatment of headaches, tinnitus and memory loss.
Herbalists believe that the increased flow of blood to the
brain area delivers more nutrients to the hair follicles thus promoting
Recommended dose - 120-160 mg of dry extract each day spread over three doses.
Green Tea (Camellia sinesis) - it is thought that natural
chemicals called catechins found in green tea may inhibit the enzyme
Type I 5-alpha-reductase which converts testosterone into
hair-unfriendly DHT (click here here to find out more about this
Green tea is therefore believed to effective in preventing and treating male pattern type baldness.
Recommended dose - you can either drink several cups of green
tea each day or take it in the form of capsules as instructed by the
He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum) - also known as Fo-Ti, this Chinese herb has traditionally been used to combat hair loss and graying.
Its use is based on the premise that the herb helps to counter
destructive imbalances in the kidneys, liver or blood. Ho Shou Wu is
found in many commercial preparations, or in tea and capsule form.
Recommended dose - follow the manufacturer's instructions
Pygeum (Pygeum africanum) - this herb is derived from the bark
of an evergreen and works in a similar way to green tea. It inhibits
the enzyme Type I 5-alpha-reductase which converts testosterone into
It is widely used to prevent and treat both prostate problems and male pattern baldness.
Recommended dose - take between 60 and 500 mg per day in pill or
capsule form. Make sure that the product's beta sterol count is 13%
otherwise it will be ineffective.
Saw Palmetto (Seranoa repens) - this herb has become the
treatment of choice for many men suffering from male pattern baldness.
It has been tested extensively in Europe with very encouraging results.
Several promising commercial preparations utilize saw palmetto as the
It has the effect of protecting the prostate, slowing hair loss and
encouraging hair regrowth by reducing the uptake of DHT by the hair
follicles. Saw palmetto achieves this by preventing DHT from binding to the receptor sites in the prostate and the hair follicle.
Recommended dose - take one 160 mg capsule twice each day. Ensure that
the capsules are made from the berry extract, not the dried berries
themselves. Saw palmetto's effect can be enhanced by combining it with
pygeum and stinging nettle.
Stinging Nettle (Utica diocia) - tea made from stinging nettle has long been heralded as a means of preventing hair loss.
As is the case with other herbs mentioned here, it is thought to block the conversion of testosterone into harmful DHT.
Recommended dose - it can be taken in pill or capsule form with an optimum dose of 50-100 mg per day.
Herbal Hair Loss Remedies for External Use
Aloe Vera - some Indian tribes of Mexico claim that their thick,
healthy hair is due in part to their regular use of aloe vera gel which
they rub into the scalp and hair each night.
What is known is that the herb activates the production of
nitric oxide and contains an enzyme called superoxide dismutane. Some
experts feel that these two substances may work together to stimulate
hair regrowth in those suffering from male pattern baldness.
Onion (Allium cepa) - has a high sulfur content which is believed to be a hair-healing mineral.
Some herbalists believe that rubbing the scalp with half an
onion prior to washing hair helps to alleviate problems and encourages
Red Pepper (Capiscum) - a popular folk remedy involved the application of a red pepper or cayenne pepperpoultice to the scalp.
This acted as a skin irritant to draw blood and nutrients to the
scalp and also encouraged the release of histamines that stimulated
cell division and hair regrowth.
Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorious) - Eastern health
practioners believe that safflower applied to the scalp acts as a
vasodilator that dilates blood vessels. This allows more blood to
deliver nutrients to the hair follicles.
Other Herbs for Healthy Hair
- Sage: Excellent for weak hair.
- Rosemary: Enhances dark hair.
- Chamomile: Promotes healthy hair growth.
- Catnip: Promotes hair growth.
- Burdock Root: Promotes hair growth and reduces hair from falling out.
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