Hair loss is incurable but it can be controlled. Today, there is a wide variety of scientifically tried and tested hair loss treatments for men and women with any kind of alopecia. However, it is not all the times that conventional hair loss treatments are effective and safe, in which case, people can always rely on herbal medicine. Read on to know some of the most effective herbal treatments for hair loss.
The catechins (tannic acids) in green tea are known to have anti-androgenic properties. Green tea can prevent the androgen receptors from processing testosterone abnormally to form dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of hair loss. Drink green tea at least twice a day or use it as a hair rinse.
Saw palmetto is rich in liposterolic extracts that can also inhibit DHT production. Traditionally, it has been used to address prostate problems. Comparisons have been drawn between saw palmetto and finasteride, the infamous hair loss pill. But while they do have similar mechanism of actions, saw palmetto does not produce the side effects that finasteride does.
Nettles have beta-sitosterols that can also inhibit hair loss in its tracks. These compounds help to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
The wonder ginseng, ginkgo improves the entire blood circulation in the body. With this mechanism of action, ginkgo biloba can truly stimulate hair growth by allowing entry of sufficient amount of nutrients to the follicles.
Rosemary oil, thyme oil, lavender oil and cedarwood oil contain strong stimulant properties that can induce hair growth safely. It can prevent premature hair loss, rejuvenate the hair follicles and repair damaged hair shafts.
Like saw palmetto and nettle, pygeum africanum can also inhibit DHT formation. For centuries, it has been used by Africans in treating prostate problems. However, unlike saw palmetto and nettle, little is scientifically proven of pygeum.
Although natural, herbal hair loss treatments may still produce side effects. Be sure to consult a professional to be able to know the right dosage and safety precautions.