If only conventional hair loss treatments were cheaper and less aggressive (in terms of side-effects), then sufferers would not have to resort to herbal methods. But because that is not the case at all, natural alternatives will always remain an option. Below are some natural means to treat hair loss.
The catechins (tannic acids) in green tea work wonders. They are known to have anti-androgenic properties which means that if green tea is used to treat hair loss, the catechins will block the androgen receptors from processing testosterone abnormally to form dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of hair loss. Whether orally or topically, high intake/usage of green tea can reverse hair loss although it cannot stimulate growth.
It is the liposerolic extract of saw palmetto that makes it one of the popular hair loss treatments. The liposerolic extract has actually been used for addressing prostate problems. It blocks DHT formation in a way it prevents 5-alpha reductase from catalyzing testosterone into DHT. Comparisons have been drawn between saw palmetto and Finasteride, a drug-based treatment. Although there are indeed similarities, saw palmetto rarely has side-effects, that is contrary to popular belief. Unlike finasteride, saw palmetto does not interfere with the testosterone production so that it cannot affect sexual behavior.
Most essential oils used for hair regrowth are prepared from rosemary, thyme, lavender, jojoba, and cedarwood. They contain healing properties, preventing premature hair loss, rejuvenating hair follicles, and repairing damaged hair shafts.
Nettles are used in some commercial hair loss treatments. Nettle contains several steriods (mostly beta-sitosterol) which are used to treat prostatic hypertrophy. This is also how it stops the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Commercial products containing nettles come as topical solutions.
Ginkgo restores hair because it improves the blood circulation in the brain and skin. Because there is a good flow of blood, there is also a sufficient amount of nutrients (Vitamins A, E, B, copper, and zinc) that hair follicles receive.
Ginkgo has so many therapeutic benefits. In fact, aside from a cosmetic ingredient, it is also used as a memory enhancer.
Pygeum africanum is comparable to saw palmetto. Because it is also a known treatment for prostate problems, it is believed to block DHT formation as well because of how it inhibits the release of 5-alpha reductase.
Although herbal treatments for hair loss may not be as scientifically grounded as most commercial hair loss treatments, they are still very potent alternatives—their elusive popularity proves that.