The medical term for hair loss or baldness in humans of either sex is Alopecia. Loss of hair can be a traumatic experience and can lead to stress, anxiety and even emotional breakdown. Therefore, it is important that alopecia be treated in time before it leads to complete baldness.
Alopecia mainly affects the hair on the head but can occur in other boy as well including the eyebrows and pubis. Hair re-growth is possible depending on the treatment the patient opts for. Medical treatment of alopecia that is given in hospitals, private clinics and even in salons is very expensive and may not prove to be very effective.
Hence, many sufferers of alopecia are now resorting to herbal remedies. These remedies are not very expensive and are extremely effective in curing alopecia completely. However, you must consult your doctor and an experienced herbalist before you start any herbal treatment.
Loss of scalp hair is mainly because of decreased flow of blood to the part. Ginkyo biloba is one herb that can restore proper blood circulation to the scalp as well as to the skin. This increased flow of blood to the scalp stimulates the hair follicles to promote new hair growth.
The herb is available in powdered as well as in capsule form. Oral consumption of the herb is recommended as it directly acts upon the vessels that carry blood.
Green tea is very effective in treating male-patterned alopecia. Green tea contains beneficial enzymes called catechins. The catechins are known to prevent the growth of 5-alpha reductase enzymes that are responsible for turning testosterone into DHT, a product that blocks hair follicles.
It is recommended that men suffering from alopecia should drink 7-9 cups of green tea in a day for at least 2 months. They will notice considerable improvement in their hair density.
Palmetto is an herb that is normally prescribed for treating prostate cancer in men. However, the herb is also excellent for treating alopecia since it prevents hair loss and also promotes new hair growth.
Women should use this herb for treating alopecia only after identifying their hair loss type. Men are normally given 1609mg of capsules for daily consumption.
Pygeum herb is developed from the bark of an evergreen tree. The herb works in quite the same way as does green tea for treating alopecia. The herb is available in both capsule as well as pill form. Recommended dosage of the herb is not less than 60mg and more than 500mg in a day. The herb has been successfully used for treating hair loss in men since it also provides protection from prostate cancer.
He Shou Wu is a Chinese herb that is also called Fo-Ti. The herb is widely used for preventing loss of hair especially during pregnancy. Pregnant women suffering from alopecia bathe their hair with dried leaves of He Shou Wu.
Many shampoos, conditioners and hair spas available in China contain this herb as it makes the hair strong. The herb is also available in tea and capsule form for oral consumption. Drinking at least 3 cups of this herbal tea will prevent hair loss to quite a considerable extent.
Provillus is a herb that is effective in treating hair loss in both men and women. In case of men, the herb works by preventing the entry and formation of DHT in the body. DHT is the main cause of hair loss in men. In women, provillus provides the required nutrition to the body. When the balance of nutrition is maintained in the body the dead hair follicles are stimulated again and cause the hair to grow. Regular intake of provillus in controlled quantity prevents recurrence of hair loss.
Stinging nettle is quite a popular herb that is commonly used for curing various ailments. The herb is also a recommended treatment for alopecia. Consuming stinging nettle orally helps prevent testosterone from turning into DHT.
However, not more than 100mg of the herb should be taken on daily basis. Stinging nettle works best when taken in combination with saw palmetto and pygeum.
Essential oils like tea tree, germanium, lavender, rose hip etc, are prepared using herbs. Studies have shown that using combination of essential oils including rosemary, thyme, cedar wood and lavender helps stimulate the hair follicles. However, the essential oils must always be combined with carrier oils like jojoba or almond before application on the scalp or the skin. Massaging this combination of oils daily on the skin will promote new hair growth in 4-6 months’ time.
Since olden days onion juice is being used in the treatment of hair loss. Onion juice has proven to be effective in the treatment of alopecia as well. Onions contain enzymes that stimulate the hair follicles causing new hair to grow.
To treat alopecia with onion juice, rub half slice of onion every day on your scalp in the morning.
Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then wash off with strong smelling shampoo. The smell of onion in the hair may bother some people but this is a cheap and effective way of treating hair loss in both men and women.
Brahmi is again an excellent herb used for hair growth. Women in India have been using this herb since ancient times to keep their hair long, thick and healthy. The herb is available in oil, powder as well as capsule form. Rubbing brahmi oil on your scalp every day will not only help with hair re-growth but also keep the hair strong and shiny.
Sesame oil is often used in cooking and has many health benefits. However, not many people are aware that sesame oil (derived from a specific type of herb) is beneficial in hair growth as well. Sesame oil should be warmed a bit and mixed with coconut oil.
This combination of oils should be massaged daily into the scalp. Leave the oil in the hair overnight. Do this treatment regularly for three months. you will see a noticeable difference in your condition.