Top Herbal Hair Loss Treatments that Prevent Baldness
Posted Nov 17 2009 10:00pm
While hair loss is a mostly adult concern, it is not unusual for younger people to lose their hair. The myth that that middle aged men are the ones who begin to notice signs of baldness has been pretty much dispelled. Men in their late teens and early twenties can also notice those all too obvious signs of a receding hairline.
Treatments for Preventing Baldness
There are a number of prescription medications available for the treatment of baldness. Some of these are:
Some of these treatments are topical while others come in tablet form or both. Side effects are generally not serious, and are known to include, irritation and itching. Some of these pills can have sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction and diminished libido. Women and children are not advised to handle these tablets. Pregnant women should be especially cautious as they prose the risk of birth defects. With these side effects, it is not surprising that many persons prefer to try natural treatments.
Herbal Treatments for Baldness
For anyone dealing with baldness there are many herbal alternatives available. Many of these treatments have proven successful at stopping hair loss in its tracks. This is especially important for women since very few commercial products exist to deal with hair loss in women. Some of the best known ones are:
Saw palmetto: This is known to block dihydrotestosterone (DHT)which attaches to hair follicles and starves the hair of nutrients.
Gotu kola: This herb is known to improve the health of the skin and hair, and is especially beneficial to the scalp. It helps to provide nutrients to the hair follicles.
Nettle root: Has been shown to block an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase the chief agent in the production of DHT.
Black cohosh: This herb is beneficial for women suffering from hair loss following menopause. It counters the effects of low estrogen levels which can cause hair to fall out.
Horsetail: This herb help to promote healthy hair and scalp due to its high levels of silica, which is a popular ingredient in hair care products.
Cucurbita maxima: Various types of cultivated squash or pumpkins from which oil is extracted from the seeds. This is also effective at blocking DHT thereby halting further hair loss.
For any type of hair loss treatment to work effectively, it is important to recognize the signs early. Things like diet, physical activity and low stress levels also play a role in keeping a healthy head of hair. Some herbs are used to make commercial products used to treat hair loss. Special attention should be paid to the ingredients on the label of any such products, especially when they claim to be natural or organic.