Herbs for Hair loss

Hair loss remedies

This article discusses about useful herbs for hair loss.

Anagen is in which a hair follicle is produced, and is the active phase of the hair growth cycle preceding telogen. Telogen is in which the fully formed club hair remains anchored in the follicles by the expanded base. It is a resting phase of hair cycle usually lasts about 3 months.

Male Pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss that is caused by hormones, genes and age.

Female Patter baldness is a progressive thinning of hair thought the entire head caused by genes, age and hormones.

Causes of hair loss include inadequate protein, mal nutrition, high level of Vitamin A, deficiency of biotin, weak thyroid function, hormonal imbalance, insufficient estrogen, family history of hair loss, anemia, chronic fever etc. Hair loss occurs when hair follicle stops producing hair growth. Hair loss occurs due to having too much of a chemical dihydrotestosterone (DTH) in the scalp .

If a man experiences premature hair loss, then there must be a high level of DHT on his scalp. DHT occurs when the enzyme 5 alpha reductase converts male hormone testosterone into DHT. DHT then acts as hormone inhibitor and slows down the process of hair growth from the follicle. After some time, the hair follicle shrinks and becomes unable to produce hair.

Green Tea has an antioxidant called catechins present in it, inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha- reductase, which is responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.

Saw palmetto's external application, helps block the formation of dihydrotestosterone. It helps to revive hair follicles, improves hair strength, makes scalp less sensitive to stress problems. It contains Betasitesterol, which is found in rice, wheat germ, avocado, pumpkin seeds etc. One small study showed a positive effect on male hair loss with Saw palmetto.

Aloe Vera herb has an enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Researcher proved that superoxide dismutase stimulates hair growth and decreases hair loss.

Coconut oil  application to head daily is helpful for hair loss prevention and for slowing down baldness.

Neem could help prevent hair loss as it also is an anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agent and it helps with dandruff also.  It is also effective in fungal infections of scalp. Applying this cream to scalp regularly and washing it off should help.

Triphala (3 fruits) – is a Combination of Indian Gooseberry, Chebulic and Belleric. Use the decoction of Triphala along with Shikakai and Jatamansi ( Spikenard) for cleansing of hair. This makes the hair soft and healthy and helps to promote hair growth.

In the end, herbs could offer certain hair loss remedies that have no side effects as compared to western medicines.

Dr. Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information  is provided for educational purposes only.


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