Here a nice article that my friend Devin Greenfield allowed my to publish here. Devin is a great specialist of alternative hair loss treatments and he conducts the website called How To Regrow Hair. So here it is.
Folk medicine is all about using gifts of nature in treatment of this or that disease. For ages people have been using different herbs and plants to solve the problem of hair loss. And even nowadays, it is very advisable to resort to natural hair loss treatments in several cases:
when other cures don’t seem to work any more;
as an addition to some specialized treatment in order to achieve quicker and better results;
as a safe substitution for strong drugs and medicines that are sometimes not quite safe (especially in case of long-lasting treatment).
Nature usually gives its cure for most illnesses and diseases and alopecia or baldness is no exception. Natural hair loss treatments don’t have an immediate effect but they don’t have side effects either. Moreover, sometimes they may work even when other cures don’t and the situation seem to be hopeless.
We have already spoken about the benefits of using essential oils to solve hair loss problems in the previous posts. This time we continue speaking about the ways to regrow hair naturally. Fortunately, there are so many gifts of nature to make your hair strong and healthy and beautiful.
Saw palmetto. It grows in mild and warm climates and has the deep red fruit. Saw palmetto is an effective anti-androgen. It lowers levels of dihydrotestosterone in the body by blocking 5 alpha-reductase and receptor sites on cell membranes required for cells to absorb dihydrotestosterone. Therefore saw palmetto is effectively used in curing of benign prostatic diseases. We have already said in Hair Loss Causes that excessive amount of androgens can cause hair thinning and subsequent loss and lead to male pattern baldness. That is why more and more people in the world resort to the fruit of saw palmetto in androgenetic alopecia treatment.
Bulb onion. It is a widely-spread and well-known garden plant that have been often used not only as a food product but also with a medical purpose in treatment of pneumonia, bronchitis, cough, scurvy, paronychia, rhinitis. Bulb onion is also used in cosmetics to lighten freckles and remove wart and callosities. As regard hair loss problems, the bulb onion juice is usually rubbed into the head-skin to improve hair growth, regrow hair and strengthen it. The bulb onion decoction is used to give hair a pleasant hue and make it stronger.
Nettles. It is wide-spread all over the world. Nettles have been used as a folk cure for many centuries. It quickens blood coagulability and that is why is highly recommended in case of pubertal, climacteric and hemorrhoidic bleeding. Nettles improves metabolism. It also has an expectorant, antispasmodic, diuretic, astringent, and tonic effect. The extract of nettles is applied to the scalp to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
Soy extract. According to recent studies, soy extract brings almost 30 % increase in hair growth. Like Saw palmetto that was touched upon in the first part of Gifts of nature in hair loss treatment soy extract prevents hair loss in case when androgens are the reason for it.
As a matter of fact, people who consume a sufficient amount of genistein derived from soy beans have low rate of breast or prostate cancer, to say nothing of male pattern baldness. Unfortunately, the daily intake of soy extract of Americans is far from being enough, what results in the fact that hair loss has almost taken the form of epidemy. Though we are still inclined to think that the western diet that contains a plenty of fat is the main reason for this misfortune. But in reality heightened incidence of such disorders as breast and prostate cancer, acne and baldness results from deficiency of soy in our diet. Therefore, to stop hair loss and rogrow hair naturally it is recommended to take 300-500 mg of soy extract daily.
Soy is an isoflavone-containing plant and soy extract derived from soybeans exhibits estrogenic activity and, consequently, inhibits hair loss. Administered either orally or topically it helps to maintain scalp hair integrity. Moreover, soy can be combined with other regrow hair pharmaceuticals without adversely affecting the beneficial effects of such cures and remedies. Soybean isoflavonoids may be taken alone or in combination with food or liquids without a considerate change of their efficiency.
Pygeum africanum. Since the beginning of the nineties sales of herbal treatments have been significantly increased in the US and Pygeum africanum has become a cheaper and healthier alternative to many medications used to treat prostate disorders and hair loss. It is also widely used in Europe.
Pygeum africanum is an African evergreen plant, which inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. Though Saw palmetto is still number 1 in treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia and male pattern baldness, Pygeum africanum may be even superior for the treatment of the condition in some cases. It happens because it inhibits some hormonal processes that convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone with almost the same efficiency and fewer side effects.
Cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is a rubefacient plant. It causes irritation and redness of the skin and scalp when applied externally causing the attraction of the blood towards the place where it was applied. As a result it stimulates the skin, increases blood flow and circulation, relieves pain and reduce congestion and inflammation of the external tissues.
There’s a number of tips and recipes how you can use Cayenne pepper. What’s important here is that it also has proved to be an excellent natural hair loss remedy. Most often it is mixed with water to make a paste. Then it is massaged into the scalp and left for 20 to 30 minutes. Also it is recommended to massage the scalp with a mixture of cayenne pepper, salt and fresh onion juice, as this mixture increases blood circulation and nourishes your scalp and hair.