5 Ways You Can Naturally Treat Hair Loss
Hair loss is a fairly common problem, experienced by both men and women. androgenetic alopecia, the scientific term for hair loss, can lead to pattern baldness in men. Though they may find their hair thinning, it’s not as common for women to live with a receding hairline. That doesn’t make hair loss any less frustrating. To limit the effects of androgenetic alopecia, why not give these top 5 natural hair loss treatments a try?
Pumpkin Seed Oil
The Busan National University in the Republic of Korea conducted research which proved that pumpkin seed oil may be used as a natural hair growth treatment. It may be able to aid the growth of men’s hair, allowing them to maintain their hairline.
As part of the study, 76 men were studied, with each one experiencing some degree of male patterned baldness. It should be noted that the patients involved in the test had not consumed any medication or supplements approximately 3 months before the study began. Nor had they undergone any topical hair loss treatments.
The patients tested were given 400 milligrams of pumpkin seed oil a day for three months. Two capsules were taken before breakfast and two more were taken before dinner. The results?
44% of the patients showed some degree of improvement in their hairline. Not bad for a pumpkin.
A study was conducted to test the effect of ‘betamethasone valerate’ cream and garlic gel in the treatment of a specific kind of hair loss, known as ‘Alopecia areata.’ This is the scientific name for spot baldness.
Once again, the study was conducted within a three-month period, with the group using the garlic gel treatment twice a day. It should be noted that the patients did not experience complications during the study. The results revealed that 19 out of 20 patients who were a part of the study experienced some level of hair growth by the end of the three months.
Saw palmetto has been suggested to reduce the symptoms associated with urinary tract disease inhibiting the enzyme that is linked to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, which is found in the prostate. In other words, saw palmetto can promote prostate health, thereby reducing the symptoms including hair loss. What’s more, saw palmetto has also been shown to be effective against DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is a well-known suspect hormone for hair loss.
Lower Stress Levels
It is a proven fact that high stress levels can result in increased hair loss. According to Carolyn Jacob from the Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, people will usually shed 100 hairs in day. However, when the body is under stress, the patient will lose an alarming amount of hair.
In order to treat hair loss that results from high levels of stress, a patient will need to review any changes in their diet and lifestyle. Medical concerns such as low Vitamin D, high Vitamin A, and environmental triggers can cause the body to undergo physiological stress and loss hair.
Some of the best ways to lower stress levels involve meditation, exercise, and talking with a professional about any recent psychological triggers.
Massage with High Nutrient Oils
A study examined rosemary oil as a potential hair loss treatment. The test showed a significant increase in the hair count of subjects at the end of a 6-month period. Rosemary oil is a powerful antioxidant with a range of benefits. Its ability to naturally stimulate hair growth and slow baldness has led to companies including it in a range of hair care products.
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- Young Hye Cho, Sang Yeoup Lee, Dong Wook Jeong, Eun Jung Choi, Yun Jin Kim, Jeong Gyu Lee, Yu Hyeon Yi, and Hyeong Soo Cha. Effect of Pumpkin Seed Oil on Hair Growth in Men with Androgenetic Alopecia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014; 2014: 549721.
- Pilar Pais, Agustí Villar, and Santiago Rull. Determination of the potency of a novel saw palmetto supercritical CO2 extract (SPSE) for 5α-reductase isoform II inhibition using a cell-free in vitro test system. Res Rep Urol. 2016; 8: 41–49. Published online 2016 Apr 21. doi: 10.2147/RRU.S96576
- Panahi Y, Taghizadeh M, Marzony ET, Sahebkar A. Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: a randomized comparative trial. Skinmed. 2015 Jan-Feb;13(1):15-21.
- Hajheydari Z1, Jamshidi M, Akbari J, Mohammadpour R. Combination of topical garlic gel and betamethasone valerate cream in the treatment of localized alopecia areata: a double-blind randomized controlled study. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2007 Jan-Feb;73(1):29-32.