Alternative Treatments For Hair Loss


Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is an herbal product that has shown some evidence in being able to slow hair loss. It is made from the extract of berries from a palm tree native to the South Atlantic coast and is also often used to treat an enlarged prostate. It works by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme linked to the chemical processes responsible for genetic hair loss, similar to the way finasteride, or Propecia, works.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an important vitamin known for its antiaging effect, which is due to its ability to act as an antioxidant. It prevents oxidation of free radicals in the body, thus protecting tissues against oxidation and generally helping the upkeep of the skin and hair. The recommended daily
dosage of vitamin E is 10 mg per day for an adult. But for the purposes of treating hair loss, 400 mg to 800 mg should ideally be consumed on a daily basis though you should consult a doctor to determine what the best amount is for you.

Common sources of vitamin E include: Wheat germ, almonds, hazel nuts, sunflower seeds and oils. Possible reactions to excessive amounts of vitamin E include: Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, itchiness and fatigue.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also an excellent vitamin for good skin and hair. Like vitamin E, it is an antioxidant and treats hair loss in a similar fashion. It is not likely to stimulate new growth, but it may help maintain existing hair. A dosage of 500 mg to 1000 mg taken orally on a daily basis is ideal to
maintain hair. It should be stressed that adequate hydration is necessary to accompany the intake of vitamin C to avoid the development of kidney stones.

Common sources of vitamin C include: Broccoli, cantaloupes, cauliflower, citrus fruits, kale, mangoes, peppers, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and tomatoes.

Possible reactions to excessive amounts of vitamin C include:
Diarrhea, abdominal cramps, sleep disturbance, nausea and vomiting.

 

Multivitamins

It is argued that everyone should take a multivitamin every day because we may become deficient in many nutrients, regardless of our diet. As noted earlier in this book, hair loss may result from poor overall nutrition or particular dietary deficiencies. This is where a multivitamin can be a valuable asset in fighting hair loss. But before you choose a multivitamin, you should consider a few things first: 1) your activity level, 2) your stress level and 3) any medical
conditions.

N ot every multivitamin is perfect for everyone. For example, if you are active or have a stressful life, you will likely need a higher dose multivitamin. If you have some contraindication to high dose multivitamins, you should take a lighter one. This can be discussed with your healthcare and dietary guide. A general rule is to try a time-release multivitamin that slowly releases the vitamin ingredients over time. This will improve the absorption of all the vitamins.

 

Other alternative treatments

Various other alternative medicines offer general suggestions to promote hair growth. You can act on many of these by yourself, but it is recommended that they only be tried in consultation with a trained professional. Experience suggests that those who have a strong belief in
alternative medicines tend to benefit from them, whereas those who are skeptical do not. The faith you put into these alternative self-help practices seems to play a key role in their effectiveness. Otherwise, this book makes no claim for them other than that they have worked from some people in some circumstances.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of medicine that treats many ailments by attempting to restore the inner imbalances that cause them. Acupuncture identifies an elaborate system of points on the body called accupoints that are connected to inner forces, which are manipulated
with needles and other devices to restore balance and cure various ailments.
A trained acupuncturist will know which accupoints to manipulate to stimulate hair growth. There have been individuals who have claimed success in growing hair after acupuncture treatment, but there are also others who have felt that it was no benefit to them and a waste of money.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a branch of herbal medicine that uses the essential oils of various plants to produce medically beneficial effects on the body. Herbal remedies may increase
circulation, disinfect the scalp and result in stimulated hair growth. Aromatherapists recommend four essential oils to deal with hair loss: Lavender, rosemary, thyme, bay, cedarwood, grapefruit, jojoba oil, lemon, roman chamomile and sage. The rubbing of these essential oils on the balding
parts of the head is prescribed as a possible way to fight hair loss.
As a precaution, rosemary oil should not be used by those with high blood pressure and lemon and grapefruit oils are likely to irritate sensitive skin.

 

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient Indian herbal medicine that has been around for almost 5000 years. Two ayurvedic herbs are generally prescribed to stimulate hair growth: Ashwagandha and Amla. These herbs are usually taken in pill form or as rubbing oils for the scalp.

 

Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine is an alternative medical system developed in Germany that is now practiced all over the world. It cures ailments by prescribing dilutions of natural substances that trigger the body’s own natural healing processes. The homeopathic medicines Sepia, Arnica and Acidumnit are often prescribed to stimulate hair growth. They come in liquid form and are generally taken with water.

 

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive medical system that combines many of the traditional nature-based medical systems of the world. It focuses on the entire human being to identify the source of physical ailments and then tries to utilize the body’s own ability to heal by focusing on various natural treatments. Since naturopathic medicine combines so many different approaches it has several different remedies for hair
loss. Some of the easier ones to try include:

Diet: Various fresh raw juices are sometimes given to stimulate hair growth, including one combination of carrots, beets, spinach, nettle and alfalfa juices mixed with onion juice.

Herbal rubs: One herbal rub that is sometimes prescribed for hair loss involves massaging the scalp with a combination of one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil on a nightly
basis.