The last decade has seen an explosion of modern techniques and treatments available for hair loss. Despite this and for different reasons, many of us prefer to trust our scalp and hair to more traditional practices. We take a closer look at complementary medicine for hair loss.
Alternative medicines are treatments that are considered non-standard but used instead of standard. Chinese medicine would be an example. Complementary medicine, on the other hand, does not preclude standard treatments. They are, as the name suggests, aimed at either helping the standard treatment to do its work or lessening the side effects of that treatment. Acupuncture and massage therapy would be excellent examples. Complementary medicine for hair loss is better understood than ever before.
Here we take a look at some of the more popular natural hair loss remedies. Some are available because of modern science, others have been with us for millennia.
Natural Hair Loss Remedies
Essential ingredients in the hair and notable for having been the subject of clinical studies. Available in oral form and best used in combination therapies.
Or Biotin as it is often referred to. Nearly 40% of healthy women are believed to have a biotin deficiency. Only for them is this a required supplement.
Needed for healthy hair growth, vitamin D can be delivered as a lotion.
If you are identified with a zinc deficiency it is a valuable supplement. Oral zinc achieved positive results in 67% of patients taking it daily.
Make no mistake, this is definitely to be taken seriously. The high levels of sulphur make it a potent treatment.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Known to reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT. The form of testosterone linked to hair loss. It is high in zinc, vitamin B, iron, and protein.
While it lacks clinical study there is a lot of faith in rosemary oil. An ancient remedy trusted for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidants agents.
A hair loss supplement that has established itself. Caffeine is a good example of how modern science has explained the function of a compound. It inhibits a very specific chemical interaction. Basically, it helps fight off the immune system which is trying to destroy your hair follicle.
The active ingredient in turmeric. It has been taken as a tonic for centuries and extravagant claims are made for its many and varied perceived benefits. From a scientific point of view, it seems to increase the uptake of minoxidil. Minoxidil is the only FDA approved hair loss drug for women, so that is excellent news.
Hair Loss For Women
This review of natural remedies is far from comprehensive. But it does give a glimpse into the toolkit of a fully trained trichologist. With the benefit of consultation, they are ideally equipped to offer therapy advice. Taking into account a holistic view of your broader health and lifestyle on which to base that advice. Therapy is often a combination of more than one treatment.
It is clear that complementary medicine for hair loss has a role to play. It is best used in conjunction with other remedies, modern and ancient. It needs an expert to find exactly which remedies are right for you in your situation.
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