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Hair Loss Prevention- Why Do Castrated Men Never Go Bald?

Note-This content only presents overviews of hair loss

prevention research for educational purposes and does not

replace medical advice from a professional physician.

The best start to preventing hair loss is understanding the

basics of hair: what it is, how it grows, what system

malfunctions can cause it to stop growing.

Most common hair loss comes under what has been commonly

known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Although referred to

as MPB, females suffer a similar syndrome, so it is more

properly called androgenetic alopecia. Although hair loss

is not life or health threatening, it can cause serious

problems with a personâEUR(TM)s psyche and self-confidence. There

has been no absolute cure found for hair loss, and many

factors of hair loss are hereditary, however there are

several preventative measures one can take to maintain

healthy hair and scalp.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair

loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at

some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a

genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone

(DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase

converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the

substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Hair loss has been noticed and studied throughout the ages,

and some interesting discoveries were made in ancient

times. For one it was noticed that eunuchs: those males

without genitals-never went bald. Men who were castrated as

a result of accidents in battle also never went bald. This

was the first indication that testosterone had something to

do with hair loss. It has also been found that the more

recessive the hair gene, the more propensity toward

baldness one has.

Some common myths have arisen concerning hair loss. Because

of medical advancements many of these myths are being

addressed and corrected. For starters, although

androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is genetic and

therefore can be hereditary, it is not passed down through

only your motherâEUR(TM)s side of the family. Either side of the

family can pass down the genetic disposition toward

baldness. Also, contrary to old family tales, wearing hats

does not cause baldness either.

Beyond the genetic propensity of certain people toward hair

loss, there seems to be various dietary triggers that

activate the process, a notion that is promising since this

can be controlled.

The effects of high-fat diets and the increase of DHT

(Dihydrotestosterone), a chemical produced by the body

found to cause hair loss, is not conclusive at this time.

However, there does seem to be a connection; as societies

that consumed relatively low-fat diets such as pre-World

War II Japan experienced almost no pattern baldness,

whereas in post-World War II Japan there is an increase in

pattern baldness as their society consumes a higher fat

diet. In fact, Asian and African men in their native

countries traditionally suffer very little Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB). Although when the same peoples come to

North America, they begin to develop MPB.

Because people of all races and ethnicities tend to develop

MPB or androgenetic alopecia, yet do not exhibit these

tendencies before moving to America, changes in diet may be

a leading contributing factor. Diets high in fat do

increase testosterone, which is the main component in DHT.

More research needs to be done on this topic to reach

conclusive evidence, although it certainly could not hurt

to lower oneâEUR(TM)s fat intake.

There are a number of foods and substances to avoid and

limit the intake of. Substances such as alcohol, caffeine,

sugar and nicotine can deplete the body of nutrients and

raise adrenal levels, which will cause a chain reaction of

producing more androgen and causing hair loss. High levels

of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked

to increased DHT levels and their consumption should be

limited. Additionally, common table salt has been linked to

hair loss. And the average diet provides the recommended

amount of sodium intake; therefore, salt should never be

added to food. However, when using salt for seasoning

during cooking, be sure to use salt with Iodine being that

it is a nutrient that is vital to hair growth as well,

unless you are a regular consumer of seafood, which

contains high levels of Iodine.

Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables,

lack of proper nutrition will assuredly cause hair loss in

many people. Fortunately, adopting a proper diet that

includes the proper nutrients can reverse hair loss caused

by malnutrition. One thing for certain, regardless of

whether your hair loss was caused by malnutrition or not,

adopting a healthier diet will help the function of other

areas of the body.

There are some methods that have been used that prevent

hair loss on some people, in addition to the dietary

improvements, there are some naturopathic remedy

suggestions. Massage and aromatherapy have been used with

some success. In minor cases of temporary hair loss, hair

growth can be stimulated by massage, since blood and oxygen

flow to the scalp must be healthy in order for hair to

grow. A blend of six drops each of lavender and bay

essential oils in a base of four ounces of either almond,

soybean or sesame oil massaged into the scalp and allowed

to sit for 20 minutes has been used by aroma therapists to

stimulate the scalp. Once the mixture is in the scalp for

20 minutes, wash your hair and scalp with your normal

shampoo mixed with three drops of bay essential oil.

Massaging the scalp in general for a couple of minutes a

day can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and in

mild cases stimulate some hair growth. Of course, one must

be careful to be gentle when massaging and not tug at the

hair or use the fingernails when massaging the scalp. If

one is concerned about fingernails getting in the way due

to extra long fingernails, there are several options. One

is a flat-handed massage, which while not as effective as

the finger massage can provide some circulatory benefits

and results.

There are several electric massagers on the market that

have an attachment for scalp massaging as well. An oriental

method called Qi Gong (pronounced Chi Kung) has been used

to increase circulation to the scalp and face also. The

fingers should be placed at the center of the skull base

and then begin to tap approximately 30 times. Work your way

outward toward the ears continuing to tap gently. After

reaching the ears go back to the center of the skull a

little higher up and work your way around to the ear

region. Keep going up about eight levels, each time

repeating the process.

There is a definite connection between the prostate and

hair loss for men, and therefore a connection between

breakthroughs in BPH treatments developed and their

effectiveness in restoring hair growth. There have been

some herbalists that have experimented with the herb Saw

Palmetto in order to block the production of DHT in

treating BPH. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have

been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent

studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in

treating loss. The herb has been found to work in fighting

benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which

is a known cause of androgenetic alopecia. Studies have

shown Saw Palmetto extract is an effective anti-androgen

and therefore there is promise for its effectiveness as an

effective treatment for hair loss prevention.

Rosemary and sage are two herbs that have shown benefit

traditionally when used externally. It is suggested that to

promote a clean scalp, stimulation of the hair root, and

thickening hair one should boil together in water rosemary,

sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Then strain the loose

herbs from the liquid and use the liquid to wash the hair

daily. Also recommended is steeping one ounce of ground

rosemary, two ounces of ground sage, and a half ounce of

ground nettles in one pint of ethyl alcohol for a week,

straining the solution and adding one ounce of castor oil

and one ounce of water to the liquid. This is said to make

a great hair lotion to apply at night before bed or just

before shampooing.

Hair is a living protein, and as with any living part of

our bodies we must be sure to maintain proper health to

optimize our chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy hair,

since the hair is a living and growing part of the bodyâEUR(TM)s

system. Viewing it in this manner can help us to treat our

bodies different and raise expectations through proper

care. A healthy balanced diet, occasionally with the help

of vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise are all key

components to a healthy regimen of maintaining healthy

hair.

There is an obvious link to hair loss and prostatic health

and this only increases the pace of hair loss discoveries.

Most treatments for prostatic diseases such as benign

prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also have the pleasant side

affect of growing hair on the heads of those taking it.

With the pace of research and discoveries today, there is a

great deal of optimism in the field of hair loss prevention

and treatment. Hair is an important part of our dress and

appearance, therefore a large part of our self-esteem. It

is likely that there are answers for your situation

presently or coming in the near future.

Remember, the restoration of hair growth is not an

overnight process. The process takes time regardless of the

method chosen. Be patient and follow as much of the advice

given by professionals as possible. Keep in mind that the

body is a system, and it is the abuse of this system by

food intake and environmental causes that lead to most

common hair loss.

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Can a Tingling and Itchy Scalp Mean That Regrowth is Happening After Hair Loss? My Opinion

I’m asked this question pretty regularly. People really hope that that the tightness, tingling, and itching on their scalp means that their are experiencing massive regrowth, but many also know that they experienced this same thing when those same hairs were coming out or shedding. The truth is that any time when a large number of hair follicles are either shedding or growing, you can sometimes have these same symptoms. They are ways to tell which one is happening though, which I’ll discuss in the following article.

What Is The Time Frame In Which You’re Feeling The Tingling And Itching?: One way to help you determine if you’re starting to see some regrowth is to ask yourself where you might be in the hair cycle. Generally speaking, you’re going to start seeing new hair about 2 months (give or take) following the beginning of the shedding or hair fall. If you’re experiencing these symptoms very soon after this first occurred, then it’s less likely that this is because of regrowing, since the time frame is occurring too soon.

Some Ways To Tell If What You’re Experiencing Is Regrowth (Or Just More Shedding On The Way:) You probably already know that “burning scalp syndrome” is the name given to scalp issues that often correspond with dramatic hair loss. Many people worry that what they hope is a symptom of regrowth is really just this burning scalp condition continuing on or getting worse. (And, it is possible to have the syndrome at the same time that your hair is regrowing.) But, there are ways to tell which and which. And, you can often do this by just taking a close look at your hair and scalp.

Start by standing in front of a mirror and pulling back your hair line. You should see a fairly generous amount of little baby hairs coming in. They might begin fine and light in color, but they should quickly start to thicken up and darken if everything else going on is normal.

Another thing to try is to slick your hair straight back. Shine a bright light on your head and see if you can pinpoint any short hairs sticking up between the slicked back strands. (It can help to hold up a piece of paper behind you so that you can more easily see.) Better yet, spray your hair (on the top) with dry shampoo. If you are liberal enough when you spray, your hair will turn white. This will make it much easier to see those short regrowth hairs.

Finally, you can lean your head to one side and then comb your hair all to opposite side. Now, look by your ear area and see if there are short hairs sticking out and going against the grain. All of these methods should help you to pinpoint a new supply of baby strands.

What To Look For In Healthy New Hair That Is Growing Without Problems: As I said, the new strands might be lighter in color or look kind of skimpy at first. But once the hair is long enough that you can easily see it, then it should begin to darken up and be more normal in width. If you are unsure about this, you can compare one of the new hairs against one of your longer hairs. This will tell you if the diameter is similar.

The reason that this is a concern is that you do not want to see miniaturized regrowth. If you do, this is one indication that you may have some androgens that have affected your follicles and your ability to support healthy hair and a normal scalp. Generally, the sooner that this is addressed, the better your results are going to be. Generally speaking, hair that is only slightly miniaturized responds better to treatment that hair that has been greatly affected over a longer period of time.

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After Your Hair Sheds Or Falls Out, How Long Does it Take it to Start Growing Back?

I’m asked this question quite a bit. After going through the trauma of seeing shedding hair all over your clothing and home, many people are more than ready to begin regrowing their hair and to have this process finished and over. People want to know when they should starting looking for small signs of regrowth. Many people will look, see nothing, and worry that their hair just isn’t going to grow back. Knowing the correct time frame will help you to determine if everything is happening as it should. I will discuss this more in the following article.

Typical Hair Regrowth Rates: Sometimes people confess to me that they think hair that has shed out or been involved with telogen effluvium (TE) regrows differently than hair that comes out as part of a normal follicle cycle. This really isn’t entirely accurate. Once a hair comes out of the follicle, it generally then reverts back to the growing phrase (so long as there is not some autoimmune or androgen mechanism taking place as in disorders like alopecia areata or AGA where the follicle is being attacked or compromised.) So, once the shaft is forced out of your scalp and falls out, then the follicle will begin it’s regrowth phase and this process happens quite rapidly.

However, what’s not so rapid or fast is human hair regrowth rates. For most people, this is about 1/2 a millimeter per day so that over a month’s time, you’re looking at about 1/2 inch or regrowth. A good rule of thumb is that most people should start seeing decent levels of regrowth at around 2 – 3 months after the worst shedding took place. Some people see this earlier and some see this later, but 1/2 inch per month is considered typical or average.

If you’re not seeing any new hairs coming in, try spraying some dry shampoo right at the top of your head by the part line (or any other area where you’ve been particularly hard hit.) This will coat your strands and should make those new regrowth strands that are just coming in stand out from the rest. Yes, these hairs will be quite short, but if you give them a little time, eventually they will begin to fill in and to give you some volume. In about six months to a year, your hair should resume a normal appearance.

Another thing to try to see the new hairs is to pull your hair straight back or to comb it forward or against the grain. This will make those new little hairs stand up where you should be able to see them. So what happens if you’re not seeing anything? You may have somewhat slower grow rates. Recheck every week. Hopefully, in the next few weeks you should begin to see some little sprouts coming in. If you don’t, you may want to consider that perhaps your hair loss was caused by something other than TE or common shedding.

Because in TE or seasonal shedding, the follicle is just being reset into the shedding phrase, but nothing has happened to damage it. There are other causes of hair loss (like androgenic alopecia or AGA) that will compromise regrowth. Another potential indication that something else might be going on is seeing miniaturized or very fine or flyaway regrowth that is coming in, but not really providing any volume or coverage.

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Adaptogens Restore Hair Naturally

At 30 years of age I began to lose my hair. At first I noticed the clumps of hair in the brush, then my hairline receded, followed by the obvious thinning. Concerned, I began using over-the-counter topical solutions to try to stop my hair loss. When that didn’t work, I went for the expensive shampoos and leave-in rinses. In their defense these products did seem to slow the hair loss down, but it didn’t stop the problem like the products claimed they would.

In the meantime, I was in Traditional Chinese Medical College. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a holistic approach to health and wholeness. It incorporates every aspect of our lives. There are several therapies or modalities under the TCM umbrella that are used to heal the body and mind. Herbalism and acupuncture are the most well-known.

Early on in school, I became highly interested in herbs — not just any herbs, but tonic herbs. These are commonly known in Western medicine as adaptogens. I was looking for something that could give me extra energy, and help with personal growth.

Adaptogens help the body to “adapt” to all kinds of stressors, whether mental, emotional, physical, or environmental. They do so by restoring the adrenals, the body’s primary mechanism for dealing with stressors. Since the adrenals are the primary mechanism for regulating our energy, which in turn affects personal growth, I started using these herbs.

After using them for a short while, I noticed that less hair was falling out when I showered. And, my hairline was returning! At first, I didn’t realize it was the herbs. I figured it was the result of using the shampoos and other topical formulas. Until one day while studying for an herbal exam, I ran across a story about one of the herbs I was using. Depending on the version of the story, it varies a bit. As many stories, this one was most likely a myth more than actual truth, a myth designed to convey a hidden truth.

The story is about an old man named He (pronounced Huh). One day while walking in the woods Old Man He got lost. He wasn’t a strong man, in fact, he was known as the runt of the litter. Feeble and slumped, Mr. He had a very gray beard and thinning, white hair. While searching for a way back home, he stumbles onto two trees with their vines intertwined together. Being hungry, he dug up the roots and prepared them for food.

Some time passed until one day he found his way back home. Upon entering his village, all of those who knew him before were astounded by what they saw. His countenance was that of a much younger man. His white, thinning hair, and gray beard turned thick and black. After they heard him tell his tale, they all figured that his youthful change had do to the herb that sustained him while he was lost in the forest. Therefore, they named this herb, He Shou Wu, which translates to He’s black hair.

Coincidentally, this herb was one of the main ingredients in my homemade formula. I knew it had powerful restorative and energy effects, but I had no idea that its chief function was to stop hair loss and restore hair growth.

He Shou Wu is actually the Polygonum Multiflorum plant. The Chinese commonly refer to it as Fo Ti. There are trace minerals in Fo Ti that play a significant role in the prevention of graying hair. Fo Ti is rich in the necessary trace minerals, calcium, manganese, and iron, which keep the hair strong and maintain its normal color. Fo Ti is also an adaptogen. Like other adaptogens, it restores the adrenals — the storage place for our sex hormones. As we get older, these hormones become depleted through stress.

Western science is beginning to understand what the Chinese Physicians have known for thousands of years regarding these hormones — they are responsible for keeping us youthful and help us maintain our vitality. This means they are also responsible for a healthy head of hair!

Intrigued, I did a more in-depth research of the herbs and found that many more of these adaptogenic herbs existed! I began adding them to my formula. Ten years later the results speak for themselves! I have a healthy head of hair. In all actuality, I don’t take the herbs for hair loss; I take them for their overall restorative effects. But, if I can keep a full, healthy head of hair as a result, then I am all for it!

Here are some things to consider when looking for adaptogens or adaptogenic supplements:

1. Make sure of the quality; know your sources and the manufacturing process. Many manufacturers denature the herbs in order to mass-produce them.

2. Also, know how much of the product is actually adaptogens and not fillers or other ingredients. Some products say they have many adaptogens in their products, and they do; but, the real question is what is the quantity of the herbs? Check for the milligram dosage to know for sure.

3. Look to see how much of the total product the adaptogens account for in relation to the other ingredients? The ratio may show that though there are adaptogenic herbs in the product, there are more of other ingredients, which means the herbs are like condiments in the product–just a dash.

If you truly are interested in more information regarding adaptogens. Visit ShenTrition online.

Here’s to your healthy mane.

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A Simple Hair Loss Solution: Chasteberry (Agnus-Castus) – Will It Work for You?

Agnus Castus, a ‘gentle’ herb,has long been effectively used as a hormonal regulator, against acne, for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), hormone-based infertility, menstrual disorders and even menopausal and pre-menopausal problems. In brief, Vitex has been known to effectively work against a large number of hormone-based imbalances and health problems.

Although I could write about how Agnus Castus Vitex can work really well against acne, since it’s often a hormone-based skin problem, in this article I am concentrating on how this natural supplement can help against hair loss. The type of hair loss I am referring to here, the type Agnus Castus can treat, is the hormone-based hair loss commonly known as androgenic alopecia: this is where the hormone testosterone is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp and skin; DHT then binds to hair follicles receptors, weakening them until the hair falls out. It is the most common form of hair loss and it affects men and women. Agnus Castus affects the pituitary gland (the ‘master’ gland of the endocrine system) and helps it regulate the productions of certain hormones, resulting in a shift in the oestrogen-progesterone ratio, increasing progesterone, a very important hormone (and factor) in the most common form of hair thinning. Why is progesterone important against the falling out of scalp hair? Because, simply put, progesterone on the scalp binds to hair follicles and, this way, it prevents DHT from binding to them.

The ability of Vitex to lower prolactin levels (or rather, to decrease the pituitary gland’s secretion of prolactin) also affects hair loss. Excess prolactin levels in your body (which can be due to stress, for example) causes a number of health issues such as loss of libido, hirsutism, weight gain and hair thinning. If you are a woman and you think that your (scalp) hair loss is connected to a number of hormonal problems, such as acne, irregular periods or ovarian cysts, pre-menstrual syndrome, excessive body hair (hirsutism), early menopause (and so on), taking adequate amounts of Agnus Castus may help greatly against (scalp) hair thinning. If you suspect your prolactin levels are high, even if only slightly, it may be wise to have a blood test. My levels were almost normal, almost marginally higher than normal: yet, by taking Vitex, I resolved my hair problem and, significantly, I no longer have the great difficulty I used to have in losing weight! This to me was a ‘bonus’ result.

Make sure the doses are adequate and not too low, otherwise it won’t affect prolactin levels enough to make a change. I took 4 pills a day of 80g each until I began to notice significant results, and continued to take a similar amount later on; that was my choice after a long research. However, I recommend you do your own research and consult your doctor before taking Vitex, especially because it can interact with certain drugs; also because, as a rule of thumb, before starting any supplement (no matter how safe), it is always best to talk it with your doctor. The more you know about Vitex Agnus Castus, the better you can utilize it to stop your scalp hair from falling out.

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Which Remedies For Baldness Work?

WHICH REMEDY FOR BALDNESS WORKS?

With each remedy for baldness I have split up into two categories: “drugs” and “natural”. Both remedies for baldness are said to work to a degree. The drugs (creams and pills) have had various clinical trials performed on them, but on the downside they are occasionally susceptible to unwanted side-effects. The natural remedies for baldness most often have had no clinical trials attached, merely word of mouth recommendations, but normally have fewer side-effects (at least less unwanted ones) reported. If you are unsure on which type to try, it is possible to try both (but please get advice from a physician before doing so).

ALLOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Before I start on any allopathic remedies for baldness, I have to explain the current thinking in science behind the causes of losing hair so that the mechanism and effectiveness of the drugs are easily understood.

Men convert excess testosterone into a more potent form called DHT by the enzyme 5a reductase. The DHT is highly active on the hair follicle receptors, readily latching to them and restricting blood flow to the hair. This causes the hair to become thin and miniturized creating the “peach fuzz” look. There is apparently a greater quantity of this enzyme in the scalp of men who are susceptible to male pattern baldness.[1]

Women, however, have excess of the enzyme aromatase which converts their testosterone into a form of active estrogen called estradiol. The theory is that after women hit menopause, their levels of natural estrogen lowers letting the testosterone be converted into DHT which makes them more susceptible to losing hair post menopausal. However, that doesn’t explain why post andropausal men lose hair when they become older and their testosterone levels die down.[1]

Well, that’s the theory, so now lets look at each remedy for baldness in turn and determine its effectiveness and availability as of July 2006. Below is a list of each remedy for baldness:

Rogaine (Minoxidol)

Propecia (Finasteride)

ROGAINE

Mechanism – unclear. Seems to open potassium availabilty to the hair.

Effectiveness – average increase of hair per cm2 was 18.5% after 48 weeks. 1 to 3 months after stopping, hair condition returns to pre-treatment levels.

Side-effects – Dizziness has been reported. Local irritation, itching, dryness, and erythema may occur with use of topical minoxidil, most likely caused by the vehicle formulation of alcohol and propylene glycol.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – $10 to $15 per bottle (one month).

PROPECIA

Mechanism – inhibits the 5a reductase enzyme responsible for DHT production.

Effectiveness – A third study of 326 men with mild to moderate frontal hair loss found that after 1 year, finasteride treated men had statistically significantly higher hair counts on the frontal scalp. Approximately 50% of treatedmen and 30% of those who took placebo thought the appearance of their hair had improved. Hair regrowth was not reported in older men taking 5 mg finasteride.

Side-effects – A decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, or a decreased volume of ejaculate have been reported in less than 2% of patients, which in reality is between 0.5% to 1% when compared with placebo.[2]

Availability – was prescription only. Generic version now available.

Cost – $69.95 for 3 months

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Most natural remedies for baldness also work by blocking DHT, either by inhibiting the enzyme or blocking the hair follicle receptor, or providing the nutrient for the hair follicle receptor which DHT blocks. There is also an alternative interpretation of the “DHT alone causes hair loss ” theory. Some believe that it is too much active estrogen-like substances as well as too much DHT that is to blame for prostate cancer and losing hair, and not enough free testosterone in the body.[3]

This sounds contradictory to the allopathic argument, and concerning estrogen it is. Some naturopaths say that it is all about what blocks the hair follicle receptors. It is these protein receptors which attract nutrients to the hair. DHT and estrogen-like pollutants both block the receptor.[3] Apparently, certain bacteria which thrive on fat, produce estrogen-like substances[4], and there is excess of the aromatase enzyme (which turns testosterone into estrogen) present in fat cells of obese and balding men. Aging, a high fat diet and lack of exercise can create too much estrogen and too little testosterone. Even if testosterone is at normal levels, active estrogen levels can still be way too high.[3] Although this doesn’t explain why women with high estrogen levels don’t get male pattern baldness.

Here is a list of each remedy for baldness and nutrient:

Beta Sistosterol (from the herb: Saw Palmetol)

Chrysin (from the herb: Passionflower)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Biotin (vitamin B7)

Iron and L-lysine (for women)

Folligen (copper peptide)

Soy

Rooibos tea

BETA SISTOSTEROL

Mechanism – blocks DHT from the androgen receptors sites found on the hair follicles.

Effectiveness – untested. Mixed reviews from people on health forums.

Side-effects – None, but side-effects of the herb Saw Palmetol can be male breast enlargement.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 90 Capsules 400mg $7.95.

CHRYSIN

Mechanism – increases free testosterone by inhibiting the conversion to estrodiol.

Effectiveness – shown to be effective at stopping aromatase in the petridish, but not in the body. Not known if it helps with losing hair.[5] Not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – MRM, Chrysin 500, 30 Caps. $14.99.

VITAMIN D

Mechanism – binds to the many vitamin D receptors in the scalp and hair follicle.

Effectiveness – shown to dramatically stimulate hair follicle growth in “nude” mice.[6]

Side-effects – none, unless taken over 50 micrograms per day.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 400iu (10 micrograms) 60 capsules $4.99.

VITAMIN B12

Mechanism – deficiency causes hair loss.[7]

Effectiveness – 40% of Americans are deficient. Not proven to remedy hair loss if taken.[8]

Side-effects – None, unless taken over 100 mcg daily.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 1000 mcg, Tablets $7.99.

BIOTIN (VITAMIN B7)

Mechanism – increases blood flow to the hair follicle.[9]

Effectiveness – it can promote hair growth in high doses, although not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 300mcg tablets $2.99.

IRON AND L-LYSINE (for women)

Mechanism – deficiencies in both these nutrients have been associated with losing hair in women.[10] Interacts with zinc and copper.[11]

Effectiveness – proven effective remedy for baldness for women with losing hair.[10]

Side-effects – none unless taken over 250 mg daily (iron).

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 100 Tablets $7.29

FOLLIGEN (copper peptide)

Mechanism – most effective blocker of the production of both types of 5a reductase enzyme.[12]

Effectiveness – low copper and zinc enzyme levels caused hair loss in mice.[13] A topical copper peptide solution created near perfect hair rejuvenation in 6 months in a woman with 10% of her hair at the start.[14] No studies on the remedy for baldness Folligen itself, but some reports of success by women on forums.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 2 oz tube, $21.95. 2 months.

SOY

Mechanism – promotes the production of the good inactive estrogen. Blocks the receptor sites for active estrogen and inhibits 5a reductase.[3]

Effectiveness – proven to inhibit the enzyme 5a reductase.[15]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness.

Cost – ?

ROOIBOS TEA

Mechanism – unclear.

Effectiveness – in a 10% lotion called herbasol, 89% had increased speed of hair growth. 45% saw an increase in hair growth. 78% reported no further hair loss.[2]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness except as above.

Cost – ?

I would personally recommend trying Beta Sistosterol with a powerful multi-vitamin and mineral supplement coupled with the Folligen solution as a good remedy for baldness.

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[1] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[2] Treatments for hair loss.

[http://www.hairlosstalk.com/download/sawaya1.pdf]

[3] Grow Young and Slim

[http://www.growyoungandslim.com/articles/Mens_Health_102a.pdf]

[4] Health Loss Education

http://www.stuff4beauty.com/page/hairlosseducation.htm

[5] Chrysin: Is It An Effective Aromatase Inhibitor?

http://www.vrp.com/art/1208.asp

[6] Vitamin D3 analogs stimulate hair growth in nude mice.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12399436&query_hl=41

[7] Diet and Nutrition – vitamin B12.

http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/DietandNutrition/VitaminB12.htm

[8] Do You Need B-12?

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blb12anemia.htm?terms=vitamin+B12+and+Tufts+

[9] Biotin and Hair Growth

http://www.add-hair.com/Biotin-hair-loss.htm

[10] Nutritional factors and hair loss.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2230.2002.01076.x/abs/

[11] Interaction of iron, zinc and copper in the body of animals and humans

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=2700243&dopt=Abstract

[12] Folligen

http://www.folligen.com/

[13] Age-related cochlear hair cell loss is enhanced in mice lacking copper/zinc superoxide dismutase

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10466888&dopt=Abstract

[14] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[15] Regulation of Male Sex Hormone Levels by Soy Isoflavones in Rats

http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327914NC422_9;jsessionid=nFFp1FovOhX-OhcS3V?cookieSet=1&journalCode=nc

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Why You Don’t Need Any Hair Loss Treatments to Stop Hair Loss

In this article I’m going to explain how several of the most popular hair loss treatments work and then I’ll explain how you can achieve the same results without buying the treatments, using alternative methods.

Topical Minoxidil

The most commonly known brand of topical Minoxidil is Rogaine, but there are several others. Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to the scalp. Hair needs a good supply of nutrients in order to grow and the nutrients are supplied via the blood stream. If you increase the flow of blood to the scalp you help the hair grow.

Minoxidil is a popular treatment for hair loss and it has been shown in various studies to work on many users. However there are other ways of increasing blood flow to the scalp without having to spend a penny. Here are a few tips for increasing blood flow (and so supply more nutrients) to the scalp and also to generally improve your circulation:

1. Tap your head with a hard bristled hair brush fifty times, two to three times per day. If you have light coloured skin, try tapping your head with a brush around fifty times fairly rapidly. You’ll notice that your skin goes red. Why is that? Well it’s quite simply because you’ve made the blood flush to the skin, which is exactly where you want it.

2. Exercise hard, three times a week. Exercise until you are out of breath, sweating and hot. Again, if you have fair skin you should be able to see your skin go red because the blood has flushed to the skin. Try to sustain this hard exercise for around twenty minutes. Not only will this help improve circulation, it will also help relieve stress (another major cause of hair loss), strengthen your heart and keep you in good shape.

3. Get a nice head massage once a day. Again this will increase flood flow to the scalp and also help relieve stress. It may also help exfoliate the scalp, which is a good thing. Keeping your pores clear is important for hair growth.

There are several other ways of increasing blood flow to the scalp and there are methods of cleaning the body’s blood vessels to improve overall circulation. Generally it’s fairly easy to increase blood flow to the scalp without having to spend any money on Minoxidil. Furthermore the methods outlined above have excellent secondary benefits.

Nourkrin Hair Loss Supplement

Nourkrin is a popular hair loss supplement but there are many others on the market. Some hair loss/hair growth supplements do contain some powerful ingredients that do provide benefits for the hair in some people. However it is possible to achieve similar results and (as with the circulation examples) gain further secondary methods.

You don’t need supplements to provide all the nutrients you need for hair growth. Using some ‘superfoods’, available in all major supermarkets and by slightly adjusting your diet you can supercharge your nutrient supply, for hair growth.

Here are a few foods that you could include in your diet to boost hair growth:

1. Raw eggs. This may sound disgusting but you could add your raw eggs to a smoothie if you can’t hack them on their own. Generally though try to minimise the number of ingredients you consume at any one time. Your digestive system is far happier digesting one ingredient at a time than lots of different ingredients – and this is another argument against supplements. Raw eggs contain some great nutrients for hair growth and overall health (particularly for your appearance). Inositol, choline, B vitamins and vitamin E are all nutrients that benefit your hair. Some B vitamins can only be found in animal products and egg yolks are a good source.

2. Green leafy vegetables. Green leafy vegetables, such as baby leaf spinach, watercress and rocket contain the types of nutrients needed for maintaining a healthy appearance. Generally rich coloured vegetables are rich in nutrients. Strawberries, oranges, broccoli are all good examples.

3. EFA oil. If you’re going to use a supplement, make it ‘EFA oil’. EFA stands for essential fatty acids and these are good fats that cannot be produced in your body – they can only be obtained through diet. So if you’re going to get a supplement, organic cold-pressed extra virgin EFA oil is a good choice – I call it a supplement but it’s a ‘whole food supplement’, usually containing no more than three different seed oils – it’s not the same as a capsule type hair loss supplement, which will usually contain a multitude of various ingredients.

Above are a few tips for achieving the same results as some of the popular hair loss treatments without paying for them. And if you use these alternative methods you will gain secondary benefits. By following a healthy diet you will help maintain your overall health and appearance.

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Hair Loss No More Book Review

Hair Loss No More author Jonathon E. Phillips is a leading hair loss analyst who has helped many people including celebrities and sports personalities to combat hair loss.

His extensive experience has enabled him to put together a 168 page ebook which provides a solid education in the way hair grows, why it stops growing, and a whole body approach to minimizing the effects of hair loss and promoting new hair growth.

Hair loss is suffered by millions of men and women the world over, hence, the insatiable appetite for trying anything that claims to stop hair loss and get hair to regrow. Therein lies the danger. This desperate mindset can lead many an unsuspecting consumer into parting with their money for very dubious hair loss remedies.

In Hair Loss No More the author approaches the subject of hair loss in 3 parts.

Part 1 provides an in-depth background of the hair growth mechanism and the main causes of hair loss in men and women.

An interesting section on hair shampoo gives a warning against alkaline based shampoos which can give the appearance of more body and volume but which actually are only of cosmetic value and in some cases they can even damage the hair.

Part 2 is the main section of the book introducing what the author terms a revolutionary Step-By-Step Hair Power Regimen.

Mr. Phillips firmly believes in controlling hair loss from within rather than hoping a magic potion or even a prescription drug will solve the problem. His reasoning makes much sense.

Proper attention to diet, nutrition, regular exercise, and proper breathing are all involved in making sure the scalp gets what it needs to supply the hair follicles responsible for hair growth.

Part 3 goes into detail on modern hair replacement techniques and procedures. If you have any questions about hair transplantation you will no doubt find the answers here.

Finally an Appendix section provides additional resources for keeping the body in a healthy condition with emphasis on coping with stress and learning how to relax.

I personally found the second section on the Hair Power Regimen very helpful. I practice the exercise program outlined in this book and it certainly does much for blood circulation and a general feeling of well-being.

As hair follicles rely on a healthy blood supply delivering the nutrients they need, it is crucial we do everything possible to make sure our diet supports healthy blood and we avoid a sedentary lifestyle and smoking which can have such an adverse impact on our circulatory system.

Background on Rogaine

One very interesting section in this book gives a detailed background to the launch of Rogaine, the hair growth medication approved by the FDA back in 1988. The sales of this drug have been nothing short of phenomenal making billions of dollars for the companies involved.

Not so well known is the fact that comments were made both by the pharmaceutical company representatives and doctors on the advisory board which appeared before the FDA to the effect that this was not a breakthrough medical discovery and the results vary greatly.

However, due to the public’s desperation for a remedy and the media spotlight on this product, sales continue to go through the roof. Mr. Phillips provides documentation to substantiate his observations. Certainly the product helps many with hair loss but be careful in how the results are interpreted and analyze closely the limitations.

In Conclusion

If you or a loved one are anxious about hair loss then this inexpensive downloadable ebook is certainly a worthy read.

It provides common sense, practical steps anyone can take to control hair loss and promote healthy hair growth without having to dip deep into the pocket. A welcome change indeed when it comes to the hair loss industry!

Title: Hair Loss No More

Author: Jonathon E. Phillips

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What’s the Difference Between Thinning Hair and Balding?

I recently received correspondence in which the writer asked me how to tell the difference between thinning and balding. Specifically, she asked: “My hair is thinning out very rapidly. Will this eventually lead to complete baldness?” Is there any way to tell what is going to happen with my hair in the future?” I will try to address these questions in the following article.

What Causes Hair To Thin? What Causes Baldness?: Sometimes, the same factors cause both of these conditions, but not always. By far, the most common cause of balding and thinning are sensitivity to androgens of the scalp or some form of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) However, there are other conditions that will cause the hair to shed which can eventually lead to hopefully temporary thinning also.

Telogen effluvium or TE is one such example. Sometimes, reactions to medications can cause shedding which causes thinning. Some medical conditions fall under this umbrella also, as do allergic reactions or conditions of the scalp. Most of the time, if you can stop what is causing the shedding, your hair will resume to normal growth and shed patterns so that the thinning out of your hair will eventually stop also.

Also, there is a condition called alopecia areata (AA) which is an autoimmune disorder which will sometimes eventually cause total baldness or diffuse thinning. This condition has nothing to do with androgens, although it is relatively rare. But, with that said, specialist will often tell you that the most common culprit for changes in hair thickness and volume have to do with genetics and / or androgens.

Thinning Can Sometimes Be The First Stop On The Path To Baldness, But This Is Not Always The Case: Let’s discuss how the path to baldness happens when AGA or a sensitivity to androgens is at play. The person experiencing this might notice an increase in shedding or hair loss or they may not. It’s typically not the rate of hair loss that is problematic here. It’s the compromised regrowth. What happens is that because of the androgens and the hair follicles being compromised by them, the hair that is coming back in is miniaturized. It may be lighter in color or more thin in diameter.

At first, the person experiencing this may just notice a loss in volume. But with each hair loss and regrowth cycle, that same hair becomes smaller and smaller in diameter. So, it is able to cover less ground with each cycle. And, this is when people will typically start to notice thinning. Now, sometimes this cycle continues on so many times that eventually, there will only be peach fuzz in the area in questions. Eventually, the peach fuzz gives way to nothing at all and this is when you start to see bald spots in the area in question. Usually, we’re talking about high androgenic areas like the temples, top, or crown.

However, due to genetics or treatment, some folks’ hair loss never reach the level of total baldness. Some people only thin over time and some are able to regrow their hair as medical causes are found or treatment works. Family history comes into play here as does what treatment options you are trying as well as other factors like diet, environment, and stress.

People who are thinning often ask me if they have to just accept their fate to be bald. I don’t buy that you have to accept this. You should know that, even without treatment, not everyone will reach this balding level and there are fewer women than men who reach this. Early treatment can sometimes change the cards that nature dealt you and even mild thinning can often be improved upon.

And, if you’re experiencing thinning due to a temporary condition like TE or a medical issue, you can often see good results if you treat both the hair and the condition that is causing the thinning in the first place. And even hair loss caused by AGA can respond well to treatment.

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Secondary Syphilis Causing Hair Loss

If you get infected by syphilis the first time and you do not treat it, it will move on to attack you another time with different symptoms altogether and is known as secondary syphilis. Syphilis is a disease that is caused by spiral bacteria. The disease is spread through direct contact with a person that has a chancre (a sore that is caused by syphilis). These chancres normally occur on the genitals, the reason why it is a sexually transmitted disease. Chancres can also however occur in the mouth and lips. In the first stage syphilis,it does not cause any hair loss except if the hair happens to be where the chancre is. When the disease is allowed to move on to the next stage it will cause hair loss. We are going to look at secondary syphilis causing hair loss.

In the secondary stage, syphilis becomes characterized by skin rashes and lesions on mucous membranes. These rashes can make their way to the scalp where they can form inflammations on the hair follicles. This will affect hair follicles making them itch such that you may scratch out the hairs yourself. The rashes can also be responsible for damaging hair follicles and affecting the integrity of hair shafts thus causing hair loss. Hair loss associated with syphilis is in the form of patches and follows no specific pattern. The lesions of this secondary infection contain bacteria that will infect other people if they come into contact with the lesions. Secondary syphilis has to be treated once you have noticed it from its secondary symptoms, if it is not treated the disease will go on and advance each and every time such that the result may be death, for syphilis can kill.

The moment you realize you have syphilis, you need to consult a doctor straight away so you can be prescribed some medicine that will help kill this deadly bacterial disease. Syphilis treatment involves the use of some antibiotics. Once you have treated the disease, there are likely chances that damaged hair follicles will recover and hair patches will begin to show signs of hair growth. If the hair follicles have been extensively damaged, it is possible for them to be treated, so they can continue to produce hair and remove hair patches.

Common treatments for hair loss due to syphilis include drugs such as finasteride and minoxidil. These two drugs have been approved by the FDA and have been proven to be effective at bringing even the most dormant hair follicles back into the hair production cycle. The good part of using these drugs is that they are in the form of topical creams and capsules, so you do not go under any surgical procedures when you are treating hair loss problems with these drugs. Secondary syphilis causing hair loss cannot be diagnosed through seeing. This means in order for the doctor to correctly diagnose the cause of your hair loss, some scalp flakes have to be collected and tested for bacterial activity.

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