Gingseng extract, Chinese angelica extract, Polygonum Multiflorum extract
Hair loss (Alopecia)
When hair on the scalp begins to thin it is known as hair loss or alopecia as the medical term. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of the condition. It is a combination of androgens which are male hormones alongside hereditary genetics. Other types include alopecia areata, which is when the hair falls out in patches and Traction alopecia which is thinning of hair due to tight hairstyles. Another is a problem among woman called telogen effluvium, which is when the hair sheds at a rapid rate, a problem caused after child birth. Chinese herbs are a safe, natural, effective, health-promoting way to treat hair loss and increase hair growth saving the scalp from harshness of strong chemicals. According to Chinese medicine, healthy hair depends on the flow of qi and blood to the scalp and hair roots. If this flow is compromised, the hair will suffer.
Causes of hair loss
There are so many reasons as to why individuals experience hair loss so determining the precise cause for each patient can be difficult. Here listed are only some causes:
Physical and emotional stress, pregnancy, genetics, Vitamin A overdosing, Vitamin B deficiency, lack of protein, menopause, male pattern baldness, Anaemia, underactive thyroid gland, overactive immune system, dramatic weight loss, chemotherapy, over styling, poor diet.
The average person loses about 50 to 100 hairs in a day, it’s only when the scalp is unable to regrow hair or when the hair grows back thinner that hair loss becomes a real problem. Up to 40% of men will notice their hair receding by the time they hit 35 years old. Genetics are responsible for hair loss in one of every five cases. In the U.S., there are 35 million men and 21 million women suffering from hair loss. Retrieved 3rd July 2014, from http://www.healthambition.com/natural-hair-loss-remedies/
Traditional Chinese medicine has been using Ginseng for thousands of years for its many healing aids and is one of the main ingredients that you will find in most hair tonics or shampoos. It is thought to enhance immune function, cardiovascular function and help with hair loss. The herb contains ginsenosides which are anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy medicinal components. Enhances the production of blood flow.
Ginseng enhances the production of blood flow, benefiting hair to regenerate by stimulating blood flow to the scalp. It also improves the health of hair follicles, preventing hair loss. Stress is a common cause for alopecia and Ginseng has been found to help reduce stress levels significantly therefore acting as a prevention for hair loss. It nourishes and strengthens hair.
Warnings: Ginseng can hinder any medications or supplements that are being currently taken and it is advised to speak to your doctor before consuming it. This herb does act as a blood thinner and those undergoing surgery within seven days should steer well clear of it. Side effects are very rare but can include insomnia, anxiety, diarrhea, nausea, headaches and nose bleeds.
“A clinical research suggested that Korean red ginseng (KRG) was effective in both the prevention and treatment of alopecia.
Professor Sang-Wook Son of the Department of Dermatology and his team found that 131 alopecia patients who took 1g of KRG powder three times a day for twenty-four weeks did not contract either alopecia areata or male or female alopecia.
The results of a clinical trial appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Ginseng Research (JGR).
The research team discovered that 40 male patients in the regime using KRG powder had 50 more hairs per 3㎠ of scalp compared with those in the comparison group, with the thickness of individual hairs increasing by 18% from 0.0675㎜ to 0.0797㎜. A study of 41 female patients found that those using a combination therapy of KRG+ topical ointment (3% minoxidil) experienced a rise in hair density to 115.05/㎠ from 101.68/㎠ in twenty-four weeks. KRG-only therapy also increased hair density from 95.50/㎠ to 107.38/㎠ in twenty-four weeks.
The research team determined that KRG’s ginsenoside-Rb1 and ginsenoside-Rg3 promoted hair growth. The team explained that female patients who were reluctant to use alopecia treatment because of side effects showed more distinct improvement when they received KRG together with topical ointment. The combination of steroid injection and KRG was also found to treat alopecia areata better than the use of treatment alone. Alopecia areata does not yet have any oral treatment. - Retrieved 10 July, 2014 http://www.hairlosshelp.com/FORUMS/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=103670
Chinese angelica extract (Dong quai)
Dong quai belongs in the celery family and it is native to China, Korea and Japan. The root of the plant is medicinally active and is seen as blood tonic. It is used for many purposes.
This herb can endorse stronger regrowth of hair. It contains Phytoestrogens which slow down the formation of DHT (a male sex hormone responsible for hair loss) and also provides antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties.
It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids for hair growth such as biotin, folic acid, magnesium, nicotinic acid, palmitic acid, phytoestrogens(including beta-sitosterol), psoralens, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E.
Warnings: Angelica extract is prone to side effects and should not be used by people with bleeding disorders, excessive menstrual bleeding, diarrhoea, abdominal bloating, or during infections such as colds and flu. The herb should not be taken by woman with breast cancer or that are pregnant or nursing as it may contain compounds with oestrogen-like effects.
Oral administration of 9 grams of a herbal formula three times daily after meals showed satisfactory results in 40 patients with alopecia areata. The herbal formula was prepared by mixing 500grams each of Dang Gui and Bai Zi Ren with honey to make pills.
- John K. Chen and Tina T. Chen Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology
Polygonum Multiflorum extract (Fo ti)
Polygonum Multiflorum is a Chinese tonic herb best known for being an age reversing plant and having the ability to delay hair from premature greying. It is believed that it can even revert hair to its original colour (although solid evidence is yet to be found). As well as rejuvenating the colour of hair it’s also a treatment used for hair loss.
The herb nourishes the blood which is how it helps to delay the greying process as well as improves blood circulation specifically the microcirculation which is what supplies hair. Hormonal functioning is helped to be regulated by the Polygonum Multiflorum extract also helping to stimulate hair growth.
Warnings: Polygonum Multiflorum is considered to be quite safe. It may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach distention or constipation. However these effects occur mainly when the plant is whole and barely when it has been prepared correctly.
Studies have shown that when taken orally, it may be an effective anti-androgen by lowering dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels in the body by blocking 5 alpha-reductase enzymes.
In a study forty-eight 30-60 year old men (n=24) and women (n=24) with differing origins of hair loss (age-related, stress- and medication induced, and postpartum) received a standardised extract equivalent to 4g Polygonum multiflorum root twice daily. After 1 month of treatment, 91% of men and 87% of women reported symptomatic improvement. Additionally, none of the study participants reported any side effects during the treatment period. – Retrieved 10 July, 2014 from http://ezinearticles.com/?Polygonum-Multiflorum-(Root)-for-Hair-Loss---Does-It-Work?&id=5036462
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Other popular herbs for hair loss
Horsetail is a very important herb that helps strengthening nails, bones and hairs. Silica is one of the main ingredients present that will provide the necessary strength to the hair and will prevent it from thinning or breaking. It will also help in preventing further hair loss. Horsetail is one of the common ingredients used in many hair conditioning products that you buy in the markets.
The Stinging nettle is a herb that helps prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone which is found to be a main cause of hair loss.
Aloe vera stimulates blood circulation of the scalp, helping the hair growth process. It will help maintain the pH balance of the hair and open up blocked pores on the scalp boosting growth of hair follicles.
Lavender contains antibacterial properties helping to sooth the scalp as well as heal skin irritations and infections. It is very effecting for flaky scalps and dandruff. Using Lavender oil can help free your scalp from tensions, stress and insomnia.
Ginko biloba helps with blood flow to the brain and helps hair follicles by correcting the nutritional deficiencies. It is very effective and popular herb oil for scalp for hair re-growth.