health care  
All about hair loss symptoms of hair loss hair loss remedy causes of hair loss in men treatments for male hair loss female pattern hair loss treatment of female pattern hair loss hair life cycle Minoxidil (Rogaine) for hair loss treatment Propecia (finasteride) for hair loss hair transplant nutritional supplements for hair loss prevention

What's the hair loss remedy to stop hair loss?

Appropriate treatment options depend upon the type of alopecia. Aggressiveness of the treatment depends on the patient's attitude and must be weighed against potential side effects. In many temporary forms of alopecia, the condition will begin to normalize without treatment. Surgery may be indicated for highly motivated patients with male pattern baldness for whom medical therapies are contraindicated or ineffective. Options include hair transplants, scalp reduction, and strip or flap grafts.

Drug Therapies

  • Male pattern baldness - minoxidil lotion, 2% to 5% applied twice daily; finasteride, 1 mg per day orally. Either drug must be used indefinitely to maintain regrown hair. If you use these medications, your health care provider should monitor you for side effects.
  • Female baldness—minoxidil lotion, 2% applied twice daily. Must be used indefinitely to maintain regrown hair.
  • Alopecia areata—the most effective treatments involve steroid drugs, such as cortisone.
  • Tinea capitis—antifungal mediations such as griseovulfin, orally for 8 weeks, in combination with antifungal shampoo two to three times per week for 8 weeks. Complete entire course of treatment to prevent relapse.

Surgical and Other Procedures

Surgical options include hair transplants, scalp reduction, and strip or flap grafts.
  • Hair Transplantation: Involves grafting, a process where strips of hair bearing skin are removed from the back of the head and are dissected into smaller sections and implanted in the balding portion of the scalp.
  • Scalp Reduction: Involves the surgical removal of a portion of the balding area, thereby in effect shrinking the bald spot. Scalp reduction is used to reduce the front to top balding syndrome associated with male pattern baldness.
  • Flap Surgery: Involves the transfer of a large portion of hair and scalp from the area behind the temples to the forward, balding part of the head, creating a new hairline.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

These therapies have limited success in treating male pattern baldness.


  • Reduce your intake of pro-inflammatory foods (saturated fats, dairy products, and other animal products) and eat more fresh vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids, and, in particular, protein (non-animal sources of protein include nuts, legumes, and soy).
  • Biotin (300 mcg per day) and trace minerals, such as those found in blue-green algae (2 to 6 tablets per day), help hair growth.
  • Androgenetic alopecia: vitamin B6 (50 to 100 mg per day), zinc (30 mg per day), and gamma-linolenic acid (1,000 mg twice a day) helps to inhibit 5-alpha reductase.
  • Hormone imbalance: essential fatty acids (1,000 mg twice a day), B6 (50 to 100 mg per day), vitamin E (400 IU per day), and magnesium (200 mg twice a day) enhance hormone production.

Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Teas should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots.

Combine the following in equal parts and use as tea (2 to 3 cups per day) or tincture (20 to 30 drops two to three times per day): ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), prickly ash bark (Xanthoxylum clava-herculis), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

  • Androgenetic alopecia: Green tea (Camelia sinensis), 2 cups per day, and saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), 100 mg twice a day
  • Hormone imbalance: Chaste tree (Vitex agnus cactus), 200 to 300 mg per day, has a normalizing effect on the pituitary.
  • Viral origin or immune system cause: Herbs that support immune function can help treat the underlying cause of this type of alopecia. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Physical Medicine
Stress reduction techniques can increase blood flow to the scalp.

Therapeutic massage increases circulation and reduces stress. Scalp massage using essential oils of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, and cedarwood may be helpful in increasing circulation.

More information on hair loss

What causes hair loss? - One of the primary causes of hair loss is a high amount of the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the hair follicle. The most important cause of hair loss is inadequate nutrition.
What are the symptoms of hair loss? - Hair loss can occur as hair thinning, without hairs noticeably falling out, or as hair shedding, with clumps of hair falling out.
What's the hair loss remedy to stop hair loss? - Appropriate treatment options depend upon the type of alopecia. Aggressiveness of the treatment depends on the patient's attitude and must be weighed against potential side effects.
What causes hair loss in men? - Male hair loss is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation.
What treatments are there for hair loss in men? - There are two drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat male-pattern baldness: minoxidil and finasteride (Propecia).
What is female pattern hair loss? - In female pattern hair loss some excess loss of hair is noted, but gradual thinning is what is what usually brings the woman to a dermatologist.
What are the female pattern hair loss treatment therapies? - Currently, the only FDA approved hair loss treatment for women is Rogaine (2% Minoxidil).
What is hair life cycle? - The life cycle of a hair is divided into three phases. The actively growing (Anagen) phase, the transitional (Catagen) phase, and the resting (Telogen) phase.
How Minoxidil (Rogaine) hair loss medication works? - Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a drug available in two forms to treat different conditions. Oral minoxidil is used to treat high blood pressure and the topical solution form is used to treat hair loss and baldness.
How Propecia (finasteride) hair loss medication works? - Propecia (finasteride) is prescribed to men for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Propecia is classed as a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, an enzyme which changes testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in the liver.
What is hair transplant? - Hair transplantation refers to the surgical movement of permanent hair with its roots to an area of bald or balding skin.
What nutritional supplements are available for hair loss prevention? - Good nutrition can go a long way in helping you keep your halo of hair. B vitamins in particular are crucial to healthy sebum production and new cell generation.
Men's health Mainpage


Topics in men's health

Atrial septal defect
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Diabetes mellitus
Alcoholism & drinking
Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle)
Bladder exstrophy
Hypospadias (birth defect)
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
Hair Loss (baldness)
Peyronie's disease
Benign prostatic Hyperplasia
Kidney stones
Quit smoking
Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

All information is intended for reference only. Please consult your physician for accurate medical advices and treatment. Copyright 2005,, all rights reserved. Last update: July 18, 2005