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.
- 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 ProceduresSurgical 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 TherapiesThese 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)
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.