An overview of herbal alternatives in androgenetic alopecia

    August 2019 in “Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
    Maria Yusuf Dhariwala, Padmini Ravikumar
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    TLDR Herbal alternatives like saw palmetto and green tea may offer safe, effective treatment for hormonal hair loss.
    This document provides an overview of herbal alternatives for treating androgenetic alopecia (AGA), a type of hair loss caused by hormonal imbalances. The paper suggests that herbal drugs can be used as an alternative to synthetic drugs, as they exhibit lesser side effects. Saw palmetto, green tea, pumpkin seed, licorice, rosemary, and grape seed are reported to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase or improve blood circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth. The authors conclude that while more research is needed, these herbal alternatives may offer a safe and effective treatment option for androgenetic alopecia.
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