TLDR Herbs can potentially treat hair loss by inhibiting a key enzyme and promoting hair growth, and deficiencies in zinc, biotin, and iron are linked to hair loss.
The 10-year-old document "Hair loss and herbs for treatment" discussed the psychosocial impact of hair loss, particularly androgenetic alopecia (AGA), and the search for alternative treatments with fewer side effects than synthetic therapeutic agents. The authors emphasized the need for treatments that inhibit 5α-reductase, a key enzyme in AGA development, and promote hair growth. Various herbs were discussed for their potential in treating hair loss, including linolenic acid, essential oils, saw palmetto, and others. The document also highlighted herbs cultivated in Thailand and Ayurvedic medicine for their 5α-reductase inhibitory activities and potential to increase hair follicle number and scalp thickness. The document concluded that natural compounds from plants can prevent androgenetic-mediated diseases and deficiencies in zinc, biotin, and iron are associated with hair loss. However, the document did not provide specific study sizes or results, making it difficult to determine the strength of these findings.View this study on onlinelibrary.wiley.com →
Hair loss in males involves inflammation, collagen buildup, and follicle damage, with severity increasing with age and baldness duration.
Minoxidil and finasteride treat hair loss in men, while minoxidil treats hair loss in women.
Dutasteride and finasteride may reduce sperm count and volume but don't affect movement or shape; effects are reversible after stopping.
Dutasteride helps slow hair loss and boosts hair growth.
Combined minoxidil and tretinoin solution works as well as regular minoxidil for male hair loss.
Ketoconazole lotion can improve hair regrowth for some people with androgenetic alopecia.
Finasteride increases hair weight and count in men with hair loss, with best results after four years.
Oral antiandrogens effectively treat female hair loss, with better results in higher hair loss grades.
Early diagnosis and treatment, using finasteride, minoxidil, or hair transplantation, improves hair loss outcomes.
Scientists made all eight versions of a compound called cyoctol, but found it's not an anti-androgen and it fully breaks down in the skin.
5% and 2% minoxidil solutions effectively promote hair growth and reduce hair loss, with 5% being slightly more effective but having more side effects.
5% minoxidil works better for hair growth and density, with minor irritation.
AGA causes hair loss by shrinking hair follicles due to DHT binding, and can be treated with finasteride and minoxidil.
Minoxidil works better for female hair loss, but cyproterone reduces scalp oiliness and causes menstrual issues.
Hair loss in women is genetic, diagnosed by examination and biopsy, and treated with minoxidil, finasteride, or transplantation.
FPHL affects hair density and diameter, causing visible hair loss in older women.
Finasteride helps increase hair growth in men with hair loss.
Finasteride and flutamide both reduce hair growth, but finasteride has fewer side effects.
"Christmas tree" pattern helps diagnose female hair loss.
RU58841, a nonsteroidal anti-androgen, showed potential as a topical treatment for hair loss, increasing hair density, thickness, and length without systemic side effects in Stumptailed Macaques.
Finasteride reduces hair growth better, but spironolactone has more side effects.
People with hair loss have more androgen receptors and enzymes in certain follicles, with men and women showing different patterns.
Finasteride effectively inhibits 5α reductase, while plant extracts like Permixon and Bazoton don't show significant results.
Minoxidil sulfate stimulates hair growth.
Tretinoin cream boosts minoxidil absorption, possibly improving hair loss treatment.
Common baldness, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia, is caused by a combination of genetic factors and hormones called androgens.
Using oral minoxidil and dutasteride together can quickly increase hair growth and volume with minimal side effects.
Finasteride helps hair growth but stopping it causes faster hair loss.
Herbs can potentially treat hair loss by inhibiting a key enzyme and promoting hair growth, and deficiencies in zinc, biotin, and iron are linked to hair loss.