Hair Growth: Focus on Herbal Therapeutic Agents

    Satish Patel, Vikas Sharma, Nagendra Singh Chauhan, Mayank Thakur, Vinod Kumar Dixit
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    TLDR Some plants may help with hair growth and have fewer side effects than synthetic drugs, but more research is needed to confirm their effectiveness.
    The 2015 document reviews the potential of various herbal agents in treating hair loss and promoting hair growth, drawing from ethno-botanical studies and traditional medicine systems. It discusses the limitations of synthetic drugs like Minoxidil and Finasteride due to side effects and contrasts them with natural products that offer fewer side effects and multiple modes of action. The document lists numerous plants and phytoconstituents with hair growth-promoting effects, such as Emblica officinalis Linn., Bacopa monnieri Linn., and Rosmarinus officinalis Linn., and provides evidence from studies supporting their efficacy. It also highlights the need for more scientific evidence and clinical trials to substantiate the use of herbal treatments for hair loss, pointing out the gap between research and clinical application. The document suggests that while many plant extracts have shown potential in animal models, standardized material and formulation in clinical trials are necessary to further explore the efficacy of herbal remedies for hair loss.
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