Posted by Oze Parrot on November 3rd, 2005
Increasingly, people are turning to alternative products and natural remedies for hair loss. Most combine various types of treatments and natural medications to cover a full spectrum of possible cures.
In men, hair loss is usually genetic, but abnormal hair loss can be a sign of an underlying nutrient deficiency or toxicity within the body. Illnesses that affect the body’s nutritional balance, like anemia, thyroid problems and other hormonal imbalances are common factors that may cause hair loss, particularly in women.
In the elderly, where nutritional balance is often poor, thinning hair can indicate a need for vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium and silica. The ingestion of many medications, thyroid pills and diet pills can also be a cause for hair loss and If a person finds excessive thinning of hair during this period of time, talk with your health practitioner for alternate medication.
It must be mentioned that hair loss can also occur during times of extreme stress on the body such as, childbirth, psychological shock and grief, or a physically debilitating illness. This is why sometimes a conventional approach may not work in all cases and an alternative is required if hair loss is to be stopped or re-growth is to be established.
We will look at a variety of alternative products, medications and treatments that can be used to stop hair loss, reduce thinning and promote re-growth of healthy hair.
One’s Nutritional intake is important.
A diet rich in silica, calcium and iron will help reduce or prevent hair loss. Green leafy vegetables are a good mineral source. Dried fruits and cherry juice are rich in iron.
The B vitamins, especially B5 (pantothenic acid) and B3 (naicin) are especially important for hair re growth. Foods that are rich in B vitamins are peas, carrots, cauliflower, nuts and eggs.
If hair loss is due to thyroid dysfunction, eat more foods rich in Vitamin A and iodine. Carrots and spinach are excellent choices.
Nutritional Supplements, such as vitamin B, silica, calcium and zinc are all important in having healthy hair.
These vitamins and minerals will help prevent premature balding and assist in re-establishing a healthy head of hair.
Suggested daily dosages would be:
Vitamin B complex 100 mg.
Zinc 30 mg. with 3 mg. copper (zinc and copper need to be in balance)
Silica 1000 mg.
Herbal remedies help to increase circulation, disinfect the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Some of the most common natural methods of hair treatment are included below.
Massage the scalp regularly with tinctures of stinging nettle, birch, horsetail and rosemary for hair growth, to disinfect the scalp and increase blood circulation.
Cleanse the blood by drinking 1 tbs. of juice comprising of stinging nettle, birch leaves, and watercress, mixed in a glass of water.
To shampoo the hair, steep 2 tbs. of horsetail in 4 oz. of hot water and add to a baby shampoo.
In conclusion, although many people look toward prescription and many non-prescription drugs, (the Minoxidils such as Rogaine for example), alternative medications, remedies and therapies as outlined above, have proven to be a very beneficial, natural means of therapy.
It is important to remember that the major cause of hair loss is hereditary with One’s genetics also playing a role in the condition.
Certain mental and physical stresses may also be significant causes of hair loss.
Alternative medications are a viable source of hair treatment but
before taking a course of action it is wise to discuss the matter with your health practitioner.
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