Is There Really a Remedy For Thinning Hair?

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A remedy for thinning hair is one of those topics that everyone seems to have a solution.
Even your bald neighbor boasts about his revolutionary new concoction which includes a can of beer, one egg white, and only who knows what else that is going to take the hair regrowth market by storm.
But the question is whether or not there is a remedy for hair thinning.
We will first start with a couple of FDA approved products and work from there.
The two medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hair loss are Minoxidil (topical) and Propecia (oral).
*Minoxidil was originally prescribed as a treatment for hypertension, but low and behold it was found to grow hair.
It comes in a topical form sold under a number of brand names including Rogaine and must be applied to the scalp twice daily.
Research studies have shown an efficacy rate of between 20 and 40 percent for producing new hair growth.
While 20 percent isn't very good the real value of minoxidil lies in its ability to slow the thinning process over 90 percent of the time.
With overwhelming numbers like this minoxidil could be considered a remedy for thinning hair.
*Propecia (Finasteride) is a prescription medication which is taken orally.
This drug was first approved under the name Proscar, for the treatment of prostate enlargement in men.
But like the above mentioned minoxidil, finasteride showed promise in the area of balding and thinning hair.
Propecia blocks the harmful hair loss hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
The research is solid with almost 70 percent of those studied producing more scalp hair than they started with.
However, older men failed to show the same encouraging results.
The FDA believes that this product is in fact a remedy for thinning hair and in fact the numbers do support this conclusion.
In the area of herbal medicine there seem to be two herbs that stand above the rest as a remedy for thinning hair; saw palmetto and nettle root extract.
*Like Propecia, saw palmetto and the prostate have a connection.
For years naturopaths have been recommending saw palmetto for prostate problems and the research seems to support their beliefs.
It also blocks the harmful hair loss hormone DHT and in generally is considered to be a powerful anti-androgen.
For some saw palmetto is an excellent alternative to the prescription drug Propecia.
*Nettle root extract is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and certain minerals.
For years European doctors have considered it to be superior to saw palmetto due to its ability to more effectively inhibit the enzyme (5 alpha reductase type 2) responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
What Next? A rational person could actually make the case that there actually is a remedy for thinning hair but one must keep in mind that thinning or balding is progressive, and the hair loss incurred will not slow or reverse itself without some form of treatment.
Currently there are a handful of hair regrowth products available, without a prescription, specifically designed to address DHT and hair loss.
Not only do they contain FDA approved ingredients, like many of the ones listed above which have been shown to block dihydrotestosterone (DHT) but they also work to stimulate the scalp and bring dead follicles back to life.
These hair regrowth products can be used as a preventative tool, starting the program before hair loss becomes severe, or you can use them after the effects of thinning have already begun to take hold of your hair and scalp.
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