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Cause of Baldness
The first indication that male baldness was related to testosterone occurred when it was first noriced that eunuchs, and those castrated in accidents, never went bald.
Researchers have since discovered that a specific enzyme formed in scalp tissue converts the male hormone testosterone into a substance known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone).
It appears that DHT is the culprit in male pattern baldness.
Ginkgo biloba is a powerful herb from the Far East whose medicinal properties have only been discovered by the West during the last 20 years.
Clinical studies have indicated its effectiveness in restoring the functioning of the circulatory system and improving blood flow to the brain and all parts of the body.
Ginkgo also acts as an anti-oxidant, helping to prevent free radical damage and premature aging. Active ingredients include flavone glycosides (including ginkgolide), bioflavins, sitosterol, lactones and anthocyanin.
Nettle Root Extract
Nettles are also believed to be beneficial in case of hair loss. Not only are they a good source of silica (shortage of which causes hair loss), Nettle Root Extract has also been shown to inhibit the conversion of testosterone into DHT, thus slowing the damage to the hair follicles.
Brocolli, Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower
Vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower produce a chemical during digestion that inhibits the action of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a chemical responsible for damage to the follicles.
It has been found that vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts are rich in an indole called I3C which the body converts into diindolylmethane (DIM) during digestion. Further research has confirmed that DIM inhibits the action of DHT. and so reduces the damage to the hair follicles.
Rosmarinus officinale is an excellent tonic and system energizer with a therapeutic effect on the circulatory system. It improves peripheral and systemic blood flow, thereby allowing nutrient rich blood to reach the hair follicles.
It is a known fact that the hair follicles on the scalp require a good blood supply with sufficient nutrients in order to produce a good head of hair. One way of accomplishing this is by carrying out a scalp exercise each day. Just as your leg muscles become flushed while jogging, your scalp blood vessels become flushed with blood when exercising the scalp.
An effective exercise is to alternately contract the muscles at the front of the scalp (frontalis muscles) then the muscles at the back of the scalp (occipital muscles). Put your fingers over these muscles and try to pull back your ears - you should feel them contract. Do this for a few minutes each day to refresh the blood flow to your hair follicles.
Massage is another method of increasing blood flow to the scalp. Ideally combine both therapies for best results.
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This DHT attaches itself to certain cells within the follicles, where it has an adverse effect on these follicles in several ways:
1. It stunts hair growth by shortening the growing (anagen) stage of the follicles
2. It causes a shrinking of the follicles so that they produce thinner hair
3. It may cause a constriction of the capillaries that nourish the follicles
Female Hair Loss
The biochemical theory is also applicable to female hair loss. Noticeable diffuse thinning in women usually starts after menopause when the production of the female hormone oestrogen slows down dramatically or stops altogether. Before menopause this hormone has a protective effect against the small amount of testosterone that women also produce and makes it less available to conversion into DHT.
Treatment for Hair Loss
Based on the above, it would seem that effective treatments for baldness should either target DHT itself, its binding to the follicle cells, or the effects it gives rise to, such as reduced blood flow. A number of natural remedies addressing these areas are described below.
The type of hair loss known as TE is more common in women than in men. It is characterized by many hairs entering the telogen or resting stage of the hair cycle at one time, resulting in profuse shedding.
The condition is often brought on by crash dieting, prolonged emotional or physical stress, post-pregnancy hormone changes, and severe illness. When these triggering factors are removed, TE hair loss usually ceases. The recovery of the lost hair, however, may take six months to a year. Recovery of this kind of hair loss is probable even without treatment.
To speed up recover from TE many professionals recommend bringing serum ferritin levels up to 70 or 80 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter). The wide normal range for this level of iron stores in the body is between 12 to 150 ng/ml for women, but the lower end of this range is not sufficient to speed up hair growth. Eating iron-rich foods (lean meat) will usually raise the level over a period of time.
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