Hair loss, commonly known as baldness or alopecia, is a state wherein hair is lacking in areas where they usually grow. The most common type of hair loss is the progressive hair-thinning condition. This condition usually occurs in adult humans and many other ape species.
Another type of hair loss is called male pattern baldness. About 50% of adult males develop this type of hair loss in varying forms. It is characterized by a residual of hair growth in the lateral sides of the forehead. For this, it is commonly called as receding hairline or receding brow. According to recent studies, the trigger for this type of baldness is the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase which is said to convert the hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This action leads to the inhibition of hair growth.
A less common type of hair loss is occurring in women. This type of baldness is called female pattern baldness and is usually attributed to a decrease in estrogen. The hormone estrogen is said to counteract the balding effect of testosterone. Hair loss most often occurs in women who wear their hair in a ponytail or cornrow as this hairstyle pulls on their hair, creating excessive force.
Herbal Remedies for Hair Loss
There are many conventional ways of treating hair loss with varying effects. Experiments on common herbal remedies are currently going on to determine their effects. Although proper scientific evidence is yet to be established, more and more people suffering from this condition have used herbal remedies for treatment.
Most herbal remedies used to treat baldness are shown to increase circulation. They stimulate the blood vessels in the scalp, thus encouraging the hair follicles to regenerate and grow more hair. Other herbal remedies are more of a scalp disinfectant than a stimulant. However, their end results point to one thing: stimulating hair growth.
Some of the herbs used as herbal remedies for baldness include aloe, arnica, birch, burdock, catmint, and chamomile. The herbs horsetail, licorice, marigold, and nettles may also have therapeutic effects if applied topically. Other herbal remedies include a mixture of parsley, rosemary, sage, southernwood, and stinging nettle.
How to Treat Hair Loss with Herbal Remedies
There are several ways of applying herbal remedies to treat hair loss. For instance, you rinse your hair and scalp using herbal remedies that are a mixture of apple cider vinegar and sage tea. These two herbs not only cleanse your hair and scalp, but they also help hair grow back. Chamomile and catmint herbal remedies help prevent itchiness, which often leads to hair loss.