Hair loss herbal remedies are believed to work better when viewed as a preventative, rather than a curative solution.
Hair loss is a condition that normally refers to excessive loss of scalp hair. However, it may also refer to loss of hair from the entire body. The scientific term for the condition is alopecia but the term ‘baldness’ is most commonly used to refer to it.
Hair loss usually appears in many different ways, depending on the problem that’s causing it. Some types of hair loss are temporary, while others are permanent.
The following are the commonly known causes of hair loss:
- Hormonal factors – The most common cause of hair loss is the hereditary condition commonly referred to as male-pattern baldness. In genetically susceptible individuals, certain sex hormones trigger a particular pattern of permanent hair loss. Many men experience hair thinning and hair loss starting at puberty. Women also suffer from female pattern baldness. Hormonal changes and imbalances may often trigger this temporary condition. This may be due to pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or menopause.Individuals with thyroid problems may also suffer from this condition. Since the thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in the body, hair loss may result if the gland is not functioning properly.
- Scalp Infections and Other Skin Disorders
Infections, such as ringworm, may get into the hair and skin of the scalp. Diseases such as lichen planus and some types of lupus may cause scars in which permanent hair loss may occur. Dandruff may also play a part.
- Medications – Hair loss can be caused by drugs used to treat ailments such as cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure.
- Physical or Emotional Shock – Many individuals may experience a thinning of hair after a physical or emotional event such as a personal, family or career crisis.
- Tight hairstyles – Traction hair loss may take place if the hair is pulled too tightly into hairstyles such as pigtails or cornrows.
Some types of hair loss may be reversible, particularly those caused by certain medications. Once these medications are discontinued, as in the case of chemotherapy for cancer patients, the hair tends to grow back. Some forms of baldness like those experienced by women due to childbirth and pregnancy, and those due to emotional shock, can also be temporary in nature.
Male Pattern Baldness
In the case of hair loss in men caused by male pattern baldness, there have been no proven cures at the present time. There are however some clinically-approved treatment that may help slow down hair loss such as minoxidil, and propecia. There are likewise cosmetically-developed procedures and devices such as hair transplants and hair weaves designed to hide the symptoms of the condition.
As mentioned in the beginning, teas and herbs for male pattern hair loss are best viewed as preventatives. But some evidence may suggest that these tea remedies can be effective at reversing the hair loss process if the condition is detected and acted upon at a very early stage.
Below are some possible tea remedies for hair loss:
Dong Quai Tea – Dong Quai, also known as Chinese Angelica, is believed to fight hair loss due to its content of phytoestrogens, which impairs the formation of the DHT hormone that causes the loss of hair.
Ginkgo Biloba Tea – Ginkgo biloba is believed to help improve the circulation of blood to the brain and skin. Herbalists believe that the improvement of blood flow to the brain and skin enables the delivery of more nutrients to the hair follicles that promotes hair re-growth.
Ginseng Tea – Ginseng is likewise believed to improve vascular circulation and regulate cellular metabolism. When used as an ingredient in shampoo or hair tonics, an extract from this herb may help nourish and strengthen hair.
Green Tea – Green tea is believed to be rich in antioxidant catechins that are believed to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase which is a leading trigger of male pattern baldness.
Fo Ti Root Tea – This comes from an ancient Chinese herb that has been used for centuries in treating graying hair and premature hair loss and baldness. It is believed to contain compounds and nutrients that restore balance to the system. It is often one of the main ingredients used in commercial products that treat hair loss. It can take three to six months of use to see the full benefits of Fo-ti.
Horsetail Tea – This herb is believed to contain high silica content that helps to rejuvenate hair and stimulate its growth. The herb is often included in herbal formulas that fight baldness.
Nettle Tea – Ingredients in nettle are believed to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT – the main cause of hair loss in men.
Saw Palmetto Tea – Saw palmetto is believed to slow down the hair loss process and even encourage it to re-grow. This herb is also believed to possess the ability to support prostate health.
Granting there are numerous benefits of various types of tea regarding hair loss, it is always recommended that consultations be done with qualified medical practitioners.