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Thinning hair and hair loss are two problems affecting men and women. These problems start by gradual thinning of hair as one ages and later, hair loss may be presented by patches of bald areas of the scalp. Common causes of these problems include heredity or pattern baldness, related problems with testosterone, secondary effects of disease and age-related baldness. While hair loss can be really frustrating, it is heartening to know that there are numerous herbs for hair regrowth. These herbs can help put a stop to thinning hair while facilitating the regrowth of the hair follicles. Here is a listing of some of the herbs effective for hair regrowth.
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Algae or seaweed extracts have high amounts of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. Aside from hair regrowth, algae extract is also used as a health supplement and skin care product. It acts as an antioxidant that lessens and cures hair and scalp damage. It also makes hair look newer and shinier.
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Aloe vera has the ability to soothe irritated skin. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The transparent gel from the aloe vera leaves is usually massaged onto the scalp, helping restore the normal pH balance of the scalp and skin. Aloe vera is also an excellent hair conditioner. However, not all can use aloe vera extracts to regrow hair because it is believed that those who have allergies to tulips, garlic and onions also manifest allergic reactions to this herb.
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Derived from seaweed, the channelled wrack has isoflavones that have been shown to have antioxidants, particularly vitamin E, which is known to help in refreshing the scalp. The herb also prevents the secretion of testosterone which is a potential risk factor for hair loss among women.
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A popular herb, Ginkgo biloba is known to help in various health problems like skin ailments and blood circulation. As a herbal option for hair regrowth, it increases blood flow to the brain, delivering more nutrients for the growth of the hair follicles. Presented as evidence in Mayo Clinic, ginkgo biloba reduces the side effects of chemotherapy in which one of its side effects is hair loss.
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Drinking green tea is said to promote hair regrowth as it has an enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, that has been associated with decreased risks of male pattern baldness. It is said that taking several cups of green tea a day will help in treating male pattern baldness.
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He Shou Wu
This is an old Chinese herb which has been utilized for many years now for baldness and hair loss. It is available in both capsule and tea forms. It is also one of the main ingredients used in common commercially available hair loss remedies. The American Botanical Council as once mentioned that the said herb has a lot of potential in restoring hair growth and color.
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This herb has a high level of silica that is said to repair the skin’s connective tissues. Horsetail is said to rejuvenate the hair while stimulating hair regrowth. It is also a common ingredient added to herbal products for male baldness.
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Saw palmetto not only encourages hair regrowth but also slows down the thinning of hair. It was suggested from Mayo Clinic that this herb inhibits testosterone effects which could lead to male pattern baldness or hair loss.
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Check with your Doctor
Since more research and experimentation are needed before these herbs can be recommended for use, it is advisable to consult a doctor first before using the listed herbs. Those who are taking medication, are pregnant or suffering from a medical condition should specifically get clearance from a doctor before using these herbs.
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MedlinePlus: Hair Loss - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003246.htm
Medline Plus: Aloe Vera - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-aloe.html
Mayo Clinic: Gingko Biloba - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ginkgo-biloba/NS_patient-ginkgo/DSECTION=evidence
Mayo Clinic: Saw Palmetto - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/saw-palmetto/NS_patient-sawpalmetto/DSECTION=evidence