Hair Loss Treatments – Overview
It is a very few people who are aware that baldness can be cured the natural way. When nothing else works, it is mostly the natural cures of baldness that seem to work the best.
Conventional treatments for the various forms of alopecia have limited success. Some hair loss sufferers make use of so-called “clinically proven treatments” such as finasteride and topically applied minoxidil (in solution) in an attempt to prevent further loss and re-grow hair.
In the USA, there are only two drug-based treatments that have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and one product that has been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, otherwise known as male or female pattern hair loss. The two FDA approved treatments are finasteride (marketed for hair loss as Propecia) and minoxidil.
If you have tried any of the above mentioned “guaranteed” hair loss products then I would assume that you had only very limited success with these products. I personally have tried a handful of hair loss products in the past with the results varying from no growth at all, very little and patchy growth and even burning of the scalp, I lost faith in these so called hair growth products.
As it has always been with medicine it is commonly produced in laboratories and often it is therefore a recipe put together by a variety of chemicals. To avoid all those chemicals that our world is full of people are turning to natural hair loss remedies.
The most popular drug for hair loss treatment is Propecia. The problem is that, Propecia is a drug plain and simple! and therefore can have side effects like any other drug.
The side effects of using Propecia include sexual side effects (mainly libido loss), severe head aches, head pressure and dizziness.
The following information which speaks for itself, is taken from the official Propecia website.
“The dose of propecia for male pattern baldness is 1mg tablet (as per prescribed) once per day. Daily use of Propecia (finasteride) for a three month period is normal before an increase in hair growth or prevention of further hair loss is noticed. Propecia must be continued to maintain any beneficial results achieved while taking Propecia. If you stop, you will most likely lose the hair that has been grown within 12 months of stopping treatment. Although results will vary, generally you will not be able to grow back all the hair you have lost.”
Hair loss has been a problem for many people for many years and as an effect of that, there is a huge industry of medical companies that are targeting that market with all kinds of products.
There are dozens of hair loss treatments on the market – and it can be very difficult to separate the hype from the effective hair loss products. Let’s bust common hair loss myths and introduce you to hair loss products that are proven to work!
If you’re suffering from hair loss, the last thing you need is to be taken advantage of by products and gimmicks that just don’t work. Going bald is nothing to take lightly – it can be humiliating and you want to take action before the situation gets worse!
Baldness involves the state of lacking hair where it often grows, especially on the head. The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair thinning condition called androgenic alopecia or ‘male pattern baldness’ that occurs in adult male humans and other species.
The severity and nature of baldness can vary greatly; it ranges from male and female pattern alopecia (androgenic alopecia, also called androgenetic alopecia or alopecia androgenetica), alopecia areata, which involves the loss of some of the hair from the head, and alopecia totalis, which involves the loss of all head hair, to the most extreme form, alopecia universalis, which involves the loss of all hair from the head and the body.
What causes hair loss?
It has been firmly established that male pattern baldness is initiated by DHT attaching to the receptor sites on the hair follicles. Genetically, only the follicles on the top of the head are encoded with the receptor sites, which explains why hair along the side of the head and in the back of the head is not lost with age. The attached DHT on the receptor site is perceived as a foreign body and the immune system begins to destroy the hair follicle, shortening the growth phase and causing the hair shaft to become progressively finer in texture. In extreme cases, only a vellus hair remains. The good news is that the follicles have the inherent capacity to mature to their former size.
It is the effect of hormones on the hair follicle that produces male pattern baldness. Testosterone, a hormone that is present in high levels in males after puberty, is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT has an adverse affect on the hair follicles. Acting on a hormone receptor on the hair follicle it slows down hair production and produces weak, shorter hair, sometimes it stops hair growth from the follicle completely. This process gradually depletes the stock of hair.
Once hair loss begins making its appearance, people fear that with the speed they are losing their hair, they might soon become bald. This does lead to depression and even self-guilt for not taking proper care of hair at the right time. Most people think that once anyone becomes bald, nothing can be done. They all try using various shampoos, hair oils, medications; and when no positive results are seen, they accept baldness as something given by Providence and comfort themselves. Click here to learn about some effective all natural hair loss treatments.