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This is commonly used to refer to the root and leaf extracts taken from the plant
Urtica Dioica or Stinging Nettle. The plant grows to about 2-3 feet and can be grown
in your backyard. It has dark green leaves and bears flowers with fine stinging hairs
on the petals, thus, the name. It has been used for centuries in various skin and
hair cleansing concoctions for its antiseptic, skin and hair regenerative properties.
In addition it is known to eliminate dandruff and stimulate hair growth by strengthening
hair follicles. Recent applications include treating prostatic enlargement with the
same DHT inhibiting action of Saw Palmetto. Made into shampoos or in alcohol-based
lotions, Nettles have also figured as one of the more effective herbal hair loss
This can be said to be among the most popular extract taken from the fruit berries
of the American dwarf palm plant scientifically called serenoa repens, The Saw Palmetto
plant bears yellow flowers and red-black berries from which the Saw Palmetto essence
is extracted. It figures predominantly in herbal preparations to treat non-cancerous
prostrate disorders like the prostatic hyperplasia commonly occurring in older folks.
It inhibits 5-Alpha-Reductase from converting testosterone into DHT or dihydrotestosterone,
similar to the action of Finasteride drugs in treating the same condition. This makes
the Saw Palmetto herbal extract a potent drug in controlling androgenetic alopecia
or male pattern baldness which is caused by the same overproduction of DHT that gets
to weaken hair follicles.
Herbal Hair Loss Treatment
The fact that there are no known lasting cures for premature hair loss in androgenetic
alopecia hasn’t deterred the emergence of a thriving business around mitigating the
effects of hair loss. This is basically what most hair treatment does – mitigate
hair loss by attacking the medically known dysfunctions resulting from the genetic
nature of male pattern baldness.
Whether going synthetic with medication based on the two FDA-approved medications
Minoxidil and Finasteride based or relying on centuries old herbal hair loss treatment,
the sufferer is sure to find some treatment that suits his lifestyle. But once started,
there’s no let-up. Treating hair loss becomes lifelong commitment.