Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saw Palmetto - Natural Treatment for Male Pattern Baldness

If you have male pattern baldness, then here is a hope. According to a new study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2002;8:143–52), people with male pattern baldness may increase hair growth by taking a preparation containing saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). Male pattern baldness is a common hereditary condition that affects mostly men, but may affect women as well. Hair loss in this kind of condition often starts with a receding hairline and continues in a horseshoe pattern, leaving hair on the sides and back of the head mostly unaffected. It is believed that excessive conversion of testosterone to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is responsible for this kind of baldness.

Saw Palmetto is effective in treating people male pattern baldness and other with hair loss by reducing the amount of DHT in our body and around the hair follicles. Actually it works in similar way as drug finasteride work. Though DHT is a derivate of testosterone but is many times more potent and hair follicles tend to fall off when exposed to the hormone.

A popular hair loss shampoo IHT 9 uses Saw Palmetto as its key ingredient to successfully (and naturally) treat male pattern baldness. IHT 9 is an ayurvedic preparation that contains all natural herbs. IHT 9 Shampoo (alone or with other treatment plan) seems to be a reasonable first line of treatment for mild to moderate male pattern baldness before considering conventional medications.

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