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Hair Transplant Alternative: Saw Palmetto?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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The fruit Serenoa Repens produces Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is an extract of it. Saw Palmetto has plenty of fatty acids and phytosterols. Considered by many to be an alternative medicine for different kinds of indications, most notably benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

People who are diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have enlarged prostates have difficulty urinating to the point that patient may need prostate surgery for it.

The part Saw Palmetto plays in hair restoration has been well researched. Incredibly, for a lot of people, Saw Palmetto is a plant-based treatment which, up to a certain point, can reverse the hair loss process or delay hair loss. Saw Palmetto’s bio active ingredients block the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

So, on the hair follicle level, Saw Palmetto is able to halt the process of hair loss. In addition, Saw Palmetto promotes the increased thickness of miniaturized hair, helping them grow longer. In mechanism, the Saw Palmetto effect is sort of similar to finasteride or other DHT blockers. Available in oil extract, Saw Palmetto can be used topically on hair scalps or as pills to treat prostate enlargement.

Preventing Male Pattern Baldness

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

A patient from India once wrote to me in regards to preventing male pattern baldness. He is 18 years old and has noticed that his hair is falling very rapidly. He also noted that he fears that his diet might also be playing a role in his hair loss since he finds himself to be too lean. He wants suggestions on how to restore his hair since he doesn’t want to meet with the same fate his father did with his hair.

In most cases hair loss is genetic and, in his case, he seems to be experiencing the early stages of male pattern baldness. Sometimes malnutrition may cause some form of hair loss but that is only experienced in patients whom are severely deficient in some particular elements.

We do recommend that you see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis of the hair loss especially if your hair loss does not follow a typical male pattern. Male pattern type baldness is seen in men as early as their 20′s and will continue to recede or deteriorate for many years. There are many products out on the market claiming to restore hair loss and re-grow hair but none of them have been truly proven. The only exceptions are minoxidil and finasteride and both have been approved by the FDA to be safe to use.