(NaturalNews) Natural cures for hair loss have been around for centuries and are generally very effective. Conventional treatments for alopecia include topical steroids and synthetic substances which have damaging side effects. Try age-old natural treatments instead to prevent thinning and to stimulate hair growth.
Chinese Herbal Remedies
Hair loss is attributed to liver and kidney problems. Specific herbs to rectify this problem include wolfberry (goji berry), mulberry and fleece flower root.
Ginkgo biloba, fo-ti and dong quai are Chinese herbs said to be useful in the treatment of hair loss.
Traditional Home Folk Remedies for Hair Loss
Sage tea, drunk and applied externally, stimulates hair growth. Nettle tea cleanses the system and encourages re-growth. Since hair loss is often the result of poor nutrition, try this healthy and nourishing nettle soup recipe:
2 cups of young nettle tops 2 potatoes, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 small onion
Method: Boil vegetables until the potatoes are soft. Blend and season to taste.
Aromatherapy for Hair Loss
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from the flowers, leaves, bark and roots of various plants. Blend a few drops of rosemary, lavender, grapefruit, cedarwood, lemon or ylang ylang into a carrier oil, such as grapeseed or jojoba oil. Massage into the scalp and leave for at least 5 minutes before rinsing out.
For sensitive skin, use only a few drops of lemon or grapefruit oil, as these oils may be slightly irritating.
Homeopathy for Hair Loss
Visit a qualified homeopath for a professional consultation, as each case varies considerably.
Selenium is often used by homeopaths to treat a painful scalp and loss of hair.
A homeopath may prescribe lycopodium in the case of hair loss after childbirth, and sepia for hair loss related to the menopause or childbirth.
Other treatments a homeopath may prescribe include aurum (for hair loss and boils on the scalp), phosphoric acid (for hair loss relating to grief and/or exhaustion) and arnica (for hair loss after an injury).
Cut down on alcohol, fast foods, a nutritionally deficient junk food diet, sugar and caffeine. A natural, healthy diet that includes good fats, protein, whole grains, vitamins and minerals can help to prevent hair loss, thinning hair and balding.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Shealy, page 307
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