The growing desire of people to prevent or treat hair loss has created the burgeoning market for hair loss products. There is monixidil and finasteride. However, even if these drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some people are still not comfortable using these products because of their possible side effects.
Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss
A natural treatment for hair loss is Saw Palmetto, (key ingredient in Provillus) a small palm that grows in warm climates like in the Southeastern region of the United States. The extracts from the fruits of this plant are used as traditional herbal medicine by American Indians to improve and maintain the health of their skin and hair. American Indians used Saw Palmetto for hair loss because they believed that it helps grow hair follicles and improves the strength of their hair.
Aside from the use of Saw Palmetto for hair loss, this herb has been recognized as a preventive remedy and effective treatment to reserve several pathological conditions in both men and women. The extracts from Saw Palmetto can also be used as dietary supplements. Studies showed that the herb has similar effects as finasteride in treating prostate gland enlargement and other urinary diseases.
How it Works
Although there is no reported formal research on the use of Saw Palmetto for hair loss, some studies have shown its effectiveness in treating prostate enlargement. It works by:
1. reducing the levels of (DHT) in a person’s body by inhibiting 5 alpha-reductase
2. inhibiting the cell membranes’ receptor sites needed for cells to absorb DHT
Experts suggest that since both prostate diseases and hair loss are connected to DHT, the use of Saw Palmetto for hair loss is also viable.
Meanwhile, a study published in the “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” showed that men with pattern baldness may improve hair growth by using Saw Palmetto and the compound, beta-sitosterol which is found in various edible plants. The combination of these substances hinders the production of DHT in men with prostate gland enlargement. The study also showed that these substances help treat hair loss without any side effects.
Saw Palmetto for hair loss is the answer for those who are willing to wait several weeks or months to see the results. And unlike drugs, using Saw Palmetto for hair loss has no side effect.