Natural or Medicinal Hair Loss Treatment?

The best known and the most frequently prescribed treatments for hereditary pattern baldness are Propecia, or some other form of finasteride, such as Proscar, and Rogaine, or its generic form - minoxidil. Some doctors will also recommend you to use supplementary vitamin and mineral pills, some special shampoo, such as Nizoral, and a laser therapy. But very few dermatologists and hair loss clinics will recommend their patients to buy natural hair loss treatments. But there are so many of them out there and most of them claim that they work better than Propecia or any other medicinal treatment prescribed by your doctor, while being free of potential negative side effects so typical of prescription medicine. And some of the manufacturers seem to be so confident regarding the effectiveness of their product as to offer you a full money back guarantee. Or is it a catch?

First, you need to differentiate between medical practice and the pharmaceutical industry on one hand and the cosmetics industry on the other. The medicinal and pharmaceuticals fields are strictly regulated in almost every country in the world, ensuring patient’s safety. Doctors are only allowed to prescribe certain medications for certain conditions and the safety and efficacy of such medications has to be approved by the national health supervisory authority. Such products are considered safe and clinically proven to help treat the given condition. If your doctor recommends you some other, unproven cosmetic hair loss product, they will be taking the risk of promoting a treatment that has not been subjected to any rigorous clinical testing. Most doctors would not do that since they have no guarantee that such a product would be beneficial to their patients and recommending a bad product could hurt their reputation and in severe situation result in withdrawing their licence.

Some of the active ingredients in natural hair loss products may pose a health risk, despite the common belief that they are safe but this is not their main controversy. The principal question is whether the natural hair loss remedies are really effective in treating baldness. They might be effective to a certain degree since many of them contain minoxidil, the only existing, clinically-proven and FDA-approved, topical medicine for treating hereditary baldness. Additional components usually include minerals, vitamins, proteins, essential fatty acids and herbal extracts. Most of these substances are either essential to ensuring healthy growth of hair and skin or they have been shown to promote hair growth, mostly in small studies conducted on rodents. They have never been clinically tested for treating baldness and thus their actual effectiveness and mechanism of action remain unknown. They may or may not help promote hair growth but since no clinical proof of their efficacy exists, the only way to find out is to buy them and try for yourself at your own risk. And should they fail to work as promised, you may find out that the generous money back guarantee, after deducting their incurred costs, only applies to a small percentage of the original price.

It can be concluded that no natural hair loss remedy has ever been clinically proven and independently verified to effectively treat hereditary baldness. This does not necessarily mean that all natural hair loss remedies are ineffective as they might work for some of us. However, they are usually overpriced and should at best be expected to maintain your existing hair rather than grow new hair from a bald patch.

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