When I was looking for hair loss products I was told to always go for the natural hair loss treatments. But do the natural hair loss treatments work? and do they work as good as the medication the doctor will give me is the big question.
Of course the website selling them all say they do because they are looking to make sales.
So Do Natural Hair Loss Treatment Work
I going to explain a bit about natural hair loss treatment options compared to those that say they are all natural but they are not.
So in this article, we will address natural based substances that offer promise against pattern hair loss and thinning hair. First let’s take a look at the two most prevalent drug-based treatment options first.
Do Natural Hair Loss Treatment Work as Well As Drugs
Let’s start with Minoxidil. Following up on serendipitous reports of unwanted facial hair growth as a side effect, in 1984 Upjohn releases 2% minoxidil as Rogaine™. Minoxidil, a putative alpha 1 andronergic receptor channel blockade, is heretofore indicated for uncomplicated hypertension (high blood pressure). While some users report positive clinical benefits, side effects of minoxidil are potentially troublesome in both oral and local administration. In 1997 5% Extra Strength Rogaine is released. Revenues more than doubled and Upjohn’s data suggested that 5% minoxidil offered greater clinical efficacy than the 2% version. Unfortunately, a higher incidence of negative side effects also transpired through the use of the higher potency drug. Moreover, the 5% version is not indicated for use by women, so a major portion of the potential patient population has automatically been denied treatment.
Next, comes Propecia™. In 1994 5 mg finasteride (Proscar) was reformulated into 1 mg finasteride and renamed Propecia. Finasteride, a selective type two 5 alpha-reductase (5AR) inhibitor, operates, broadly speaking, on the principle of inhibiting the formation of key androgen hormones. Specifically, finasteride affects the endogenous level of 5AR, thereby modulating downstream hormonal metabolites, e.g. dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is this modulation of homeostatic hormone levels which leads to the serious and potentially debilitating side effects noted with the use of this drug.
What About Natural Hair Loss Treatments
In 1993 the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act is passed. The legal consequence is to open the market in the USA to naturally-derived health supplements as adjunctive tools to support health. The practical consequence here was that a multi-billion dollar health supplement industry was created which, broadly speaking, has been markedly lacking in empirical scientific evidence.
From 1993 onward, natural health products spring up across a wide spectrum of indications. Many if not most with little greater benefit than candy, are aggressively marketed to cure a wide spectrum of ailments from Alzheimer’s to Zollinger-ellison Syndrome.
In the hair loss category in general, and the naturally based hair loss treatment category in particular, a commercial vacuum is created that is soon filled with numerous unsubstantiated lotions and potions. The easy regulatory atmosphere leads quickly to the foisting of dubious concoctions on an unsuspecting, but cash-bearing public. Not only are the new natural treatment products largely devoid of research, but, for the most part, they’re not even grounded in the most rudimentary formulation hypothesis. In other words, from a logical standpoint, and comprehending the known pathologic factors involved in pattern hair loss, there’s no rhyme or reason to how they’re put together. For example, even today, a number of purported hair treatment formulas include precursors of arachadonic acid, a known antagonist of hair follicle bio-dynamics.
At Hair Genesis V we do things differently.
In 1996, following up on several well-designed open label clinical studies, as well as a number of hypothesis driven basic science trials, our company releases the first versions of Hair Genesis. A key feature of our early treatment compositions was the development of and subsequent deployment of a highly potent form of saw palmetto extract.
In our next installment, we will explore the differences between natural substances (in this case “saw palmetto”) that can sound and even look remarkably similar but operate spectacularly differently.