Examining the Advantages of Natural Hair-Loss Products

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Although there is no natural hair loss treatment that would sell as much as some of the best-known hair-loss drugs - Propecia or Rogaine/Regaine their popularity is growing and now achieve significant sales volumes. Due to the sheer variety of natural hair-loss products, their combined sales might already exceed the sales of medicinal hair-loss treatments. The key to the growing popularity of natural products is a general belief that they are as effective as medicinal treatments in effecting hair regrowth but less expensive and do not carry the risk of negative side-effects. However, none of these claims appear be true.

No herbal or naturally-derived substance has ever been clinically proven and independently verified in a statistically significant sample to treat hereditary pattern baldness in humans. Hence, no matter what the marketers of the natural hair-loss treatments say about the superior effectiveness of their products, you should take their word with a grain of salt. That does not automatically imply, though, that all natural hair-loss products are a scam. Natural treatments are a mixed bag of numerous components that are thought to promote hair growth and they may work for some people but their mechanism of action is not known and their results can vary significantly between patients.

Herbal and naturally-derived supplements have not been subjected to any rigorous clinical testing regarding their safety as medicinal drugs. Most plants and naturally-derived substances are only tested on rodents not on humans. In addition, increasing numbers of herbs and herbal products are becoming responsible for serious allergic reactions. Many marketers tell you that saw palmetto is as effective as finasteride (Propecia) in treating hereditary baldness and that it can be used as its natural alternative. Its mode of action is said to be reducing the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels in your scalp, the same job finasteride does. However, saw palmetto is supposed to have no negative side-effects. Saw palmetto simply enjoys the best of both worlds; it is more effective than finasteride but as harmless as drinking water. A quick internet research turned up the following list of side-effects experienced by saw palmetto users: stomach pains and diarrhoea, severe bleeding during saw palmetto use, allergic reactions, difficulty with erections, testicular discomfort, decline in sexual desire, breast tenderness and enlargement and a warning that saw palmetto extract is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women because of its possible hormonal activity. This shows that herbal substances may not be so harmless after all.

In addition to the aforesaid, the price comparison does not speak in favour of natural hair-loss products, either. They happen to be amongst the most outrageously-overpriced hair-loss cures on the market. Sure, it is not easy to beat the price of cheap generic minoxidil. But why should you pay ten times more for the same generic minoxidil just because it comes in a box with a few herbs and vitamins? Natural hair-loss products usually come as a complete treatment, consisting of topical and oral applications and a shampoo. You are advised to use the entire therapy, as the individual components complement each other and you should not abandon the treatment earlier than after six to nine months. This ensures very good profits for the manufacturer.