In today’s society, the term ‘natural’ seems to denote that whatever the term is describing is also ‘good’. While it may be true that many natural things are good for you, the two terms do not always equate to being the same thing. There are many dangers found in nature, and just as we have several substances that are beneficial to our health, there are also many that are detrimental. The same goes for hair loss treatments.
So-called hair loss experts will tout many big ideas about what types of natural remedies might help a person suffering from hair loss, but they often make these claims as blanket statements without considering the individual needs and situations of the people they are giving their information to. There are also many theories which come from the distant past which all seem to have a solution to the problem of thinning hair. However, these old ideas are generally based on old wives tales, hearsay and home-based concoctions- anything but any actual scientific proof. There are a plethora of natural remedies that abound on the internet, and while most are harmless, some of them inevitably come with the risk of causing much more harm than good to your hair.
One example of a natural hair treatment that can have adverse effects, for people who are already suffering from certain conditions, is called Amla. Amla is a very common ingredient found in natural hair loss remedies, and while it may have some positive effect on hair growth of perfectly healthy people, Amla is also linked to lowering blood sugar levels, slowing liver functions, and increasing blood flow. That means anyone with liver disease, diabetes, or any other condition where proper blood flow is a factor in the severity of it, must approach this remedy with caution.
Another common idea that people have is that the fenugreek plant can help curb hair loss. There is currently no scientific data to support those claims, but there are plenty of studies which have been done to show that fenugreek can be harmful. Fenugreek can have adverse effects on the stomach when taken in large quantities which can be especially harmful for pregnant women as it can cause the uterus to contract. Fenugreek is also linked to lowering blood pressure so should be used with caution when used in conjunction with certain prescription medications and for those suffering from blood disorders. If you are planning on trying this ‘miracle cure’, it is probably wise to review your strategy and seek medical advice.
Although most of the natural remedies that are advertised to help with hair loss are ineffective and sometimes dangerous, there are other natural things that you can do to rule out the possibilities of self-inflicted hair loss. It is true that there isn’t much that we can do about genetic, male-pattern baldness, but when genes aren’t responsible for the condition there are a few things that can be done. For one thing, when hair loss is caused by dietary needs or stress, the problem can be reversed by correcting the underlying problem that is causing the condition. When hair loss occurs as a result of scalp-related diseases or excessive dryness, there are many treatments that can help by (re)creating a healthy environment for which hair can grow. By finding the underlying cause of your hair loss, you will be much more successful in treating your condition.