WE CAN HELP
Book a FREE consultation  
For a free consultation or assistance, please call 020 7730 6666

Browse by Category

Can a Ginger Scalp Massage Help Hair Growth?

Could a ginger scalp massage cure hair loss?Name: Mike

Question: My wife is Chinese and swears that ginger rubbed on the scalp causes new hair growth. She had some small bald patches herself, but after 2 months of rubbibing ginger onto these areas daily, her hair has fully re-grown. Could this help men in any way, or is it just the action of rubbing that stimulates the scalp and hair growth?

Answer: Good circulation is often the key to healthy hair as it allows nutrients in the blood to reach the hair follicles, although it’s not been proven that massaging the scalp helps hair to grow. A few decades ago there was a bit of a craze where people were being advised to stand on their heads in the belief that a topsey-turvey stance would increase blood flow to the scalp. However, other than giving you a headache it won’t do much good.

Minoxidil is a topical hair loss treatment that has been proven to generate hair growth. It is a vasodilator and stimulates blood circulation, but whether or not it promotes hair growth by this mechanism isn’t entirely understood. The fact, however, is that it does help hair to grow back in most people. You’ll find more information about this product on our MINOXIDIL page.

With regards to the ginger your wife used, it’s unlikely that it caused the sporadic re-growth of her hair. Ginger is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine and in homeopathy and although it has anti-inflammatory and circulatory properties, it alone is unlikely to re-grow hair. Herbal supplements and treatments may be beneficial to improve hair quality but none have regulatory approval for the effective treatment of hair loss.

Also, hair loss in women is generally a bit more complicated than hair loss in men. It may have been that your wife was experiencing telogen effluvium (a common temporary form of hair loss) or if the patches of hair loss were coin-shaped, bald patches and not thinning hair as such, it may have been alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition where the hair grows back on its own without treatment in majority of cases).

Rubbing ginger on a man’s head to treat hair loss is not recommended as male hair loss is largely due to the effects of a chemical by-product the body produces, known as DHT. PROPECIA is the most effective hair loss treatment for men and is proven to inhibit the hair loss-causing effects of DHT.

Find out more about:

Male Hair Loss
Herbal Hair Loss Treatments
The Most Effective Combination of Hair Loss Treatments for Men

Share this article

1 Comment

19th August, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Truth

This was your problem, never ask a medical doctor if any natural methods will work, they will always shoot those down.

Comment on this article

* required field

Will not be published

Online Consultation

Submit an instant online consultation so that one of Belgravia’s hair loss specialists can diagnose your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment, wherever you live.

20 Dec

Pseudopelade Hair Loss Condition Resembles ‘Footprints in Snow’

Pseudopelade is a very rare hair loss condition that has been described as looking like footprints in the snow. What is Pseudopelade? Pseudopelade is an unusual form of permanent hair loss, which results in patchy, irregular shaped areas of total hair loss on the scalp. Sometimes known as Alopecia Cicatrisata, the condition normally develops very […]

Read full article »
19 Dec

Hair Growth Success: “…did not expect these results. Very happy…”

“Had 3 month worth of treatment and did not expect these results.  Very happy with the medication and would advise people to take up this treatment.” Ralph Age: Mid 30’s Diagnosis:  Male Pattern Hair Loss  

Read full article »
19 Dec

Hair Loss Video Inspires Three Year Old to Donate Hair

A video showing children who had experienced hair loss due to medical treatment has inspired a little girl from Maine, USA, to donate her hair to charity. Three-year-old Ariana Smith saw the video and asked her dad, Josh, why one of the little girls in the video was bald. He says, “I explained that she […]

Read full article »