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Crazy Hair Loss Cures from 1748 to 2014

Strange Hair Loss Cures The Belgravia CentreHistory is littered with unusual, and generally ineffective, “cures” for hair loss. Wherever men and women have lost their hair, someone has always offered a new, and ‘innovative’ solution to the condition.

Zoologia Medicinalis Hibernica

Researchers have recently rediscovered the works of John K’eogh, an Irish priest, naturalist and theologian who lived between 1680 and 1754. K’eogh wrote a number of books during his career, two of which contained ‘medical receipts’ – potions and treatments for a wide range of medical conditions.

Hidden in his 1748 classic ‘Zoologia Medicinalis Hibernica’, Keogh documented a potential hair loss cure – cat dung.
“The dung, pulverized one ounce and mixed with mustard seed in powder [and] juice of onions … cures the alopecia or baldness.”

The good news is that K’eogh proposed that the resulting paste was applied to the head, rather than eaten. Unfortunately K’eogh does not document any examples of the treatment actually working, but seeing as none of the ingredients in K’eogh’s paste are known to promote hair growth, it is no great surprise that he was unable to find someone for whom his treatment worked!

Some things never change

Although our understanding of the causes of hair loss has deepened in the intervening 250 years, there are still some rather strange suggested treatments to consider.

The Daily Mail recently carried the story of a man undergoing ‘nanopeptide misotherapy’. This particular treatment is supposed to promote new hair growth by injecting a cocktail of vitamins and minerals directly into the scalp. The patient receives 55 small needle pricks over the course of a ten-minute treatment session. They must then wear a hot-water bottle strapped to their head for 15 minutes each night throughout the two month course of treatment.

The exact combination of nutrients is a trade secret, but unlike K’eogh’s proposed cure, there is some basis for success with nanopeptide misotherapy. New hair growth is reliant on a steady supply of vitamins and minerals to the hair follicles. And by using a hot-water bottle to heat the scalp, patients will help increase blood flow to the hair follicles, delivering even more much-needed nutrients.

The bad news, however, is that nutrients alone are highly unlikely to reverse a progressive case of male pattern baldness. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be prescribed as ancillaries to custom hair loss treatment plans, with a view to improving the overall health of the scalp and hair and creating the best conditions for new hair to grow, but the actual treatment for the condition is far more likely to feature proven medications at its core.

The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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