Question: I recently downloaded an e-book regarding the regrowth hair loss program. The content of this book suggest using quercetin (in green tea) and gingerol (in ginger) to stop hair loss and regrow the hair. Do you approve such claims? I would be highly appreciated to know about your home use treatment program. I am suffering from the male pattern baldness (Androgenic alopecia)
Answer: Hi, Esmaeel. We are not aware of the specific ebook or hair loss programme you are referring to, however, these are commonly touted natural ‘remedies’ for androgenetic alopecia.
Quercetin has not been proven to have any beneficial effects on hair loss and, whilst green tea does contain quercetin, it is in relatively small amounts. Raw caper berries, by comparison, contain far higher levels, having 234mg per 100g versus green tea’s 2mg per 100g. The reason green tea is often claimed to be beneficial to people with thinning hair is due to the leaves’ anti-inflammatory properties. A study using mice found that drinking green tea could reduce stress and, therefore, by reducing stress – a key trigger and accelerant of hairloss – could reduce shedding and help promote normal hair growth.
Ginger is another anecdotal DIY natural hair loss remedy with various myths suggesting it should be eaten, applied to the scalp as a paste or used to massage the scalp in order to encourage hair growth. Again, these come from the fact that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties but, in addition to having no proven hair growth benefits, ginger has also been linked to skin irritation when applied topically.
Whilst including these ingredients in your food as part of a healthy, balanced diet should not do you any harm, they will have no effects on your hair loss condition. There is no dietary cure for male pattern baldness – the only clinically-proven and MHRA/FDA approved methods of dealing with male hair loss involve two key medications: finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. These are the only proven products designed to, respectively, inhibit the underlying cause of male pattern hair loss – an inherited sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – and promote hair growth.
Additional hair growth boosters may be used alongside these medications as part of a custom hair loss treatment course. These range from handheld laser devices to Hair Vitalics food supplements containing an array of highly targeted nutrients, including biotin, selenium and zinc, for healthy hair growth and scalp care.
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 Consultation 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 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.