When people start to lose their hair, they will often try anything to prevent further hair loss. Sometimes, they may even risk their health and flaunt the law to do so.
Believed by some to be everything from the solution to hair re-growth and wrinkle prevention to a tonic for weight loss and renewed vigour, illegal use of human growth hormone (HGH) is growing.
In Northern Ireland last year, large stockpiles of human growth hormone were among a cache of illegal medicines seized by police in Operation Pangea Two- a crackdown on those selling medicines over the internet.
Websites promoting human growth hormone often cite anecdotal evidence from doctors and self-proclaimed experts in an attempt to link the drug with hair growth, but this is not backed up by medical evidence. For example one website contains the following quote from ‘anti-aging expert’ Dr. Ronald Klatz:
“HGH appears to have a tonic effect on hair. While there is no scientific data (our emphasis), patients report improvement in the quality of the hair. The self-assessment performed by 202 patients in one study reported an astounding 38% reported new hair growth. Other patients stated that their hair was regaining its original colour.”
However such unverifiable pseudo-science is strongly opposed by the vast majority of doctors, who warn against using human growth hormone for anything but the serious illnesses and deficiencies for which it is legally prescribed.
Facts about Human Growth Hormone
- In its natural form, HGH is produced in a person’s pituitary gland and helps stimulate growth and maintenance of the human body, particularly in children
- Levels of HGH in the body decrease with age
- Improper use of synthetic human growth hormone can lead to deformities, enlargement of internal organs and other potentially life threatening medical problems
- Synthetic HGH is legal in the UK, but only on prescription to treat those with actual deficiencies and serious medical problems. Hair loss is not counted amongst these.
Supplements claiming to increase HGH and promote hair re-growth are generally lacking in scientific evidence. Any which claim to contain actual HGH are in fact illegal and highly dangerous due to their unlicensed and unregulated manufacture.
A Scientifically Proven Method of Turning Back the Clock on Hair Loss
For anyone with thinning hair or bald patches who is serious about wanting to prevent their hair loss and preserve a youthful appearance, there are scientifically proven and licensed medications available. Both Minoxidil and Propecia have been licensed for the treatment of genetic hair loss by the MHRA in the UK and are approved by the FDA in America. These two pharmaceutical hair loss treatments are just two of the methods employed by the Belgravia Centre to stabilise hair loss and promote healthy, natural hair re-growth. To learn more about our treatment programmes for genetic hair loss and a range of other hair loss conditions, contact us for a consultation or browse the Belgravia website for further information