At The Belgravia Centre we diagnose and treat hair loss using scientifically proven treatments. So we are always interested in how people tackled the condition before these products became available.
A 17th century book entitled, The Path-Way to Health, offered an array of remedies for all sort of conditions, including baldness.
The author of the medical journal, Peter Levens, gave the following advice for restoring hair: “Take the ashes of Culver-dung in Lye, and wash the head therewith. Also Walnut leaves beaten with Beares suet, restoreth the haire that is plucked away. Also, the leaves and middle rinde of an Oak sodden in water, and the head washed therewith, is very good for this purpose.”
The English language has evolved somewhat over the years, so to translate, ‘Culver-dung’ is chicken dung, ‘Lye’ is a strong alkaline solution of potassium salts made from ashes and used to make soap. The exact meaning of ‘Beares suet’ is unknown, however traditional suet is the dense fat which surrounds beef kidneys, so that might indicate the kind of ingredient involved.
Fortunately, research into hair loss has come a long way since the 17th century, removing the need for chicken dung. Over the last two decades two treatments have been developed that have shown, in clinical studies, to be effective in combating hair loss. Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (for men only) have been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
If you would like to discuss your suitability for a hair loss treatment programme, please contact The Belgravia Centre for a free consultation and diagnosis. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, if you are unable to visit the clinic, please complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.