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Are Complementary Therapies a Real Alternative for Treating Hair Loss?

Man having Scalp Massage The Belgravia CentreIncreasing numbers of people around the world are opting to avoid conventional biomedical treatments and instead choosing to pursue natural or alternative treatments for their health issues. Some people are put off by the industrial processes involved in the production of more scientific treatments, while others want a service that integrates the physical with the spiritual. Hair loss is no exception to this treatment trend, with a wide number of non-biomedical remedies being made available on the open market by a range of retailers and care providers. However, the important question remains – do these treatments offer a real solution for hair loss?

Scalp massage

One of the major complementary therapies that people turn to for the treatment of hair loss is scalp massage. According to its proponents, gently massaging the affected area of the scalp boosts blood flow, which in turn improves the supply of nutrients to hair follicles in the area. The relaxation that therapeutic massage provides is also considered to be useful in reducing stress levels, which can encourage the regrowth of lost hair. Massage does have a wide range of benefits, and is clinically proven to help relieve mild to moderate pain, anxiety, and depression, and it does boost blood flow. However, it has not yet been scientifically proven to be effective for the treatment of hair loss on its own – at best, it can be said to help reduce some of the contributing factors, such as stress and poor circulation.

Yoga for Healthy Hair - The Downward Dog PoseYoga

Yoga can provide a host of benefits, from increased muscle tone, reduced chronic back pain, and improved circulation and cardiovascular health, to reduced stress levels and boosted peace of mind. One particular yoga asana – or posture – is believed by practitioners to be especially useful for hair loss. The headstand, or shirshasana, is considered to be effective for boosting blood flow to the scalp, which, like scalp massage, is believed to help the growth of hair. However, as with scalp massage, this has never been proven scientifically and is more of an old wives tale than anything. Although yoga may have a non-specific benefit for those experiencing hair loss, it is not an effective treatment in its own right.

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Medical means

The truth is that only two treatments have been proven to treat hair loss in laboratory trials – and these are Finasteride 1mg and Minoxidil. These two drugs operate using different mechanisms, to tackle a wide range of hair loss symptoms.

Propecia inhibits the activity of an enzyme that converts the androgen testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, a major cause of hair loss, and one that isn’t addressed by either yoga or scalp massage.

Although Minoxidil functions by dilating the blood vessels in the scalp, improving blood flow like yoga and scalp massage are meant to do, unlike both of these alternative therapies, the blood flow boosting effect of Minoxidil has a measurable and proven positive effect on hair growth. The Belgravia Centre offers a range of high strength minoxidil products for particularly stubborn cases of hair loss.

Complementary therapies like yoga and scalp massage are worth pursuing for their stress-busting effects alone, but the growth-boosting treatments programmes that The Belgravia Centre offer are proven and effective. By incorporating scientifically proven medicines like finasteride 1mg and Minoxidil with carefully chosen complementary techniques of our own, we can help with a variety of hair loss conditions. View our success stories to see the results!

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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.

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1 Comment

31st July, 2012 at 4:53 am


I have tried scalp massage for myself and believe it really does wonders if done properly and with proper care. Anyways, i read your post and liked it very much. It interested me a lot. Would love to see more like this from you.

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