Either the medical community and the big pharmaceutical companies have been missing a trick, or this is a story you can file under “hogwash”, but the cure for hair loss is, apparently… a common fern.
According to Teesdale teacher Jenny Lee, the cures for multiple ailments and conditions are all around you if only you know where to look. And, in an article in her local newspaper the Darlington and Stockton Times, she suggests that maidenhair fern is the answer to baldness.
Herbs and foods for illnesses
“Throughout time,” she tells the newspaper, “people have turned to herbs and foods to treat and cure illness. Healers determined which food or plant would treat a specific disease by looking to the plants themselves for clues to how they should be used.”
She asserts that plants are believed to share characteristics (such as shape, name or colour) with whatever body part they are helpful in treating. This, she says was known as their “signature” of what they could do. Says Ms Lee: “This theory was called the Doctrine of Signatures.”
The plant-lover says that liverwort relieves liver problems, snakeroot is an antidote for snake bites and that pilewort cures haemorrhoids (obviously). As for maidenhair fern, the clue is all in the name, too.
According to the herbs2000 website, maidenhair fern’s application as a hair loss treatment comes in the form of a herbal tea that can be made from it. The website also states, however, that the belief that the fern could prevent human hair from falling out “has no real basis in fact.”
The Darlington and Stockton Times also cautions that no one should try and use plants as cures unless they know exactly what they are doing. This is sound advice given even natural remedies can carry serious risks; a young man died earlier this year after using traditional Chinese medicine to treat his hair loss.
The fact is that no one needs to resort to mystical methods to regrow lost hair, as many conditions can now be treated. The most common cause of hair loss – Male Pattern Baldness, which will affect at least half of all men by the time they are 50 – has an impressive track record of responding well to the two clinically-proven hair loss treatments.
At Belgravia, treatment often involves a combination of finasteride 1mg and minoxidil to tackle the issue on two fronts. Whilst the once-a-day tablet finasteride 1mg is designed to stop DHT, the testosterone by-product that causes follicles to shrink and hair to thin in men who are genetically predisposed to be sensitive to it, using high strength minoxidil applied directly to the scalp can encourage new hair growth.
Supplementary Hair Growth Boosters and Clinical Treatment Sessions involving scalp massage and infra-red light therapy help put the scalp in the best possible condition to maximise the hair’s potential. When it comes to natural hair growth solutions, Hair Vitalics food supplements, containing a range of vitamins, minerals and amino acids known to be beneficial to hair health, can also be a useful addition.
Other conditions such as Alopecia Areata can be treated, too, and the best place to start is probably not with a root around the garden but with a consultation at a specialist hair loss clinic where a professional diagnosis can be given.
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.