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Top Herbal Remedies For Hair Loss and Hair Growth

For years, herbal remedies have been popular alternatives to medical treatment, famed for their apparent natural ability to heal, treat and cure just about any ailment. There have been suggestions of the power of herbs in the hair department too but just how do they support hair growth and is there any evidence that they are effective in preventing hair loss?

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba may increase blood flow but it won't prevent hair lossGinkgo biloba is believed to increase blood flow to the brain and it’s is a popular herb for hair loss, thought to generate hair growth by providing more nutrients to the hair follicles. However, this has not been conclusively proven and in majority of cases, hair loss is the result of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) attacking the hair follicles. The only way its effects can be suppressed are with DHT-blockers such as Propecia and other anti-androgens.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is thought to slow down the balding processSaw palmetto is another high-profile herbal remedy for hair loss that is thought to slow down the balding process and stimulate new hair growth. It is believed to be a safe herbal product but does have a primary side effect of mild gastrointestinal distress. It’s thought that saw palmetto inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. One study claimed that extracts of the herb repressed 5AR levels by 32% without affecting testosterone levels in men. However, clinical trials in humans showed that saw palmetto supplements did not result in any clinically significant alterations in laboratory parameters. The only clinically and scientifically proven 5AR and DHT inhibitor that has been FDA-approved for the safe treatment of hair loss is Propecia.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is thought to slow down hair lossThis course-toothed plant has long been preferred as a means of curbing balding. Stinging nettle is also thought to prevent testosterone from being converted into DHT and slow down the loss of hair and stimulate hair growth. It is said to be more effective when used together with saw palmetto, however, as it is an unproven treatment for hair loss, any benefit it has for the hair would be best seen when combined with any or all of the proven treatments for hair loss and other hair growth boosters.

Panax Ginseng
Panax Ginseng is a natural stimulant but can't stimulate hair growth alone
It was used in Asia for thousands of years before making its mark on western shores as a natural stimulant with metabolism and circulatory benefits and panax ginseng is now believed to stimulate hair growth by nourishing and strengthening the hair. But unfortunately, no conclusive evidence exists to suggest it is an effective treatment in preventing hair loss.


Horsetail is important for healthy hair but it won't stop hair lossHorsetail is said to rejuvenate the hair through improved circulation and blood flow. Horsetail extract does have high silica and sulphur content which are vital for strong, healthy hair growth but it has not been proven to fight hair loss.

The Verdict

According to the Belgravia Centre’s senior trichologist, Leonora Doclis, while these herbs can help make hair healthier, they will not generate hair growth or prevent hair loss.

“We use some of these supplements in some of our products and the saw palmetto and the ginkgo biloba are added in our Hair Vitalics supplement,” says Leonora. “Herbal products can be used to boost the medications as a nutritional supplement to help make hair healthier but they cannot stimulate hair to grow back. None of these herbs will help prevent hair loss let alone resolve.”

Hair Vitalics contain a lot of the same ingredients as the more expensive supplements such as Provillus and Procerin but unlike these, Hair Vitalics are not marketed as individual treatments for hair loss. Hair supplements and herbs can provide optimal results in hair loss stabilisation and re-growth when used alongside one or more of the proven treatments but they are not advised as an individual solution to hair loss.

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8th January, 2013 at 1:04 pm


Basically, what you are trying to tell me is that nothing will ever work except for whatever you sell to me? Is that right?

9th January, 2013 at 2:19 pm


Hi David. Thank you for you enquiry. Until you have had a diagnosis to establish what is causing your hair loss we won't know what treatment you require. The best thing to do would be to visit the centre for a free tricho-check so we can determine the cause of your hair loss and recommend the best form of treatment for you. If it is not possible for you to visit the London centre you can fill out our on-line diagnostic form here https://www.belgraviacentre.com/online_diagnosis/ We look forward to hearing from you soon.

19th April, 2016 at 5:06 am


Hmm interesting. The article starts off by saying that each herb may help with hair growth, but then each herb paragraph ends with, "But this is unproven." So like David expressed there still really is no real cure.

19th April, 2016 at 9:49 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Tyler - You're absolutely right. As yet there is no proven natural remedy proven to cure genetic hair loss. The only proven hair loss treatments are pharmaceutical (finasteride 1mg and minoxidil). Research is still ongoing into potential natural treatments although generally they appear to be found to work best as boosters alongside the clinically-proven medications. You may find this article regarding a recent breakthrough interesting.

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