Why We so Often Fall For Natural Hair Loss Remedies

Natural hair loss treatments do not sell as much as some of the best-selling hair loss drugs such as Propecia and Rogaine but due to the sheer variety their combined sales already exceed the sales of medicinal hair loss treatments. The key to the growing popularity of natural products is a general belief that they are as effective as medicinal treatments but less expensive and do not carry the risk of negative side effects. However, none of these statements seem be true.

Many herbal and naturally-derived substances out there are assumed to treat hereditary hair loss in humans but none of them has ever been clinically proven and independently verified in a statistically significant sample to do so. Therefore, no matter what the marketers of the natural hair loss products say about the superior effectiveness of their products, you should take their word with a grain of salt. That does not necessarily implies that all natural hair loss remedies are a scam. Natural treatments are a mix of numerous components that are believed to promote hair growth and they may work for some people but their mechanism of action is a mystery and their results usually vary significantly between patients.

Herbal and naturally-derived supplements have not been subjected to any rigorous clinical testing regarding their safety, either alone or in interactions with other substances, distantly comparable to medicinal drugs. If at all, they are only tested on rodents not on humans. In addition, increasing numbers of herbs and herbal products are becoming responsible for nasty allergic reactions. Many marketers tell you that saw palmetto is as effective as finasteride in treating hereditary baldness and that it can be used as its natural substitute. Its mode of action is to reduce the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels in your scalp, the same job finasteride does. However, saw palmetto is thought to have no negative side effects. Saw palmetto simply enjoys the best of both worlds; it is as effective as finasteride but as harmless as drinking water. A quick internet research turned up the following list of side effects experienced by saw palmetto users: stomach pains and diarrhoea, severe bleeding during saw palmetto use, allergic reactions, difficulty with erections, testicular discomfort, decline in sexual desire, breast tenderness and enlargement and a warning that saw palmetto extract is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding because of its possible hormonal activity. This example shows that herbal substances may not be so harmless after all.

And last but not least the price comparison does not speak in favour of natural hair loss products, either. They happen to be some of the most outrageously-overpriced hair loss cures on the market. Sure, it is not easy to beat the price of cheap generic minoxidil. But why should you pay ten times more for the same generic minoxidil just because it comes in a box with a few herbs, vitamins and common minerals? Natural hair loss products usually come as a complete treatment, consisting of topical and oral applications and a shampoo with conditioner. You are advised to use the entire therapy, as the individual components complement each other. This strategy obviously ensures very good profits for the manufacturer.