Now, one may ask what’s so special about these herbal supplements. Well, knowledge is power. Getting familiar with these different herbs and how beneficial they are is truly important for the older woman. Let’s begin with Dong Quai. This herb is native to China, Japan and Korea. It is a member of the celery family and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Since Dong Quai , especially the root, it is rich in compounds with anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating effects, it is said to aid in treating a host of issues, from allergies and constipation to high blood pressure and much more. However, the National Institutes of Health has advised there is insufficient scientific evidence to support this, but from personal experience in taking it, I believe it does!
Dong Quai is thought to have a balancing effect on the female hormonal system and is sometimes referred to as “female ginseng.” So, does this herb help with hair loss? Well, it is traditionally used to stop hair loss and is said to stimulate regrowth. Dong Quai contains phytoestrogens which inhibit the formation of DHT, a major cause of hair loss.
American Ginseng is a member of the ivy family and is used in traditional Chinese medicine and by Native American healers. The root of the ginseng plant is said to boost energy, prevents infections, and even treat diabetes and cancer. Indeed, research suggests that compounds found in American ginseng called ginsenosides may stimulate the immune system, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower blood sugar, and treat dementia.
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), a member of the ivy family, is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and by Native American healers. The root of the ginseng plant is said to boost energy, prevent infections, and even treat diabetes and cancer.
Indeed, research suggests that compounds found in American ginseng called ginsenosides may stimulate the immune system, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower blood sugar, and treat dementia.
Now, I didn’t find anything about hair loss and regrowth, but for an aging individual I like simply taking a supplement that can help build my immune system and if I can improve my immune system surely this will help in preventing hair loss.
Sarsaparillo is a herb that contains an important male hormone known as testosterone, which is an important hair-growing hormone. It also contains progesterone, another valuable hormone, which is normally produced by the ovaries in the female. It contains phytoestrogens, plant compounds that resemble estrogen. Sarsaparilla has properties that enable it to function as a precursor in the adrenal glands production of DHEA, one of our anti-aging hormones.
Well, since sarsaparilla has valuable hormones that my aging body needs, surely it would help in helping me to get my hair back.
Licorice Root is a mainstay home remedy for women with menstrual cramps and is also believed to help alleviate many of the adverse symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. Licorice contains phytoestrogens, plant-based compounds that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.
I didn’t find any information about licorice root taken orally would help with hair loss. However, I did find information about this herb helping hair loss if used on the scalp. One can make a paste by adding a tablespoon of ground licorice root and a quarter teaspoon of saffron to one cup of milk. The paste is applied to one’s scalp and hair length and then left on overnight.
Wild Yam is a plant that people have used for centuries in alternative medicine. Potential medicinal uses for wild yam include the treatment of menopause symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and muscular cramps.
The bulb and roots of wild yams contain a chemical called diosgenin, which can influence the production of several useful hormones in humans, such as estrogen or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Consuming wild yam may be a natural way of promoting these hormones in the body, which could have certain medical benefits.
However, at present, there is little evidence to support any medical applications of wild yam. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have yet to evaluate wild yam for its safety or effectiveness.
When it comes to one’s hair, wild yam is rich in vitamin B6 which aids in the production of melanin and thus prevents premature greying. Yams also help keep the scalp healthy by promoting blood circulation. Low levels of iron are linked to hair loss in men and women, so regular use of yams can yield hair growth.
Black Cohosh was first used for medicinal purposes by Native American Indians, who introduced it to European colonists. Black cohosh became a popular treatment for women’s health issues in Europe in the mid-1950s. Since that time, black cohosh has commonly been used to treat symptoms of menopause, and also conditions such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful menstruation, weak and brittle bones, and many others. However, there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Black Cohosh provides natural hormonal support which has been known for safely replaces the “estrogen buffer” to protect hair follicles from DHT. This slows down and stops the thinning process.
Saw Palmetto is a shrublike palm native to the southeastern United States. Historically, it was used for a variety of conditions, including disorders of the male and female reproductive organs and coughs due to various diseases. Currently saw palmetto is promotes as a dietary supplement for urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate gland, as well as chronic pelvic pain, migraine, hair loss, and other conditions.
Oregon Grape Root has shown antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective properties. It may have effects like---relieving internal heat, eliminating dampness, removing toxins, suppressing pain, promoting blood circulation, inhibiting cough, and alleviating inflammation.
It has been used to treat tuberculosis, periodontitis, dysentery, pharyngolaryngitis, eczema, wounds, and liver issues. Oregon Grape can also be used to support and attenuate liver injury. The health of one’s liver can cause hair loss.
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