Hair loss can strike anyone and the causes vary from genetics to stress. Everyone loses approximately 100 hairs per day, but if you are losing much more than that, or losing hair in patches, you should see your doctor. If you are told that your hair loss is natural, there are many ways to fight it. One of the oldest hair loss remedies is stinging nettles (urtica diocia). According to Dr. Marty Sawaya at hairlosstalk.com, no clinical trials have proven conclusively that using stinging nettle will help combat hair loss, so he advises caution when using it.
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Take stinging nettle capsules three times a day. Start with a lower dosage of about 50 milligrams per capsule for the first week to ensure that you have no reaction to the herb. Increase your dosage to no more than 250 milligrams per day.
Take 320 milligrams of saw palmetto or 60 milligrams of pygeum capsules along with the stinging nettles, as these herbs are believed to work in concert with stinging nettles to stop testosterone from being converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). According to Christian Nordqvist, editor of Medical News Today, DHT blocks your hair follicles from absorbing protein, causing them to die.
Add stinging nettle tea to hot water—just under boiling is best—and let it steep for three to five minutes. Drink this three times per day.
Massage stinging nettle oil into your scalp at night, one to two times per week. Put on a sleep turban and let the oil do its work as you sleep. Shampoo as normal in the morning.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Stinging Nettle
- Hair Boutique: Nettle: Hair's Herbal Helper
- Hair Loss Talk: Nettles As a Hair Loss Treatment?
- Medical News Today: What Is DHT? What is its Role in Hair Loss?
- Rain Tree Nutrition: Nettles
- Herbs For Hair Loss: Can Herbal Hair Remedy Help To Bring Back Your Locks?