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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
QUESTION
My question is about licorice root extract. I am using a topical for hair regrowth and it has licorice root extract in it which is suppose to help inhibit dht from developing in the scalp. Then I was reading a article on the internet about glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root being used has a hair growth inhibitor. So is it safe to use and should I worry about this? I'm confussed can you shed some light on this? Thanks so much!

ANSWER: I would generally say that depending on the amount it can work against your desired results. There is a couple of things you may be able to do. One, contact the maker of the product you are using with your concerns. then decide if you want to take the risk. Two, you may search the site for other responses on hair.  It has been my experience that coupled with a healthy diet, the best treatment for hair re-growth is using essential oil of Rosemary. You would dilute 10 drops in 2 teaspoons of Almond or Hemp oil and massage the scalp for 3 full minutes. Wrap the head into a towel and let it work for 15 minutes or so. Rinse and shampoo with a very mild shampoo.

Keep in mind that essential oil of Rosemary is strong, so use sparingly. Do this 2-3xs per week. You should start seeing some results within one month.

QUESTION: I have been losing my hair slowly for several years. It had gotten so bad that in searching for natural remedies, I started looking at hormonal imbalancing as a possible cause. I had ordered a product from Women to Women personal and it contains: red clover extract (aerial parts), ashwagandha extract (root), passion flower extract (aerial parts), chaste tree extract (berry), kudzu extract (root), wild yam extract (root and rhizome), and black cohosh (root and rhizome) 

My hair has started thickening up in only 4 weeks of half a dose daily which equals 1 tablet. Two tablets have 1.87 g. They recommend 2 months and then say you will be balanced at that point. My question is about any kind of maintenance program so my hair won't get thin again. They want to lock me into a long term vitamin therapy and don't sell the herbal supplement above past the 2 month recommended treatment plan.

Is there anything you can recommend me buying or continuing with that would address this problem? I don't know which of these ingredients could have helped my hair and can't find anything with all of them in it. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on this.

ANSWER:
Two things I have found that really work in combination, are the Traditional Chinese Medicine Shou Wu Pian, taken 6 pills 3xs day for 3 months. The other is using 10-15 drops of essential oil of Rosemary, diluted in 2 tablespoons of Almond or Hemp oil. Mix these together well and massage the scalp, wrap your hair in a towel for 10 minutes, then use a very mild shampoo to wash and rinse. Essential oil of Rosemary is strong so use judiciously. Do this treatment 2xs week, for 2-3 months or until you are satisfied with the growth. To speed things along, you can also add and shake 3 drops to your regular shampoo.

Other than that maintain a healthy diet by avoiding foods that stagnate the system, such as: Red meats, pork, white sugar, all diary and all fried foods. Avoid processed foods and foods that contain preservatives, moderate your use of caffeine and alcohol. Enhance your diet with fresh fish (in particular salmon and mackerel), eat plenty of fresh garlic and onions, ginger root, chicken, turkey, brown rice, honey, raw or steamed fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. The product contains great and valuable herbs for women, but they are more to re-balance hormones, cleanse and increase circulation. None to control hair loss. Hormonal imbalance may be where the root of your problem is.

QUESTION: I am 28 years old male and have been experiencing hair loss for last 2 years. I want to try Shou Wu Pian. Could you tell me the best company to buy Shou Wu Pian from?

ANSWER: Shou Wu Pian compund is obtainable from NuHerbs, if using this formula for hair loss you should also use an adjunct formula named Shou Wu Chih. The dosages are one shot glass of Shou Wu Chih every morning and 6 pills of the Shou Wu compund 3xs day for 3 months. Unfortunately all the reputable companies only sell to practitioners. If you would like to obtain these I can certainly order them for you. Ordering for a month or more would save you money. I certainly do not suggest buying any formula off the internet. 

There are several other ways to combat hair loss and we would be glad to share them with you if you should decide to do an evaluation which will then allow me to prepare an individualized trteatment plan for you.


QUESTION
: Could you give me some insight on dosage recommendations for Jaborandi Oil for thinning hair? I see a lot of products on the internet and I want to make sure the ratio for Jaborandi/Carrier oil is appropriate. I am also thinking about making my own and the dosage recommendations would be helpful.

Like anything else, more is not necessarily better. Is there any contraindication for using Jaborandi Oil with a  Thyme/Lavender/Cedarwood/Sandalwood oil blend for thinning hair? Not necessarily mixing Jaborandi oil in the mixture but using Jaborandi Oil one day, the other another, etc.

ANSWER: Instead of any of the products mentioned, what will serve you best is essential oil of Rosemary. Mix 15 drops with 2 tablespoons of Almond oil, masage into hair, wrap your head in a towel for 15 minutes, and then wash off with a mild shampoo. do this 3xs week.


QUESTION
My question is about licorice root extract. I am using a topical for hair regrowth and it has licorice root extract in it which is suppose to help inhibit dht from developing in the scalp. Then I was reading a article on the internet about glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root being used has a hair growth inhibitor. So is it safe to use and should I worry about this? I'm confussed can you shed some light on this? Thanks so much!

ANSWER: Great to hear from you.  I would generally say that depending on the amount it can work against your desired results. There is a couple of things you may be able to do. One, contact the maker of the product you are using with your concerns. then decide if you want to take the risk. Two, you may search the site for other responses on hair.

It has been my experience that coupled with a healthy diet, the best treatment for hair re-growth is using essential oil of Rosemary. You would dilute 10 drops in 2 teaspoons of Almond or Hemp oil and massage the scalp for 3 full minutes. Wrap the head into a towel and let it work for 15 minutes or so. Rinse and shampoo with a very mild shampoo.  Keep in mind that essential oil of Rosemary is strong, so use sparingly. Do this 2-3xs per week. You should start seeing some results within one month.

QUESTION: I have been losing my hair slowly for several years. It had gotten so bad that in searching for natural remedies, I started looking at hormonal imbalancing as a possible cause. I had ordered a product from Women to Women personal and it contains: red clover extract (aerial parts), ashwagandha extract (root), passion flower extract (aerial parts), chaste tree extract (berry), kudzu extract (root), wild yam extract (root and rhizome), and black cohosh (root and rhizome).

My hair has started thickening up in only 4 weeks of half a dose daily which equals 1 tablet. Two tablets have 1.87 g. They recommend 2 months and then say you will be balanced at that point. My question is about any kind of maintenance program so my hair won't get thin again. They want to lock me into a long term vitamin therapy and don't sell the herbal supplement above past the 2 month recommended treatment plan.

Is there anything you can recommend me buying or continuing with that would address this problem? I don't know which of these ingredients could have helped my hair and can't find anything with all of them in it. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on this.

ANSWER:
Two things I have found that really work in combination, are the Traditional Chinese Medicine Shou Wu Pian, taken 6 pills 3xs day for 3 months.

The other is using 10-15 drops of essential oil of Rosemary, diluted in 2 tablespoons of Almond or Hemp oil.  Mix these together well and massage the scalp, wrap your hair in a towel for 10 minutes, then use a very mild shampoo to wash and rinse. Essential oil of Rosemary is strong so use judiciously. Do this treatment 2xs week, for 2-3 months or until you are satisfied with the growth. To speed things along, you can also add and shake 3 drops to your regular shampoo. Other than that maintain a helathy diet by avoiding foods that stagnate the system, such as: Red meats, pork, white sugar, all diary and all fried foods. Avoid processed foods and foods that contain preservatives, moderate your use of caffeine and alcohol. Enhance your diet with fresh fish (in particular salmon and mackerel), eat plenty of fresh garlic and onions, ginger root, chicken, turkey, brown rice, honey, raw or steamed fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. The product contains great and valuable herbs for women, but they are more to re-balance hormones, cleanse and increase circulation. None to control hair loss. Hormonal imbalance may be where the root of your problem is.

QUESTION: Hi i am a 36yr old male with common hair loss, I have tried every herb and prescription drug there is to stop hair loss for the last 6 years vitamins, essential oils ACV, minoxidal, and proscar (sorry) now my hair looks very thin and considerably bald. I feel very insecure and feel it is affecting my role at work, would you have any suggestions?

ANSWER: I know of one method which may prove helpful. Add to a mild shampoo 15 drops of essential oil of Rosemary, use normally. Twice weekly take 25 drops of the essential Rosemary oil and dilute it with
into 2 teaspoons of Almond oil, Hemp oil or vegetable oil. Massage the scalp for 5 minutes, wrap your head in a towel for 20 minutes and then rinse. Please be aware that essentail oil of Rosemary is strong in its smell so use conservatively.

QUESTION: I am super energetic, young, filled with joy, Christian
and young woman (age 28) who is SAD that my hair is starting to recede /thin.... I feel very awkward and uneasy about it, especially because I'm so young.

If I go to an herbalist, what are some suggestions they might give me? Are there any natural remedies that REALLY help... I mean, RELIABLY HELP...not just a "try this and see if it helps in a year " type of thing.  Before I go to a traditional doctor, I thought I would try the healthier natural way first.

I have always had long full hair. Mom/dad have great hair (NOT thinning nor receding- age 55). Although big brother age 29 and grandma (past away at 75) both experienced the same thing.

Grandmas hair was receding very far (through couldnít quite tell because she would comb her bangs all the way from the back of her hair to the front). Big brother has just experienced the beginning stages of thinning like me. ...a bit tender up front and almost see through.

I have always been very healthy....LOVE FRUITS AND VEGGIES, active, but also love sweets.

I've never had to diet (always just stayed semi-fit)--- this is all just to explain my health/ nutrition practices.

ANSWER: You do not state if you have had hair analysis done by a professional to remove the possibility of allergies or exposure to toxic chemicals, we urge to consider that option also.

In our professional experience we have found only two remedies that actually may help. You first would have to be patient, results may not even start for the first 6 weeks.

The first is the herbal remedy named  Shou Wu Pian. The dosage is 6 pills 3xs day. These are very important and you may have to continue usage for 3 months or more.

The second is essential oil of Rosemary. You would need to dilute 10 drops in 2 teaspoons of Jojoba oil or Sesame oil . Then massage well into your scalp, wrap your hair in a towel and leave on for 10-15 minutes. You may shampoo afterwards with a mild shampoo. You may want to do this at night, then shampoo your hair again in the morning. Rosemary is quite strong. Repeat this procedure 2xs week.

Drinking infusions of Fleeceflower root, Wolfberry and Sage may also help. Sweeten only with a bit honey and drink 2xs day.

When you comb your hair use a wide brush with medium to soft bristles and massage your scalp often with the tip of your fingers. Trim the ends of the hair often to encourage continuous growth. Avoid chlorinated swimming pools, and make sure to supplement daily with a good multi vitamin multi-mineral containing all 22 amino acids. Add 1,000mg Vit. C 3xs day. If you smoke,quit!  Shampooing too often is not recommended, use a mild shampoo, one without many chemicals and avoid heavy conditioners. You may want to add 30 drops of essential oil of Rosemary to your conditioner bottle.  Hair needs sunlight so I suggest daily walks in the sun, of course not in the intense midday heat. This will both help your hair and will strengthen
the rest of the body.

Often when our immune system is compromised it gives us signs such as hair loss. If you think this may be the case, I suggest adding to all your broths, soups and stews: Astragalus root, Chinese angelica and a small piece of white Chinese ginseng root.

Maintain a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fresh steamed vegetables and fruits. Add fresh garlic to your diet as well as onions, thyme, rosemary, fresh fish, yogurt and honey.  Avoid white sugar, all dairy and all fried foods. Try to reduce stress. Toward that end I suggest meditation or a low-level form of exercise such as: T'ai Chi Ch'uang, Qi Gong or Yoga. Your local library may have books or videos on these to help get you started.
You may also want to add to your warm baths essential oils of: Lavender 10 drops, Rosemary 10 drops and Thyme 10 drops

FROM LORYHL DAVIS
QUESTION: I don't know if you have any suggestions to help me but i am desperate.  4 months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes after being found unconscious and in a diabetic coma. I also had sepsis,kidney failure and respiratory failure d/t pneumonia. Prior to this happening my hair had been getting extremely thin all over. Right now it seems my hair might be growing back slightly, I don't know if this is just my wishful thinking, but it is very frizzy also.  Do you have any suggestions for growing back healthy hair? I am 53 and color my grey hair.  Thank you for any help you can give me.

ANSWER: Thank you for the inquiry. Please read the download below, this will help you understand, that diet and toxin in the body is the cause of most of your daughter and yours problem, unless through chemical burn or poisoning. Many symptoms can be alleviated by following this program.   I would suggest a similar regime for both conditions.
     Detox your cupboards by doing the following:
- any pre packaged foods, get rid of
- make foods fresh, buy organic fruits and veggies as much as possible, lots of them are       the same price as normal produce now
- eat brown rice or pure oatmeal, fruit and or nuts for breakfast
- add seaweed, miso, healthy foods
-read all labels for toxic additives to the foods ( most have a lot of dyes, sugar, corn syrup and chemicals in them)
- take the Life Force Fiber Food, gently detox, and take a natural Pro Biotic, add flax oil, to your diet
-  use the Spirulina and or Chlorella pills, 3-4 two times per day
- use Dr Christophers lower bowel tonic
- add seaweed to your diet
- get a skin brush and start to skin brush before you shower or bath each day, this will move the lymph and the toxin in your body, it will bring a natural healthy glow to your body, and you will feel great
- sauna, hot tub, natural mineral baths, and spa pools, as much as you can, finish with cold water, to stimulate the skin, this will also help the allergies in your daughter, both conditions are related through toxin, nutrition and lifestyle
- have your daughter do daily Neti Pot, nasal cleanses, with salt water and essential oils, ( one or two drops in water bath for the nose of eucalptus or tea tree)
- probably no dairy products, it may be a problem for her, also wheat products, sugar, processed foods, sandwhich meat, hotdogs etc
- take the suspect things out of her diet, and replace them one at a time, to see what is setting her and you off
We can supply you with these items if you call us and let us know what you would like to do.

 

QUESTION: I DESPERATELY NEED SOME ADVICE!! I am a 31 y/o African-American. I have had problem with my hair shedding (broken pieces of hair) for the past 10 years. Sometimes it sheds a little and sometimes it is more. However, after the birth of my last child, exactly 1 year ago, I have been experiencing hair LOSS. I have three children 11, 4 and 1. I breast feed the one year old until she was about seven months. I stopped my vitamins when she was about 3 months. I am not sure why but for the past 6 months, my hair has been coming out in long strands which causes me to be really concerned. Every time I comb or brush my hair I get a handful of hair (the full length of my hair). I havenít done anything differently to my hair, not a lot of heat or perms, just regular maintenance that I have always done. I have long hair, it is well past my shoulders and I donít understand why I am getting long strands of hair coming out all the time, this is really scaring me. I even went to see a dermatologist. He told me to take 3mg of biotin daily and use carrot oil in my hair. I took biotin and didnít see any results. During that time I ran into someone that told me to go to whole foods and get the biotin shampoo and conditioner and see if that works. I have used it twice but no new results yet. I also purchased a hair and nail growth vitamin from whole foods that you must take 3 x a day. I have taken that for the last month and still no results. I know I may need more than a month but what do you suggest? Is there something better that I can take that may work for me? Also, in the past years, I have always taken birth control, this is the first time I have not for an extended period after having a baby. I wonder if my hormones have something to do with it?  Please tell me what may work for my hair before it is too late. My nails still grow nicely but I donít know what is going on with my hair.

ANSWER:  Many Americans suffer hair loss due to medications. androgenic alopecia, stress, infections and lack of vitamins, poor diet, chemical laden, and nutrient lacking and iron depletion. There are various methods of treatment but not all treatments are effective. Depending on the cause of hair loss, treatment can include antibiotics, steroid injections, ointments, hair transplants, topical medications and herbal treatments, and of course major changes in the diet.
        Our diets are depleted in the Omega 3-6-9 oils, whole foods, nuts seeds, fruits, vegies, and over all whole nutrition. Incorporate the above suggestions into your diet, as soon as you can. Also do a bowel flush and gall bladder cleanse. 
        We suggest using our Green Mix, to detox and build, our Life Force Fiber Food, for mild detox, and over all nurturing of internal organs, and several Chinese blends, The Great Mender, and Free and Easy Wanderer, along with the oils as mentioned above. 
         Also if needed nourishing nerve herbs. Also rub scalp with our Neem/Shea Oil, with Neuroli, into hair roots, at least 3 times per week.

ANSWERS FROM KAREN
NO HAIR GROWTH

QUESTION: Hi, its been about 6 yrs since my hair has grown!  It is always at the same length so I decided to layer it because I thought that this would help the problem and maybe promote my hair to start growing and now I'm stuck with layers forever!  I've also lost a considerable amount of hair over this time, its thin to begin with.  I'm a Healy eater most of the time, I smoke 2 to 3 cigarettes per day and have too much sugar with my coffee.   Anyway you can help would be much appreciated. 

ANSWER: I think you already nailed it. Give up the smokes and the sugar. That's an excellent first start. Also, the things you put on your hair can clog up the follicles or even kill them in some instances. Go for a pure, natural, organic shampoo if you can find it. Rosemary essential oil is also very good for the hair.

QUESTION:
Hello I am 19 years old female and have started experiencing sudden hair loss, I lose a lot of hair when brushing but even more when washing. I am not sure what to do I have started using Chinese herbal medication for hair loss and growth, also use rosemary, lavender and wood oak oil which I massage into scalp and leave until the next day or even for two days because I try to avoid washing my hair so often. I have recently started using florasil, b complex and phyto me, sometimes I wonder if I'm taking too much stuff. I started washing my hair with organic biotin shampoo and I also use conditioner (conditioner makes my hair fall out even more). When I touch my scalp I can feel my hair growing but I am still very scared I had really
nice hair not very thick but normal, but it became very thin in about 3 weeks. I'm not sure what the cause  is. I noticed after I have taken a morning after pill it has started to fall out I was also stressed out at that time and still am probably because of my hair issue. Could morning after pill be the cause. I had my bloodwork done and urine, blood is fine but my bilorubeen is kind of high. I have an appointment with dermatologist next
week but I really want to hear your opinion, I prefer natural way Please let me know what you think of my case and if there is anything I should stop or start using Thank you so much

ANSWER: Well, if you've read any of my posts on Herbnet.com, you know I am not a big fan of Prescription meds. That said, I have no idea what's in your "morning after" pill, but if it's strong enough to cause an abortion, it can't be good for your system. The fact that your biliruben numbers are off tells me that something is going on with your liver. Of course, your hair, skin and nail condition is always an indicator of the health of the liver, so the fact that a seemingly healthy 19 year old girl is losing her hair would definitely cause some concern.
 

I can't tell you what to take and not take. That's a personal decision. The oils you are using in your hair, (although I don't know how much you are using, and hopefully they are diluted in a base oil and not used full strength), are known to be helpful in the growth of new hair. Again, the Florisil, not familiar with it, so I can't say. I don't like the use of anything synthetic or chemical, but I tend to be a bit of a purist.
 

I would check your diet. White sugar, White flour, preservatives and artificial sweeteners are all like poison and shouldn't cross your lips. If you are stressed, as most of us are these days, the B complex should help that if you are using a quality, sub-lingual product. B needs to be absorbed and if you are seeing bright yellow urine in the toilet, chances are, you're not absorbing much.
 

Lastly, I'd suggest a liver cleanse. Milk thistle and dandelion root are excellent for this. I have a tea on my website called Liver Cleanse. You can find it in the Apothecary at www.allgoodegifts.com

QUESTION: 
heard on the radio that a recent study had findings that caffeine can regrow hair if applied directly to the scalp. Can you find out more info on this , such as how much and how often and where to get the caffeine?

ANSWER: I wouldn't put much stock in it. Caffeine has actually been linked to stunting hair growth.

QUESTION:
I am a 19 year old female. I have always had very thick slightly wavy hair. I have colored it a lot probably  3 times a year for 5 years. I stopped coloring it about 2 years ago though. About 5 months ago I started noticing a lot of hair falling out when I wash it. (more than 100 strands a day) I can now tell that my hair is getting thinner. And it is still coming out a lot. Not in chunks, just hairs here and there. I have not changed my diet or been under a lot of stress.  Also balding or thinning does not run in my family.  I am on birth  control. I have switched a lot in the last year because of very irregular periods. I talked to my doctor briefly about it and she suggested that it may be  because I have never had my hair so long before and she said that some hairs just don't grow long. But my hair isn't that long. Only a little below the shoulders. Do you think that it could have something to do with the birth control? Do i need to see a doctor? And if it is just one of those things that happens, do you have  any suggestions on what can help me from becoming completely bald? Please give me advice!!

ANSWER: I could very well be the birth control. Also, whether we feel stressed or not, it's hard not to be living in this day and age. That also could be contributing to this. Hair and skin are windows into the state of the liver. It could be that you are toxic and it is manifesting itself this way. Are you taking the birth control solely to control/regulate your periods? I have a tea that may be beneficial. Actually several. A liver detox, a hair health tea,  and a hormone regulator tea. They can be found on my website at www.allgoodegifts.com  in the Apothecary. I also have a great hair oil that I developed called Crowning Glory Hair oil. It can be found in the Personal care section. But if you have things going on with your liver or hormones, I don't know if it will be very helpful. Always better to work from the inside out!

QUESTION:
I recently heard that rosemary may promote hair growth and have purchased a bottle of rosemary essential oil.  I’m not sure how much to apply to my scalp and was wondering if you could enlighten me.   

ANSWER: Yes, Rosemary is very good for the hair and does help promote new growth. I wouldn't use it full strength however.  Mix it with a carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba.  I have a hair oil called Crowning Glory that is especially formulated for my female friends with thinning hair. If you're interested, you can find it on my website, www.allgoodegifts.com in the Herb Shoppe under Personal Care Products.

QUESTION: I am 25 years old, diagnosed with PCOS 2 or so years ago.  When I was diagnosed, I hadn't had regular periods for 2 years (I rarely had a period during this time).  I have experienced excessive hair loss and weight gain of about 40 pounds, especially in my mid section.  My testosterone levels are "slightly elevated," my triglycerides are "dangerously high" and my good cholesterol is "dangerously low."  Apparently, my body is not handling sugars/starches properly and this had been considered the basis of my symptoms.  I was prescribed drugs that affect my metabolism and hormone levels; have experienced more regular periods with these medicines, but I am still experiencing hair loss from elevated testosterone levels.  Any suggestions that you have would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: I don't know what drugs you are taking, but high testosterone levels should not be causing hair loss. If anything, you should be having problems with hair growing where you don't want it! Perhaps the hair loss is a side effect of the drugs you are taking.  Make sure you are taking a good quality B complex and lots of essential fatty acids like flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and fish oil.


QUESTION:
My hair is thinning and I still lose a lot of my hair. I am really conscious about my hair and feel really insecure. I cannot part my hair through the middle it looks horrible. My dad is going bald, my mom has
really thin hair, my moms dad is bald and her mom has thin hair, my dad's mom is thinning and you can see through her scalp, yet my dads dad had a lot of hair before he died. I saw some home made recipes on line for regrowth of hair, because in the front the sides I have very little hair. I am 19 years old and this problem started when I was 16 years old. Please help me I have tried everything from natural path doctors for 2 years and that did no help I still kept losing it and some would grow back but it made no difference, now I have this oil I ordered from India,  that worked in the beginning but now my hair starting to fall out lots, I was wondering
if you can please give me a natural paste or some kind of oil treatment that would re grow my hair, I am desperate and I need help.

ANSWER: There is no magic oil or potion that re-grows hair. If there were, there would be no bald men! My first question would be about your diet. It has a strong effect on things like hair and nails and skin. Since everyone in your family is suffering from this, I'm also wondering if all of you have been exposed to anything toxic that you can think of. Some people have wonderful results from hypnosis. Others do not. That's a personal decision. I do offer a massage oil for the scalp that has essential oils believed to enhance and strengthen the scalp and hair - but it does not magically regrow hair. If you are interested, please e-mail me with the word ORDER in your subject.

QUESTION:
I am a 24 y/o African American women and I have been dealing w/ hair loss for
about 5 yrs now. when i first noticed that my hair was falling out, it was severe breakage and I went to a dermatologist and he recommended discontinued usage of perms/relaxers, weaves/braiding, heat and excess stress because it could cause further damage to the folicals. well I have tried so many methods in the last 5 yrs. I have been a little successful. I cut all of my hair off and started from scratch, using herbs like zinc, vitamin B, C and E. I have even been using oxygen scalp treatments to open up my pores. all these things have worked some but it seems as if they have stopped working.  also at the beginning of the hair loss i admit i was over stressed, using marijuana, drinking and smoking cigarettes, not to mention being fresh out of high school and entering into the world of adulthood and living on my own. I had so much going on in my life during that time, but since then i have discontinued the use of marijuana, drinking, cigarettes, and eliminated some of my stress.  I even changed my diet but it seems as if nothing is working any more. can
you help me?????

ANSWER:
  Well, your diet and your lifestyle probably contributed to the hair loss. We are what we ingest and from the sounds of your letter, you were poisoning your body. It sounds like you are on the right track with the vitamins you are taking. Keep that up. Eat a healthy diet. Give up the caffeine and sugar and any processed junk food. Stay away from the cornrows and braids. Although lovely, they really can do damage to the hair shaft. I have an oil that I make that encourages new hair growth. If you are
interested, e-mail me with the word ORDER in the subject line for more information.


ANSWERS FROM DAVID:
QUESTION:
I am a 30 y/o woman w/2 children, ages 3 and 1 w/considerable hair loss. I want to know what I can do to help my hair grow again.  My hair started falling out B4 I married and I was tired all the time, especially after I would drink a soda or eat something w/a lot of sugar in it so I had a test done @the hospital and the results came back "Hypoglycemia".  Since then I watch what I eat but my hair has not grown back.

I am severely depressed about it because my hair is long and since my hair loss I have had to wear my hair back all the time to cover up the most of it.  It is all over hair loss, but most of it is in the center top, back.
I have also had a hair analysis done but the man that did it wanted to charge me for the interpretation of his findings and give me some herbs to take but at the time I didn't have the $.

I still have sugar problems.  Especially in the morning, I have to have something as soon as I get up although I do take Garden of Life supplements to help w/the sugar balancing and other supplements as well.  I am also still breastfeeding (which I have heard causes hair loss as well). Anything you could advise would help as I have tried many many things.

ANSWER: I'm sorry you're having this problem. Although hormone imbalance can definitely contribute to hair loss in women, you said you had the problem before your pregnancy. Since you have been diagnosed with Hypoglycemia, hopefully you are staying away from the sweets as this can also aggravate the problem. Hair loss like you described as well as the fatigue can sometimes be attributed to thyroid problems, so that may be something you'd like to discuss with your doctor.

B complex, C and E vitamins as well as Zinc are all beneficial to the growth and health of hair. Also, foods high in biotin like  brewer's yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and walnuts will promote healthy hair and skin.

A rinse made of apple cider vinegar and sage tea will help hair growth. In addition, All Goode Gifts has a wonderful formula that has had much success. It contains 2 drops of cedarwood essential oil, 3 drops of lavender eo, 3 drops of rosemary eo and 2 drops of thyme eo. Mix this in a carrier oil of 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil and 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil. Perform a 2 minute scalp massage every night. This mixture should not leave your hair greasy. If you would rather purchase this, please e-mail me and we can
provide it for you.

Lastly, calendula flower, marsh mallow root and nettle leaf are all excellent when combined in an infusion or a rinse for dry hair to nourish it and encourage new growth.

 

HERBS FOR HAIR LOSS
QUESTION: 
  Could you tell me if it is true that the Herb Trifolium pratense (better known as Clover) is a good source of oestrogenic substance which may be beneficial to your hair, especially if you are suffering, as I am, from thinning hair.

ANSWER:   Red Clover, Latin Name:  Trifolium pratense is a great non toxic, pleasant tasting and very effective herb.  Red clover is richer than Soy in isoflavones, these Phytoestrogen are not the human form of estrogen but a chemical which has a similar structure to Human estrogen or affects the body like Human estrogen.  Red Clover is rich in flavonoids and rich in minerals.  Other sources of Phytoestrogen are all the Legumes (i.e. all the beans) including the popular Soy.

It maybe reaching a bit to say Red Clover would have the hair thickening and growth stimulating effects of Human estrogen on your body, but there is only one way to find out give it a try.  It would also include a daily intake of legumes in a soup or salad.

Here are a couple other herbs which could be considered to help with Hair Growth.

Ginkgo to help with circulation to the hair follicles and skin.

Horsetail tea or powdered herb for the reach mineral content including silica which is essential for healthy skin, nails and hair.

Han Lian Cao, "Drought Lotus Grass", Latin Name: Eclipta  prostata or Eclipta alba
was used in an infused oil in China to help with Hair regrowth.

Tincture or Infused oil of Arnica is also supposed to stimulate hair growth when applied to the scalp, Arnica is one herbs which is normally not recommended for internal use today.

Birch oil when added to shampoo supports hair growth and is best used in combination with Queen of the Meadow oil.

Finally our favorite herb:

Rosemary, Latin Name:  Rosmarinus officinalis has been used in the past as a daily rinse on the scalp and hair to promote hair growth.

Other things to consider when hair loss occurs, infection, increased stress, aging, hormonal fluctuations and changes, deficient diet, lack of circulation and blocked pores can affect hair growth.

Read my other answers on Alopecia online.

BLACK COHOSH
QUESTION: 
I have been using black cohash for a while with pretty good success for
hot flashes.  I recently noticed more hair loss then normal and was
wondering is this is a known side effect of black cohash use?

ANSWER:  Normally Black Cohosh is given for most post menopausal issues, but anything is possible everyone reacts differently to herbs, supplements and drugs.  Black Cohosh is not know for this side effect.

Here is one suggested formula for hair loss due to lack of estrogen production.

If you are a woman whose hair is starting to thin due to loss of estrogen production, there are herbs you can take to simulate estrogen in your system and to stimulate the adrenal glands. Mix equal parts of wild yam root, licorice, motherwort, black cohosh, chamomile, valerian root and skullcap. Take twice a day.

HAIR LOSS
QUESTION:
I am a 24 year old female, who is currently suffering from hair loss. I have been to the doctor's and they say it may be stress. I recently read that there are some herbs used as oils(?) on the scalp to induce hair growth. Is this true? And which herbs are they? I'll try anything.

ANSWER: I would deal with the stress, symptom relief does not get rid of the problem. What is the stress in your life, how do you deal with it, utilize stress relieving techniques or eliminate the stress. You may want to utilize adaptogen herbs which help the body deal with stress, the ginsengs are of this class. Start with Siberian Ginseng which is the mildest, American Ginseng would be the next and Chinese Ginseng would be the last to be utilized.  And also read the following answer as well.

ALOPECIA AREATA
QUESTION:
My daughter (9 years old) has Alopecia Areata. This is an autoimmune disease, which causes hair loss. Someone suggested she take a pill made from the Montana Yew tree. This tree also is used to make Taxol. Do you think this pill would be harmful or helpful for her to take. I would appreciate your opinion...

ANSWER: 
Without knowing everything about your daughter.

Here is some information about Alopecia.
Alopecia areata is a loss of hair from scalp to other places on the body where hair normally grows. It usually starts in patches, and can encompass the entire scalp or body. 

Hair loss to the entire scalp is called Alopecia totalis. 

Hair loss to the entire body is called Alopecia universalis

The scalp is the most effected area. Alopecia can occur in either male or female of any age, but children are normally affected the most often.

An interesting fact is the hair folllicles; although they have shrunken and hair growth does not appear above the surface of the skin, are still alive and spontaneous regrowth can happen anytime, days, months or years after the original onset with full hair recovery.

I would suggest it is a diet, environmental, stress or circulation problem.

For diet, make sure she is eating whole foods, eat organic, eliminate refined or processed foods, eat lots of vegetables, drink lots of water. Start taking a good multivitamin like Rainbow Light brand. EAT amla fruit, it was traditionally used to strengthen hair, connective tissue and muscle. Get Horsetail and other super green food sources in diet to increase hair strength.

For environmental, stay away from chemicals, insecticides, herbicides, cosmetics and aerosol sprays. She should stay natural and clear of man made pollutants or chemicals.

For stress reduce it, or have her learn to release it. Learn stress reduction techniques. Use adaptogen herbs which help the body deal with stress. These include the Ginsengs, I would probably start with Siberian Ginseng for her.

For children use Chamomile and Catnip to calm them down, these two herbs are good for nervousness which is shown as stomach or GI upset.

For circulation use Ginkgo, Hawthorn, Rosemary.

Use a Rosemary rinse on the scalp, it has been traditionally used to help with hair loss.

It has also been suggested that this is an Autimmune disease, if so Immune Amphoteric Herbs are appropriate, such as Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi (The Gano dermas), Shiitake, Maitake, Chaga), and or the other Immune Amphoteric herbs Astragalus, Shisandra and Licorice, which are also Adaptogens.