alternative - Are Alternative Hair Loss Treatments for You?


You might be the kind of person who looks for natural alternatives to pharmaceutical products. Perhaps you are skeptical about medicines that could cause more harm than good. So it may make sense for you to consider alternative hair loss treatments in your approach to preventing and treating hair loss.

Indeed, homeopathic medicines have been used for more than 200 years in Western culture to address health problems. Traditional approaches to medicine and health in Chinese, Indian and many other cultures go back even further. And a large number of them directly address the loss of hair.

In modern approaches to hair loss treatment and prevention, herbal and natural remedies (think saw palmetto and antioxidants) have some clinical research that backs the claims of their proponents. In an exciting development, stem cell therapy is being researched and may one day provide a very effective approach to hair loss prevention. Each offers alternative therapies to the three hair loss treatments that are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Propecia (finasteride), Rogaine (minoxidil) and laser hair therapy.

There is no reason not to consider alternative hair loss therapies or homeopathic treatments. Our bodies and our hair are able to respond to different stimuli, different interventions and different preventive measures. We see this in weight loss, addiction treatment, mental health challenges and general health. But what works for one may not work for the other — and vice versa.

Of course, the informed consumer knows that alternative therapies can also have a downside, so better to be educated on how things work and how to find qualified practitioners who can safely and effectively deliver treatments. This section offers several articles to help you find the alternative therapies that may halt or reverse hair loss.