Either the medical community or the big pharmaceutical companies are missing a trick, or this is a story that could be filed under “pig wash,” but the cure for hair loss is simply ferns.
According to Teesdale teacher Jenny Lee, cures for many ailments and conditions are all around you if you know where to look. The Darlington and Stockton Times, in an article published in their local paper, suggested that the girl’s fern was the answer to baldness.
Medicinal plants and foods against diseases
He told the newspaper, “People have always turned to herbs and foods to treat and cure ailments. Doctors determine what foods or herbs to treat by finding out how to use that herb.”
He asserts that plants share characteristics (shape, name, color, etc.) that can be used to treat any part of the body. It’s known for the “signatures” they can make, he said. Ms Lee said: “This theory was called the doctrine of signatures.”
According to herbalists, liver relieves liver disease, snakebite is an antidote to snakebite, and burdock cures hemorrhoids (obviously). For Maiden Fern, it’s all in the name.
According to the Herbs2000 website, the use of maidenhair fern for treating hair loss comes in the form of an herbal tea that can be made from it. However, the website notes that the belief that forests can prevent human hair loss has “no factual basis”.
The Darlington and Stockton Times also warn that no one should attempt or use herbs for healing unless they know exactly what they are doing. This is sound advice that even natural remedies can carry serious risks; Earlier this year, a young man died after using traditional Chinese medicine to treat his hair loss.
Clinically proven treatment
In fact, it is not necessary to use magical methods to restore lost hair, because many diseases can now be treated. The most common cause of hair loss, nearly half of men’s baldness by the age of 50 responds well to two clinically proven hair loss treatments.
Finasteride 1 mg once-daily tablets are designed to inhibit DHT, a testosterone byproduct that shrinks follicles and causes thinning hair in genetically susceptible men, while high-potency minoxidil comes in several forms. A topical formulation that is applied directly to the scalp to promote new hair growth. Both of these medicines are officially recognized by the UK and US Medical Regulatory Boards, licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA.
Clinical treatment sessions such as hair growth supplements, scalp massages, and infrared light therapy may be used alongside this drug regimen, which may include one or both of the prescribed medications.
Other conditions such as Alopecia Areata are often treatable and the best place to start is to root around the garden and consult a professional hair loss clinic where a professional diagnosis can be made.