Baldness is a fact of life for most men as they age. When baldness occurs, they may seek alternative treatments for their condition.
The usual options for men include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). The first is applied daily to help re-grow hair. The latter is taken daily but mostly to help keep the existing hair from falling out.
These treatments can be expensive and must be continued in order to see results. Some men want options for their baldness that don’t include drugs. Propecia has side effects that include impotence in some men.
One alternative treatment is saw palmetto. This is a palm plant that is grown in Florida. Native Indians in this region would use it as a staple of their diet. Early uses for saw palmetto were as a treatment for BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy) or enlarged prostate.
It was discovered that saw palmetto also affected the levels of 5-alpha reductase in the body. This is the enzyme that converts testosterone in the body to dihydrotestosterone. The dihydrotestosterone binds to hormone receptors on the hair follicle to reduce hair production. Both men and women have used this herbal remedy to help reverse their baldness (alopecia). It can be taken orally or as a topical treatment.
Depending on the cause of your baldness, other alternative treatments can be of assistance. Stress can lead to hair loss in some people. Yoga can be prescribed as a way to reduce stress and restore hair growth. Yoga involves a series of moves that lengthen and strengthen muscles while practicing breathing techniques. Yoga practitioners have experienced lower blood pressures, heart rates and stress levels.
Homeopathy says that the root cause of any outward condition is that something is wrong internally. So, for baldness, homeopathic treatments involved using herbs and minerals in preparation (tinctures, powders, essential oils) to stimulate the re-growth of hair in the follicles. Different preparations are used depending on the cause of the baldness. The scalp is massaged with the preparation.
Surgical procedures can be used to transplant hair from other areas to the scalp. This can include hair plugs and scalp flaps. Procedures called scalp reductions remove the bald areas of the scalp and pull together the areas that are still growing hair so that hair loss is not noticeable. Laser treatments are used to try to jumpstart hair follicles as it were to re-grow hair.
Hairpieces were the first fashionable trend for men with hair loss. Hairpieces use actual human hair to match the color and texture of your own to create a seamless look between your hair and the piece. Some men may opt for hair weaving where other hair is weaved into your remaining hair through mesh.
There are other alternatives to traditional treatments for male baldness. The types of alternative treatments available depend on reasons for hair loss and what you are willing to try.