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Menopause and Baldness: Hope in Herbs

Menopause brings so many changes to a woman's life, many of which are unwelcome no matter how positive your attitude toward the natural process may be. One of these changes is significant hair loss slowly but inexorably leading to baldness. Fortunately, you have an ally in the many herbs from Mother Nature that can help against hair loss during menopause.

There are only two things that you must remember with these herbs. First, you should not expect miraculous results as these herbs have never possessed any miraculous qualities where hair regrowth is concerned. Second, you must adhere to the recommended daily dosage and length of time for taking these herbs, which are often sold as herbal products, since side effects can and do occur with the abuse of these products.

Black Cohosh and Dong Quai


Aside from their uses as relief from vaginal dryness and hot flashes, the traditional Chinese herbs of black cohosh and dong quai are also used to fight baldness brought by menopause. Its main effect is in the replenishment of the female hormone estrogen, which dwindles in production when a woman hits the menopausal stage.

Milk Thistle


This herb contains a potent antioxidant - silymarin - that encourages hair growth. It is also used for other illnesses including upset stomach. When coupled with ginkgo biloba, milk thistle appears to be more powerful against baldness.

Peppermint, Lavender and Rosemary


These herbs have been shown to encourage hair growth by stimulating the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients into the scalp. In turn, the hair is made healthier such that baldness can be warded off. You can massage the essential oils of these herbs into your scalp one to two times daily. Your hair routine may even include shampoos and conditioners with these essential oils to achieve a multiplier effect.

Garlic


Not only does garlic possess potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal - it can be used in the treatment of yeast infections - properties but new studies are showing that it can also help in treating alopecia areata, a type of baldness characterized by patchy areas.

Macafem


This is an herb that stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands so that these can produce more beneficial hormones. Take note that menopause means an imbalance in the hormones of the woman such that anything that can normalize hormone production is, indeed, a welcome substance and so it is with macafem.

Again, these herbs are not a failsafe method to ward off baldness in your menopause years. You must still adopt other lifestyle changes to complement these herbs and, thus, see better results.

You have to eat a balanced diet that will provide the necessary nutrients to your scalp and hair. You must also manage your physical and mental stress since it is also a cause for hair loss. You should avoid smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs as these can lead to various diseases with hair loss as one of the symptoms.

You should take better care of your hair by avoiding too much chemicals, dyes and electrical appliances being applied to your delicate tresses. Pulling, tugging and dyeing it may make you beautiful for now but your hair may soon be gone from all the abuse you are heaping on it.