The Common Nettle, also called nettle or stinging nettle; it is a highly regarded herbal treatment for hair loss. But there really isn't any scientific evidence to back up claims that it can prevent hair loss or promote hair growth. However, there is no real harm in using it unless the person is taking special medication.
The plant has been around for centuries and is used to treat various diseases. The nettle originated in Asia and Northern Europe, but is now found in different parts of the world. The nettle plant has thin hairs on the stem and stings when touched and thus gives it its name. The root is widely used to treat prostate ailments.
Why do we lose our hair?
There are numerous reasons for people experiencing hair loss. One of the more common reasons is dihydrotestosterone, which is a real tongue twister, so we'll stick with DHT. Testosterone is converted into DHT, which then attaches to the hair follicles, preventing the nutrients from reaching the follicles to nourish them. The result is a shortened hair follicle life: causing hair to fall faster than it should normally. DHT can also cause hair follicles to shrink, making hair thinner and finer, which is easier to break.
Hair loss is also attributed to other factors, which include aging, thyroid, stress, fungal infections, diabetes, certain medications, and pregnancy. Hormonal changes can also cause hair loss.
How does the nettle root help with hair loss?
It is believed that the nettle root has the necessary properties to block and suppress the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Blocking DHT production means reducing hair loss. There are no studies that prove the effectiveness of this herb.
The nettle root is available in several forms, including: dry extract, liquid extract, dried root, and root tincture. Each type of nettle root supplement must be taken in specific doses. There are several shampoos on sale that contain the nettle root.
Side effects of nettle root
Taking nettle root treatments for hair loss has few side effects. In rare cases, fluid retention or an upset stomach may occur. Individuals taking blood-thinning medication should consult a doctor before ingesting nettle root, as it can have blood-thinning properties. Pregnant and nursing mothers are advised not to undergo nettle root treatments without consulting a doctor.