What Is Baldness

Baldness is a term that refers to partial or the complete absence of hair.  Baldness can start with the thinning of hair and progress into more severe thinning and baldness.  Both men and women can suffer from this condition, but it is more common in men.  Male Pattern Baldness is responsible for up to 95% of hair thinning in men.  Hair usually begins receding away from the normal hair line or thinning on the top of the head.  As the thinning and receding progress, Baldness occurs.

Signs Of Baldness

When it comes to losing your hair, it can happen gradually or suddenly, depending on the underlying cause.  Balding is typically indicated by a receding hairline or thinning hair on the top of the head, for example, a circular or patchy area.  Symptoms may include:

  • Gradual thinning hair on the top of the head
  • Patchy bald spots
  • Sudden hair loss
  • Receding hairline
What Causes Baldness

Baldness has a variety of possible causes, one of the primary causes being genetics.  Scientists have discovered that Baldness can be the result of a specific gene.  The hormone DHT is the prime suspect in this condition. DHT is a male sex hormone that affects body and facial hair growth, as well as the way the prostate functions.  It is believed that the DHT hormone can shorten the growth phase of hair production, causing the hair to grow improperly.  Other potential causes of baldness or hair thinning can include:

  • Major trauma to the body such as surgery or poisoning,
  • Stress
  • Chemotherapy
  • Medications for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and heart disease
  • Hormones found in steroids and acne medications
  • Poor nutrition
  • Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • External debris and toxins

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Poor dietary choices play a very prominent role when it comes to Baldness.  Diets high in meat and refined foods can lead to hormonal imbalances, stress, and mineral deficiencies, all of which contribute to the balding process.  This is why it is beneficial to eat a plant-based diet that is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.  Try to eliminate processed foods, refined sugars, fried foods, meat, meat products, dairy products, and junk foods to help keep your hair healthy. 
  • Since stress is a common cause of Baldness, it is beneficial to reduce the amount of stress in your life.  Yoga works wonders against stress. Daily yoga practice can give you a chance to clear your mind and focus on breathing and inner health.  Yoga is also an excellent form of exercise that helps to keep the body limber and toned.
  • Meditation creates mental blocks to thoughts that lead to stress.  It can also lead to answers to problems that are the source of our stress.  Practice meditation to help increase positive thinking.  While you are meditating, you can also try imaginative therapy, which can be beneficial if you are in tune with spiritual healing.  You can use your imagination to help promote positivity in your mind and to envision hair growth.  This may not work for everyone, but it can help you to eradicate negativity and stress from your life and invite positivity in.
  • Massage therapy is excellent for naturally decreasing stress.  Massage can release negative energy, which is stored at a cellular level.  Body tension and stress can cause our minds to work less clearly and can lead to additional health problems such as Baldness.
  • Rosemary essential oil has been known to increase hair growth by about 20%.  It nearly tops the list of essential oils that enhance hair growth!  Packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals, rosemary essential oil helps to get rid of dandruff or other scalp irritations.
  • When it comes to hair loss or thinning hair, the problem is usually the roots.  Because burdock oil is rich in vitamin A and essential fatty acids, the best way to reap its benefits is by massaging the oil onto your scalp.  Focus on the problem areas and don’t be afraid to really get in there, but don’t pull out your hair in the process.  Apply the oil every 2-3 days and massage for 10 minutes at a time.  Don’t wash the oil out afterwards.  Leave it in until you shower.  Use it consistently for about 2 months to see better results.
Things you should eat
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Dark leafy green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard)
  • Bananas
  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries, & blackberries)
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Flaxseeds
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Coconut Oil
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