Red Ginseng Promotes Hair Growth

Red Ginseng Promotes Hair Growth
Male pattern baldness occurs in genetically–susceptible men in response to dihydrotestosterone (DHT, a testosterone metabolite). Alpha-5 reductase inhibitors, found in drugs such as Minoxidil, reduce DHT and promote hair growth in some men. However, they can interfere with testosterone metabolism. Japanese researchers, in a study on mice, found that topical application of red ginseng (ginseng rhizome) increased hair growth. The effect of the supplement was localized to the skin, so it did not have systemic effects. Ginseng is a collection of eleven different species of roots found in North America, Korea, China and Siberia. Chinese physicians have used ginseng for thousands of years to increase energy levels and boost immunity. Many athletes have used ginseng to promote recovery from training. Used as a cream, it may also help grow hair. (Phytotherapy Research, published online)

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