Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hair Loss
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Polygonum multiforum is a vining plant with heart-shaped leaves. It is known by several names including Chinese knotweed, fo-ti, shou wu, ye jiao teng (which means twisted vine), he shou wu, or flowered fleece. The name He Shou Wu means “Mr He with Black Hair” which makes reference to this herb’s ability to get rid of gray hair. Polygonum multiflorum has been successfully used as an herbal remedy for alopecia areata as well as for androgenic alopecia and other forms of hair loss as well. If you’re looking for a cure for autoimmune hair loss, read more about how to cure autoimmune disease here using holistic remedies that work with the root cause of autoimmune hair loss.
Polygonum multiflorum has been studied as an herbal hair growth treatment that works through the promotion of Dermal Papilla Cell proliferation. There are several different cell types in hair follicles, but Dermal Papilla Cells are some of the most important types of cell that play a role in hair loss and hair regrowth. The Dermal Papilla Cells play a vital role in transitioning hair growth from anagen phase to telogen phase in those who are suffering from androgenic alopecia. Polygonum multiflorum is therefore regarded as an herbal remedy for androgenic alopecia and scientists have reported that it performs better than minoxidil 2%.
Polygonum multiflorum has the ability to significantly boost hair fiber length. It increases the mitochondrial viability and activity in a dose dependent manner. And, in studies, it was also able to protect hair follicles from the androgenic effects of dihyrotestosterone (DHT). Finally, Polygonum multiflorum also works in part by preventing the hair follicle from entering the catagen, resting phase of the hair growth cycle.
In terms of the hair growth cycle, Polygonum multiflorum works by prolonging the anagen phase while preventing the catagen phase by activating Dermal Papilla Cells.
Polygonum multiforum Shampoo for Hair Loss
Polygonum multiflorum / He Shou Wu is a vital herbal tonic for hair loss. It works directly on hair follicles, as well as on the liver, an organ that is intimately involved in hair growth. Polygonum multiforum also targets the reproductive organs, and the circulatory system to provide a well-rounded treatment targeting the most important systems of the body that tend to cause hair loss.
Polygonum multiflorum can be taken internally to reduce cholesterol levels and to increase blood sugar levels, but if you decide to ingest this herb, following the dosing instructions on the product label. The typical daily dose is 3000 mg three times daily. High doses of Polygonum multiflorum can cause a rash and numbness in the hands and feet. It has a slightly sedative effect when taken at the suggested dose.
As a shampoo, Polygonum multiflorum can be used to get rid of grey hair as well as to regrow hair. Use the shampoo daily for at least 6 months.
Polygonum multiflorum to Get Rid of Graying Hair
Polygonum multiflorum, like the Pueraria plants, has been used as an herbal remedy for gray hair. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to restore pigmentation to the hair, Polygonum multiflorum could be combined with Lugol’s iodine therapy as well as treatment with an appropriate Pueraria plant.
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Other Important Links:
Sun, Y. N. et al. (2013). Promotion effect of constituents from the root of Polygonum multiflorum on hair growth. Retrieved September 11, 2022 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23896496/
Shin, J. Y. et al. (2020). Polygonum multiflorum extract support hair growth by elongating anagen phase and abrogating the effect of androgen in cultured human dermal papilla cells. Retrieved September 11, 2022 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32398000/