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Author: Lydian Shipp

Wild Yam Root: A Cumulative Contraceptive Method and General Women’s Health Herb

What is wild yam root? DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY. Wild yam root (Dioscorea villosa) is a natural female contraceptive with a long history of use in Native American and Mexican cultures, as well as in Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. It is also known as American yam, fourleaf yam, yuma, Shan-Yao, and Devil’s Bones (among other names). As some readers may already know, the compound diosgenin found in wild yam root was the predecessor to the modern birth control pill, in which it can be synthetically converted...

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How to Treat Hair Loss At Home: Types of Hair Loss and Natural Treatment Options

Types of Hair Loss and Alternative Treatment Recommendations DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY. Androgenic Alopecia (Male-Pattern Hair Loss / Female-Pattern Hair Loss) Androgenic alopecia, which is also referred to as male-pattern hair loss or female-pattern hair loss, is a type of hair loss that is caused by the body having an overexaggerated response to androgens (a group of sex hormones). Individuals with androgenic alopecia have higher levels of 5-alpha-reductase and dihydrotestosterone, an androgen that is produced from testosterone using 5-alpha-reductase.   Androgenic alopecia can affect both men and...

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Orthomolecular Therapies for Hair Loss: How to Use Vitamins and Minerals to Regrow Hair

Important Nutritional Therapies for Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY. While not all cases of hair loss are based on nutritional deficiency, there are certain situations in which hair loss may be heavily influenced or even entirely caused by a single deficiency or a set of deficiencies. Even in situations where hair loss isn’t caused by deficiency, nutritional supplementation with the appropriate nutrients may dramatically improve a patient’s response to different natural medicines. Below are some of the most important nutrients to consider when...

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Biotin as a Hair Loss Supplement: Does it actually work?

Does biotin / vitamin B7 actually help regrow hair? DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY. Biotin is a popular supplement marketed for its benefits in terms of hair and fingernail health. The skeptical reader will likely question whether biotin is actually a legitimate supplement when it comes to the treatment of hair loss, since so often in the modern health industry “popular” = “not real/not healthy”. Biotin is a vitamin like any other vitamin, and taking it as a supplement is unlikely to do any damage. So then, the...

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Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens): Herbal Remedy for Androgenic Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss

What is saw palmetto? DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY. Saw palmetto is a plant extract that comes from the berries of Serenoa repens, a small palm tree that grows in the Southeastern United States. It may also be referred to as American dwarf palm tree, cabbage palm, Sabal, Serenoa serrulata, or Sabal serrulata. The extract of saw palmetto has unique antiandrogenic properties, and consists of fatty acids, phytosterols, beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A), polysaccharides, and vitamin E derivatives.  Uses of Saw Palmetto Besides being a treatment for...

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