Over the years, scores of women have come to me with a problem they find extremely embarrassing. They’re losing their hair.
Most are panicked to have this “man’s problem.”
I understand. It’s not easy to lose your crowning glory. It can be emotionally and psychologically devastating.
What’s worse, many of them have been frightened by other doctors who talk about costly transplants… or taking a drug for the rest of their lives. And that drug has side effects that include weight gain, swollen feet, hairy arms, moustaches… and much worse.
The first thing I do is offer reassurance, because the problem isn’t uncommon. In fact, women make up 40% of all adults suffering hair loss.
And the good news is that this is a condition that has several age-old, natural treatments.
One of the most effective natural remedies is panax ginseng, or “true” ginseng.
Chinese herbalists have used it for centuries for a wide variety of health problems. But the power of this herb has more or less been forgotten by Western medicine.
Panax ginseng is also well known for its energizing effect. And it helps boost lung power, immune system function, mental sharpness and even your sex drive.
At the same time, ginseng can ease blood sugar problems. It also promotes healthy blood pressure and it has been linked to wrinkle reduction.1
But most doctors will tell you that panax ginseng will do nothing for hair loss – but a number of recent studies suggest otherwise.
The most common form of hair loss – in both men and women – is caused by the genetic sensitivity of your hair follicles to a form of testosterone called DHT.
A recent Japanese study found that ginseng promotes hair regrowth when hair loss is caused by this testosterone issue.2
Most doctors claim that the level of blood supply to the hair follicles on your scalp is irrelevant.
But panax ginseng works by boosting blood supply to your scalp, and Korean researchers have proved its power to regrow hair.3
In 2012, another Korean study recommended ginseng as a standard treatment for thinning hair. Volunteers using ginseng regrew more and thicker hair than those using the standard treatment alone.4
In 2013, scientists also tested ginseng’s impact on blood flow. And they discovered that ginseng improves overall blood flow.5
Korean doctors say they’ve shown panax ginseng promotes hair regrowth by stimulating blood flow to hair follicles.6
That’s just one reason I put panax ginseng in Infuse, my healthy hair formula.
Massaging it into your scalp twice daily delivers ginseng directly to your follicles – along with other nutrients you need to produce a thick, full head of hair.
You can also buy panax ginseng on the Internet or most health food stores. But do not confuse panax ginseng with other forms, like American or Siberian ginseng.
To your good health,
Al Sears, MD
1. Hwang, E., et al, “Efficacy and Safety of Enzyme-modified Panax ginseng for Anti-wrinkle Therapy in Healthy skin: A single-center, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo- controlled Study,” Rejuvenation Res. Apr 13, 2015.
2. Murata, K., et al, “Effects of ginseng rhizome and ginsenoside Ro on testosterone 5?-reductase and hair re-growth in testosterone-treated mice,” Phytother Res. Jan 2012; 26(1): 48-53.
3. Park., S., et al, “Fructus panax ginseng extract promotes hair regeneration in C57BL/6 mice,” J Ethnopharmacol. Nov 18, 2011; 138(2): 340-344.
4. Oh, G.N. and Son, S.W., “Efficacy of Korean Red Ginseng in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata,” J Ginseng Res. Oct 2012; 36(4): 391–395.
5. Kang, J. , et al, “Study on improving blood flow with Korean red ginseng substances using digital infrared thermal imaging and Doppler sonography: randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with parallel design,” J Tradit Chin Med. Feb 2013; 33(1): 39-45.
6. Kim, S.N., et al, “The ginsenosides of Panax ginseng promote hair growth via similar mechanism of minoxidil,” J Dermatol Sci. Feb 2015; 77(2): 132-134.