Hair loss is truly very depressing even for a man. Even Wayne Rooney who recently went public with his newly installed hair ostensibly felt like a complete man forged anew into the world. In the vast majority of male hair loss, balding is genetic and androgen-dependent. However, the lack of proper hair and scalp care, as well as the influence of several different factors — for example, an improper diet, hormonal imbalances, stress, harsh hairstyling can also contribute to hair loss and unhealthy hair.
With no cure in sight, treating male baldness has not been a walk in the park for many people. On a lighter note, there are methods to manage the condition. One of these approaches is through the use of plants like pygeum africanum.
Commonly called as the African prune tree, the pygeum africanum is an evergreen tree that grows in the high plateaus of Africa. Like saw palmetto, pygeum was traditionally used for treating benign prostatic hyperlasia (BPH) as it addresses its symptoms including frequent nocturnal urination, low urine volume, and prostate enlargement. Besides prostate problems, pygeum has been able to fight a variety of conditions like malaria, gonorrhoea, and digestive problems, among others.
Pygeum appear produces strong lipophilic extracts containing at least three different types of active compounds that potentially explains its therapeutic effects: phytosterols, pentacyclic terpenes, and ferulic acid esters. The lipophilic extracts can inhibit the 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main culprit of male pattern baldness.
Pygeum is often taken internally, usually made into an herbal tea. The herbs pygeum and nettle work together to inhibit the production of 5-AR. The recommended dose is 50-100 mg nettle and 60-500 mg pygeum daily. Pregnant and lactating women should refrain from using the plant for safety purposes.