|Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 02:37 am: ||
Here is an interesting article about using saw palmetto as a topical.
A study was conducted using 48 men and women with age-related baldness. Half of the subjects received a lotion containing saw palmetto while the other half of the group received a lotion without the herb (control group). Subjects were instructed to apply the lotion to their scalp two times a day for 50 weeks. Hair density was measured using a standardized instrument at the beginning of the study and after the 50-week period.
After 50 weeks, subjects using the lotion with saw palmetto had an average 27% increase in hair density in comparison to their density at the beginning of the study. The subjects in the control group showed only a 13% increase in hair density. The researchers concluded that based on the results saw palmetto may be helpful in the treatment of age-related hair loss.
|Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 03:21 am: ||
Ok so they saw a 27% increase in density in the saw palmetto group.
How did the balding control group achieve a 13% increase in hair density?
|Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 04:17 am: ||
The same way the balding control group in the propecia study managed to maintain their hair:
|12-Month Results||PROPECIA||Placebo |
|No Change||62% (96 of 155)||85% (128 of 150) |
|Decrease|| 1% (1 of 155)|| 7% (11 of 150)|
http://www.propecia.com/finasteride/propecia/consumer/see_the_proof/photographic _assessment.jsp?mtc=3BODY#anterior (scroll down)
As you can see, 85% of the balding control group in the propecia study managed to maintain their hair throughout one full year of swallowing a sugar pill, and only 7% was actually worse off at the end of one year (7% showed improvement).
Obviously, the people who were picked to participate in the propecia study weren't losing their hair at all throughout the duration of that study (everyone on placebo was put on propecia after one year, so the study was actually only for one year, although people were kept on propecia for a total of five years). Similarly, at least some of the people in the saw palmetto study weren't losing their hair either, though the study does seem more credible than that conducted by Merck for propecia.
|Posted on Saturday, March 11, 2006 - 12:58 am: ||
Look into a Topical that help reduce inflammation as these may also help reduce your hairloss rate.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 12:09 pm: ||
Pete 1 may be correct.