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Does Saw Palmetto or Chili Powder Stop Hair Loss?

Patient’s Question:

I’ve been searching the internet for the latest info on hair restoration medicine that regrows lost hair, or at least stops hair loss, and I come across things like people using Saw Palmetto as DHT-blocker, or using chili powder on their scalp to promote blood flow. Does that stuff really work?

Dr. Friedman’s Answer:

Saw Palmetto has been touted for years to be similar to Propecia (Finasteride), but without the side-effects, in stopping hair loss in males.  Unfortunately, there has never been any double-blind FDA studies performed to show effectiveness.  There have been a few independent studies performed by Saw Palmetto manufacturers, yet these reports do not hold up to the rigorous testing required by the FDA.

Promoting blood flow using chili powder has also never been tested.  Increasing blood flow alone does not regrow hair since male and female pattern hair loss is not due to a decrease in blood flow, but due to the follicle’s sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Thank you for your inquiry. Please call us at 480.500.7443 or send us an EMAIL if you have any further questions.

Dr. Shelly Friedman, DO
Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon
Arizona’s Most Trusted Hair Loss Doctor
Named Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc – Hair Transplant Surgeon

 

 

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