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Nettle root against hair loss

Posted by Stefanie Seyda on
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Nettle root is also called stinging nettle and nettle; it is a good herbal treatment option for hair loss. But there is really no scientific evidence to support the claims that it can prevent hair loss or promote hair growth. However, its use does not really do any harm unless the person is taking specific medications.


The plant has been around for centuries and has been used to treat various diseases. Nettle originated in Asia and Northern Europe, but today it can be found in different parts of the world. The nettle plant has thin hairs on the stem and leaves that sting when touched, giving it its name. The root is often used to treat prostate problems.

Why do we lose our hair?

There are numerous reasons why people experience hair loss. One of the more common reasons is dihydrotestosterone, a real tongue twister, so let's stick with DHT. Testosterone is converted to DHT, which then attaches to hair follicles and prevents nutrients from reaching the follicles to nourish them. The result is a shortened life span of the hair follicles, causing hair to fall faster than it normally should. DHT can also cause hair follicles to shrink, making hair thinner and finer so that it breaks easily.

Hair loss is also attributed to other factors that include aging, thyroid, stress, fungal infections, diabetes, certain medications and pregnancy. Hormonal changes can also cause hair loss.

How does the nettle root help with hair loss?

It is believed that the nettle root has the necessary properties to block and suppress the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Blocking DHT production means a reduction in hair loss. There are no studies that prove the effectiveness of this herb.

Nettle root is available in several forms including: Dry extract, liquid extract, dried root and root tincture. Each type of nettle root preparation must be taken in specific doses. There are several shampoos on sale that contain the nettle root.

Side effects of nettle root

Taking nettle root treatments for hair loss has few side effects. In the rare cases, fluid retention or stomach upset may occur. People taking blood thinning medications must consult a doctor before taking nettle root as it may have blood thinning properties. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised not to take nettle root treatments without consulting a doctor.

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