Mankind has been using plant, animal and mineral extracts in an attempt to discover a hair loss solution for just about as long as history can remember. While many of these natural remedies wouldn't stand up to scientific investigation a number prove highly effective. Much is still to be learned about 'how' and 'why' they work, but it seems that many are underpinned by sound scientific principles. Dermatologists often recommend following a natural course of treatment alongside one of the FDA recommended products, and naturally they're the best starting point in evaluating the pros and cons of each approach.
Extract of Saw Palmetto comes in capsule form and is one of the best regarded alternative hair loss treatments. It's thought to act by inhibiting the action of 5-alpha reductase - which is responsible for converting testosterone to DHT. Without getting too technical this comparable to how one of the two FDA approved drugs works, hence it doesn't require an enormous leap of faith to assume that Saw Palmetto may also be effective. Certainly Native American Indians have been using the berry for centuries. Similarly on the other side of the Atlantic the same role is played by Pygeum (which comes from the bark of an African evergreen tree).
Vitamins and minerals are known to play an important part in the growth of healthy hair. Unfortunately it doesn't follow that that supplements will help to arrest hair loss or promote hair re-growth. If you eat a balanced diet the chances are that you'll be getting all the nutrients that you need. However, if you are concerned look for supplements containing Vitamin B6 , Zinc and the amino acids Arginine and Cysteine . Folic Acid and Biotin are also frequently linked with prevention of hair loss.
Other alternative treatments range from the sublime (such as drinking regular cups of green tea ) to those bordering on the ridiculous (notably the time-honored practice of massaging the scalp with a solution of cayenne pepper - which incidentally receives surprisingly positive reports). Whichever approach you decide to follow it's important to first discuss it with your dermatologist, but it's also worth remembering that it pays to shop around as most alternative remedies are available at local health care stores for a fraction of the price.