Reversing Gray Hair Naturally

Herbs have been used in the traditional folk medicine of all nations for ages to treat premature aging conditions such as premature gray hair. Admittedly, traditional medicines have not always been effective in reversing or preventing gray hair and to this day no herbal or medicinal cure for age-related and genetically-determined graying hair exists. Nonetheless, herbal remedies have experienced a tremendous revival in popularity recently and now account for well over 50% of trade with hair care products. Their attractiveness stems mainly from the general belief that they are free from harmful side effects and can stimulate natural healing processes in the body and thus reverse medical conditions naturally.

By far the most popular herbal remedy for reversing gray hair today is Fo-Ti root. It can be found as a principal active ingredient in almost any natural gray hair product. Fo-Ti (polygonum multiflorum), is a climbing plant native to China and now widely grown also in Japan and Taiwan. In traditional Chinese medicine it has been used for thousands of years as a popular longevity tonic because of its assumed ability to counteract the body’s aging processes. In China it is well known under the local name He shou wu, which stands for "black haired Mr. He". The legend has it that an old villager, Mr. He, who lived in the 9th century A.D. took Fo-Ti and restored his black hair, youthful appearance and vitality and fathered children at the ripe age of 60. He lived to 130, maintaining his natural hair color. In addition to influencing the aging processes, Fo-Ti is credited with many other health-providing properties highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. Among other things, it is also believed to extend hair growth cycles and thus it can be frequently found in many commercial hair regrowth products. As is so often the case with herbal cures, Fo-Ti has never been clinically studied as a potential gray hair treatment. There is no scientific or recent empirical evidence that it can help reverse graying hair.

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) and folic acid are two vitamins from the group of B vitamins credited with the ability to reverse greying hair. Their presence in the body is thought to be essential to maintaining one’s original hair color and it is possible that a shortage of one of these two vitamins might lead to hair turning gray. Their extra intake can be beneficial in gray hair conditions caused by vitamin B deficiency but will not restore your original hair color in conditions caused by hereditary factors or old age. Nevertheless, these two vitamins are used in almost any commercial gray hair remedy out there.

There are many other herbal ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, eleuthero root, Asian and Siberian ginseng, gotu kola, green tea, rosemary, chamomile, horsetail, etc. that you can find in natural grey hair products, having mostly auxiliary functions, such as promoting a healthy scalp environment or providing additional nutrients to your hair follicles. Some other herbs, such as sage, can be used to add color to your hair, working as a natural hair colorant while also giving your hair more shine, which gives the impression of there being less gray hair. One traditional method of reversing graying hair, originally from India, which may sound anecdotal, is rubbing your fingernails against each other to help stimulate circulation (as nerve endings are located under the finger nails), thereby reducing the amount of gray hair.

One can conclude that no scientific proof seems to exist that any exercise or herb, vitamin, mineral or nutrient contained in the natural remedies can reverse premature or age-related graying of hair. If you decide to try any commercial herbal remedy for gray hair, keep in mind that besides there being no guarantee of its effectiveness, no daily dosage has been established and side effects might occur, despite the general belief that herbal remedies are safe and free from them.

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