I have not come across any particularly successful treatment for male baldness in the world of alternative medicine. Some people have had some benefit by taking high-dose mineral supplements, oxygen therapies, scalp massage and yogic head-standing techniques, but never to any great degree. If you are genetically predisposed to losing your hair, orthodox non-invasive, surgical and drug treatments are your only option.


Visit a trichologist for supplemental advice and the latest methods of hair replacement and weaving.

The drug minoxidil has been hailed as effective.

It works for approximately 12 per cent of people but needs to be used continuously; 50 per cent or so have some success and the remainder obtain no benefit. Minoxidil was a hypertensive drug that created hirsutism and was experimentally applied topically. It has many side effects, including water retention, weight gain and tachycardia, and should only be considered in full knowledge of these effects.

If baldness is detrimentally affecting your life, counselling and hypnotherapy may allow you to come to terms with the problem even though it does not solve it


Baldness occurring in patches or throughout the scalp, as opposed to male pattern baldness, is called alopecia and is associated with:

Fungal infections


Drug taking, such as anticancer drugs


Mineral and protein deficiencies

Hair is dependent upon a good blood supply to the hair follicles. Stress can cut down the blood supply to the scalp, mineral and protein deficiencies can prevent the follicle from forming the hair, drugs poison the follicles. Trauma and fungi inhibit the follicles as well.


Visit a complementary medical practitioner to establish a cause.

Replenish the body with high-dose mineral and essential amino acid supplements.

Stop using medicated shampoos unless instructed by a qualified practitioner. Certain medications may inhibit folic activity.

Gentle massage and yogic headstanding techniques can be beneficial but need to be taught. Too much rubbing may be detrimental.

Homeopathic and herbal treatments are available but are best prescribed by practitioners because they must aim at the underlying cause.

As in all conditions where stress is relevant, consult with a stress management practitioner.

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