Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) for Hair Loss: a Natural 5AR Inhibitor

A study on 60 patients with male pattern baldness tested topical chamomile and Zataria multiflora extracts. The research team reported “significant results” in increased hair growth in the patch tests. Updates will be posted here as more findings are released.

60 patients with androgenetic alopecia were recruited from Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran, Iran. They were divided in a 1:1:1 ratio to Groups A, B, and C. The first two were instructed to use the topical extract twice daily for three months. Group C was treated with placebo in the same instruction. All groups also received 5% topical minoxidil. The outcome measures were patch size, terminal hair count, and grown hair count. No complications were observed during the treatment. There were significant improvements in the patch size and terminal hair count of Groups A and B as compared with those of Group C (p < 0.05). Moreover, the non-considerable promotion of grown hair count showed possible synergistic effects. It could be concluded that ZM and MC extracts can afford to enhance hair growth by inhibiting the 5αR activity and might thus be potent antiandrogen agents. Source: Taylor & Francis