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Ginkgo Biloba for Hair Loss

Limited research suggests that Ginkgo Biloba Extract (GBE) is a possible treatment for hair loss. GBE is reportedly used in three hair products (FDA 2006). Kobayashi et al (1993) conducted a study to determine the effects of GBE in normal, pre-shaven mice. As GBE was shown to promote hair regrowth in these mice, they suggested that it could be used as a hair tonic in humans. In another in vivo study, Kim et al (1998) also found that GBE stimulated hair growth through discouraging programmed cell death in hair follicles. GBE is known to have a positive influence on blood flow (Krieglstein, 1985; Mashayekh et a, 2011). Although hair follicles are not supplied by blood vessels, they are surrounded by blood vessels that have been thought to arise from the deep blood vessels in the skin (Durward and Rudall, 1958). When these vessels meet the nutritional needs of hair follicles during the anagen phase of rapid cell division, cyclic hair growth occurs (Yano et al, 2001). In addition, it has been previously suggested that impaired development of blood vessels surrounding the hair follicle plays a role in hair loss (Goldman et al, 1995). These findings suggest that GBE’s influence on circulation would in turn impact hair growth. There have been reports of occasional adverse effects with excessive consumption of GBE (Skogh, 1998). Long term safety is not clear. In addition, data on GBE’s safety and efficacy in pattern hair loss has not been adequately and critically evaluated and documented in peer-reviewed clinical trials (Mysore, 2010). While laboratory studies on GBE have produced promising evidence, further studies are required to investigate its mechanism of action on human hair follicles. Large scale, well designed clinical trials are needed to substantiate claims of GBE’s efficacy (Patil et al, 2011).


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