Capsicum & Hair Growth

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Capsicum & Hair Growth
Capsicum aids hair growth. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Nicolas Longchamps)

Although surgical procedures are available; opting for alternative medicine to facilitate hair growth is another choice. Capsicum is one such "natural remedy," suggested by Herbs for Hair Loss.

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The American Cancer Society describes capsicum as a group of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family. "Capsaicin is the most-studied active ingredient in the plant." Common varieties include the cayenne, jalapeño and other hot peppers.

Hair Growth

According to Herbs for Hair Loss, capsicum, or the red pepper, "draws blood to the scalp because of irritation. It is also said to help encourage the release of histamines that stimulate hair regrowth."

Hair Tonic

Best Hair Loss considers capsicum a "natural hair growth stimulator." Cover and simmer red peppers in warm water for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Strain, put it in a bottle and use this "hair growth tonic" to cure hair loss.

Forms

Capsicum is available in tea, tonic and capsule form in all leading health stores.

Insights

According to the American Cancer Society, capsaicin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Capsaicin gels, creams and ointments are safe to use on skin. Consumption of cayenne pepper is considered harmless for those "not allergic to peppers."

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