The potential health benefits of Emu oil are many. It can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, arthritis, strech marks, burns, wrinkles, hair and scalp problems and much more.
In this article, I will explain how emu oil can help prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
First lets cover some basic concepts relating to hair loss. The main cause of hair loss (over 90%) is Androgenetic Alopecia which is caused by DHT (a derivative of testosterone). Please note that women also produce testosterone (especially after menopause) and therefore DHT.
Testosterone is converted to DHT by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, the scalp and various adrenal glands. Over time, DHT causes hair follicles to degrade and shortens their growth cycle (anagen phase). In most cases, the hair follicle is still alive and connected to a good blood supply. Some of the follicles will die, but most will simply shrink in size and produce weaker hairs. This is really the biggest problem with having a shorter growth cycle. Since the hairs are weaker, they shed more and the remaining hairs become so thin that they can not survive daily wear and tear. Basically, the hairs in bald areas areas typically change from long, thick, colored hairs into fine, unpigmented, fuzzy hairs.
Emu oil prevents hair loss in two specific ways:
- Emu Oil Blocks DHT-
When DHT attaches itself to the hair follicle, it begins to kill it. There are certain natural products that have the ability to block or "keep" the DHT from attaching to the hair follicle. If the DHT can not attach to the hair follicle, it can not kill it.
Promotes New Hair Growth
Emu oil has "awakening" effects on the hair follicles affected by DHT. Emu oil is an all natural tissue nutrient and by applying to the scalp, it helps it become healthy and alive again. According to clinical studies in Australia and the US emu oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent that can rejuvenate skin cells and produce healthy hair growth.
In one of these studies the participants were asked to apply emu oil to their scalps on the daily basis. Each month the participants recorded the amount of hair on their heads using a visual analogue scale. The results were extremely encouraging with participants seeing an average regrowth of 8.1% of their hair per month, and an average of 48.4% regrowth over the full study period of six months.
One of the most important finds, is that Emu Oil was able to promote "frontal growth" which is much more difficult to attain than regrowth in the crown. Even Rogaine and Propecia which are the only FDA approved products for hair loss, have shown no effect in promoting frontal hair regrowth. Plus emu oil is completely natural, has no harmful side effects. Emu oil has no potential for irritation of the skin and scalp. It is shown to have no side effects, and this means that even at full strength, emu oil has irritation levels so low that they are the same as those found in putting water on the skin, in other words, nonexistent. Emu oil is an excellent natural remedy for hair loss that is safe and inexpensive.