Posts Tagged ‘Topicals’

About Colloidal Silver

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

What is Colloidal Silver?

to be added soon..

Story:
I’ve read from one guy that he sprayed colloidal silver (CS) on his scalp twice a day for 4 months, he was totally bald and his scalp had a healthy skin color (pinkish) , after applying CS it turned darker then he saw many small hairs grow , the growth was not uniform but rather in patches, eventually all his head was covered in new hair. The hair was thin (he might have meant vellus) at first nut it was getting thicker. I have not heard fro him since, so I don’t know what happened next. I don’t know what else he might have been doing or what supplements he might have been taking.

I have applied CS topically when I had an itchy scalp and it seemed to help.

Colloidal Silver Supplements

Friday, June 10th, 2011

This is a Colloidal Silver (CS) product I’ve used both as mouth spray and topically on hair (helps with itch)

Source Naturals, Wellness, Colloidal Silver Throat Spray, 30 ppm, 2 fl oz (59.14 ml)

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Trace elements content and hormonal profiles in women with androgenetic alopecia

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2010 Dec 15.
Trace elements content and hormonal profiles in women with androgenetic alopecia.
Skalnaya MG, Tkachev VP.

Russian Society of Trace Elements in Medicine, Zemlyanoy Val str., 46, Moscow 105064, Russia; ANO “Centre for Biotic Medicine”, Zemlyanoy Val str., 46, Moscow 105064, Russia.

It is well-known that some trace element imbalances play a significant role in the pathomechanism of many forms of alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia, however, is a specific local sensitivity of hair follicle receptors to androgens.

In a clinical and laboratory study, 153 women with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and 32 control women were examined. In AGA patients telogen hair and vellus hair (miniaturization, D<30μm) significantly differed in frontal and parietal hair comparison with occipital area (20±0.9% vs. 12±0.5% and 33±0.9% vs. 12±0.6% respectively).

In the AGA group levels of androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone were higher than in the control group. Hair elemental content, analyzed by ICP-MS, demonstrated a lowered Cu and Zn content in the frontal area in comparison to the occipital area. It is important to note, that the AGA patients with elevated levels of androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone presented an increased Cu content and decreased Mn, Se, Zn contents in the occipital area of scalp. The occipital level of Cu positively correlated with the concentration of free testosterone in the serum.

A negative correlation between the Zn content in the occipital area and the dehydroepiandrosterone level in the blood was found.

Unfortunately, a routine treatment course of AGA patients, including topical inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase and minoxidil, had no effect on the Cu hair content in occipital and frontal areas.

However, there were positive changes in the morphological structure and other trace element contents. These data led us to hypothesize a key role of Cu metabolism disturbances in the AGA onset, development of AGA, and potential pharmaceutical targets for the treatment of AGA.

Ginger Juice for the Scalp

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I have used ginger topically on the scalp, it kills the itch very effectively.

It also works great on facial acne (zits) it dries them up, killing the bacteria.

Ginger applied topically is a TCM (traditional chinese medicine) technique.

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I have compared brewed ginger (ginger tea) to squeezed ginger (juice) and the ginger juice works better for me.

Updated: 3/23/2011

Essential Oils, Plant Oils, Animal Oils and Herbal Teas to Apply Topically

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

These are the most commonly mentioned oils for topical applications to stop hair loss and improve hair thickness.. I will write more about each of these. Many of these topicals could: Reduce inflammation, kill bacteria or other scalp parasites, and reduce dandruff.  Naturally, when an oil is applied one must massage it into the scalp, so an oil could simply be a used for the sake of facilitating a scalp/head massage. Also,  some of the topicals are simply carrier oils, that’s not to say that carrier oils by themselves are not beneficial!

Why the ones below?  I have found at least one person saying that at least one of these worked for them. If one person reported a benefit from a topical, that oil gets listed below.

note: Not one oil or one oil combination works for every one it seems, thus you have to experiment with single oils and combination (recipes).

The list of promising oils and teas for topical use and scalp massages:

  • rosemary oil
  • lavender oil
  • thyme oil
  • peppermint oil
  • cedarwood / atlast cedarwood oil
  • tea tree oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • aloe vera oil/gel
  • grapeseed oil
  • arnica oil
  • sandalwood oil
  • lemon / lime oil
  • Amla oil / indian gooseberry, amalaki, amlaki  (Emblica officinalis) (Ayurvedic)
  • almond oil
  • sage oil
  • rosewood oil
  • lemon balm (melissa officnalis)
  • broccoli oil
  • tata oil
  • cactus oil
  • clove oil
  • cinnamon oil
  • chamomile oil
  • ginger root oil/ ginger juice (extract) / ginger tea
  • borage oil
  • castor oil (black jamaican castor oil)
  • hemp oil
  • burdock / burdockroot
  • ylang-ylang
  • Sesame
  • Agrimony (Ayurvedic)
  • Camphor (Ayurvedic)
  • Keshuth (leaves) (Ayurvedic)
  • Ashwagandha (leaves and stem) indian winter cherry (Ayurvedic)
  • Brahmi Oil (Ayurvedic)
  • Bringaraj oil / Bhringaraj oil (Ayurvedic)
  • Shikakai (Ayurvedic)
  • Bhringaraja / Bhringraja – Thistles  – (Eclipta alba) (Ayurvedic)
  • Daruhaldi – Berberis aristata, English Name: Indian barberry (Ayurvedic)
  • Karpoor Camphor or Karpoor – Cinnamomum camphora Nees (Ayurvedic)
  • Olive oil (carrier)
  • Coconut oil (carrier)
  • Emu oil | Emu Oil vs. DMSO (carrier)
  • jojoba oil (carrier)
  • herbs, powders:
    • chamomile, a-bisabolol
    • Amalaki /Amla fruit powder
    • Henna

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  • Edgar Cayce’s Hair Loss Remedies – Pt. 1 – Crude Oil, Castor Oil etc.

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    I have not tried the crude oil method.. But I was intrigued by the Edgar Cayce’s methods and regimen suggestions, that I compiled some of the info I have below. Please note, lots of the advice is in-line with other good advice that I came across and share here, however I would not use the crude oil topical, crude oil contains benzene which is a known carcinogen.  I am not sure why crude oil would work at all… if you know more on this please contact me.

    Please note, Cayce’s advice is not medical advice.. Do not apply crude oil on your scalp it contains benzene which is a known carcinogen.

    Quote:

     

    “To his credit, Cayce recommended a healthy diet plus herbal and vitamin supplements to encourage hair growth. He also encouraged scalp massage to promote circulation. But his first rule of hair growth was to massage pure crude oil into the scalp. Cayce said that this treatment would ‘improve both the circulation of the scalp and the tone, luster and thickness of the hair.’

    Following the crude oil application two or three times a month, Cayce recommended rinsing the hair with 20% grain alcohol to make the oil easier to wash out. The final step included rubbing Vaseline into the scalp to complete the hair rejuvenation process.

    Cayce was careful to recommend only pure, unrefined crude oil ? no gasoline, kerosene or motor oil – and created his own brand that he named ?Crudoleum®.? Cayce?s Crudoleum® came from Pennsylvania and was said to have the mildest odor and the easiest texture to rinse out of hair. The reason, he said, is that Pennsylvania crude is paraffin-based. Darker oil is asphalt-based and, according to Cayce, more difficult to use.

    The crude oil concept has since spawned an entire line of Crudoleum® hair products, including a hair rinse, hair conditioner and hair cream.

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    Emu Oil vs. DMSO

    Saturday, March 12th, 2011

     

    When I first heard of Emu oil I was excited about it, as it penetrates skin tissue and could be used a solvent that delivers various topical oils into the scalp. I then found that this oil should be prepared carefully to prevent contamination, it is from the Emu bird, the largest bird in Australia. I have only used topical plant oils so far and ingested plant oils and the other old fashioned cooking oils, butter or lard, and also consumed fish oil, cod liver oil and krill oils.

    I’ve never applied a fish or animal oil topically and was uncomfortable with that idea, so I put off purchasing Emu oil.

    In my search I came across DMSO. DMSO is Dimethyl sulfoxide, it is an organosulfur compound  with the formula (CH3)2SO.  It is a  colorless liquid, it is an important polar aprotic solvent that dissolves both polar and nonpolar compounds and is miscible in a wide range of organic solvents as well as water.It is weakly acidic.

    DMSO’s ability to penetrate the skin readily is what interested me, and many other researchers.  DMSO is used as a solvent for chemical reactions involving salts, most notably Finkelstein reactions and other nucleophilic substitutions. It is also extensively used as an extractant in biochemistry and cell biology.

    DMSO has a very high boiling point (189 °C; 462 K), this means it evaporates slowly. In labs reactions conducted in DMSO are often diluted with water to precipitate or phase-separate products.

    DMSO is something one could add to shampoo (along with many beneficial topicals) and then wash off.

    DMSO is used in medicine. Around 1963, a University of Oregon Medical School team, headed by Stanley Jacob, discovered it could penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging them and could carry other compounds into a biological system.

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    What is Hair?

    Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

    Hair is one of if not the fastest growing tissue of the body, it’s made up of proteins called keratins.

    Every strand of hair is made up of three layers: The inner layer (medulla) present in thick hairs only; the middle layer (cortex) determines the strength of the hair strand, texture, and color, and the cuticle, which protects the cortex. The cross section illustration below shows more detail.

    Hair grows from roots, which are enclosed in hair follicles.

    Below you will see a few illustrations of the hair and skin, the skin is called the dermal papilla (DP), which is fed by the bloodstream carrying nutrients vital to the growth of hair.

    A hair follicle is mostly an epithelial tissue (i.e. it is a part of tissue made of closely-packed cells that are arranged in one or more layers and covers and body surfaces). A follicle originates in the dermis.  At the base of the hair follicle is what we call the dermal papilla (DP) enclosed within the hair bulb. The DP is crucial to the life-cycle of the hair, it contains nerves and blood vessels that deliver blood and nutrients (providing energy and amino acids) that are used in making keratin, a fibrous scleroprotein found in hair and nails.

    Only the roots of hair are alive, and get nutrients from the blood stream, the visible part of hair is not living and therefore unable to heal itself. The health of hair is vitally connected to the scalp skin, nutrients, blood circulation and health of the body in general.

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    DMSO + Lithium Pharmaceutical Patent

    Sunday, September 26th, 2010

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    Title: Methods of modulating hair growth

    United States Patent: 6,924,141

    Issued: August 2, 2005

    Inventors: Morgan; Bruce A. (Lexington, MA); Kishimoto; Jiro (Yokahama, JP); Burgeson; Robert (Marblehead, MA)

    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation (Boston, MA)

    Appl. No.: 822722

    Filed: March 30, 2001

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