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Unravelling the Mystery of Hair Loss in Men: A Naturopathic Perspective

By Lucy Rose Clinic

October 26, 2023

Hair loss is a common concern for many men. It’s a condition that often creeps up on us, subtly at first,

then becoming more noticeable as time goes on. As a naturopath I approach this issue holistically, aiming

to uncover the root cause and recommending solutions that work in harmony with the body. In this post,

we’ll explore the common causes of hair loss in men and discuss natural, effective strategies for managing

this condition.

Common Causes of Hair Loss in Men

  1.  Androgenetic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness): This is the most common form of hair loss in men,

often attributed to a combination of genetics and the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Over time, DHT may cause the hair follicles to shrink, leading to thinning hair and, eventually, hair

loss.

2. Stress: Physical or emotional stress can trigger hair loss. This type of hair loss, known as telogen

effluvium, typically occurs a few months after a stressful event.

3. Nutritional deficiencies: Deficiencies in nutrients like iron, vitamin D, and B vitamins can contribute

to hair loss.

4. Underlying health conditions: Conditions like hypothyroidism or autoimmune diseases can result in

hair loss.

5. Medication side effects: Certain medications can cause hair loss as a side effect.

Natural Strategies to Address Hair Loss

1. Balanced Diet: A diet rich in proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants can support hair

health. Key nutrients for hair growth include iron, zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and B vitamins.

2. Regular Exercise: Regular physical activity can help reduce stress levels and improve circulation,

which can in turn promote healthier hair growth.

3. Stress Management: Incorporating stress-management techniques such as meditation, yoga, or

deep breathing exercises can help combat stress-induced hair loss.

4. Herbal Remedies: Herbs like Saw Palmetto and Stinging Nettle may help reduce DHT levels in the

body, potentially slowing the progression of androgenetic alopecia.

5. Scalp Massage: Regular scalp massage may stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.

6. Avoid Harsh Hair Care Products: Chemical-laden shampoos, conditioners, and styling products can

cause damage to your hair. Opt for natural hair care products whenever possible.

While these strategies can support overall hair health, it's essential to remember that each person is

unique, and what works for one might not work for another. If you're experiencing significant hair loss, it's

important to consult with a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying health conditions.

Do Men Have Hormonal Cycles?

Hormone cycles are often associated with women and their menstrual cycles, however, it is a commonly

overlooked fact that men also experience hormonal fluctuations that play a crucial role in their overall

well-being. Delving into the lesser-known world of men's hormonal cycles will shed some light on their

existence, significance from a naturopathic perspective.

Understanding Hormonal Cycles –

Hormonal cycles refer to the regular patterns of fluctuation in hormone

levels within the body. While women’s cycles are prominently linked to reproductive processes, such as

menstruation, ovulation, and pregnancy, men’s hormonal fluctuations follow a different pattern. In men,

the primary hormone involved is testosterone, which undergoes rhythmic variations.

 

The Role of Testosterone 

Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, is responsible for several vital

functions in men, including the development of reproductive organs, muscle growth, bone density, and the

regulation of mood and energy levels. Contrary to popular belief, testosterone levels in men are not

constant but rather exhibit daily, monthly, and yearly fluctuations.

Daily Rhythms 

Testosterone levels follow a diurnal rhythm, meaning they fluctuate throughout the day.

Research suggests that testosterone levels are highest in the morning upon waking and gradually decrease

throughout the day. This pattern affects men’s energy levels, cognition, and overall vitality, emphasizing

the importance of adequate sleep and stress management to maintain optimal hormonal balance.

Monthly Fluctuations 

While women’s menstrual cycles are well-known, men also experience monthly

hormonal variations, albeit less pronounced. Studies have indicated that men’s testosterone levels slightly

decline during the winter months and gradually increase during the spring and summer. Although the

fluctuations are relatively subtle, they may influence mood, libido, and energy levels.

Yearly Patterns 

Men’s hormonal cycles are not limited to daily and monthly variations but also

encompass yearly patterns. Testosterone levels tend to peak during the fall and early winter months, while

they reach their lowest point in the spring. This annual rhythm aligns with the natural reproductive cycles

observed in many animal species. awareness of these fluctuations can aid in optimizing men's health and

well-being.

Factors Influencing Hormonal Cycles 

Several factors can impact men’s hormonal cycles. Lifestyle choices,

including diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep patterns, play a pivotal role. Poor sleep, chronic

stress, sedentary behaviour, and an unhealthy diet can disrupt hormonal balance, leading to adverse

effects on mood, energy levels, libido, and overall vitality.

 

Men’s hormonal cycles are a real and significant aspect of their health that is often overlooked.

Understanding the daily, monthly, and yearly fluctuations of testosterone can provide valuable insights

into men’s overall well-being, mood, energy levels, and vitality.

Andropause

… also known as male menopause or late-onset hypogonadism, is a condition that refers to the

age-related decline in testosterone levels in men. While women experience a significant hormonal shift

during menopause, men also undergo hormonal changes as they age. Andropause is a term commonly

used to describe this phase of life.

 

During andropause, men experience a gradual decline in testosterone production, typically starting in their

40s or 50s. However, the decline is much more gradual and less pronounced compared to the abrupt

hormonal changes that women experience during menopause.

 

The symptoms of andropause can vary from person to person but may include:

1. Reduced energy levels and fatigue

2. Decreased libido and sexual dysfunction.

3. Mood changes, including irritability and depression.

4. Loss of muscle mass and strength

5. Increased body fat, especially around the abdomen

 

6. Hot flashes or night sweats (less common than in women)

7. Memory problems and difficulty concentrating

 

It is important to note that not all men will experience these symptoms, and the severity and timing of the

hormonal changes can differ among individuals. Additionally, other health conditions and lifestyle factors

can contribute to the symptoms associated with andropause.

 

Naturopaths approach andropause from a holistic perspective, considering various factors that can impact

hormonal balance and overall well-being. They may recommend lifestyle modifications, including regular

exercise, stress reduction techniques, and a healthy diet, to support hormonal health, as well as suggest

natural supplements or herbal remedies that can help support testosterone production or alleviate specific

symptoms associated with andropause. However, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare

professional before starting any new supplements or treatments.

 

While andropause is a natural part of the aging process for men, seeking support from healthcare

professionals, including naturopaths, can help manage the symptoms and promote overall well-being.

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