What is Horsetail?
Horsetail was traditionally used as a diuretic in spring tonics. Spring
tonic herbal combinations provide a gentle cleanse of the body as it changes
from the winter mode of storage and hibernation to the vital and energetic
warm seasons. Horsetail also contains a significant amount of silica, which
is considered an essential trace mineral for human health. Horsetail is
commonly recommended by natural health care practitioners for support of
bone and connective tissue, osteoporosis, poor growth of hair, skin and
nails and swelling.
Silica forms structural components of bone and connective tissue, such as
collagen. It is especially needed during the early phase of bone
mineralization and is found in high concentrations in the bony growth
plates. It also forms elastin, a connective tissue that is responsible for
the elasticity of connective tissue found in the skin, lungs and blood
vessels. Silica levels decline with age and a deficiency of silica may lead
to degeneration of the vessels, bones and connective tissue that is commonly
seen in the elderly.
Understanding Hair Loss
lose 50 to 100 hairs everyday. New strands should replace them. When the
hair is not replaced, thinning, and eventually balding, results. The
most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness. It is thought that
the follicles are programmed to stop hair production when there are high
levels of male hormones. Women can experience a similar type of hair
loss due to hormone changes (i.e.: postpartum and at menopause) but it is
usually not as extensive.
Tough on Hair
many factors, other than hormones, that contribute to hair loss. They
include heredity, aging, poor circulation, acute illness, malnutrition,
radiation exposure, skin disease, high fever, iron deficiency, diabetes,
hypothyroidism, stress, fungal infection and chemical hair dyes.
Healthy Hair The Natural Way- What's Important?
Most natural treatments for hair loss
focus on optimizing the body's levels of the important nutrients it needs to
maintain and stimulate the growth of healthy hair, and also on cleansing the
scalp to ensure the health of hair follicles. In particular B complex
vitamins, essential fats, the minerals iodine, selenium, and zinc, plus the
amino acids methionine and cysteine are needed for optimum hair health. A
deficiency in any of these can lead to dry, brittle falling hair.