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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sheep Melatonin Hair Tonic

Melatonin has been used in Australia to grow hair on sheep. Now Swiss herbalists have included melatonin in a hair tonic (Asatex) for humans.1 Usually thought of as a sleep inducer, melatonin also blocks DHT in the scalp when applied topically. A recent study concluded that "topically applied melatonin might influence hair growth in humans in vivo."2 But care is warranted when using this miracle growth cream. Too much applied to the scalp can make you look like a wild sheep. (Photo: Australian man who used too much of the miracle cure.)

  1. (accessed Dec. 12, 2009).
  2. "Melatonin increases anagen hair rate in women with androgenetic alopecia or diffuse alopecia: results of a pilot randomized controlled trial." T.W. Fischer, G. Burmeister, H.W. Schmidt and P. Elsner. British Journal of Dermatology. Volume 150, Issue 2, Pages 341 - 345. Published Online: 19 Feb 2004. (accessed Dec. 12, 2009). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.05685.x.

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