Hair loss may not be recognized as a life-threatening disorder. However, it has a great harm to a
person’s self-respect, mental health, and entirety quality of life. Androgenic alopecia (AGA) is the most common
type of hair loss, which affects a great number of both men and women. Alopecia can be treated with various hair
loss strategies, including hair transplant, cosmetics and medication. Medical treatment shows the outstanding
ability in improving hair growth. Plenty of drugs prevents alopecia by inhibiting the secretion of male hormone.
But these medicines exhibit some undesirable side effects. Since hair loss requires a long-term treatment and
minimizing adverse side effects is extremely urgent in drug development. Accordingly, new agents are obtained
from natural products with less adverse effects. Traditional Chinese medicines exhibit unique advantages in hair
loss treatment. This review generalizes and analyzes the recent progress of medicinal plants for the treatment of
hair loss, suggested mechanisms and outlines a number of trials taken or underway to optimize the treatment.
Keywords: Hair loss, androgenic alopecia, medicinal plant, mechanism, extracts, chemical compounds.
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