How to stop grey hair: Is Fo-Ti the answer?

June 26, 2011 at 9:02 am in Fashion & Beauty by VN Editors

While there is no scientific evidence that any diet, herb, supplement, or product can stop grey hair, reduce it or reverse it, there are some underlying conditions that may result in premature gray and a Chinese herb that’s reputed to help.

Our hair color is produced by tiny hair pigment cells within our hair follicles called melanocytes. As we age, these melanocytes gradually stop making pigment. New hair then grows in without pigment, resulting in grey hair. Genetics determine whether or not you’ll have premature grey hair, when the melanocytes’ activity will wane and eventually stop producing pigment.

There are a few underlying conditions, such as thyroid disorders, b12 deficiency, the skin condition vitiligo, and early menopause that can cause premature grey hair. In addition, cigarette smoking has been linked to causing premature grey hair.

If you’re determined to figure out how to stop grey hair, there’s a Chinese herb you might add to your list of possibilities. Fo-ti is a plant native to China that is also found in Japan and Taiwan. In traditional Chinese medicine, the root of the plant is often boiled in a liquid–known as red fo-ti–made with black beans. White fo-ti is the unprocessed root.

Fo-ti is also called polygonum multiflorum and He shou wu, which means “black-haired Mr. He” in Chinese. The He shou wu name refers to a legend of an elder villager, Mr. He, who reputedly used fo-ti to restore his black hair, youthful appearance and vitality.

Fo-Ti is used as a tonic used to stop greying hair, premature aging, weakness, vaginal discharge, constipation, and erectile dysfunction. It is also believed to lower serum cholesterol, decrease hardening of the arteries, and improve immune function.

However, there have been no controlled studies on the effectiveness or safety of fo-ti use. In some rare cases, people using fo-ti have developed an allergic skin rash. Other side effects can include loose stools, and taking over 15 grams of the processed root can cause numbness in the arms and legs.

Related Content

Tips for Gorgeous Hair Before and After You Dye Your Gr... Coloring grey hair at home is a great way to save money, but the art of using hair dye doesn’t come easy. Learn a few tips that will help you avo...
5 shampoo and conditioner combos that won’t weigh... Choose lightweight shampoos and conditioners to cleanse and nourish your hair without weighing it down or leaving it greasy and flat. Between was...
Tips and tricks to thicken thinning lashes and create t... Lots of mature women have their own bag of tricks when it comes to anti-aging make up secrets, but you can’t neglect your eyebrows and eyelashes....