Hair Regrowth – Alopecia

Endre Mester

by David Rindge 4-22-11.  All rights reserved.

Endre Mester is widely regarded as the “Father of Low Level Laser Therapy.”  In 1966 in his first published experiment with laser therapy, he observed accelerated hair growth in rats –  making alopecia and hair loss the first bonafide therapeutic indication for laser therapy.

One can only wonder if Dr. Mester ever thought to try it on himself!

Does it work?  Lasers, leds, polarized and intense pulsed light sources as well as pulsed electromagnetic field therapy all been shown to stimulate hair growth.

Case Study – Alopecia Areata

MC was a 24 year old female who had lost approximately 25% of her hair . She was scheduled three times weekly initially and then twice weekly. She was treated with laser therapy as well as with microcurrent, western herbs and supplements.

By the 23rd treatment we were certain we were observing hair re-growth in two areas. From then on, dark hair rapidly began filling in all bald patches except in two areas which were slow to respond. At first the hair there grew in white, but over time it has become dark. MC was discharged with a full head of hair after 42 visits.

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How effective are photomedicine and electromagnetic fields in stimulating hair regrowth?

The effective stimulation of hair regrowth by photomedicine and electromagnetic fields has been documented across a wide range of methods and devices.  Combining several methods may enhance outcomes.  Future studies promise to clarify best practice parameters.

Nikiforova treated 78 patients with alopecia with low intensity laser therapy and reported hair regrowth in every instance.  He noted improvement in hair quality, thickness, recovery of pigment and a 50-100% acceleration in the rate of hair growth.  To see the abstract. click here.

Yamazaki et al used linearly polarized, infrared light successfully in alopecia.  To see their abstract, click here.

Super-pulsed, GaAs lasers (known for superior results in treating deep musculoskeletal pain) have also been shown to be highly effective at the relatively shallow depths necessary to stimulate hair regrowth.   Waiz et al treated sixteen patients with 34 resistant alopecia patches that had not responded to other methods and reported positive results after only four, weekly sessions.  To view their abstract,  click here.

In a double-blind study of the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in androgenic alopecia, those treated showed increase mean hair counts and reduced loss.  To see this abstract, click here.

12 out of 13 patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer also treated with pulsed electrostatic fields to prevent alopecia by Bejamin et al had good hair retention.  To view abstract, click here.

29 out of 30 (96.7%) treated by pulsed electrostatic field therapy exhibited hair regrowth or no further hair loss in a study by Maddin et al.  To view this abstract, click here.

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