The Use of Herbal Medicine

  • Jung-Chul Kim


There are also a number of non-FDA-approved treatments currently available that supposedly improve circulation and nutrition in the scalp. These therapies are sold over the counter or via the Internet as treatment for male pattern baldness, but do not have efficacy proven by scientific study.


Herbal Product Male Pattern Androgenetic Alopecia Topical Minoxidil Male Pattern Baldness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jung-Chul Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Hair Transplantation CenterKyungpook National University HospitalKorea
  2. 2.Department of Immunology, School of MedicineKyungpook National UniversityDaeguKorea

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