A new drug is being tested to treat baldness. At present no very satisfying medicinal treatment is available for it. That is the extract from red clover and an unnamed drug.
Those are showing some superiority over presently available minoxidil and finasterine.
A Hair-Raising Strategy for Alopecia
A new approach to stimulating hair growth has passed an early test, demonstrating greater hair-follicle growth in culture as compared with minoxidil.
Preliminary clinical evaluation of the as-yet unnamed compound showed prolongation of the hair-follicle growth phase (anagen) and shortening of the resting phase (telogen) in healthy volunteers treated for four months.
The compound contains two active ingredients: a biomimetic peptide derived from a signal peptide and biochanin A, or red clover extract.
“The peptide stimulates several extracellular matrix proteins favoring a better hair anchoring for a direct effect on hair follicle integrity,” Estelle Loing, of Unipex Innovations in Quebec City, and colleagues reported in a poster presentation at the Society of Investigative Dermatology meeting.
“The biochanin A found in the red clover extract inhibits the 5-alpha reductase activity responsible for androgenic alopecia.”
icle shrinkage and improve hair anchoring.
The combined effect of the two active ingredients is to inhibit hair-follicle shrinkage and improve hair anchoring.