Viviscal® is a botanically-derived supplement formulated to treat hair loss in men and women. Viviscal® does not require FDA approval since it doesn't contain drugs such as minoxidil or finasteride. Viviscal® has been shown to slow hair loss and improve hair growth in male or female pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia), alopecia areata (patchy baldness), and alopecia totalis (complete baldness). Viviscal® also treats hair loss related to post-pregnancy and cancer treatment.
Viviscal® contains botanically-based nutrients such as marine extracts and silica compound that activate the hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. The manufacturers have conducted clinical studies on the effects of Viviscal® on the scalp and thinning hair.
In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-group study, young male subjects with mild to moderate androgenic alopecia were administered either Viviscal® or a fish extract. After 6 months of treatment, researchers found that 95 percent of Viviscal® participants showed a clinical or histological improvement, compared with the fish group. Furthermore, there was a 38 percent increase in hair count in the Viviscal® group. "In conclusion, Viviscal® appears to be the first highly active treatment for androgenic alopecia in young males," the study authors write.
Another study conducted at the Helsinki Research Center in Finland and Dermatological Clinic in Germany, examined the effect of Viviscal® supplementation and topically applied Viviscal® shampoo on 20 patients with alopecia ariata and 20 patients with alopecia totalis. After eight months of treatment, researchers found that 85 percent of the alopecia ariata patients were cured, two showed significant improvement, and one patient's condition worsened. In addition, 25 percent of the alopecia totalis patents were completely cured, 20 percent showed significant improvement and 11 patients developed only minimal vellus hair. "This promising study showed that Viviscal® is a further complement to the rather short list of remedies which alter the clinical course of alopecia areata and alopecia totalis," the study authors write.
An effective hair loss treatment would be to use NIOXIN in conjunction with Advecia or Procerin, all-natural hair loss supplements. Since Advecia and Procerin target DHT and 5-alpha-reductase, when combined with NIOXIN they may help increase the rate of hair growth.
Effects of Viviscal, Viviscal.com, online:
Lassus A et al. A comparative study of a new food supplement, Viviscal, with fish extract for the treatment of hereditary androgenic alopecia in young males. The Journal of International Medical Research 1992;20:445-453.
Lassus A et al. Treatment of alopecia areata and alopecial totalis with Viviscal (special marine extract-compound). Helsinki Research Center, Helsinki, Finland, Dermatological Clinic, Leverkusen, Germany, 1993.