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The biological effects of a pulsed electrostatic field with specific reference to hair. Electrotrichogenesis.

Abstract

This comparative, controlled study demonstrates the positive biologic effect on hair regrowth of a pulsed electrical field administered according to a regularized treatment schedule over 36 weeks. Mean hair count comparisons within the groups significantly favor the treatment group, which exhibited a 66.1% hair count increase over baseline. The control group increase over baseline was 25.6%. It is notable also that 29 of the 30 treatment subjects (96.7%) exhibited regrowth or no further hair loss. The process is without side effects and untoward reactions. The rationale of this phenomenon is unclear but is considered to be due to an electrophysiologic effect on the quiescent hair follicle, similar to that documented with respect to bone fracture and soft tissue repair enhancement. The electrical pulse may cause increased cell mitosis through calcium influx, involving both the hair follicle sheath and dermal papilla cells.

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    MeSH

    Adult
    Alopecia
    Electric Stimulation Therapy
    Electricity
    Equipment Design
    Follow-Up Studies
    Hair
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Probability
    Random Allocation
    Single-Blind Method
    Time Factors

    Pub Type(s)

    Clinical Trial
    Controlled Clinical Trial
    Journal Article
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    2397975