Posted Aug 18, 2012 20:28 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: Diluted sugar
Parent article: Garzik: An Andre To Remember
Minoxidil is a funny example of "scientific" medicine: it was discovered by chance, it only works on some people, the mechanism by which it works is unknown, and all of its effects are reversed if the patient stops using it. But still it is used, as it is the only known medicament which stops hair loss effectively.
The percentages of success vary, but hair growth is not usual; rather it stops hair loss. It is there where placebos may be some competition and not in growth, since if placebos caused hair growth they would sell like crazy.
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