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Severe Hair Loss, Tingling and Itchy Scalp

Posted by Sam (Delhi, India) on 05/25/2009

I have the problem of hair fall for the last 2 months. My scalp is tingling and itchy at the same time. I have been using Nizoral ( ketaconazole) 2% for the last 2 weeks but I haven't got any relief. The hair loss is becoming severe day by day and I am turning bald. I have been taking biotin 100mcg supplement and b-complex supplements in the form of Zevit capsules. I am also eating sprout beans, sprout black gram and oatmeal. Please diagnose my problem and suggest some easily available over the counter medication.

Replied by Janene
Farmington, Utah


Thank you for all your time spent researching hairloss. It has been very devastating for me these past years. I believe with your last post that you solved my mystery. I have adrenal and thyroid problems which started my hairloss. I have always suspected that my adrenals have been responsible for the hairloss. The tin concept could really help me. Do you have any other suggestions on how to find the tin? Or any idea how to raise my tin levels. By the way, I do have all the problems such as chronic fatigue depression etc. which are associated with adrenal fatigue.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
385 posts

Dear Sam:

I have experimented with finding a hair loss issue for sometime. Most common issue appears to be a fungus, which the companies throughout the world has know this for quite sometime. This is why the sell antifungals or fungicide.

They may exist in form of fungicide medications, selenium, boron (borax), copper, copper peptides, etc. The one thing that companies overlooked that seems to work with a hair loss very fast and goes away in only a couple of days, after extensive testing are just two minerals only (to my regret): manganese and tin. Manganese will work but may work, but it requires taking them almost weekly. The other one worked well with flying colors: tin. Unfortunately, the tin I used is not available in any drug stores, and health food suppliers. The form I used is Tin Chloride (Stannous Chloride), at only a very low dose of 5 mg - 10 mg taken only three days. To increase bioavailability, I will add of equal amounts with a disodium EDTA, or tetrasodium EDTA to the solution. Even a 5 mg will cause the 1/2 cup of warm water to become milky white noticeably.

What the tin does is to restore adrenal exhaustion and seems to play a part in normalizing growth hormone most responsible for hair loss. This is why chemotherapy caused hairloss and it's the tin that seems to prevent that. It works within a matter of 3-4 days and therefore is taken for 3-4 days the first week, and another dose is taken on the second week and you are done. The manganese sulfate I used that seems to work consistently enough for hair loss is the 25-50 mg of manganese sulfate taken for a 5 days out of a week for about two weeks. Hair loss should be reduced.

There may be food sources high in tin, but the one source I can get is tin colloids, or colloidal tin is one possibility. The other is from lycnchee cans, usually from China or Thailand. For some reason or another, tin cans are still used in lynchees fruits. I can tell these Lynchees are made from tin in that when I opened the tin cans, there is crystal reflection from the tin inside and the acidity of the juices tend to create a tiny amount of tin making them available to the body.

The most common remedy that's easily available if vitamin C and alkalization, especially the more powerful potassium citrate, plus borax remedy. The borax is taken a pinch in drinking water but maybe used as a shampoo too. It must be noted that vitamin C, alkalization and potassium if there is a deficiency or lack of it should work fairly quick within 2 weeks, if not the body obviously has a tin deficiency and manganese as the prime cause of hair loss. As to the marketers who sell copper peptides for hair loss, these are more or less copper chloride solution that is added in a soy sauce (which are liquid amino acid solution) and then is applied on the hair. These copper works on the principle being that it is anti fungal. One funny footnote is the inventor of copper peptide also has a bald head, so obviously it won't stop hair loss with just using copper peptide for everyone.

In any event, the best remedy for hair loss appears to be tin and manganese. Followed by vitamin C, borax, and alkalization. The remedy is easy, but it seems marketers habitually ignored or overlooked tin completely. While somewhat limited sales from manganese and molybdenium. These two last ones seems to help hair loss in a different ways. However, to be sure a little more that hair loss is due to tin deficiency, there are other common symptoms to look for also. This includes depression, adrenal exhaustion, a person may be taking anti androgens, taking estrogens, have frequent chronic fatigue are some of the signs. Selenium supplements from time to time especially 600 mcg seems to help with some of the conditions and may be synergistic with tin in a few cases, but I believe when all supplements are taken, tin seems to be the critical factor in stopping the hair loss. The reason for my regret for tin is it's difficult to get Stannous Chloride (tin chloride) except from a chemical supplier, which are easily obtained where I lived, but not most other countries. The other thing is it took me a lot of time (at the expense of not having enough time to answer the emails) just to make sure that tin deficiency was indeed the cause of hair loss, but also adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue, and depression. Taking too much tin leads to temporary weight loss and loss of apetitite. Therefore a 5 mg is a low dose considering the fact that authorities have placed a limit on consumption of tin not more than 200 mg/kg by UK food regulators (UK Tin in Food Regulations 1992).

Itchy scalp a baking soda, or potassium bicarbonate used as shampoo and mixed with a borax would do. Just one tablespoon of baking soda, potassium bicarbonate, and 1/2 teaspoon of borax in 1/2 liter of water and soak the hair so the alkalization of the solution may kill the fungus, being a mild remedy I used. Corn meal say 4 tablespoon in 500 cc can be leftovernight and applied to the hair and soak for 30 minutes may help also. The reason is that corn meal have antifungal properties. I may take one tablespoon of corn meal gluten free, once or twice a day also to reduce the fungal buildup inside the body and may also help some of the hair loss.


Replied by Samlaunch
Knoxville, Tn

Thank you Ted. Daily: I drink 1 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mixed with water in a glass. My scalp had been itching so I mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup with some warm water and apply it to my scalp. The itching has stopped and my scalp is healthier and my hair is looking good. All of the problems on the outside of the body takes place from within the body: energize the inside and the outside needs a few touch-ups to remain happy and healthy. Just sending a note to say, "Thanks for all of your helpful hints toward living a longer life."


Replied by Tessaa
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This is a follow-up question for Ted from Bangkok. You stated that lychee nuts canned in tin from China or Bangkok was a good source of stanous chloride (tin) for hair loss if no other type of tin supplement was available. How much of the liquid in the can if lychee nuts would one have to consume to correct the body's tin deficiency?

Replied by Tj
East Coast, Nc

I am researching ways to ingest tin. It looks like brewers yeast also contains tin- along with other natural forms of some of the supplements suggested like manganese and others. Any feedback? Twin labs looks good.

Replied by Ray
Virginia, Us

I would like to say I have been vigorously fighting hair loss for about 3 years and stumbled upon Tin as a possible solution. I have been thinning like crazy in the vertex area. My hair is about half the volume it used to be overall and I can go about 1.5 months without needing a hair cut and it used to be I couldn't go a week.

I purchased some stannous chloride from amazon.


Also I purchased some disodium edta & manganese sulfate monohydrate.

My question is; how many milligrams are in one drop of solution?

Also, I also figured another way of getting tin. I purchased a 1 pound 99% pure tin bar and I put it a glass Mason jar and I will constantly fill the Mason jar with acidic drinks such as orange, apple & lemon juice not from concentrate. I'll drink a cup or two of that everyday like normal. No need to over dose on fruit juices every day.

High acidic drinks leach tin in high amounts according to some studies on tin cans and food.

One look at me and I have a head full of hair, but if you shine a light on my head, you can see the thinning pattern. I haven't officially started the regimen yet because I am waiting on the order from Amazon.com.

Has any changes been made to improve the the Tin regimen? Are there any recommendations on supplements?

I currently take Choline/Inositol plus L-Methionine everyday for a liver cleanse. I think this is the only thing saving me from being bald at this moment.

Also to note, I read that tin protects against the inflammatory actions of polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acids. This is paramount in the battle against hair loss. If you are PUFA deficient, you can't make Prostaglandin D2 that is implicated in male pattern baldness. Traditional Chinese medicine has minimum effects for me and I believe the problem is deeper. Also, I was taking alot of zinc in the late part of 2015 through the summer of 2016. I did not know that zinc is antagonistic of tin.

I know this thread has been silent for about 6-7 years now, however, this is the most promising thing I have come across. Maybe once I get the tin in my diet and add some B1, maybe I'll see some regrowth.