The effects of tea polyphenolic compounds on hair loss among rodents

J Natl Med Assoc. 2005 Jun;97(6):816-8.


The objective of this study was to examine the effects of polyphenolic compounds, present in noncommercially available green tea, on hair loss among rodents. In an experimental study, we randomly assigned 60 female Balb/black mice, which had developed spontaneous hair loss on the head, neck and dorsal areas into two equal groups; A (experimental) and B (control). Group A received 50% fraction of polyphenol extract from dehydrated green tea in their drinking water for six months. Group B received regular drinking water. Both groups were fed regular rodent diets (Purina Rodent Chow 5001) and housed individually in polycarbonate cages. The results showed that 33% of the mice in experimental Group A, who received polyphenol extract in their drinking water, had significant hair regrowth during six months of treatment (p = 0.014). No hair growth was observed among mice in the control group, which received regular water.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / drug therapy*
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology*
  • Hair / drug effects*
  • Hair / growth & development
  • Mice
  • Phenols / pharmacology*
  • Polyphenols
  • Tea / chemistry*
  • Time Factors


  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Polyphenols
  • Tea