Onion Juice


The following study is fairly widely cited as the basis for considering onion juice a viable alternative treatment for alopecia.

Onion juice (Allium cepa L.), a new topical treatment for alopecia areata.

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J Dermatol. 2002 Jun;29(6):343-6.Sharquie KE, Al-Obaidi HK.
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Baghdad Teaching Hospital, Iraq.

Alopecia areata is a patchy, non-scarring hair loss condition. Any hair-bearing surface may be involved, and different modalities of treatment have
been used to induce hair regrowth. This study was designed to test the effectiveness of topical crude onion juice in the treatment of patchy alopecia areata in comparison with tap water.

The patients were divided into two groups. The first group [onion juice treated] consisted of 23 patients, 16 males (69.5%) and 7 females (30.5%). Their ages ranged between 5-42 years with
a mean of 22 years. The second group [control; tap-water-treated] consisted of 15 patients, 8 males (53%) and 7 females (46%). Their ages ranged between 3-35 years with a mean of 18.3 years. The two groups were advised to apply the treatment twice daily for two months.

Re-growth of terminal coarse hairs started after two weeks of treatment with crude onion juice. At four weeks, hair re-growth was seen in 17 patients (73%), and, at six weeks, the hair re-growth was observed in 20 patients (86.9%) and was significantly higher among males (93%) compared to females (71%). In the tap-water treated-control group, hair re-growth was apparent in only 2 patients (13%) at 8 weeks of treatment with no sex difference.

The present study showed that the use of crude onion juice gave significantly higher results with regard to hair re-growth than did tap water, and that it can be an effective topical therapy for patchy alopecia areata.

While the results achieved in this study do seem promising, it is often noted that the unpleasant odor might be a deterrent to the use of onion juice. It is also difficult to determine exactly how the subjects in this study used the juice. It mentions a twice daily application of the treatment, but with what quantity, and what strength? Just the unaltered juice of onions? Any specific type of onion?

We must admit that we are intrigued, but further information would be helpful. If you have any experience with this interesting therapy, or know of any further clarification of the study modality, please leave a review or leave a comment.

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  1. Raw onions have long been a part of the Aryuvedic treatment for Alopecia. I have to admit I’m really surprised the study came out as high as it did as *quickly* as it did! Lavendar is another thing that’s been studied, but its result were much less and over a 6 month period.

  2. iam gonna try this one tomorrow and update you guys

  3. This remedy totally worked for me! 🙂 I found it made my hair grow back thicker thus skipping the ‘peach fuzz’ stage. My dermatologist said in all his years he’s never seen hair grow back so fast! I used organic onions, doubt it made a difference but I thought natural was the way to go. Yay! lol

  4. Dr Hamad says

    I’m using it today, as i have Androgenic alopecia . Just blended 2 unions ( red & white), one chilly, garlic ( 4-5) , 20 ml rose water + 30 ml water and 50 ml vinger. Going use once everyday for a month, let see…

  5. Allium Cepa is a homoeopathic remedy and it has worked well in cases of Alopecia. Combination of ayurvedic herbs along with resonance homoeopathic remedies gives wonderful results.These remedies work specifically by aiding in cell regeneration, thus promoting healthy hair follicles leading to re-growth of hair, improving blood circulation and maintaining proper electrolyte balance, promoting hormonal balance, providing your body vital elements necessary for healthy hair and using advanced bio-technology techniques to teach your immune system to stop looking at your hair as foreign body and learn to protect it.

    Few of the frequently used remedies are OM12 hair formula, T4 ALPC formula and X12 ALPC formula.

  6. Hi, I couldn’t see an answer for how to juice the onion,and how often to use it, do you leave it on for minutes? hours? do you need to massage your scalp? pls advise. Thanks

    • Hi Claude.
      We suggest you ask some doctors advice about it, if any, since this is a sensitive subject that everyone has their own experiences.

  7. Nikki, could you please provide the detail on how you applied the onions for treatment? We would really appreciate it!


  8. sudarshan says

    USE OF ORGANIC ONION: slice it in the middle and midly massage it over the affected area(squeeze the onion slice well in order to obtain the juice)


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