Hair loss is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. There are some common factors that are related to this condition including: genetics, hormonal changes (eg. during pregnancy, menopause), medical conditions (eg. thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders), medications (eg. chemo, blood thinners), nutritional deficiencies (eg. iron, protein), stress, certain hair styles (eg. tight braids) and age.
While there are several modern treatments available for hair loss, Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to treat this condition through treating the root cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Hair loss is thought to be caused by a deficiency of Qi and blood in the scalp, which can lead to poor circulation and weakened hair follicles. Chinese medicine aims to nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair follicles to promote hair growth.
One of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese medicine for hair loss is He Shou Wu. This herb is believed to nourish the liver and kidneys, which are considered to be important organs for healthy hair growth. He Shou Wu is also believed to improve blood circulation to the scalp, which can help to strengthen the hair follicles.
Another herb commonly used in Chinese medicine for hair loss is Dong Quai. This herb is believed to nourish the blood and improve circulation throughout the body, including the scalp. Dong Quai is also believed to balance hormones in the body, which can be a contributing factor to hair loss. (***Reminder: Chinese herbs need to be used under the instruction of licensed Chinese medicine practitioners)
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, which are believed to stimulate the flow of Qi and blood. To treat hair loss, we often use a special acupuncture needle called plum blossom needle or dermal hammer. It is made up of several small, fine needles arranged in a circular pattern on a metal plate, which is attached to a handle. During the treatment, we use this needle to tap on specific points of the scalp to enhance the flow of Qi and blood to promote hair growth.
Diet and lifestyle:
Chinese medicine also emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle for maintaining healthy hair. A diet rich in protein, iron, and vitamins is recommended to support healthy hair growth. Stress reduction techniques such as meditation and tai chi are also recommended, as stress can be a contributing factor to hair loss.
In conclusion, Chinese medicine offers a holistic approach to treating hair loss by addressing the underlying imbalances in the body that contribute to the condition. By using a combination of herbal remedies, acupuncture, and lifestyle modifications, Chinese medicine can promote healthy hair growth and improve overall well-being.