Chinese medicine has a long history of treating hair loss and can often be very helpful both for stopping further hair loss and for supporting regrowth.
In Chinese medicine, healthy hair relies on a good flow of chi and blood to nourish the scalp. This flow can be interrupted by either a deficiency of chi and blood or a stagnation of chi and blood, even toxic heat accumulation that can lead to insufficient nourishment reaching the scalp, especially cells of the hair follicles.
Poor blood circulation and chi defi-ciency are often caused by either poor diet or poor assimilation of nutrients, whereas chi and blood stagnation are often caused by stress or a hormone imbalance. Furthermore, toxic heat accumulation can be caused by improper diet (processed and fatty foods, sweets, etc.), as well as alcohol, tobacco, infections, environmental pollution or medications.
Toxic heat accumula-tion results in inflammation and increases the acidity of the blood, often clinically seen as scalp dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis or eczema. No matter what is the root cause among the three primary causes of hair loss, acupuncture can improve the flow of chi and blood in the scalp by tonifying deficiency, unblocking stagnations or clearing toxic heat accumulation to help hair regrow.