Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Gray Hair

Normal aging plays the most important role in gray hair. Western Medicine suggests gray hair can be caused by stress, lifestyle such as smoking, vitamin B12 deficiency. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the health of the lung and kidney as well as the blood is reflected in the health of the hair.

The strength of the kidney naturally declines as we age. It leads to decreasing in energy, reproductive capacity, weakness of bones, joints and ligaments, tooth loss and gray hair. For those who are under high stress, overworked, smoking, and with poor diet, may accelerate this process and suffer from gray hair.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes in a relaxed, balanced lifestyle and a good quality diet to support the body through all medical conditions and to prevent disease. Treating gray hair can benefit from the lessons of Chinese medicine life preservation techniques to slow the aging process.

Chinese Herbs to Treat Gray Hair

1) Black sesame seeds are good to add into the diet to support hair health. Black sesame seeds are rich in calcium, protein, phosphorous, iron and magnesium, it helps to keep hair black and shiny.

Where to buy (1): Roasted Black Sesame Seeds
Where to buy (2): Kevala, Organic Black Sesame Seeds

2) Vitamin B12 often recommended to people with gray hair who may have a poor diet or difficulties with proper absorption.

Where to buy (1): Jarrow Formulas, Methylcobalamin, 5000 mcg, 60 Lozenges
Where to buy (2): Natural Factors, B12 Methylcobalamin, 1000 mcg, 90 Chewable Tablets

3) He Shou Wu is also called Fo-Ti or Polygala Vine. Its botanical name is Polygoni Multiflori. The Chinese believe this herb has a restorative property essential to the kidney and blood. Fo-ti is classified as a tonic and is taken in Traditional Chinese Medicine to slow the signs of aging especially premature graying of the hair and hair loss.

Where to buy (1): He Shou Wu Extract Powder
Where to buy (2): Dragon Herbs, He Shou Wu, 450 mg, 100 Capsules

How to use: He Shou Wu is available in the market in many forms, such as tea, extract, powder, capsules, juice, oil, pills, shampoo, supplements and tincture.

4) Ginseng is believed to stimulate blood circulation and promote cell metabolism. This means that it can increase blood supply to hair follicle cells. Not only will these cells be well nourished, ginseng also improves their efficiency leading to new hair growth. It can prevent premature gray hair.

Where to buy: Natural First, Ginseng and Aloe Vera Hair Growth Thickening and Repair Serum, 2 Ounces

How to use: Natural oils infused with ginseng in massaging the hair and scalp. You can also take ginseng supplements promoting healthy blood flow all over the body.

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