Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Hair Loss
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner believes that hair growth is closely related to the health of the blood, both amount and circulation. People often lose hair due to physical or pathogenic conditions where they lose much blood, such as long-term illness, big operations and chemotherapy.
Some believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine can be effective when treating hair loss and the underlying conditions which cause hair loss. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for hair loss is focused on creating balance and harmony in the body by strengthening the blood, balancing hormones, restoring Qi and directing blood to the scalp. In other words, if you want to have healthy hair, you should care about the quality of your blood and its circulation.
Causes of Hair Loss
Traditional Chinese Medicine knowledge suggests the liver stores blood and circulates blood to the sides and top of the head. If the liver is stressed or under pressure, it will dysfunction and decrease blood flow to the head, causing hair thinning and greyness in these regions.
Kidneys dominate the growth and development of the body, including hair. If someone has a strong kidney essence, hair is shiny, thick, strong and healthy and they will have fewer grey hairs when they are old. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners recommend dietary plan that is rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, and minerals. Supplements may be recommended. Herbal therapy may also be used, for example, Quine Fruit, Ginseng, Foti Root, He Shou Wu, Rehmannia Root, Dong Quai Root, Gotu Kola, and Gastrodia Rhizome.
Chinese Herbs for Hair Growth
1) He Shou Wu is also called Fo-Ti or Polygala Vine. Its botanical name is Polygoni multiflori. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe this herb has a restorative property essential to the kidney and blood. He Shou Wu 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. It is confirmed to stimulate hair growth as well as restore the color and sheen of the hair. He Shou Wu is known to promote the growth of terminal hair rather than the baby-like vellus hair growth stimulated by drugs such as Minoxidil.
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.
2) Ginseng is the classic Chinese herb and is now widely known in the West. It 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 and regenerates damaged hair roots.
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.
3) Gotu Kola is one of the most successful Chinese herbs used in treating hair loss. Gotu Kola improves blood circulation while reducing blood pressure; it also provides relief from anxiety and insomnia and can even improve memory. This herb is used for promoting hair regrowth especially in people experiencing male pattern baldness or alopecia caused by the onset of old age.
How to use: Gotu Kola can be used in the forms of oil, extract, powder and capsules.
4) Stinging Nettle, also known as Nettle Leaf, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae. It is effective in treating male and female pattern baldness. Extract can be taken from the leaf or roots of the plant.
How to use: Stinging Nettle can be used in the forms of tea, extract, supplements, powder and capsules.
5) Wu Wei Zin is also called Schizandra or Five Flavored Berry, is known to cure baldness. It helps in hair growth and gives you soft and silky hair. It enhances the quality of the skin on the scalp and improves blood flow in microvessels.
How to use: Wu Wei Zin can be used in the forms of tea, extract, supplements, powder and capsules.
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