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Alopecia, hair loss, bald spots- Chinese Medicine way of treating these hair concerns

Do you remember those days when you had long, luscious amount of healthy hair? Yes, you can have it back!

Hair loss, alopecia, bald spots occurs for different reasons in Chinese Medicine. Did you know that your Lungs, Kidneys, Liver and Spleen have everything to do with your hair?

The Lungs are in charge of distributing Qi (energy) in the body. When you lack energy, there would be an abnormal diffusion of Qi and fluids to the skin and body. This lack of nourishment and moisture causes your hair to have a brittle and dry quality. Good energy in the body allows the Qi to diffuse evenly to the skin and hair which can nourish and moisten the body.

Have you noticed that some babies are born with a full head of hair and some aren't? This is related to their prenatal essence, what we call Jing in Chinese Medicine. The Kidneys control the bones and manifest in the hair. If the Kidney Jing is strong, the hair would be thick and good colour; if Kidney Jing becomes weak and decline, the hair will be thin, brittle and fall out all together.

According to Chinese Medicine theories, hair is the extension of your blood in the body. When there is sufficient blood, your hair would grow nice and lustrous. Blood in the body is produce 2 ways- 1) from the Food we consume and 2) Kidney Jing which eventually makes blood. Therefore, someone with iron deficiency often can suffer from hair concerns.

The Liver is the General of the body and controls where blood goes in our body. When we become stress or have deficiency in Blood, Blood is not able to flow freely to the top of our head, resulting in poor circulation to the scalp and consequently hair loss or bald patches.

Healthy Hair Tips to regrow your hair

  • Regular scalp massage with your hands, guasha tool or scalp massage brush. Massage stimulates circulation to the head and allow for hair growth to occur.

  • Eating and sleeping well to ensure you are not fatigue. When the body is tired, all the energy will be going into your torso to supply energy to your main organs including heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.

  • Manage your stress level through exercise or meditation which can optimise the performance of your Liver. This allows the Liver to direct Blood to all areas with no hindrance.

  • Check your iron level. You may need to have some iron supplement for Blood deficiency

  • Acupuncture and herbal medicine can assist in strengthening the functions of all of the organs that were mentioned earlier.

There is no a one-size-fit-all way to treating any conditions in Chinese Medicine. Please consult me or your Chinese Medicine practitioner if you have any questions.

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