Never mind if you’re noticing thinning hair, it seems the porcupine look is in. Acupuncture is an ‘alternative’ therapy but one of the most widely recognised and respected Chinese medical practices. It’s apparently used to treat anything from muscular aches and pains to stress relief and hair loss. Did I just say hair loss?
According to Dr. Stuart Mauro, L.Ac., O.M.D., who has been practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for over 30 years, acupuncture has been successfully used to treat his patients for all types of hair loss problems “including various forms of severe alopecia”.
Both acupuncture and massage are known to improve circulation, although there is little evidence to prove they can prevent or reverse hair loss. And because hair loss is mulit-factorial, even if acupuncture worked for brother, there’s no saying that it will work for you.
Oriental medicine practitioners believe that the condition of the hair follicles is directly affected by the toxicity in the blood and that the hair follicles are responsible for the nourishment of the hair as well as supporting hair growth. According to TCM, excess energy escapes the body through the top of the head, causing the hair follicles to expand and as a result, they lose their grip on the hair, allowing it to fall out.
This theory is of course medically unfounded. It may be the belief of TCM but the scientific explanation of why people experience male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss is because the hair follicles are shrinking. The miniaturisation of the follicle is what causes gradual thinning of the hair and the eventual cessation of hair growth.
Acupuncture to the scalp is directed on increasing blood flow and stimulating new hair to grow as well as drawing the energy back into the body to restore vitality to the hair follicles and allow them to regain their ability to contract tightly around the roots of the hair, holding it in place.
A special plum blossom hammer – an instrument with several needles protruding from its face – is the latest tool used by contemporary acupuncturists. Gently pressing the hammer against various areas of the scalp, making several needles stimulate your epidermis and dermis at the same time is said to increase the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for hair loss.
Certainly, not everyone is ready to feel needles being inserted into the body and scalp, so talk to a hair loss specialist about your options and find out about the most effective and proven methods of preventing hair loss and restoring hair.
Scientifically formulated hair loss treatmentsare pain-free and have proven to effectively combat the root cause of hair loss for many thousands of people. Still, there’s no harm in giving acupuncture a go as well as part of a combined approach. It’s known for its stress-relieving abilities so it could well be something to consider when managing hair loss.