I love my hair and put a significant amount of care into it, including what I wash it with and the foods that I choose to eat. I especially focus on blood building foods and foods rich in healthy fats that help to nourish and increase the shine and quality.
Over the past year I have had an increasing number of female patients struggling with hair loss. This loss can range from thinning and poor quality hair, to patches of loss or even baldness. Hair loss is a problem that is more common than you might think for women. The good news is that Acupuncture is an option for healing that can result in increased hair growth!
There are many causes of hair loss. From what I have seen, I believe stress and lack of nutrition to be the leaders. In traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, both of these cause what is known as blood deficiency. Below I will explain this through TCM terms, and then make it a bit more simple. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for some suggestions on improving your hair care routine, and how to increase quality and shine.
As I mentioned above, both stress and lack of nutrition cause blood deficiency. TCM teaches that stress effects the liver directly causing blood deficiency. Lack of nutrition, or food qi, causes the body to slow production of blood. As a result there is not enough blood to nourish the hair, also known as a spleen qi deficiency causing blood deficiency. In TCM hair is considered to be an extension of your blood, and a tell-tale sign of health just like your skin and nails. Blood provides nourishment and acts as a moistening function for the body. Even more specifically liver blood, moisten the skin and the hair ensuring that it remains shiny and healthy. For women, health of the blood and liver is extremely important because the function of blood, the liver and kidneys also regulates our menstruation.
To have healthy blood you must have strong food qi, which is created by what we eat and drink, in other words what goes to your spleen and stomach. The spleen, known as the origin of blood, produces food qi, which in turn creates the formation of blood.
Let's break this down to simpler terms now. Healthy liver and kidneys are vital to the health of your blood, especially because blood is stored in the liver at night while your body is resting. Stress has a very negative effect on both the liver and kidneys, which directly affects healthy production of blood. The body needs healthy blood for hair to grow, and to be healthy and glossy. Weak or declining blood, from constant stress, can make hair thin, brittle, dull or even cause it to fall out.
All of these causes of blood deficiency can be treated with Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and attention and adjustments made to your nutrition. With regular Acupuncture treatments, I see my patient's hair become strong, thicker and better textured, as well as an increase in the quality of their skin and nails. Watching these changes occur is a true sign of increased internal health, and very exciting!
I love my hair and put a significant amount of care into it. I pay close attention to the products I use, like what I wash it with and the foods that I choose to eat. I look for products with fewer ingredients and that are listed as natural. It's incredible to see how much eating a healthy diet can increase the shine and quality of your hair. I especially focus on blood building foods, like leafy greens, and foods rich in healthy fats like avocados and olives.
Below are some home remedies that I love, which I hope will help you on your path to healthier hair. Please get in touch if you would like help on this journey - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Coconut oil hair mask
- Applying essential oils to the scalp to treat the scalp directly
- cedar wood
- Head Massages and upside down yoga (stimulates the movement of blood in the head)
- Meditation or Qi Gong (decreases stress, helping increase the health of your liver and better the quality of your blood)