EASTERN MEDICINE SHOWS MORE EFFICACY IN TREATING ALOPECIA AND PROMOTING HAIR HEALTH THAN WESTERN MEDICINE TREATMENTS
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 35 million men are affected with some type of hair loss (alopecia) nationally. Approximately 21 million women are also affected and overall studies show that 1 in 5 Americans are losing their hair.
In general, we lose about 100 hairs a day. On average, a person can expect to grow about 6 inches of new hair growth a year. Hair growth can vary between ¼ of an inch to one and one half an inch per month. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 35 million men are affected with some type of hair loss nationally. Approximately 21 million women are also affected and overall studies show that 1 in 5 Americans are losing their hair. Many causes for hair loss vary from hormonal imbalances, use of mediations and supplements, endocrine issues, stress, and nutrient deficiency. Even though we know typical male baldness is genetic in nature as well, there is a lot we can do to stop progression of hair loss, improve texture and volume of hair, and promote lasting hair growth.
Research studies performed in Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Second Affiliated Hospital compared results of Eastern Medicine treatment versus pharmaceuticals. Drug therapy showed less efficacy, treating alopecia, when compared to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine which produced 87.5% total effectiveness rate.
Eastern Medicine looks at hair loss (alopecia), balding, premature graying of hair, and brittleness as a sign of liver blood deficiency and kidney yin deficiency. One of the main formulas used has remarkable effects to stimulate the production of blood and improve blood circulation. The top herbal formulas have multiple antioxidant effects to prevent damage or death to cells and improves follicular health. Many tonic formula not only improve the quality and quantity of hair but bone and blood as well. Other benefits are shown in the improvement in nails and skin as well. Many of the herbs have shown to have hematopoietic effects to stimulate the production of blood through expediting the multiplication and differentiation of bone marrow of hematopoietic cells. One of the main herbs dates back to the Ming dynasty in China and has been used by Taoist monks to enhance longevity and is known as an antiaging herb. Typically, within one to months, there is a noticeable change in hair texture following herbal protocol with acupuncture.
Many lifestyle changes can greatly benefit hair health. Avoiding cigarette smoke, alcohol, caffeine, and junk food is a good start. Monitor the amount of direct sun to hair and skin. Limit stressors because excess stress can actually impair the delivery of nutrients to the scalp itself due to stagnation. Natural bristle brushes are recommended because they are more gentle and help invigorate circulation to the head. Avoid excessive blow-drying and harmful chemicals to the hair. Having proper sleep and exercise also plays an important role overall in hair health.
What about nutrients? We know the value of protein which provides the building blocks which allow us to replace, repair, and grow not only bones, skin, and muscles but hair also. Biotin, which is a B vitamin that is essential for hair growth. Biotin-rich foods include liver, eggs, almonds, peanuts, swiss chard, salmon, avocados, raspberries, and many more. Other foods rich in iron, vitamin C, beta carotene, and zinc also play a big role in hair health. Even though supplements help, the nutrients are best absorbed in real foods and ingesting foods rich in B vitamins, B-6, B-12 such as fortified whole grain breakfast cereals, oatmeal, shellfish, cottage cheese, and trout or tuna. Other foods rich in folate include lentils, sunflower seeds, seaweed, broccoli, and beets.
Hydration also plays a key role because water helps transport these nutrients throughout the body, including the scalp. The main goals for treating various hair disorders is to replenish the essence and promote the growth and maintain the health of hair and nourish blood and promote circulation of the scalp. This includes providing essential nutrients for hair growth, and optimizing hematopoietic effects to stimulate the production of blood.
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