Acupuncture & Hair
while some patients have been treated specifically for hair related diseases and problems, often, when patients are treated for other physical issues, their hair naturally improves along with their body".
Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine. This means that there is an awareness that what affects the body, will also affect the mind and what affect the mind will also affect the spirit. Going in the opposite direction, an emotional disorder can manifest in the body as a disease or other disharmony.
"Chinese medicine and acupuncture teaches that the condition of the hair on the human body is ruled by two different physical organs in the body. While the kidneys have primary ruler ship over hair that on the scalp and head, the lungs actually govern all other hair on the human body".
An example of this kidney connection is the fact that premature graying of the hair is considered by Chinese medical practioners to be directly related to a deficiency of "Kidney Jing". Dr. Mauro explained that "Jing is a substance that is stored and produced by the Kidneys that controls hair".
So what does this mean? "when there is damage, weakness or disease affecting the kidneys, scalp hair will often react by falling out or becoming dry, brittle or damaged". "the kidneys and to some extent, the liver, can impact hair color, or lack of color". Which ties back to the premature graying of the hair due to a kidney deficiency.
As previously explained, the overall color and condition of the hair is often a key indicator or illness in the body.
Needles, Diet & Herbs
"proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation can help overcome a majority of hair problems like weak strands or sluggish growth" serious hair loss issues need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for appropriate treatment.
often combines a series of "needle treatments with Chinese herbs and special diet" to deal with "chronic or progressive hair related diseases".
Can it cure all forms of hair loss including baldness? "Depending on a variety of factors that must be evaluated many cases can be significantly improved with the use of a custom designed treatment program."
Does acupuncture really help hair loss and baldness issues? Many practioners do treat their patients for hair related diseases with some measure of success. Although needles may be utilized, the course of treatment prescribed may include a combination of Chinese herbs and diet along with the acupuncture.
The Hubei Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, #1, (published in 1994, page 49) reported the results of a study of 30 cases of baldness that were treated and studied over time. The study reported the successful reversal of hair loss for 25 out of 30 cases through the combined application of Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatments.
Can acupuncture actually help with hair problems? While I personally believe it can, I am sure this is a controversial topic that should be examined on an individual basis.