We have often heard of acupuncture in relation to treating a wide variety of ailments. It is an alternative form of treatment that is now gaining wide acceptance although it still falls short of becoming part of mainstream medicine. It is accorded great respect and recognition – acknowledged for its effectiveness with respect to many physical, and even emotional, difficulties. We know it as useful for muscle-pain and other related complaints. It has been used for the management of stress and anxiety. And of late, we even hear of it as being used to address hair fall problems.
How did this practice, Chinese in origin, evolve as a form of hair loss therapy?
Apparently, many doctors involved in the practice of acupuncture and what is known as traditional Chinese medicine have found this particular loss of hair therapy effective for the patients who go to them with hair fall difficulties. Even individuals who seek treatments for an extreme case of alopecia seem to have found some degree of success in acupuncture and similar forms of alternative medicine.
This is no guarantee that the same will work for you. There seems to be a lack of research conducted to prove without doubt that these therapies can indeed cure hair loss. That being said, however, the fact remains that health – be it of hair or other parts of the body – responds well to efforts to make blood circulate healthily and vigorously. And acupuncture, as well as massage, does this effectively.
Traditional Chinese medical professionals opine that toxins in the blood affect the state of hair follicles. Hair follicles, in turn, nourish the hair and make it possible for hair to grow abundantly. If the hair follicles grow weak and incapacitated, your hair is likely to suffer along with them. Medical science asserts that the conditions referred to as male-pattern-baldness and female-pattern-hair-loss are said to be attributed to weak hair follicles. The former condition is very common among males of all ages. It can commence even when one is still in his early 20’s. It can cause one to go bald – sometimes in just certain sections of the head, sometimes totally. The latter typically affects only the front and crown sections of the head. Hair follicles which shrink because they are not healthy cause the hair to thin out and eventually stop growing. This condition usually results in loss of self-confidence. One becomes very self-conscious and anxious because of the “unattractive” look.
Acupuncture needles applied directly on the scalp encourages stronger blood-flow. It stimulates the growth of new hair. It draws energy into the system, revitalizing the hair follicles, making them adhere firmly and strongly to the roots of the hair to hold the hair in place. This causes less hair fall.
A specially designed plum blossom hammer – an apparatus which has many needles attached to its front – is the most recent design used for acupuncture. This gadget is softly and lightly pressed against different sections of the scalp. The stimulation that the epidermis/dermis gets from the needles enhances the hair loss therapy.
This therapy is not for everybody – much less the weak at heart, or knees. If you feel that this particular hair loss therapy may be difficult for you to go through and finish, there are many other options which you may consider. A medical practitioner in the field of hair loss treatment may help you ascertain the different options and which one is best for your particular case. Many choices do not cause any pain. Many have been proven to be effective. It may be useful to think of acupuncture for therapy, however, especially because it helps you deal with stress. It can be considered as part-and-parcel of a multi-pronged comprehensive hair loss treatment.