Alternative Medicine Methods
The answer to this question as with any other alternative medicines is “yes and no”. When you look at acupuncture from a purely scientific viewpoint, there is little evidence. To be accepted in the mainstream, you have to have clear measurable evidence. There are certainly patients out there who are more than willing to talk about their positive experiences with acupuncture but solid scientific proof is very hard to pin down.
When you consider that the practice of acupuncture goes back in history 6000 years, like other long-standing traditional alternative medicines, there must be benefits. If it did not in some way make patients feel better – it would have died out a long time ago.
Skeptics would say that “medical success” is all in the mind. Any successes patients report back are due to a psychological effect. In other words, because they expect it to work, want it to work, or because they have spent a lot of money on it, they see healing which should not be attributed to acupuncture itself in reality. Most commonly known as the placebo effect.
Acupuncture For Hair Loss
Acupuncture is a key component of Chinese medicine along with diet, herbal therapy, medication, and massage. Avid acupuncture users who take the treatments regularly often promote its effects as relief from back pain, fewer migraines, a reduction in the pain of arthritis and feeling less stressed.
As for acupuncture for hair loss, it has been said to improve the flow of qi and blood to the scalp. It has been said that improving blood flow and circulation to the scalp will improve hair growth as the hair follicles receive nutrients via blood.
Along with regular acupuncture sessions on the scalp, Chinese medicine suggests also addressing diet at the same time for optimum results.
Another way to stimulate the scalp and increase blood flow to the hair follicles is scalp massages. Scalp massages are easy to do yourself. Alternatively, or you can book a head massage by a professional at a spa or treatment centre. Combining a scalp massage with the use of essential oils such as sandalwood, rosemary, cedarwood or peppermint is advised. The essential oil adds benefits to the skin on the scalp as well as promotes relaxation from the scents.
Getting To The Root Of The Problem
Knowing the cause of hair loss could help you to find the right solution. It is worth noting there are many cases when hair loss is a side effect of another problem in the body. On the British acupuncture site, a study found that acupuncture for hair loss as a direct cure unlikely. However, it mentions the conditions which found to be improved by acupuncture.
However, hair loss can be associated with other conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in women and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in both sexes, and if this is the case, there are approaches in both conventional and Chinese medicine which may prove beneficial. The Chinese medicine ones will be looking at the symptom in the context of other symptoms which someone may have, and also in the context of understanding the body as a system of energy, or ‘qi’, whose flow, rhythms and balance have been disturbed.
Broadly speaking what this piece insinuates acupuncture can help with overall health and vitality of the hair which in turn in many cases will lead to a reduction in hair loss.
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