The real cause of alopecia or pattern baldness is not known. Researchers in Japan may have found the gene responsible for loss of hair in both males and females; the thing is, no one hasn’t found a cure for it yet. According to the Washington Post, $3.5 billion is spent each year by Americans trying to combat hair loss. Most of the products sold in the market are completely useless. So what can you do?
Why not try Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture? Both originated in China and they have been used in combination to combat alopecia for thousands of years often with impressive results. If you begin to notice pattern baldness or receding or thinning hairline, the real trick is to start treatment as early as possible in order to get the best results.
Done to systemically harmonize the body acupuncture treatments can also help increase blood circulation on the scalp to stimulate the growth of new hair. Herbal topical formulas can be applied to the scalp, while other herbal remedies, meant to be taken internally, can boost hair growth. In a lot of instances, acupuncture in Saratoga Springs treatment is used to stimulate the scalp.
What causes alopecia? What are the symptoms of alopecia?
As mentioned above, there is no known cause for alopecia. Scientists believe that various factors play a role in the rise of this condition. These include androgenic (hormonal), environmental, and genetic factors. Pattern baldness is partly associated with a hormone known as DHT or dihydrotestosterone. This hormone shortens the follicles lifespan and makes them shrink, which prevents new hair from growing. New studies indicate that prostaglandins may also be involved in balding.
Male pattern baldness is the term most people call androgenic and pattern types of alopecia. But alopecia does affect both women and men. Women do not suffer pattern-baldness instead hair thins on their head although there is no receding hairline. Male pattern baldness is marked by hair loss pattern that’s well-defined. The loss of hair starts above the hairlines and the temples. At the crown of the head, there is also hair loss and hair thinning. Men can also be prone to the same balding that some women experience.
Treating alopecia (hair loss) with acupuncture
According to Chinese medicine, the hair is associated with the vital substances of the body, like the health of the internal organs and Blood. Hair re-growth is spurred when these parts of the body are beefed up. To accomplish this, most practitioners use Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture together. Some practitioners make use of both topical and internal herbal formulations such as shampoos and scalp rinses.
One other procedure used is known as micro-current stimulation of the scalp combined with acupuncture. Hew hair growth is stimulated caused by the boosting of nutrient and blood flow to the scalp.
If you are considering Chinese medicine treatment for your alopecia, choose a practitioner who also has training in dermatology. You are bound to get a customized form of treatment that can give you the results you desire. If your alopecia problem started fairly recently, treatments can last for around six to nine months; for longer standing issues, longer treatments are to be expected.