Natural hair loss solution

Did you know that the state of your hair reflects the state of your internal health? Lustrous locks are associated with vibrant health; while dull, thinning hair may indicate poor health generally. Naturopath Paul Keogh explains how Chinese herbs can help support your inner health and promote revitalised hair growth. 

According to principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the growth and development of hair depends on proper functioning of the Kidney and Liver organ-meridian systems (these systems are important aspects in TCM as they distribute the vital energy throughout the body).

Chinese herbs can help to restore healthy hair growth and condition. Blood tonic herbs nourish the blood and activate the circulation to reinvigorate the hair follicle. Also important are herbs that support the Kidney energy and replenish Jing to promote healthy hair growth. From a Western perspective, Blood tonic herbs usually also have immune regulating actions, which may be relevant in immunological conditions such as alopecia areata. Physiologically, the kidneys are an important organ for detoxification, which filter the blood and remove toxins (such as lead) that may otherwise accumulate in the hair and reduce its quality. Herbs that support the Kidney often also help to regulate hormonal imbalances that can lead to hair thinning, hair loss or premature greying.

Good nutrition is also essential to support hair growth and development. A balanced diet along with a high-quality multi vitamin and mineral complex will help ensure that all the essential nutrients required for hair growth are available in adequate amounts. 

Besides your internal health, the condition of your hair can be affected by other factors such as over-styling, colouring, environmental toxins (eg. chlorine in swimming pools), and overexposure to the sun. Skin conditions such as dandruff, dermatitis, psoriasis and fungal infections can also damage hair follicles and adversely effect hair growth. In these cases, Chinese herbs can provide internal nourishment to restore the health of the skin, including the hair follicle.

Considering the time, effort and money you dedicate to your hair, it makes sense to get to the root cause and support hair health from the inside out. Specific Chinese herbs can successfully restore the health of the scalp and healthy hair growth, improving texture, colour and volume; and are suitable for all hair types and colours in men, women and children.


This article originally appeared in the March 2013 edition of Go News published by Go Vita

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