Natural Hair Loss
Medicine for Alopecia Areata
by Farah Khan
areata is considered to be an auto-immune condition in which the bodys immune
system, specifically the white blood cells, attack the hair follicles, leading
to hair loss, which can be on the scalp or elsewhere.
most cases of alopecia, the hair falls out in small round patches about the size
of a quarter. Alopecia areata affects approximately four million Americans of
both sexes, and all ages and backgrounds. The effects of alopecia are primarily
socially and emotionally disturbing, because of its unpredictable effects on a
persons appearance. It is not life threatening or painful.
are a number of Chinese herbs that can be beneficial for this condition. Chinese
medicine treats the root imbalances in the body that result in alopecia. When
the body is brought into balance, symptoms resolve themselves and slowly disappear.
There are two patterns in Chinese Medicine that can result in the hair loss symptomatic
of alopecia areata. The first is a pattern of Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency.
This means that the energy of the body that normally nourishes the hair follicles
is deficient. When herbs are used that nourish Liver and Kidney Yin, hair can
start to grow back. The second pattern is that of Toxic Heat in the body. This
means that there is an inflammatory condition in the body that is a result of
excess acidity from a poor diet, exposure to pollution or other toxins, or an
infection. In most people with alopecia areata, these two conditions exist in
combination with each other.
is necessary to reduce inflammation and acidity in the body while nourishing the
cooling yin energy of the body that nourishes hair growth.
Shou Wu, polygonum or Fo-ti, is one herb that can be beneficial for people with
alopecia areata. This herb has been used traditionally in China for graying hair
and premature hair loss. It is a general tonic for the brain and the body, and
can improve the quality of hair growth on the head. It can take three to six months
of use to see the full benefits of Fo-ti. The Chinese have also traditionally
used this herb as a longevity tonic.
and eclipta are also two Chinese herbs used to nourish hair growth by strengthening
the Liver and Kidney Yin energy of the body. Research done in China have shown
that these herbs can promote hair growth in people with alopecia areata.
wolfberries are also a general body tonic that improve blood circulation to hair
follicles of the head. This herb can work well in combination with the herbs listed
order to clear the inflammation and acidity that can trigger alopecia, mint, dandelion,
and honeysuckle herbs can be used in combination.
supplements that may be of benefit in combination with Chinese herbs include vitamin
C, flaxseed oil, and nettle tea. All of these are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying
to the body. Eating black beans and black sesame seeds can also be helpful when
taken alongside Chinese herbs.
herbs are a safe, natural, effective, health-promoting way to treat alopecia areata
and increase hair growth.
Khan is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She
has her own line of herbal supplements, including one for alopecia, at http://www.yinessence.com.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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