Hair loss sufferers often turn to alternative medicine therapies for hair loss when conventional treatments fail. Others make alternative medicine therapies their first choice. Regardless of your reasons, if you are looking for natural hair loss prevention options, as well as for ways to promote new hair growth, you have multiple choices.
Inversion Therapy Might Stop Hair Loss
Inversion therapy involves hanging or suspending your body in an inverted position or at an angle. The goal is to have your feet above your head. Researchers agree that lying in an inclined position can also provide some health benefits. Alternative medicine practitioners often recommend inversion therapy to treat a number of illnesses, one of which is hair loss.
One reason inversion therapy might relieve and even stop hair loss is that it promotes circulation to the scalp. Increased circulation means more nutrients to the hair follicles. Thus, healthier follicles and less hair loss.
Inversion therapy also helps the lymphatic system. People often experience stagnation of the lymphatic fluid. Chronic lymphatic problems often lead to general inflammation and immune system problems, both of which can lead to hair loss and thinning hair.
To benefit from inversion therapy, you can use an inversion table, also called an inversion board. Expect to pay from about $100 for a simple board to more than $400 for a deluxe model.
Acupuncture for Hair Loss
Acupuncture is based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of which is the belief that the human body has a vital energy, or qi. In order for a person to enjoy optimum health, vital energy must circulate freely through the 12 meridians (invisible energy lines) in the body. Each meridian is believed to influence a specific organ system. A disruption in the flow of energy in one meridian generally results in an imbalance of energy, which then leads to health problems.
Acupuncture involves inserting needles in specific points along a meridian line to release blocked energy and promote healing. One organ system influenced by energy blockages are the kidneys, and according to TCM, poor kidney health is closely associated with hair loss.
Moreover, acupuncture is also helpful in improving circulation and reducing inflammation. Both of these conditions are believed to contribute to hair loss as well.
Aromatherapy and Hair Loss
Aromatherapy involves using essential oils for therapeutic reasons. Essential oils are extracted from the roots, leaves and bark of various plants.
Although, the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes is not new, new studies reveal the health benefits of using essential oils in the treatment of alopecia areata, patchy baldness associated with an auto immune disorder.
The treatment consists of a mixture of specific oils which are messaged into the scalp. If you would like to benefit from this type of treatment, the following mixture of essential oils is believed to have therapeutic effects on the scalp and promote hair regrowth:
- 2 Drops of atlas cedarwood essential oil
- 2 Drops of thyme essential oil
- 3 Drops of rosemary essential oil
- 3 Drops of lavender essential oil
In a small jar, add all the ingredients, and mix well. Add 4 teaspoons of grape seed oil and ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
Apply the mixture to your scalp daily, preferably at night. Message for at least two minutes. Use a warm towel to wrap your head after the treatment. Wait about three hours before shampooing your hair. You can leave the treatment on overnight if you prefer.
A word of caution: If you choose to try this treatment, make sure that you buy 100 percent essential oils. Fragranced and scented oils are not necessarily essential oils. Therefore, you would not achieve the same results.
Promote Hair Growth with Herbal Therapy
Herbalists often recommend the following herbal teas:
- Horsetail - Rich in silica for strong hair. It also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Corn Silk - Contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Nettle Root- Rich in minerals and lipids, which promote new hair growth by stimulating the hair follicle.
- Aloe Vera - Aloe vera gel contains super oxide dismutane, an enzyme that protects all cells against the oxidizing effects of oxygen. Moreover, aloe vera promotes the formation of nitric oxide (a cell signaling molecule), which generally stimulates new hair growth.
- Dong Quai - Reduces DHT production due to its content of phytoestrogens.
This is not an exaustive list. There are many more herbs that promote hair growth. You can purchase the herbs individually in tea bag form, or you can find hair loss formulas that contain the herbs.
You can find numerous hair loss treatments in alternative medicine. It is a good idea to consult a qualified holistic practitioner before implementing an alternative medicine therapy for hair loss.
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