The Real Causes of Hair Loss

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According to modern trichological science, hair loss can be caused by many factors such as:

  • Nutrient imbalances
  • Poor diet
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • High fever
  • Infections
  • Emotional stress
  • Cosmetic hair treatments and products
  • Menopause
  • Oral Contraceptives (especially after stopping)
  • Post pregnancy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Food poisoning
  • Excess exposure to irradiation
  • Exposure to insecticides and pesticides
  • Chemicals in the environment and food
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic factors
  • DHT causing miniaturization of hair follicles

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) agrees with this scientific understanding, but in addition also considers the following to be very important:

  • Internal physiological dysfunction (especially Liver and Kidney TCM functions)
  • Blockage of energy (Qi) flow throughout the body
  • Poor blood circulation in the scalp
  • Lack of nutrition available to the hair follicles
  • Excess oil on the scalp
  • Excess consumption of sweet and oily foods
  • Weak digestive function
  • Lack of restful sleep

According to TCM, all of these factors impact on the health of the hair follicle and people’s overall wellbeing. TCM emphasises the importance of good general health for better hair health and more hair regrowth, as much as therapies directed only at the hair or scalp.


The weakness of liver and kidney

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the health of the kidney and liver play a large role in the growth and maintenance of hair. The kidney controls the health of bones and the vital essence or Qi (vital life- force energy). The liver governs the health of the muscles and stores blood. In TCM, the hair is nourished by the blood. If the vital essence and blood are deficient, hair loss and baldness will occur. Early in life, the kidney and liver function optimally and the individual appears to have a rich and lustrous head of hair. With no stress or worry, the individual is able to keep his/her hair. However, over time, stress and negative emotions can reduce the vital essence and the functioning of the liver and kidney causing the hair to fall out.

Poor Diet

Diet also plays a role in hair loss. If one frequently eats oily, greasy or sweet food, this can reduce the stomach and the spleen’s ability to transform food into nutrients. Consequently, internal “damp heat” rises to the top of head. “Damp heat” retained in the hair pores obstructs the flow of blood and prevents the hair from being nourished. As a consequence, loss of hair results.

The Body Condition

Hair loss is just a symptom in appearance; the root reason is “damp heat” in TCM. Symptoms of the hair may include atrophy of hair follicles, hair loss, brittle, oily scalp and more inelastic, and even complete baldness.

Poor Follicle Environment

The hair follicle is the cradle for hair growth. Nourishing hair follicles can stop hair loss and grow new hair.

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