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Most of us aspire to have hair with plenty of volume movement, and shine and for many of us our hair is our crowning glory. Whist it is perfectly normal to experience some hair shedding (around 50 – 100 hairs are lost naturally per day) excessive hair loss results in baldness or patchiness and causes many of us anxiety and distress – Hair is an emotive subject and hair loss is a significant problem. NHS England estimates that 50% of women over the age of 65 experience problems with hair loss.

In this article we will look into natural hair loss treatment with Chinese Medicine, explore Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective on hair loss, and offer helpful tips that can help to restore your hair to its best possible condition.

Why do we lose our hair?

There are two reasons why we lose our hair: hair loss and hair shedding. The problem can develop slowly over time or it may happen suddenly.When the body sheds significantly more hairs every day, a person has excessive hair shedding. There are a number of stress related reasons that could cause this including:

  • Losing weight
  • Giving birth or stopping birth control pills
  • Experiencing a bereavement or going through divorce

A few months after the end of the stressful time your body usually readjusts and the hair shedding can be reversed. People who live under prolonged stress can experience long term hair shedding.


Hair loss occurs when something stops the hair from growing. There are a number of reasons for this which include:

  • Genetic factors – these play a significant role in hair loss in both men and women
  • Hormonal imbalances – prolonged thyroid disorders can lead to sparse head hair as can the menopause
  • Some women with untreated PCOS can have excess facial hair and experience hair loss
  • Side effects of medication including beta blockers, wharfarin and drugs used in cancer treatment

Chinese Medicine Approach To Hair Loss

According to Chinese Medicine our health is visible through the light in our eyes and the vitality that shines in our skin, hair and nails. When we live in balance our life force – our Qi – flows freely and strongly along pathways known as Meridians. Our Qi is the force that moves our blood and the condition of our hair is one way that we can assess the health of our blood: good blood flow results in strong hair. Chinese Medicine works to stimulate the production of abundant healthy blood. When this happens the follicles that produce the hairs will be sufficiently nourished and this will lead to the production of strong and healthy hair. 

Good Blood and Qi Flow = Strong Healthy Hair

There are a number of studies that demonstrate that hair loss treatment with chinese medicine is effective at reversing hair loss and indeed one study suggested that TCM was more effective than western medication at supporting healthy hair growth.

Common Root Cause of Hair Loss 

If our underlying Qi is weak the flow of blood is inhibited. This means that the various organs of our body that are responsible for the production of hair will not get the nourishment they need to function appropriately. This leads to poor quality hair follicles and scant hair production.

Weak Qi Leads to Weak blood Flow = Poor Quality Hair Follicles and Scant Hair Production.

Other reasons for hair loss include an excess of heat in the blood due to a deficiency of Yin and symptoms such as an itching inflamed scalp can be attributed to this. Deficiency of Qi and blood or stagnation of Qi and blood can also cause hair loss – either of these conditions can mean that insufficient nourishment reaches the scalp and hair follicles resulting in poor quality hair.

Chinese medicine attributes hair loss to a number of factors. Different types of hair loss can be related to disorders in specific areas:

  • Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency
  • Damp-Heat accumulation
  • Qi and blood deficiency
  • Blood heat and excess wind

Natural Hair Loss Treatment With Chinese Medicine

Can Acupuncture help to reverse my hair loss?

Yes. Acupuncture helps by nourishing your Qi and hence improving the blood flow around your body. This treatment has the effect of boosting the blood supply to your skin, hair follicles and nerves and also reducing stress. All of these factors contribute to a reduction in hair loss the nourishment of hair follicles and the promotion of strong hair growth.

There are several points that are helpful to reverse hair loss. These are located on your lower back, feet, legs and head. As the Meridian system flows throughout your body – acupuncture treatment in many different areas can help to stimulate hair growth.

For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help with hairloss you book your free consultation or treatment today.

Can Chinese Herbs Helps With Hair Loss 

Chinese Herbs offer hair loss treatment. There is strong research that demonstrates Traditional Chinese Herbs and herbal supplements promote the growth of healthy hair. Hair loss treatment with Chinese Medicine also treats for symptoms and root of cause.


Diet and lifestyle advice to promote healthy hair

Hair growth depends on a number of factors including age, health, genetics and diet. We can’t change our age but we can control our diet. Eating a balanced diet with the right nutrients can help promote hair growth, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition.

  • Eggs are a marvellous source of biotin and protein which are both essential for good hair growth
  • Spinach is packed with Iron and vitamins A and C. Vitamin A helps our skin to produce sebum which helps to keep our scalps healthy.
  • Fish oils found in mackerel, salmon and herring are a great source of protein, selenium, vitamin D3 and B vitamins, nutrients that may help promote strong and healthy hair.

. Balance food between protein and vegetables


What else can I try to prevent hair loss ?

  • Brush your hair when it is dry – wet hair is more prone to breaking
  • If you are stressed your hair will end up looking frazzled! Take time to relax and invest in some me time.
  • Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase – silk reduces the amount of friction between your head and your pillow
  • Try to do some gentle head massage.Not only will it help to reduce stress levels the gentle manipulation will help to improve the circulation blood to your scalp.

Taking A Deeper Look Into The Cause of Hair Loss : Chinese Medicine View 


Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency

Symptoms: Gradual hair loss hair thinner and dryness, hair loss , skin dryness, easily stress, poor sleeping, loss weight, dehydration, constipation,

Recommended Acupuncture therapy treatment : 30 minutes , 1-2 times a week

Acupressure points : Ashi Points , San Yin Jiao , Yin Ling Quan, Xue Hai, Bai Hui

GinSen herbal supplement and single herbal tablets:

Yin Maintenance and Fo-Ti Pian

Anemarrhena Rhizome (Zhi Mu) and Schisandra Berry


Damp-Heat accumulation

Symptoms:  Gradual hair loss, skin acne, anxiety, hair oily , easily gain weight, bloating and gas

Recommended Acupuncture therapy treatment: 30 minutes, 1-2 times a week

Acupressure points : Ashi Points ,Tai Chong , Tai Xi , San Yin Jiao , Yin Ling Quan,

GinSen herbal supplement and single herbal tablets:

Long Dan Cao Tang and Healthy Weight Remedy

Natural Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying) and Natural Spirulina


Qi and blood deficiency

Symptoms: Sudden hair loss, fatigue, low back pain, night urination, light periods, or long periods cycle, or ibido

Recommended Acupuncture therapy treatment: 30 minutes, 1-2 times a week

Acupressure points: Ashi Points , Qi hai, Guan Yuan, Zu San Li, Bai Hui,

GinSen herbal supplement and single herbal tablets:

Gui Pi Tang and Hair Growth Remedy

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) and Goji Berry


Blood heat and excess wind

Symptoms: Sudden hair loss, highly stress, skin spotingand irritation, insomnia, neck shoulder pain and stiffness.

Recommended Acupuncture therapy treatment: 30 minutes , 1-2 times a week

Acupressure points : Ashi Points , Xue Hai, Feng shi, Zu San Li, Tai Chong

GinSen herbal supplement and single herbal tablets :

Liver Detoxing Remedy and Liu Wu Xi Ye

Bupleurum Root (Chai Hu) and Natural Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying)

For more information about hair loss treatment with chinese medicine book your free consultation or treatment today.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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