By improving the flow of chi and blood throughout the body, acupuncture St Helens can effectively treat problems where poor blood flow and pain is the issue. For hair growth problems, especially in aging males, blood circulation and proper tissue nourishment are not as efficient as they were in our youth.
As blood and chi energy slowly starts to become deficient due to poor chi and blood circulation in the scalp often because of the factors of aging, stress or an unhealthy lifestyle and diet, the growth of hair follicles start to wane and eventually cease which then leads to hair loss.
Acupuncture is the use of filiform needles into certain sites in the body called acupuncture points to remove the blockage of energy and to once again enable normal chi flow and improve blood flow in the body. When blood and chi start to become scarce in one part of the body due to a blockage in that area, illnesses and pain occur. Acupuncture, which is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that the quality of the hair is dependent on how much blood, kidney energy and chi is flowing in the body. The kidney has a big role to play in hair growth and when kidney chi becomes deficient, hair loss occurs. The acupuncturist usually inserts the needles straight into the scalp to energize chi and blood flow in that area. The kidney chi is often stagnant when hair loss happens, the acupuncturist inserts the needles on meridians associated with the kidneys. This helps to reenergize the kidneys enabling this organ to function optimally once more.
In place of the needles, a technique called the seven-star hammer can also be used by the acupuncturist as treatment. A seven-star hammer is an instrument shaped like a hammer but with needles protruding out of its face. The acupuncturist applies this tool on the patient’s scalp and taps it on the scalp. This tapping stimulates the meridians which then helps increase blood flow in the scalp thereby promoting new growth of hair.
There are other treatments besides the seven star hammer treatment. One such treatment can be the use of herbal medications, supplements and dieting. Poor lifestyle habits as well as an unhealthy diet can greatly lower chi in the body and cause poor blood and chi flow around the body.
A 2004 study of people with alopecia found out that when treated with the seven-star hammer treatment and a combination of a Chinese herb called astralagus a success rate of 83% was accomplished for those who participated. Acupuncture for hair growth is slowly becoming a popular treatment for hair loss and is much more economical than hair transplant surgery.