Western medical concept of ALOPECIA
Researchers have determined that this form of hair loss is related to hormonescalled androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone.
Androgens are important for normal male sexual development before birth andduring puberty. Androgens also have other important functions in both males and females, such as regulating hair growth and sex drive.
There are various types of alopecia. A common pattern of male hair loss is that it begins above both temples or at the vertex, and may progress to complete baldness (Figure 6.8). In women, the hair usually becomes thin all over the head, and the hairline does not recede.
Our head hair is nourished by Kidney yin and Liver Blood. Thinning or loss of hair occurs when overworked or stressed, when there is blood loss or anaemia or when the climate is very dry. Dryness makes the hair brittle and causes split ends. Blood deficiency (also due to stress and overwork, because stress consumes Liver Blood) makes the roots weak, and the individual strands of hair thin and dull. The mechanical strain of washing, combing or even moving the head on the pillow is enough to cause the loss of large handfuls of hair. When treating hair loss, it is necessary to nourish and moisten the hair, and it will flourish again in growth. It is important to initiate treatment as soon as symptoms develop as, once complete baldness sets in, it will be very difficult to make a difference.
have addressed general hair loss and partial hair loss in certain areas of the head as the two types that give good results with acupuncture. Both energy treatment and local treatment is given. The patient should take some vitamin–amino acid combinations such as Panthovigar N®, which contains thiamine, calcium pantothenate, cystine and keratin, and some local care.
Explaining the treatment
In hair loss of any type, the Kidney yin must first be tonified, ideally on point K 7. The patient should also drink water more regularly and rest more. Where possible, a midday rest would be excellent, as midday is the worst time energetically for those who have Kidney yin deficiency. If Kidney yin is deficient, this would generate uncontrolled Kidney yang, which rises to the head.
If Liver Blood deficiency can be established, then Blood should be tonified with points Ren 14, UB 15, UB 17, Sp 10, GB 39 and an iron supplement. The next thing to do would be the local treatment. This is done (a) in the area with hair loss and (b) on the organs associated with the areas of the hair loss.
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