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There are a variety of complementary and alternative medicine therapies that can benefit hair loss through prevention or by reversing the process. When considering one of these therapies it is important to visit a trained practitioner who will ensure your treatment is suitable.

Hair Loss

Aromatherapy

A test carried out on people with a rare autoimmune disorder that caused patchy hair loss utilised aromatherapy to treat the scalp.

Essential oils were applied to the scalp on a daily basis and in seven months nearly half of the participants found at least half of their hair regrew. Some found that all of their hair returned. Researchers concluded that the essential oil remedy could help other types of hair loss/baldness.

The essential oil remedy was:

  • Atlas Cesarwood (two drops)
  • Grapeseed oil (four tsp)
  • Jojoba oil (half a tsp)
  • Lavender oil (three drops)
  • Rosemary oil (three drops)
  • Thyme oil (three drops)

Mix the Thyme, Atlas, Lavender and Rosemary oils together and then add in the Grapeseed and Jojoba. Mix well. Apply to the scalp by massaging for two minutes each night. After, wrap your head in a warm towel.

Arnica and calamus oil also stimulate hair growth and can be rubbed into the hair before washing. Those with high blood pressure should avoid rosemary oil. Consult a trained aromatherapist to ensure you receive the right products and dosages.

Nutrition

A nutritious diet full of calcium, iron and silica can help with the reduction and prevention of hair loss. Including plenty of green vegetables in your diet will provide minerals and iron to the body while raw oats are a good source of silica. Bean sprouts, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers (red and green) and sprouts are also high in silica.

Balding can be slowed by having a diet low in fat. Researchers have proposed that male pattern baldness is linked to high levels of testosterone in puberty and a high-fat diet increases those levels. A low fat diet may not stop hair loss but it can be helpful in slowing the process.

Hair loss can be as a result of anaemia (reduced number of blood cells). A diet with plenty of iron can make up for a problem that has its cause in iron-deficiency. Eat foods such as dark green leaf vegetables (e.g. spinach), eggs, raisins, wholegrain cereal, liver (not if you’re pregnant).

Considering the hair is comprised of predominately protein, a diet rich in protein will encourage hair growth. Low-fat cheese, eggs, fish and yoghurt are good sources. Soy protein based foods such as Tofu have also been found to stimulate hair growth and make follicles stronger.

Vitamins B, C and E are important for hair. Vitamin C increases iron absorption so eat plenty of fruit and veg. For Vitamin E, go for nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados regularly.

For a detailed nutritional diet for hair loss, consult with a nutritional therapist.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal remedies applied directly to the scalp or taken as teas have been found to benefit hair loss and baldness by improving circulation, stimulating hair growth and disinfecting.

Herbs such as Horsetail are a good source of silica which reinforces and conditions the hair. Hair loss and baldness has also been linked to phytoestrogens – this substance can help to reverse genetic hair loss and is found in the herb Dong Quai.

Rinsing the hair in sage tea and apple cider vinegar can help with hair growth while chamomile infusions can ease an itchy scalp (another cause of hair loss).

Acupuncture

Acupuncture needles can help to stimulate the circulation (a known cause of hair loss is poor circulation to the scalp).

As the condition of the hair is a reflection of toxicity in the blood, acupuncture can stimulate the kidneys (a blood cleansing organ) and adrenal glands to cleanse the blood and flush out toxins. Stress is another contributory factor to hair loss and acupuncture is a proven method for reducing stress.

Massage, Reflexology & Yoga

Therapies that involve relief of tension and stimulation can improve circulation. Massaging the neck, scalp and temples can stimulate blood flow to hair follicles but avoid being too rigorous with the scalp.

When at home, try this technique:

  • Stand feet apart while breathing slowly in and out
  • Slowly lean forward from the waist. Curve your spine until the head reaches just below the waist
  • Keeping the legs straight, use your knuckles to rap gently across the scalp for 30 seconds
  • Raise your body to a upright position and repeat the knuckle rap while standing

Yoga positions can increase circulation to the scalp. Exercises such as the Camel Pose, Cobra Pose and Downward-Facing Dog can improve blood flow to the follicles to keep the hair healthy.

In Reflexology, reflex points on the nails are used for stimulating the hair and scalp. For hair loss caused by stress, the diaphragm and adrenal gland reflexes should be targeted.

 

Natural Therapies for Hair Loss and Baldness
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