Hair type, genetics, and environmental factors, as well as mistaken or excessive use of hair product are the main reasons behind damaged hair, dandruff or hair falling out. Every lady desires a full head of healthy and voluminous hair but sometimes we can be over-zealous in our efforts to acquire it. The many variables that influence the quality of hair mean that sometimes even using the best hair-care products can even yield disappointing results. So is there anything that can be done to combat hair falling out without destroying it further? The answer is…wait for it… acupressure.
Despite the presence of many ‘anti-hair fall’ products that promise quick results, most of them prove to be ineffective. This is due to the fact that the causes of hair fall are usually deep rooted and cannot be treated via quick fix solutions. You first need to identify the underlying issues that might be contributing to your hair thinning such as your lifestyle or your diet, before proceeding to treat them.
What Is Acupressure?
Research has shown that the most commonly used hair-strengthening methods used by people suffering from hair loss rarely include alternative medicine as a potential solution. Traditional treatments practiced from time immemorial are unfortunately often overlooked, and acupressure is one such method. This craft uses firm pressure applied by an expert to the areas affected by hair loss. It is similar to a hot oil massage, but oil is not used during this process. The scalp is massaged with different hand movements which remove stress and possible other underlying psychological issues that might be contributing to hair fall.
Acupressure, or as the Japanese call it shiatsu massage, dates back to 1600 BC and was used in Ancient China and the rest of the ancient world to treat various body ailments. Its clinical use is based on the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Although it is a pre-scientific practice, acupressure still has practical application and relevance in modern medicine.
The Benefits of Acupressure
* Stimulation of blood circulation in the scalp.
* Removal of toxins, dead skin cells, and dandruff.
* Stress reduction.
* Stimulation of oxygen and nutrients flow to the scalp.
Traditional Chinese Medical Theory identifies particular acupressure points lying along different meridians and channels in the body, through which the vital energy of life called qi (chi) flows. It is believed that 12 major meridians intersect with different organs and with one another, to create a system of communication throughout the body. The meridians begin at the fingertips, connect to the brain and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian. According to the theory, when one of the meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. In such cases, acupressure and acupuncture can help to restore the balance in the organism.
How To Get Rid of Hair Fall with Acupressure?
Acupressure massage aids healthy hair growth as well as the strengthening the existing hair. It is recommended to enhance the benefits of acupressure massage by using olive oil. When massaged into the scalp, olive oil neutralizes the Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone, responsible for hair loss. The natural ingredients of olive oil reduce the development of DHT in the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth.
Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a natural metabolite of the male sex hormone testosterone. DHT is produced naturally both in men and women since both genders have testosterone. It plays a significant role in androgenic alopecia, a common cause of hair loss. Androgenic hair loss which is often referred to as male pattern baldness can cause hair loss in both men and women. During such hair loss, the hairline gradually recedes, creating an ‘M’ shape. The combination of genetic predispositions and DHT is one of the most common causes of baldness. The hair follicles on the scalp have receptors for DHT, while the sides and the back of the head do not, that is why hair loss is less acute there.
Hair health is closely connected to the blood supply and the functioning of adrenal glands. The better the blood supply to the scalp, the less chance of losing hair. Acupressure can help immensely with improving the blood circulation, as well as boosting the immune system. It revitalizes the scalp to encourage re-growing of hair while inhibiting further hair loss. Acupressure also helps the body flush out toxins, increases the blood circulation to the face, while clearing up dandruff and dead skin cells.