Androgenic AlopeciaWhen I first heard the words "female pattern baldness," I almost freaked out. Of course, I had just Wikipedia-d how many strands equate to too much shedding, but I mean who wouldn't be scared? Of course, I've heard of male pattern baldness. And you see so many men in their late 30s to early 40s missing patches of hair from the middle of their head that it's almost a style. Sometimes it can hit men as early as their mid-twenties. Thinking that that could happen to me as a female, I immediately started to look for ways to prevent losing any more hair. We can't all rock a shortcut like Amber Rose! Finding remedies for hair loss is challenging and expensive. Dermatologists want to pump you up with antibiotics to decrease inflammation and then work to give you other medications to encourage hair growth. But who wants to pump all of that into their bodies without the guarantee that those medicines are going to work? Not me, so I looked into alternative medicines and stumbled across acupuncture.
AcupunctureAcupuncture is something that I'm familiar with. I used to suffer from intense migraines as a kid, and it came up as a holistic way to combat them. However, I didn't know that it worked in areas outside of pain management and alleviation. So, I looked more into what it could do to help with hair loss. Now for those of you who don't know, acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine. It involves sticking tiny needles into various parts of your body, known as pressure points, at different depths. The needles alleviate pain and balance energy. In the case of hair loss, acupuncture increases blood flow and decrease swelling in the scalp. Allegedly, after six months of acupuncture treatment, your scalp will have less swelling from the area that you're experiencing the most hair loss. It will also cure any itching. These two benefits will create a clear path for the hair follicle to generate hair. However, Acupuncture alone will not do the trick. Your licensed acupuncturist will have to use some herbal supplements and combine the treatment with a hot towel massage to stimulate the hair follicles as well.
Things to Be Considered Before TreatmentThere are so many causes for hair loss including:
- Hereditary issues
- Side effects from different medications
- Pregnancy hormone imbalance including both pre and postpartum hormones
- Various medical conditions