From both western and oriental medicine point of views, hair loss is signal of some problems in our body.
How much is too much hair loss? More than strands are considered too much.
The commonly causes of hair loss are hereditary, hair harmed due to hair dye and perm chemicals, clogged follicles due to dirty scalp. For ladies whose hair drops frequently without any particular reason, it is likely due to lack of ‘blood’ in the body.
In TCM, hair and ‘blood’ are closely related. Only with sufficient ‘blood’ that the hair can be nourished. Otherwise, hair becomes dry, causing split ends, breaks and eventually hair loss.
Tips to healthy hair
1. Go to sleep before 1030pm at night. In TCM, gall bladder functions between 11pm and 1am while the liver 1am to 3am. Gall bladder and liver are closely related. When a person goes to deep sleep before 11pm, these two organs can be restored properly. As blood is stored in liver, blood can only be nurtured with a good liver. A person who frequently works through the nights may often have oily scalp, which is a sign of insufficient liver blood.
2. Avoid extreme emotion yo-yo. A calm emotion state benefits the liver.
3. Eat more oysters. Oysters help calm emotion and benefit both kidney and liver in TCM.
4. Apply Warm Press to both eyes before sleep. This helps relax the tired eyes and improve quality of sleep. In TCM, eyes are closely related to liver.
5. Avoid cold drinks and sugared snacks. Spleen and stomach are the source of ‘qi’ and ‘blood’ and these two organs function the best in ‘warm’ environment. Drinking cold drinks is like splashing cold water onto these two organs, slowing down their functions and increasing their work loads. As a result, insufficient ‘qi’ and ‘blood’ is produced. Sugared snacks cause phlegm and dampness to collect in the body and this slow down the circulation of both “qi’ and ‘blood’, and in term affects growth of hair.