From both western and oriental medicine points of view, hair loss is a signal of some problems in our body.
How much is too much hair loss? More than strands are considered too much.
The common 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 a 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, the gall bladder functions between 11 pm and 1 am while the liver 1 am to 3 am. Gall bladder and liver are closely related. When a person goes to deep sleep before 11 pm, these two organs can be restored properly. As blood is stored in the liver, blood can only be nurtured with a good liver. A person who frequently works through the nights may often have an oily scalp, which is a sign of insufficient liver blood.
2. Avoid extreme emotion yo-yo. A calm emotional 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 tired eyes and improve the quality of sleep. In TCM, eyes are closely related to the liver.
5. Avoid cold drinks and sugared snacks. Spleen and stomach are the sources of ‘qi’ and ‘blood’ and these two organs function the best in a ‘warm’ environment. Drinking cold drinks is like splashing cold water onto these two organs, slowing down their functions, and increasing their workloads. As a result, insufficient ‘qi’ and ‘blood’ is produced. Sugared snacks cause phlegm and dampness to collect in the body and this slows down the circulation of both “qi’ and ‘blood’, and in term affects the growth of hair.