Guest Author - Michelle Lee
Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that there are many causes which may lead to excessive hair loss, and eventually to balding. Accordingly, there are many remedies available, depending on the root of the problem.
In this article, we will focus on one of the possible causes of hair loss and accordingly, several simple natural home remedies that may help to prevent or reduce hair fall.
What causes hair loss?
Hair has a natural life cycle like everything else. They grow to full length, weaken and eventually fall. The problem arises when our hair have an unnaturally short cycle of life, which means they weaken before they reach full growth potential, and consequently falls prematurely. If the ratio of hair fall exceeds hair regrowth, overtime, the hair begins to thin.
Imbalance lifestyles, lack of nutrition and emotional commotions such as anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and anger blocks the energy portal at the root of the body. As a result, the downward moving “wind” gets trapped in the body. Unable to release itself downward, the wind rushes up the torso. When the wind reaches the digestive system, it can cause problem such as constipation, indigestion and stomach discomfort. Untreated, the wind continues upward, causing heartburn. Once it reaches the head, it leads to acne problems and excessive hair fall.
In modern English language, the “wind” can partly be understood as metabolic waste and toxins in the body. That is why sometimes the Chinese also describe this problem as having “dirty blood”.
Remedy and Its Application.
I recommend the use of ginger because it is relatively easy, economical and accessible to most people. Although there are other more effective recipes, but many people may have trouble acquiring the ingredients and the applications are far more complicated.
Ginger has a warming quality. Chinese has used it for centuries to treat many “wind” related problems. In treating hair loss, ginger helps to boost blood circulations on the scalp and activates hair follicle tissues.
When selecting ginger for this purpose, look for “young ginger” that looks fresh and plum, with light yellowish skin colour. The older the ginger, the more earthy the colour becomes and thicker its skin. If you can only find “older” ones, it is okay too. You may just have to buy a larger piece because it will give you less juice.
1. Wash the ginger to remove any dirt from its skin.
2. Cut it into manageable pieces.
3. Put it through a juicer.
4. We will need about 2 tablespoon of ginger juice.
Remedy 1: Ginger infused shampoo
1. Pour some mild shampoo into a small clean bottle. The amount of shampoo should be enough for approximately 3 hair washes.
2. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger juice.
3. Shake well.
4. Use this to wash your hair for the next one week. I recommend that you make a fresh batch each week.
5. Ideally, you are washing your hair no more than 3 times a week.
Remedy 2: Ginger hair tonic
1. Pour about 150ml (or about 5 fluid oz) of spring water into a clean spray bottle.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger juice.
3. Shake well.
4. Keep this tonic refrigerated.
5. Spray this tonic on your scalp and massage thoroughly at least once a day. Again, it is best to make a fresh batch each week.
Remedy 3: Ginger scrub
This method is great if you have any specific area on your scalp that you feel may need extra attention.
1. Slice 2 or 3 small pieces of ginger, about 0.5 cm (or 0.2 inch) thick.
2. Bring them into the shower with you.
3. Using the ginger to rub the areas. Spending a few minutes on each area.
4. Wash the hair with mild shampoo or your ginger infused shampoo.
- Be careful not to let the products get into your eyes.
- If you can’t find the time to make fresh ginger juice, you can always replace it with ginger tea, although the potency may be less. If you do choose to use ginger tea, choose one that has no sugar or any additives. Please wait for the tea to cool before application. For the hair shampoo, add 3 tablespoons of strong ginger tea instead of 2 teaspoons. For the hair tonic, brew a cup of strong ginger tea and use the actual tea instead of mixing with spring water.
- The above remedies may be used together or separately.
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