Acupuncture for hair loss in Men
According to TCM, the heat and dampness may lead to obstruction of meridians. The obstruction leads to interference with the flow of vital energy and blood circulation to the hair follicles. Hair stop growing because of lack of nutrition.
Acupuncture helps in hair regrowth by removing stagnation in meridians and improving blood circulation and energy flow to the hair follicles. Acupuncture also stimulate neurohumoral and endocrine system responses.
Male Pattern Baldness / Androgenic Alopecia
Male pattern hair loss and baldness or androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in men. Male pattern hair loss is associated with genetic predisposition and strong family history of baldness in male members of the family. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main hormone responsible for MPB. DHT is believed to shorten hair’s growth cycle and delay growth of new hair. Over a period of time hair follicle stop growing, however, the follicles remain alive, suggesting that they may still be able to grow new hair.
Patchy Hair loss / Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is a patchy type of hair loss and usually occurs suddenly with one or more circular bald patches that may progress to involve the whole scalp (Alopecia totalis) or rarely whole body (Alopecia universalis). It may also present as loss of eyebrows or even eyelashes or a patch of hair loss in beard area which may progress to involve whole beard and moustaches.
Alopecia areata is a very common autoimmune condition where the immune system of body starts attacking our own hair follicles.
The treatment includes immunomodulator drugs, Injections in bald patches and oral supplements. Acupuncture is very effective in modulating the immune response of the body. Acupuncture stimulate neurohumoral and endocrine system responses and initiate restoration of sebaceous gland activity, which is important for hair follicle regrowth.