Hair shredding is part of everyday life. On average, we lose 50-100 strands of hair a day. However, if you notice excessive hair loss of more than 100 strands a day or your hair starts falling out in patches, these could signal a potential health problem. Other times, hair loss is often a result of heredity, hormonal imbalances, or a normal part of aging.

In TCM, it is believed that the hair is nourished by blood, while hair growth is dependent on the Kidney essence. Hair loss is commonly caused by blood heat, damp heat, Qi-blood deficiency and Yin deficiency of the Liver and Kidney. Diet and lifestyle habits play important roles in bringing the system back to balance. Additionally, TCM food therapy can be used alongside acupuncture to combat hair loss. Let’s take a look at some hair care remedies that you can carry out at home.

Diet and lifestyle changes are keys to keeping you away from hair fall.
  • Keep a positive state of mind, and ensure adequate rest and exercise.
  • Avoid fried, oily and spicy food. Incorporate protein-rich food to your meals.
  • Prevent prolonged sun exposure or extreme hair styling and dyeing.
  • Refrain from excessive and aggressive brushing of hair.
  • Make a hearty serving of Kidney tonifying and blood nourishing Black Bean Pork Rib Soup for healthier and stronger hair!

    Ingredients: Black bean 50g, wolfberry 10g, pork ribs 300g

    1. Blanch pork ribs to remove scum. Set aside.
    2. Combine all ingredients and bring to boil for 10 minutes. Simmer at low heat for 2 hours or until the meat and beans are soft and tender.
    3. Season with salt to taste and serve hot.
    Massaging these Acupressure Points daily can improve blood circulation and reduce hair loss by stimulating hair follicles and encouraging new hair growth:

  • Baihui: At the crown of the head, rest the tips of your thumbs at the apex of the ears, as you reach your middle fingers up to touch one another
  • Jiaosun: Directly above the ear apex, within the hairline
  • Fengchi: Depression at the back of the neck
  • Taixi: Depression between the inner ankle and Achilles tendon
  • Taichong: On the foot, within the depression between the first and second toe
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