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Dandruff – Any long-term treatment for it?

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Some people who have been suffering from dandruff for several years have suspected that it’s due more from dietary choices than the shampoo they’ve been using for years. Jumping from T-Gel-type shampoos to Nizorelle or Nizoral can make a huge difference although they still need to wash their hair every other day or after the third day. Some dandruff sufferers try vinegar and it works for some but not for all.

Dandruff is often associated with fungal (yeast) infection in the scalp. This is the reason why Nizoral (which contains anti-fungal properties) and other anti-dandruff shampoos are used by people affected with this scalp condition. Persistent dandruff is often an indication of an overgrowth of yeast somewhere in the body although, more often than not, the gastrointestinal tract is the most affected body part. If you believe that the underlying cause of your problem is located in your digestive tract, then a proper diet is certainly the right response to it. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists may recommend that you stay away from foods that exacerbate the growth of yeast. They may include mushrooms, peanuts, soy sauce, vinegar, alcohol, stock cubes, dried fruit, bread, refined carbohydrates (pasta and white rice) and sugar. Stick to a diet of whole grains like oats and brown rice, lentils, beans, fresh vegetables, fish, and meat for about two months. These practitioners may likewise recommend supplementing your diet with probiotics (filled with healthy-gut bacteria) for around two to three months; they may help ease out the yeast infection.

Dandruff – Any long-term treatment for it?

As mentioned before, there are people who have been attempting to treat their dandruff with a number of specialized shampoos and even vinegar; what they really desire is a permanent cure or at least, a long-term treatment for their dandruff problem.

The abundant growth of a certain type of yeast known as malassezia (which causes dandruff) can be caused by an oily scalp (many erroneously believe that dandruff due to a dry scalp), a good environment for this type of yeast to thrive. One should try out different kinds of anti-dandruff and antiseptic products (such as sulfur, selenium, zinc, etc,) until a certain type of cocktail works for you. Although it has antiseptic attributes, vinegar is quite pungent making its long-term use not quite highly recommended. An inflamed or itchy scalp can also be caused by psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. If this is the case, then you need to consult with a dermatologist, for a more specialized type of treatment. In severe cases, a dermatologist may concoct a much stronger ‘shampoo’ that may contain steroids and coal tar. One recommendation though not an easy one is to use a medical shampoo, and leave it on your scalp overnight. The good results may offset the hassle and discomfort of the procedure.

Based on Chinese medicine theory, deficiency of liver blood is the most common reason for dandruff. One of the substances that moisten the body is blood and so if someone is deficient in blood (which is a term quite distinct from an anemic condition), it means that the blood flow is not enough to moisten your scalp adequately. This type of blood deficiency can also be responsible for the occurrence of psoriasis. Acupuncturists often target for treatment a group of acupuncture points termed as the Magnificent Six, to nourish the blood. Another important point, called the ‘Sea of Blood’ point, located near the knee, also is effective for dandruff problem. Heat is another condition that can lead to dandruff and is usually manifested by the itchy redness on your scalp and other parts of your body. Another acupuncture point on the elbow can be helpful in clearing heat. One other reason for your dandruff is excessive dampness in your body. This means fluid stagnation in your body causes your hair to be greasy. There are certain acupuncture points that can remedy this. With regards to herbal remedies, peony root (bai shao) and anjelica (dang gui) can be prescribed to nourish the blood.

 

Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905
http://www.acu-wellness.com

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September 29th, 2014 at 5:36 am

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