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Banish Dandruff Forever Using Acupuncture or Acupressure Treatment

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The options for treating dandruff are very diverse these days. Most of us select and pick remedies that suit our lifestyle, pain threshold, and budget.

But oftentimes overlooked is a gentle and safe way of removing the itch and flakes of dandruff. That way is acupuncture. It may seem that acupuncture is an over-the-top treatment for dandruff. But if you want your dandruff to go away forever, something no type of clinical shampoo or herb can ever claim, then I suggest you try acupuncture.

The root reason for dandruff may differ from person to person. But, there is one common underlying cause of this problem and that is the poor circulation of blood and energy to the scalp. Because of this, acupuncture is a fantastic treatment to stimulate the flow of blood flow to this part of the body.

Acupressure works the same way as acupuncture but without the use of needles. Acupressure is an ideal option for those who have an aversion or fear of needles. So, if you have trypanophobia (fear of needles or injections), then I suggest acupressure to gain the same benefits as acupuncture.

In an acupressure procedure, you or your practitioner presses on certain acupoints on the body which can lead to the increase of circulation of blood providing an abundant amount of oxygen conveyed to the surface where it’s most needed.

A lot of individuals do find a scalp massage very enjoyable, so by either searching for a professional or doing the massage on yourself you will be able to gain certain benefits to your scalp acupressure treatment.

So, if you’ve availed of so many things and now are seriously considering trying something different, acupuncture and acupressure are treatments I highly suggest. It is safe, effective and relatively inexpensive.

Dr. Hailing Fu is a doctor or Oriental medicine and the founder of Ling’s Acupuncture, Inc., in Orlando, FL. She has also served as professor and clinic director at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida.

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April 30th, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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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

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September 29th, 2014 at 5:36 am

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Dandruff Treatments and Drugs

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You don’t need to take in oral medications if you want to resolve your dandruff. This condition is quite harmless and you can treat it at home without any need for prescription medicines.

The best and most common ways to treat dandruff are to use an anti-dandruff shampoo and to regularly brush your hair.

Anti-Dandruff Shampoos

There may be a lot of anti-dandruff shampoos in the market but not all of them are the same. Certain types of these shampoos contain active ingredients like:

Ketoconazole – Brand names include Xolegel, Nizoral A-D and Extina
Selenium sulfide – Brand names include Selsun, Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength and Dandrex
Salicylic acid – T/Sal and Neutrogena
Sulfur and salicylic acid – Sebulex and Sebex
Pyrithione zinc – Head & Shoulders, Neutrogena T/Gel Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo and Selsun Blue for Itchy Dry Scalp
Coal tar preparations – Scytera, Neutrogena T/Gel and Denorex Therapeutic Protection

If the anti-dandruff shampoo you are using begins to lose its effectiveness you may need to use other types of anti-dandruff shampoos to maintain good control of your dandruff.

The regularity of your shampoo use can entail its every day use to only two times a week. To ascertain the frequency of its use, read the directions on the bottle.

Be sure the rub the shampoo into your scalp well enough when you shampoo your hair. Let the shampoo linger on your hair and scalp for about five minutes or depending on the direction of the shampoo’s use prior to rinsing it.

Thoroughly wash your head since any shampoo residue can irritate your scalp.

You may decrease the frequency of use of your anti-dandruff shampoo when you think your dandruff problem is well under control.

With firm steady strokes, brush your hair and your scalp. This way you will be able to spread the oil from the scalp, prevent oil accumulation and enable your hair to become healthy and shiny.

When to See a Doctor

After having used over-the-counter shampoos, you see that you are still shedding skin in the scalp and feeling itchy in that area, you may need to see your doctor. He may recommend prescription shampoo for your stubborn dandruff.


More and more people nowadays are trying acupuncture for dandruff control after unsuccessfully trying all available dandruff treatments. This type of treatment is designed to help stimulate nerves and certain acupuncture points to spur hair growth with the use of hair thin, sterilized acupuncture needles. A seven star needle can be utilized to tap the area where hair is gradually thinning.  Just with any form of acupuncture treatment, however, acupuncture for hair loss in women and men should only be done by a skilled and experienced practitioner trained in the field since a wrong procedure can lead to long-term damage.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dandruff is usually due to energy/blood deficiency in the Liver organ. TCM states that blood moistens the body and so blood deficiency means that your blood does not provide moisture to your scalp well enough causing skin and scalp dryness ad thus dandruff.

Other acupuncturists believe that dandruff can be also caused by “heat” which manifests in redness and itchiness in the scalp ad other parts of the body.  Another belief is that dandruff is the result of excessive ‘damp’ which implies that there is fluid stagnation in your body system that cause your hair to become greasy.  All these theories have their own corresponding acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to quicken and enhance the treatment results and make them long lasting.

Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
41 Union Square West, Suite 519
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-894-0767

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January 15th, 2014 at 1:23 am

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Dandruff Symptoms

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The appearance of gray or white dry flakes on your hair and scalp is the main symptom of dandruff. The flakes become more obvious if they start to fall from your scalp on to your shoulders. Dryness and itchiness in your scalp are symptoms of dandruff that are oftentimes likewise experienced.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Sometimes skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis can cause dandruff. If your dandruff is related to seborrheic dermatitis you may then have additional symptoms. The extra conditions you may experience include itching and scaling of the skin. These symptoms commonly affect specific parts of the body. They include:

Body parts where the skin folds together – They include the inner thighs, groin and armpits
Between the shoulder blades and the front of the chest
Around and inside the ears
The face
The scalp

The skin can have different degrees of scaling. It can vary from some mild pink patching to widespread thick crusts of skin.

There are instances when the scales become infected. This can result to the patches discharging fluid and pus and becoming red and painful.

In certain instances where the patching in your scalp can be severe enough, the condition might lead to hair loss.

Cradle cap

Seborrheic dermatitis that develops in the scalp of babies can manifest as greasy scaly yellow patches on their scalp. Some often refer to this condition as cradle cap.

Babies who have cradle cap usually develop this in the initial two months of their life that endures typically for a few weeks or months. Cradle cap normally clears as the baby reaches two years of age although of course there are exceptions where the condition can last a lot longer.

When to seek medical advice

If you notice no positive changes after applying anti-dandruff shampoo for about half a month, you may then need to consult with your doctor. Your doctor will often prescribe a stronger treatment.  You can also consult with your doctor if you suspect you have developed seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. The doctor may also prescribe stronger medication to help you control this condition.
Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

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January 5th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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