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Using Acupuncture to Treat Telogen Effluvium

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For those who have suffered from a severe hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium (temporary hair thinning or shedding), then they know that any type of treatment that would bring about some kind of relief or improvement would be very much welcome. And though there are a wide variety of external topicals for the scalp available in the market, many of these products are not specifically designed to address this condition since this type of hair loss is believed to have internal triggers.

This makes a lot of people with telogen effluvium search for internal treatments instead. One ideal internal remedy is acupuncture. Most people are unaware that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for hair loss. One day, my hair stylist noticed that my hair was gradually thinning on the scalp. I was surprised that she suggested acupuncture in Vancouver to stop and prevent my hair loss. She swore that the treatment was a painless procedure and said that it can address a wide variety of issues. Since my doctor told me that the condition I’m suffering from, telogen effluvium, was a temporary problem, I was not too sure that those thin needles would help me. Would it?”

Before trying to answer that question, I just want to be clear that I’m not a medical specialist nor do I have any personal or medical experience with acupuncture. My knowledge of the treatment comes from my own research and from those who’ve shared their experiences on my blog.

Acupuncture, which is a part of an ancient medical tradition known as TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine, is a treatment that helps restore or generate balance in the body. According to TCM, when some part in your body is out of balance, then this leads to illness, pain, or disease. Acupuncture, as you might already know, is now being used to help address a huge variety of medical conditions. The aim of TCM in treating hair loss is two-fold. One is to restore balance or tonify the body, and the other is to improve stimulation and blood circulation to the scalp. This stimulation is done by placing needles into certain points in the scalp, face, and body.

There have been people commenting on my blog who say the acupuncture has helped them somewhat; there weren’t sure if the help came from the alleviation of stress or from something else they have felt after the treatment. Although, I still have to hear from someone telling me that acupuncture cured them entirely, I don’t get discouraged by the procedure. Because when one sees that telogen effluvium implies that a trigger can place your hair in the rest or shedding phase and that the trigger needs to be removed in order to completely stop the hair loss, then this makes sense.

If a certain medical problem such as a hormonal imbalance serves as the trigger for the hair loss, then acupuncture can also be of help. Some patients have told tell me that acupuncture can help balance the hormones, which means acupuncture definitely can cure hair loss associated with hormonal issues.

But if factors such as childbirth or surgery are the reasons for your loss of hair, then your best medicine will probably be time since it may take a while for your hair to grow back into the growing phase. This does not mean that enhanced circulation of blood to your scalp won’t be a good thing. A lot of folks would agree that acupuncture is painless and relaxing. Therefore, there is no harm in trying it even if you only want to improve blood flow or relieve stress. And unless you try the procedure, you wouldn’t know if the benefits go beyond that.

Written by Valerie

February 14th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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