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Why Is Your Hair Falling Out and What You Can Do

An average human is blessed with about 100,000 hair follicles to maintain our crowning glory. These follicles have a cycle and it varies from person to person – they produce hair for the first two to eight years; then rest for several months where you will see your hair shed, approximately 50-100 strands per day.

This does not result in a discernible thinning of hair as new hair grows simultaneously. 头发系列 loss occurs when the cycle of hair growth is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.

So, how do we stop or reduce hair loss?

What Causes Hair Loss?

Hair loss can occur due to several factors – such as heredity, hormonal changes, medication and stress. While hair loss can happen to anyone, it is more commonly seen in men. Of course, that does not mean that women do not have to worry about 脱发.

Besides gender, family history plays an important role in hair loss. Male and female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is genetic and occurs in predictable patterns – males tend to lose hair from the temples and crown of head while females usually see their hair thinning all over their head.

These balding patterns usually start gradually with aging but can start anytime after puberty. Many females experience androgenetic alopecia after menopausal age, probably due to changes in hormone levels.

However, not all hair loss are permanent. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding result in temporary hair loss and usually resolves within a year or less.

Severe stress can also cause thinning of scalp hair. Significant stress sends large numbers of hair follicles into the resting phase and within a few months, hair will shed naturally when combing or washing your hair. This is also a temporary phenomenon until your stress levels get under control.

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Hair loss may also be a side effect of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy and bone marrow or stem cell transplants. These treatments damage the healthy cells that aid with hair growth and hair loss can occur in all parts of the body, including head, face, arms, legs, underarms and pubic area. Hair loss related to cancer treatment is temporary and hair will grow back once treatment is completed.

An abnormally oily scalp can pose inconvenience for some if it makes their hair feel greasy or dirty all the time. Over-reactive sebaceous glands on the scalp produces excessive sebum which attracts dirt more easily, produces dandruff and make your hair clump together.

Overtime, hair follicles become damaged and become inflamed, causing the scalp to be red, itchy and painful. This will result in hair loss and peeling of the scalp. It is important to maintain scalp hygiene and select shampoos more suited for oily hair and dandruff.

Treatments for hair loss

People are often interested in preventing hair loss, with some even resorting to interesting hair loss remedies. But with effective treatments, it’s possible to prevent further thinning of scalp hair or reverse hair loss depending on your hair condition. 

For hair loss caused by an underlying illness, treatment for that disease is imperative. Some may opt for medications to treat pattern baldness while others may select hair transplant procedures where healthy hair follicles are implanted into the bald sections.

However, surgery does not stop the progression of pattern baldness and incurs significant cost as compared to other forms of hair loss treatment. Other alternatives are simple hair care solutions such as hair loss shampoos supplements for hair.

Vitamins for hair loss such as iron, vitamin D and zinc can help if you are experiencing hair loss due to nutritional deficiencies. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep can also ease hair loss.

Essential oils have also gained huge popularity in recent years to help with hair troubles. For example, lavender oil has properties that can generate the growth of cells and eliminate stress.

It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which can improve overall scalp health. You may mix several drops of lavender oil into 3 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil and apply it directly on your scalp.

Peppermint essential oil cause a cool tingling feeling when it increases circulation to the scalp area after application. This can promote hair growth during the growing phase of the hair follicles. However, direct application of essential oils for hair loss may initiate skin irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is important to dilute the essential oils before application. 

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Hair Loss in TCM

From the 中医药 perspective, it is commonly attributed to hair loss causes such as deficiencies of the blood, spleen, liver or kidney. TCM believes that hair growth is closely related to the health of the blood, both amount and circulation.

A well-functioning spleen and liver is also essential for the healthy volume and circulation of blood within the body. The essence stored in our kidneys dominate the growth and development of the body, including hair. However, the essence of our kidneys deplete gradually as we age and this brings about thinning and greying of hair.

Hence, TCM treatment for hair loss focuses on these several areas – strengthening the blood, improving blood circulation, harmonizing spleen and liver and strengthening kidney essence.

There are several Chinese herbs that can help to combat hair loss and are optimal for hair growth such as He Shou Wu (何首乌), wolfberries (枸杞子), Dang Gui (当归), Shou Di Huang (熟地黄). To prevent premature greying, one can choose foods that nourishes the kidney such as black bean, black sesame and mulberry. Acupuncture treatment or regular scalp massages can also stimulate blood circulation to the scalp and encourage hair growth.

For those who seek a good remedy for hair loss or prevention of such problems, you can consider 全连“毛发再生胶囊”. It is a natural remedy prepared by combining natural herbs known for their positive effect on improving healthy hair.

It strengthens the kidney’s meridian functions and nourishes our blood, promotes hair growth, prevents hair loss, blackens and beautifies hair. Importantly, you can save the hassle of having to boil the herbs as they are ready in the form of capsules and are just as effective! Try one to protect your hair today!  


Combining natural herbs to tackle the root cause of hair loss, this TCM supplement helps to improve blood flow to your kidney to promote the healthy growth of hair follicles.

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