Concerned that your hair is falling out, getting thinner, or losing condition? Or perhaps you’re just fed up with having hair that’s dry, dull, brittle or prone to split ends? We know that what you see when you look in the mirror each day has a big impact on your self-esteem and how comfortable you feel interacting with others socially, at work, home and school.
The traditional Chinese understanding of hair health
In Chinese medicine, the growth and development of the hair depends on the health of the Kidney and Liver organ-meridian systems, with Kidney Essence (Jing) influencing the growth of the hair, and Liver Blood providing nourishment to the scalp and hair follicles.
Deficiency of either Jing or Liver Blood may have detrimental effects on the hair, leading to issues such as dryness, brittleness, premature greying, and hair loss including male and female pattern baldness (sometimes called androgenic alopecia) and alopecia (including spot or patchy baldness).
From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, a synergistic combination of specific herbs can promote hair growth by revitalising nourishment to the scalp and hair follicles, and may aid in the management of:
- Hair loss and general thinning of the hair, including receding hairlines, alopecia (spot baldness), and both male and female pattern baldness
- Hair loss associated with stress, age-related hormonal changes (including male and female pattern baldness) or poor general health
- Hair that is weak, brittle, dry or dull, or affected by split ends
- Premature greying of the hair
Nutritional support for healthy hair
The condition of your hair is often a reflection of your overall health and wellbeing, and in many instances, thinning or damaged hair can be an indication of poor nutritional status. Key nutrients to consider when addressing hair health include:
Silica: Silica forms part of the structure of the hair, and supports its strength and condition, so may be beneficial for brittle hair and split ends.
Zinc: Zinc is essential for the actions of many enzymes involved in hair follicle function, and deficiency may cause alopecia (hair loss) and reduced hair pigmentation (among other symptoms).
Antioxidants: People with alopecia and some other forms of hair loss (e.g. male pattern baldness) have reduced levels of the antioxidant enzymes glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase, which require selenium, zinc, copper and manganese in order to function. Taking additional betacarotene and vitamin E may also be beneficial. Biotin: Some people affected by alopecia areata have low levels of biotin due to lack of the enzyme biotinidase. Taking biotin supplements may help to address this insufficiency.
Hair skin and nails
When choosing a product to assist with the maintence of hair, skin and nails, it’s best to select products that contain silica and other vital nutrients for healthy hair, including biotin and highly bioavailable forms of zinc and manganese. These vitamins and minerals help to promote healthy hair growth and enhance the strength, volume and shine of the hair to assist with:
- Thinning hair
- Hair that is weak, brittle, dry, dull or affected by split ends
- Premature greying
- Strengthen soft or brittle nails, and reduce nail breakage, chipping, splitting and flaking
- Improve the texture, firmness and elasticity of the skin
- Aid the management of dry skin and conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and mild to moderate acne
- Helps prevent free radical damage, which may be associated with premature skin ageing Ask in store about the products best suited to you. Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate your Hair Skin and Nails!