Posts tagged ‘Chinese medicine’

January 8, 2011

new research on alopecia

Hair loss is a common concern for many individuals. Most people lose approximately 100 strands of hair a day.  But when hair loss exceeds this rate or begins coming out in noticeable clumps, this could be due to a form of alopecia.  As you may know, alopecia comes in many forms.  Two of the most common forms are alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia.  Typically androgenetic alopecia manifests in typical balding-pattern type hair loss while alopecia areata can affect any region of the body where hair growth occurs.  In either case, this disease can cause incredible psychological and emotional distress.

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A recent study – discussed here – regarding alopecia areata has revealed a strong link between this condition and certain autoimmune diseases – such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diabetes.  Prior to this research most scientists and doctors believed it was related to skin-associated diseases like psoriasis.

This research is compelling because the application of therapeutics for celiac, RA and diabetes may prove useful for treating this challenging condition as well!

Of course, at this time the only treatments being considered are pharmaceutical, but this does not rule out natural options as equally eligible contenders.

Additionally, according to Chinese medicine, alopecia usually stems from one of three main etiologies and is often treatable with a specific acupuncture technique known as “plum flower” or “five star needling” along with Chinese herbs.

Visiting your naturopath or acupuncturist could prove to be life-changing if you have been facing unexplained hair loss.

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