The use of the ancient technique of acupuncture is becoming more and more popular in the United States, particularly for treating back pain and neck pain. However, it does have many other applications, including the successful treatment of hair loss. Male baldness in particular affects 40 million people in the United States alone, and the main cause is the weakening of the hair follicles on the scalp. Acupuncture helps strengthen these follicles, thus preventing hair loss and even helping you grow your hair back. Here’s how.
Scientific evidence supports the efficacy of acupuncture on male baldness
The efficacy of acupuncture has been long questioned in the Western world, mainly because it’s based in principles Western medicine does not recognize. Currently, Western scientists agree that acupuncture works because of the stimulant effect the needles have on tissues, especially the nervous system and the circulatory system. Acupuncture showed positive effects on baldness in 97.7% of cases, according to a 2011 report published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science. It is believed that the effect of the needles on the scalp induce a favorable reaction from the hair follicles.
Acupuncture acts on the main cause of baldness
Acupuncture is reported to prevent and revert male baldness because it increases blood flow and stimulates the hair follicles. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology revealed that men with male pattern baldness have 2.6 times less blood flow under their scalp than other males. A decreased blood flow prevents nutrients from reaching the hair follicles, thus making them weaker. Inversely, stimulating the blood flow under the skin with acupuncture needles will induce hair growth.
Hair follicles can also be weakened by hormones. There’s a popular myth that men with male pattern baldness have more testosterone, but in fact they have less free testosterone than other men. Instead, the weakening of hair follicles is caused by a hormone called DHT, that inhibits hair growth on the scalp. The use of acupuncture can help counter the effect of DHT and enhance the vitality of our scalp tissue, by stimulating blood flow and follicle nutrition.
If your hairline is receding, try acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient, alternative medicine technique that involves no chemicals and no strange substances in your body. Its efficacy has been proven for the prevention and treatment of hair loss. Male pattern baldness in particular has a strong genetic component, which means it runs on the family. If this is your case, you can use acupuncture not just as treatment but also as a harmless, preventive intervention to keep your hair on your head.