Acupuncture was originated in China more than one thousand years ago. To this day, people are still arguing over what exactly acupuncture accomplishes and what about it is mere theory or myth.
Acupuncture is credited for a wide variety of illnesses, mostly including physical pain such as headaches, backaches, and so on. It is also said to enhance your nervous system as well as a few other difficult to prove factors.
Today, we will look specifically at whether acupuncture affects hair loss or not. By the time you’re done reading, you will know exactly how acupuncture works and the effects of it on men and women.
Read on to find out more!
How Acupuncture Works
A professional practitioner will insert thin needles into very specific sections of your body. The idea is to hit locations with plenty of nerves in order to stimulate them. The most common locations are the arms, feet, and neck. However, there are times when the needles will be placed elsewhere too.
The needles are supposed to relieve pain in the areas connected to the nerves they are hitting. It is also supposed to improve blood circulation and hair growth.
While the majority of practitioners use this method to help with pain, more and more of them are trying it out fo the sake of hair loss. This means that the needles are placed carefully into your scalp instead of the usual places.
Placing the needles into your scalp is supposed to stimulate the hair follicles and cause them to grow more hair. While this method hasn’t yet been proved, we should learn more as people use it for this purpose. In the meantime, we strongly urge you to only allow a professional, certified acupuncture practitioner to perform such a treatment.
Male Pattern Baldness
While acupuncture may improve hair growth, no research has come to clinical proof that it affects male pattern baldness. MPB is caused by hormonal changes which have little to do with the effects of acupuncture.
When it comes to MPB, your hair follicles are essentially dying. This means they will never again produce hair. Acupuncture is only effective on live hair follicles, meaning it has no impact on MPB.
If acupuncture does indeed work to rejuvenate weak or dying hair follicles, it could potentially be used to slow the effects of MPB. While dead hair follicles are irreplaceable, keeping the weaker ones alive would be quite useful.
Again, there is no substantial proof that acupuncture does this. However, the potential is quite intriguing, is it not?
Female Hair Loss
Female hair loss, sometimes also referred to as female pattern hair loss, is caused by genetic factors or a sudden change in hormones, much like MPB. Female pattern hair loss tends to come with the same results, as it too is caused by hair follicles dying permanently.
At the end of the day, the only time that acupuncture could improve any form of hair loss would be from temporary forms, such as when you are not getting the necessary nutrients or hydration to your hair follicles. In these situations, the hair follicles are alive but dormant and acupuncture can potentially reactivate them. (Though correcting the dietary issue is more important!)
Warning for Potential Side Effects
While acupuncture has been improved upon enough to consider it a tolerable alternative medical therapy source. The majority of people who use it experience no negative side effects.
However, certain people who may be more sensitive sometimes experience one or more of the following side effects:
• Sore or itchy skin
• Muscle twitches (Even after the needle is removed)
• Minor bleeding
If you have any medical issues or particularly sensitive skin, consult with a professional before undergoing acupuncture. If you experience any of the above side effects either during or after your acupuncture session, discontinuing and consult with your doctor.
Acupuncture has a lot of potential to help with hair loss. Unfortunately, there is no professionally tested evidence to confirm that it does affect hair loss. At present, it is merely being experimented with by some more experienced practitioners.
With time, we will likely learn the truth about what it can do exactly. For the meantime, it is only a theory. We won’t know until more people have tried it.