What we could once bend (or straighten or color) to our will feels suddenly, terrifyingly beyond our control. Or is it? Many of the causes of hair loss — crash dieting, reactions to medications — are temporary; address the underlying issue and your hair will grow back. Unfortunately, the most common culprit, genetic female pattern hair loss, is chronic. But you don’t have to operate at a loss.
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How to cope with hair loss
You may want to support your conventional treatment with complementary medicine. The Chinese herbalist says Practioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe acupuncture and acupressure – a Chinese form of massage – stimulates meridians (or energy points) which encourage blood circulation around the hair follicles. Creams made from Chinese herbs can be applied to the scalp to relieve symptoms of dryness, redness and irriation. Chinese herbs taken orally and created from tailor-made prescriptions to suit individual patients can also help sufferers. The nutritionist says Eat plenty of zinc from meat and oysters, magnesium found in green leafy vegetables and vitamin C from fresh fruit. A Mediterranean diet full of essential fatty acids – a mixture of minerals and amino acids vital for the formation of keratin, a highly fibrous and resistant protein that makes up nails and hair – is recommended.
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