Archive for the ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ Category

Study: Treatment of Male Pattern Baldness with Botulinum Toxin: A Pilot Study

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Comment by Ethan:

This study is important because it reminds us that T conversion to DHT occurs in low oxygen environments, that the muscles (or anything) that constricts blood flow also reduces the availability of Oxygen in the scalp and dermal papilla.  Thus, relaxing these muscles, via botox (something I would not recommend since botox is a toxin), other approaches to relax the muscles and/or increase circulation and Oxygen levels include: various types of scalp massages, acupuncture, diet and nutrition, reducing inflammation, relaxation exercises etc is helpful to men with hair loss resulting from a genetic sensitivity to DHT.

 

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Treatment of Male Pattern Baldness with Botulinum Toxin: A Pilot Study

Freund, Brian J. D.D.S., M.D.; Schwartz, Marvin D.D.S., M.Sc.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery . 126(5):246e-248e, November 2010.

doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181ef816d

Author Information

Crown Institute; Pickering, Ontario, Canada

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Got The Sugar Blues? Duffy Has Good News!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I recently completed reading a book titled Sugar Blues by William Duffy, I picked it up at a closeout sale at a Borders bookstore for half price. I like this one, learned a few things from it and have since recommended it to a few friends. I also have largely gone on a sugar-free experiment. I also recommend you read this book, it’s a classic diet book, yet it sounds as if it was written a couple years ago, there might be a few outdated bits and pieces but again, this is a classic worth reading and has a wealth of insight to offer you. I had reduced my sugar intake for a few years, seeking to be “moderate”, this book is actually helping me far “very easily” resist sugar. I am almost sugar free these days. I appreciate the history in this book, you will learn about the history of sugar, and other things like fermenting, sauerkraut and beer. You will learn how sugar was invented, and you will be reminded that unlike salt (so essential people used it as currency in the past) sugar is a relatively new addition to our diet. This book touched me in a positive way, and I feel it will do the same with you. You just might never look at food and eating the same way again! all good positive things!

Well, what else does the book talk about? Duffy makes it clear how he dislikes how sugar is labeled (or not labeled) on products and how it is inaccurate to lump refined sugar with other healthy carbs under the same label name. See, not all carbs are the same, but a food label doesn’t tell you that, nor does it say how much added sugar is in a product. You might be surprised to learn what I learned about brown and raw sugar products, and what they put sugar in (ketchup, mayo, dressing, etc), you’ll read about sugar and the persians, indians, crusades, and even slavery! The book is easy to read as well, well documented and sourced.

Knowing what I know now, it is difficult to allow myself to eat sugar, and I have this book to thank. This books acts as an anti-sugar vaccine or an anti-sugar booster shot. If you crave sugar simply read this book and you will no longer crave it!

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Sugar is not a nutrient, it is not empty calories either, it is actually an anti-nutrient, when you eat it you are eating something that takes away vitamins from your body to rid itself of sugar.. thus Duffy defines it as a poison, and I see why.

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Ginger Juice for the Scalp

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I have used ginger topically on the scalp, it kills the itch very effectively.

It also works great on facial acne (zits) it dries them up, killing the bacteria.

Ginger applied topically is a TCM (traditional chinese medicine) technique.

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I have compared brewed ginger (ginger tea) to squeezed ginger (juice) and the ginger juice works better for me.

Updated: 3/23/2011

The Plum Blossom Hammer for Hair Loss Treatment

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Acupuncture to the scalp is becoming one of the treatments of choice for men and women suffering from hair loss. People who suffer from the ailment opt to do it at the clinic of a therapist practicing alternative medicine, but there are some who do their own acupuncture therapy at home through the use of a device called the plum blossom hammer. Satisfied customers have attested to the benefits of using the plum blossom hammer for hair loss treatment.

The use of the plum blossom hammer for hair loss treatment is a relatively new concept in English-speaking nations. The plum blossom hammer is a very small hammer with that is placed with around five to seven needle points. This hammer is pressed gently against certain areas of the scalp, and its daily use is said to be an effective cure to hair loss. However, it should never be used without prior authorization and instruction from a therapist practicing acupuncture.

Acupuncture to the scalp is becoming one of the treatments of choice for men and women suffering from hair loss. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical treatment that operates on the philosophy that life force, more popularly known as “chi,” flows through the body. The unhindered flow of chi promotes good health and wellness, while obstacles to the flow of chi results in certain illnesses, depending on where the chi is blocked. What acupuncture does is to eliminate these obstacles and correct the flow of chi into the body.

In Western terms, acupuncture is supposed to stimulate the nerve endings just underneath the skin through the insertion of long and fine needles. The stimulation of the nerve endings in the treated area results in the improvement of the circulation of blood to the affected area. An improved circulation of blood in the said area means that the damaged cells in the area will be repaired more quickly and easily, and that more nutrients needed to encourage and accelerate healing will be brought by the blood to the area. Improved blood circulation also entails the development of new cells to replace the dead and damaged ones in the area.

The daily use of the plum blossom hammer for hair loss treatment, while not really proven medically to completely heal hair loss, is at least effective in encouraging the growth of new cells in the hair follicles of the scalp. The growth of new cells always means that the re-growth of hair is still possible. Nonetheless, the plum blossom hammer should never be used without proper instruction from the acupuncture therapist.

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TCM for Hair Loss and Hair Health

Friday, December 10th, 2010

TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, as we call it in the U.S. is an ancient system of healing practiced in China for thousands of years. TCM is viewed as a science in its own right in China. Taoists have a very interesting approach to health that does work despite it using different methodologies and theories than Western Medicine. Some of the modalities related to TCM include acupuncture, acupressure, herbology, QiGong, etc.

This article is not about TCM, Chi channels, acupuncture points. But, interesting it suffices to know that TCM has solutions to hair loss. Acupuncture, acupressure and even Internal and External QiGong have been sighted to help hair health and stopping hair loss.

If you are interested in acupuncture, acupressure, or external QiGong (energy healing): You could call a few practitioners and see if they have helped others with their hair or baldness.

The good news is: There are quite a few things you could do on your own!

Tai Chi and QiGong: You could learn these amazing techniques and heal yourself. Many miraculous healing stories exist shared especially amongst Spring Forest QiGong. If you do not believe in Chi, Meridians and energy that is fine!  Tai Chi and QiGong have a very powerful relaxing effect on the body and mind. Try it simply for relaxation. We all know how bad stress and anxiety can be for hair!

Read more on QiGong here (to be added soon)

Plants:

1- Fo-ti: Is well known amongst individuals and herbal stores to promote hair growth. No scientific evidence exists yet.
Read more about Fo-Ti here (to be added soon)

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