Who doesn’t love strong, voluminous and silky hair? Almost everyone desires to flaunt long and beautiful hair, but environmental factors and overuse of hair products throw a spanner on the efforts. Many of us suffer from hair damage, dandruff and hair fall even after using the best hair care products available in the market. So what is the solution for hair fall? Here’s the answer – acupressure to help you out with all your hair woes.
There are many ‘ant-hair fall’ products available today, but do they really work? There are various treatments too which promise healthy hair in just few weeks. However, hair fall is a deep-rooted and common problem which needs time to cure. Sometimes, hair fall happens due to poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. So you have to analyze the exact cause behind hair fall before you take the necessary steps.
How to do an Acupressure Massage?What is Acupressure?
What steps do people actually take to cure hair fall? Do they think alternative medicine can be a solution to their hair problems? The answer is simple. People try all possible methods to reduce hair fall but rarely do they think about alternative medicine as a solution. Alternative medicine means traditional medicine or treatments that were practiced from time immemorial. Such a time-tested practice is acupressure. In acupressure, firm pressure is applied to the affected areas to cure the problem. Acupressure is similar to the hot oil massage, but oil is not used during acupressure. Only the scalp is massaged using various hand movements to make you stress-free and cure your hair fall problem. You can try out acupressure and see the difference yourself.
Clinical use of acupressure relies on the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupressure was a common form of treatment in the ancient world. Though acupressure is a pre-scientific practice, it still has practical relevance in the modern times. Japanese refer to acupressure as shiatsu massage. Here are some benefits of acupressure.
- Stimulates blood circulation in the scalp
- Acupressure removes all toxins, dead skin cells and dandruff from the scalp.
- Reduces stress which also cause hair fall
- Helps oxygen and nutrients to flow into the scalp
Traditional Chinese Medical Theory describes special acupressure points which lie along meridians or channels in our body. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy- or a life force called qi (chi). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect special organs or networks of organs, and create a system of communication throughout the body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian. According to this theory, when one of the meridians are blocked out or goes out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture can help to restore balance in such a case.
How to Get Rid of Hair Fall with Acupuncture?
Acupressure massage aids in healthy hair growth as well as strengthening of your existing hair. It is recommended to enhance the acupressure massage’s benefits of olive oil. Olive oil when massaged to the scalp neutralizes the DHT hormone, responsible for hair loss. The natural ingredients of olive oil reduces the development of DHT i.e. Dihydrotestosterone on the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth.
Dihydrotestoterone or DHT is a natural metabolite of the male sex hormone testosterone. DHT occurs naturally in men and women, since both genders have testosterone. DHT plays a significant role in androgenic alopecia, a common cause of hair loss. Androgenic hair loss often referred to as male pattern baldness, can cause hair loss in both men and women. In this type of hair loss, the hairline gradually recedes, creating a ‘M’ shape. Other than genetic reasons, main hormone responsible for the baldness is most notably the DHT. The hair follicles on the front and on the crown of the head have receptors for DHT, so there is acute hair loss in these areas of the scalp. But hair on the back of the head and the sides generally remain intact.
Since, acupressure can help to cure hormonal imbalances in the body; it can also help in hair regrowth by restoring balance. So let’s focus on how an acupressure massage is actually done!
Acupressure Massage – How to Do?
An acupoint can be stimulated with different methods. Acupressure and acupuncture are both used to stimulate acupoints. Acupuncture uses a hair-thin needle to stimulate acupoints, whereas acupressure uses a firm pressure to massage the acupoints. A hot oil massage or hair spa at a salon is a great way to relax. Some spa therapists use acupressure while massaging the body and hair, no wonder you feel great after a spa session!
Here is a simple step by step guide to achieve benefits of acupressure for hair fall:
1. First twirl your strands of hair around your finger giving gentle tug on to the roots. This will help to stimulate nerves of your scalp. Follow this technique for your entire scalp.
2. On your scalp around a distance of 6 to 8 fingers above your eyebrow is located the ‘Seat of Bliss’. This part of your scalp is slightly softer than rest of your skull.
3. Start massaging lightly by making circular strokes at the seat of bliss with your fingers before moving out to the rest of your skull. Make the strokes bit firmer as you branch out from the soft part of your head.
4. As you move out from the seat of bliss, it’s time to concentrate on the occipital ridge. It is a point where the muscles join the skull. This part is on your hairline just above your neck. It is a very powerful acupressure point, which relaxes you instantly from stress. Apply pressure with your fingers or thumb on this point and hold on for some time, if you hold on for few minutes you will get a deep release. As soon as the deep release happens, you will feel the flow of blood and all your stress and tension gets vanished.
5. Next you need to draw a line using your finger from this acupressure point to the middle of the scalp. There are numerous acupressure points located on this line. Gently stimulate them by applying light pressure using your finger pads. Keep doing this till you reach the bottom of your hair line.
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6. Don’t forget to concentrate on the edge of your hairline framing your face. Massaging these points will not only stimulate growth of hair but also help you get relieve from stress.
7. Acupressure points are present all over the scalp; hence massage the entire scalp with your finger pads. Repeat this entire process till you feel these points have loosened.
Acupoints on the Scalp:
The governing vessel meridian is located along the hairline. Some acupoints are located between your ears and on the top of your head. Applying gentle pressure on these points on the scalp will not only improve blood circulation, it will also reduce stress, dizziness, fatigue and headaches.
Acupressure can help to relieve all the scalp problems and prevent hair fall. Make sure the therapist is applying gentle pressure because the acupoints on the scalps connects directly to the brain.
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How does Acupressure Work?
Acupressure works by placing pressure on specific points on the body known as qi. Application of pressure requires precision because 365 acupoints are located on the major channels. Just like the circulatory system’s network of blood vessels, each acupoint or channel of energy has a network of connections.
Different techniques are used to affect qi in the channels. These techniques include:
Weak qi requires tonifying, a blocked qi will be dispersed and an overactive qi would be calmed.
The gentle pressure applied to the pressure points is often held for several seconds to minutes. Pressure may be applied in circular movements, pushing the acupoint in and out or a combination of different movements. Although the points are very sensitive, acupressure should not be painful. Depending on the nature of the problem, acupressure is administered every alternate day or daily.
Methods to Stimulate Acupoints:
Some other common therapeutic methods used to stimulate acupoints include:
1. Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is helpful for chronic pains like stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders. The strokes are similar to that of a classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper or concentrated on the areas of tension and pain. This pressure is applied deeper to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the connective tissue. While doing a deep tissue massage, the therapist uses massage oil and some pressure to reach the deep muscle layers. The muscle needs to be completely relaxed for this treatment.
2. Laser Acupuncture:
There is not much difference between acupressure and acupuncture, except the use of needles. Those who are afraid of needles, generally avoid acupuncture. However, there are various other methods to remove the toxins and negative energy from the body without needles. Some of them are micro current, magnetic treatments and Laser acupuncture. Laser acupuncture is gaining popularity in Europe, Asia and United States. Most lasers used in acupuncture are low-level lasers or cold lasers, because they don’t produce heat. Low level lasers can regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and stimulate hair growth.
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3. Cupping Therapy:
Cupping Therapy is a form of alternative medicines in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made up of variety of materials including:
Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups improves blood flow to help in healing a broad range of medical ailments. This cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle-Eastern cultures. Some feel that cupping therapy doesn’t help at all. So more studies need to done in this field to prove that cupping therapy has concrete health benefits.
4. Gua Sha Therapy:
Gua Sha means ‘scraping sha-bruises’, it is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners of Gua Sha believe that bruises inflicted on the skin releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulate blood flow. Gua Sha is also practiced in India, here metal spoon and water is used for skin lubrication.
Some people believe in the effectiveness of alternative medicine, many people don’t. Since, the above-mentioned types of acupressure or acupuncture were practiced in the ancient world and often form the part of folk medicine, so it is shrouded in myths. More study is required in the field of alternate medicine, to remove the doubts and establish faith in these therapies. Since, medicines are not just enough to cure a disease, a person needs to get deep into the root of the problem and resolve it.
Does Acupressure Really Help?
There is very little research evidence to show that acupuncture and acupressure can actually reverse hair loss. There are many factors that lead to hair loss in men, like stress and electro-magnetic radiation. Hair loss can be associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in woman, and systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) in both sexes. If the reason behind hair loss can be traced, then both conventional and traditional Chinese medicine can prove beneficial. Chinese Medicine treats the body as a system of energy and the symptoms of a disease as rhythms and balance of the body which is disturbed. There are a number of functional elements that contribute to the health and quantity of hair, and also its vitality. If a diagnosis can trace the reasons behind hair fall, then acupressure can help in hair regrowth to some extent.
You have to be really patient to observe the results of acupressure, since the progress good but very slow. You have to attend many sessions of acupressure to observe changes in your hair quality.
Acupressure is a great way to get rid of dandruff and hair fall. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine treat dandruff by evaluating and correcting any underlying imbalances. The herb Heshou Wu is used to treat grey or thinning hair, you can also treat dandruff by fortifying the scalp. Like washing and stimulating the scalp can help to reduce dandruff and improve the quality of hair. Combing your hair gently or trying to use a brush while showering can also stimulate the acupoints and release the life force qi. This life force qi can fight all the negative energy in the body, and ensure good health. When you have good health, your skin and hair quality also improves.
Is Acupressure Always Safe?
Acupressure is not age-restrictive, people with high blood pressure and pregnant women should refrain from acupressure therapy. Since, there are specific acupressure points that can cause miscarriage.
Acupressure is not used to treat:
- Open wounds
- Scar tissues
- Varicose veins
- Areas of inflammation and swelling
For these above mentioned problems there are other Oriental therapies that can be used like herbs and essential oils.
It is true that there are numerous hair fall and hair growth treatments and shampoos, available in the market. Many go for conventional treatments for all their ailments; they don’t even consider alternative therapies. Do give acupressure a try sometime, but you really need to believe in this therapy and also be patient with the results. Following this acupressure treatment for hair loss will augment the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen to the scalp. Proper supply of oxygen and blood to the scalp will not only nurture it from within but this will also give you healthy and shiny tresses.
Hope now you got an idea on how to get rid of hair fall naturally! Share your experience with us in the comment section given below:
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