WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
This a part of traditional Chinese medicine and alternative in the rest of the world when needles are used in order to treat certain types of diseases. It is not based on real scientific science but most on philosophies. The traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected to the so-called Qi (‘che’) that are energy flow canals and are in charge of human overall health. So in their belief, they open the points to improve the energy flows as they have been disrupted by certain unhealthy circumstances. The procedure looks painful but in reality, it is not so much and is safe if the practitioner is well trained and uses needles for single use. The needle goes to the point where the ‘patients’ feel a bit of an ache. Sometimes the needles could be heated. Overall people feel energized or relaxed after the treatment. It doesn’t actually work with a single session. There’s a need to be repeated.
Acupuncture is well known worldwide and in some countries like the UK is been made available by the official health system called NHS.
How does it work on the body?
The acupuncture practitioners, patients, and followers believe that the acupuncture points are connected to the central nervous system, they pierced trigger it releasing chemicals to the muscles, spin, brain. This process influences the self-healing abilities of the body.
What is acupuncture’s impact on hair loss?
Acupuncture can actually impact types of hair loss not caused by hormones. It actually helps hair regrowth with men and women having alopecia areata that is an autoimmune disorder (the immune system mistakenly attacks the follicles treating them as an invader) and is also potentially caused by stress, unhealthy conditions, poor diet. The tiny needles stimulate the follicles and eventually emerged the surface.
- improves the blood circulation, thus provides the right nourishment to the follicles
- brings vitality to the hair follicles
- heals the scalp and follicles from inflammations
- restores the sebaceous gland functioning (“Sebaceous glands are microscopic exocrine glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair of mammals”, Wikipedia)promoting hair growth.
Is the outcome really certain?
There’s no guarantee in the positive outcome. It should be used in a combination with another type of treatment.
There’s no actual evidence/s or consistent researchers on does it or how it works but the tradition is so ancient, respected and used.
How to find a good practitioner?
Your practitioner should be licensed hence has got a National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). If they have got such a certification they would also use LAc as a title before their name.
Best to use someone recommended to you by people your trust or your GP or dermatologist.
How does it feel to visit an acupuncturist?
It looks like a normal visit to your GP (general practitioner). This first one will be a general physical examination and learning about our medical history. Apart from the treatment, they would also prescribe creams, lotions, ointments you would need to use along with the treatment. It is really important that you found a good specialist whom you really could trust and do not get scared by poking needles to your scalp or body.
First of all, you should check the references of the practitioner you are going to, also make sure that the used needles are for single use.
Side effects of acupuncture on the head may include:
- muscle twitching
- minor bleeding
Of course, that’s not certain and it’s not said that any of these would occur.
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