If you've ever suffered with the severe hair loss that telogen effluvium can bring, then you know that you are sometimes willing to try almost any treatment in order to see some improvement or relief. And although there's a huge market for external topicals that are used outside of the body and on the scalp, many have their doubts about these treatments since this type of hair loss is thought to have internal triggers.
So, many people are looking for internal treatments instead. One example is acupuncture. I heard from someone who said “the other day, my stylist noticed my hair loss and suggested that I go and see her acupuncturist. She swore that the procedure does not hurt and said that it helps with multiple issues. told that my hair loss is probably just temporary telogen effluvium, I'm not sure that these small needles would help me. Would it? ”
Before I try to answer this question, I have to make it very clear that I'm not a specialist nor do I have any medical or personal experience with this procedure. What I know about it comes from people who 'commented on my blog about their own experiences and through my own research.
The idea behind much of Chinese medicine (as well as acupuncture) is to create balance within your body. The idea is that when something is out of balance in your body, then you will see this in areas where your body is ill or unwell. As you may already know, acupuncture is currently used in an attempt to improve a wide variety of medical issues. In hair loss disorders, the goal is two fold. The first is to tonify or provide balance to the body. The second goal is to provide increased blood flow and stimulation to the scalp, which is why the needles are often placed there.
I've had people send messages on my blog and say that they felt that this procedure helped them someday, but they were not sure if what helped was the reduction in stress that they felt after the procedure or something else. I have not had any one tell me that this procedure completely cured them, but this does not surprise or discourage me. Because when you consider that telogen effluvium means that a trigger has placed your hair in the shedding or rest phase and that the trigger must be removed (and the hair must go in the growing phase) in order for this to stop, then that makes sense .
Now, if your trigger has something to do with a medical deficiency that the acupuncture can help with, then it's plausible that you could have some success with this. And, I have had people tell me that the procedure has helped to balance their hormones. If hormones are a potential trigger of yours, then that's a positive consideration as well.
But if your hair loss is the result of some event like surgery or childbirth, time is probably going to be your best medicine since you have to wait for the hair to go back into the growing phase. That's not to say that the increased blood flow to your scalp will not be beneficial. Most agree that the process is relaxing and painless. So I do not see any harm in giving it a try even if it's only providing stress relief and increased blood flow. And you will not know if the benefits go beyond that unless you try it.