Herbs for Hair Loss

Chinese Herbs For Hair Loss, Alopecia, And Premature Gray Hair

  • Causes of Hair Loss according to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Causes of Premature Graying according to Chinese Medicine
  • Using Chinese Herbs for Alopecia


Chinese Herbs for Youthful Hair


Herbs for Hair Loss are also used for Premature Gray Hair, Alopecia, Premature Baldness, and to Slow Aging

Chinese legend says that long ago an elderly gentleman by the name of  Old Mr. He became lost in the forest where he survived for years by eating solely the root of a common forest vine. When later he was reunited with his village, those who found him were astonished. Old man’s hair had turned from white to black.

Now, the root of the vine he ate bears his name, He Shou Wu (Old Mr. He), which is what the herbs for hair loss are called. In the West this root is known as polygoni multiflori or FoTi.  This herb can be taken as a safe and healthy supplement, it has been shown to nourish liver blood and  promote healthy new hair growth.

What Causes Hair Loss According to TCM?

Healthy hair depends on an abundant flow of qi and blood to the scalp and hair roots. If this nourishing flow is compromised, the hair will suffer.

Diminished nourishment is most usually caused by:

  1. Blood Deficiency (Blood vacuity)
    Blood is made through the digestive process, and blood deficiency can be caused by dietary, or digestive insuficiencies. If the blood lacks nourishing components the best remedy is He Shou Wu, also known as FoTi, or polygani multiflori, or fleeceflower root.

Common Signs of liver blood deficiency can include:

-premature hair loss or graying

-pale finger nail beds that may be dry or withered and split easily

-a pale tongue.

-dryness, cracking or itchiness of skin

-headache at the top of the head

-spasms or cramping or weakness of the muscles

-numbness of the limbs


-poor or blurred vision or eyes that get tired easily

-dizziness or faintness sometimes when exerted or standing form a seated or lying position.

-tinnitus (ringing of the ears)

-Intercostal rib pains

-in women menses are scanty and light colored with longer cycles or no cycle at all.


2. Constrained flow (Qi stagnation)

Stress and emotional constraint can restrict the flow of qi and blood in the chest, neck, shoulders, face and head. Massage, meditation, and relaxation techniques can help restore this flow. Free & Easy Pills can also help relieve constraint in addition to specific herbs for hair loss.

Patency of the vessels
The size, diameter, degree of obstruction and overall  health of the tiny blood vessels that conduct nourishment to the hair follicles can also determine one’s ability to grow a healthy head of hair. Genetic factors as well as acquired factors can weaken the health of the vessels making these capillaries fragile, narrow, or obstructed leading to poor hair growth and undernourished follicles.


 What Causes Gray Hair?

Premature greying is caused by a deficiency of Jing, also known as Essence.

Jing effects the course of reproduction, maturation and aging. When jing is weak, you age rapidly. If jing is restored, you will become vital and mature slowly.

Several herbs are considered jing tonics. Among them, He Shou Wu, is thought to be best at restoring hair color and reducing hair loss.

You may also wish to try,  herbal Shampoo For Thinning Hair And Prematurely Gray Hair


Herbs for Hair Los (Alopecia)

Alopecia can be induced by stress, hypothyroidism, topically-applied chemicals, chemotherapy, and genetic circumstances. Alopecia areata may persist for several months to a year or longer.

Chinese medicine sees alopecia as caused by blood deficiency with internal or external invasion of wind. Alopecia can be complicated by blood stagnation and/or heat in the blood. Consultation with a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine is recommended.

Alopecia Pills or 10 Treasures for Beautiful Hair (Apecia Pills)

Another Good General Formula is Alopecia Powder

(Use granulated herbs.  For internal use, not for topical application)

Shou Wu – he shou wu – 15%

Raw Rehmannia Root,- sheng di huang – 10%

Prepared (cooked) Rehmannia Root – shu di huang- 10%

Angelica Root Tails – dang gui wei- 10%

Peony Root – bai shao – 10%

Lycium (goji berry) – gou qi zi – 10%

Ligustrum – chuan xiong – 10%

Cuscuta – tu su zi – 10%

Astragalus -huang qi – 5%

Jujube (Chinese red dates) – hong zao – 5%

Citrus Peel- chen pi- 5%

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