Hair Loss, Baldness Treatment
For women, thinning hair or hair
loss can be a sign of a problem in the gastrointestinal tract. It could
be a sign of insufficient stomach acids; It could also mean a deficiency
of protein, zinc and other nutrients. Taking two acidophilus tablets
after or between meals (four to six tablets per day) for two months will
A wholesome diet, rich in silica, calcium and
iron, will help reduce or
prevent hair loss. Green, leafy vegetables, especially sea vegetables,
are good mineral sources. Raw oats provide silica. Dried fruits and
cherry juice are rich sources of iron.
For men, balding process can be
slowed down by taking a low-fat diet. Some scientists postulate that the
male pattern baldness is tied to increased testosterone levels during
A high-fat, meat-based diet raises testosterone levels, and that may
adversely affect hair follicles.
For example, in Japan, male pattern baldness was very rare prior to
World War II when the diet was lean and healthy. The Japanese now
consume a more fatty, Westernized diet.
Baldness is now increasing substantially among Japanese men. Eating
low-fat foods may not stop hair loss; but it might help slow down the
Anemia is one of the most frequent causes of hair loss. Eat plenty of
iron-rich foods, like liver (Avoid if you are pregnant) and other organ
meat, whole grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates, and
The hair is comprised mostly of protein. To encourage hair growth,
adhere to a diet rich in protein. A recommended diet for this purpose
includes calves liver, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and two tablespoons
of granulated lecithin.
Along with protein, these foods are also high in B vitamins, an
important nutrient for hair. European studies have found that soy
protein reinforces hair and stimulates its growth. In one study, The
hair growth increased by 15 percent. Tofu and soy milk are good sources
of soy protein.
Other good sources of protein are: low-fat cheese, eggs, fish, beans,
brewer's yeast and yogurt. Another important nutrient for hair health is
Studies in the former Soviet Union have shown that silica therapy slowed
hair loss. Organic silica added to shampoo was found to help prevent
baldness, stimulate healthier hair growth and assure beautiful shine,
luster and strength.
Some scientists claim that they have effectively stopped further hair
loss by adding silica to their shampoo. This can be applied externally
to regrow already lost hair.
Silica is found in the outer coverings of potatoes, green and red
peppers and cucumbers. Bean sprouts are also high in silica. Eat whole
foods including sprouts.
Vitamin C improves the absorption of
Include a good serving of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Vitamin E
is important for healthy hair growth. Eat avocados, nuts, seeds, and
olive oil on a regular basis.
If hair loss is due to thyroid dysfunction, eat more foods rich in
vitamin A and iodine. Eat vegetables such as carrots or spinach in
unrefined, cold-pressed seed oils such as flax, walnut or pumpkin seed
and sea salt.
Take turnips, cabbage, mustard, soy beans, peanuts, pine nuts and millet
if there is a deficiency of iodine. Caution: Excessive intake of Vitamin
A can cause hair loss.
Foods to Eat
Foods to build spleen/pancreas: Brown rice, Oats Sweet rice and mochi
(pounded sweet rice) Root vegetables, such as carrots, rutabagas,
parsnips, ginger, turnips, and onions Winter squash Black beans Pumpkin
Black pepper Brown rice syrup To build or strengthen the blood: Seaweed
(wakame, arame, hiziki), when consumed daily, can prevent hair loss for
many. Micro algae Vegetables Beans Whole grains Nuts and seeds Leafy,
Foods to Avoid
Cold foods and drinks Sugary foods and drinks Fatty foods Animal protein
Excessive raw foods Fruit, especially citrus Tomatoes Tofu millet Salt
Massage improves circulation, which in turn improves the health of your
hair and scalp. A few drops of vitamin E oil massaged into the scalp is
recommended to strengthen fragile hair and help prevent dry, flaky
Give yourself a daily massage for 5-10 minutes to stimulate circulation,
which is vital for healthy hair growth. Using your fingers (knuckles),
work over the surface of the scalp, temples and back of the head,
applying pressure in circular movements.
Yoga exercises such as headstand is another excellent way of stimulating
blood flow to the hair follicles.
To relieve tension in the scalp and to promote healthy looking hair, try
this Indonesian massage technique:
- Stand with your feet apart and slowly breathe in and out.
Gently lean forward from waist, curving your spine, until your head is
just below waist level.
- Keeping your legs straight, gently rap your scalp all over with your
knuckles for half a minute.
- Slowly raise your body and repeat the rapping in an upright position.
- Turn your head to the left 3 times
- Now turn your head to the right 3 times Lift the head up 3 times Move it
down toward your chest 3 times
- Roll your head gently in a circle 3 times in each direction.
- Hair tugging, bend your head forward.
- Grasp a hank of hair close to scalp.
- Tug hard, relax your grip, then tug again.
- Repeat the procedure three times.
- Repeat all over scalp, to stimulate new, thicker growth, concentrating
on any thinning areas, such as the sides of the forehead.
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