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5 Chinese Herbs that May Help in Treating Hair Loss

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

You can use Chinese herbs for hair growth if you have hair loss. Research shows that Chinese herbs can induce hair growth (245083/' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' >1), (2). These are great for helping treat hair loss, treat discoloration of hair, and restore its natural pigmentation (3). Here we have compiled a list of five Chinese herbs that may aid prevent hair loss. Take a peek around.

1. Fo-ti

Fo-ti is the most commonly used Chinese herb. It is also known as he-shou-wu. Fo-ti has been used for ages to treat hair loss and baldness (4). It can also help restore the natural pigmentation of hair and increase blood circulation.

2. Reishi Mushroom
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The reishi mushroom is often used in hair tonics. It is also called lingzhi. It has antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties (5), (6). It has anti-aging and anti-pigmentation properties that may help keep hair healthy (6). It can also protect hair from photodamage (6).

A mice study shows that that reishi mushroom exhibits hair growth activity and can be used to treat alopecia (7).

Another study shows that reishi mushroom contains 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (8). 5-alpha-reductase is an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). An increase in the levels of 5-alpha-reductase will increase the levels of DHT, leading to hair loss. Reishi mushroom can help prevent this.

3. Nu Zhen Zi

This herb promotes the growth of black hair (9). It also has antiviral properties, which may help in promoting scalp health and cleanliness. It also helps flush out toxins from the body and strengthens the immune system. Nu-Shen- Zi increases blood circulation to the scalp.

4. Wu Wei Zin
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This herb is popular as a beauty enhancer. It also serves as a tonic that helps purify the blood. Wu wei zin showed hair growth-promoting factors in a study conducted on rats (10). It can also help reduce hair loss and prevent photoaging (11).

5. Morus Albus

A study conducted in 2008 showed that morus alba stimulated hair growth in mice (12). Although there is not much human research done, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that this herb helps prevent hair loss and premature graying of hair.

These Chinese herbs can be regularly used as a home remedy. The good thing about them is that they can be grown in your kitchen garden or as window sill plants.

The Chinese method of hair care follows the ancient principles of yin and yang to address the problem at its root. These herbs may be found in any local Chinese markets in the city. Also, these are not very expensive and are generally sold in easy to use forms.

These herbs can be had in a number of ways. A common method is to boil them in water and then use the remaining water in cooking. They can also be consumed raw, as is done by the Chinese. If you are planning to have them raw, ensure that the herbs are washed properly.

If you are tired of the same old hair care treatments that offer no results, try these Chinese herbs for hair loss. Start using them on a regular basis and see the difference they can make in a very short span of time.

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