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Get Needled: Acupuncture for Hair Growth

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An ancient Chinese practice, acupuncture utilizes  extremely thin needles to prick the skin at certain points along the body. The overall concept is that these needles will encourage blood and energy flow (chi) throughout the body but the points are also related to certain health issues or body functions.  Acupuncture can take place with solely needles but, depending on the goal, elements such as heat, pressure or mild electric currents may be used in conjunction with the needles.

The list of benefits and alleviated problems that result from receiving acupuncture treatment are extensive. Presently, many use acupuncture to aid in relief from:

  • Muscle pain
  • Chronic neck and back problems
  • Headaches
  • Pain from Arthritic & other autoimmune conditions
  • Allergies 
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Mood
  • Withdrawal symptoms

In addition to the above list, acupuncture is also a practice to consider for stimulating hair growth. Often times, issues with retaining hair or general hair loss can be linked to other systemic issues such as stress, autoimmune disorders, and childbirth. By utilizing acupuncture to target the appropriate points related to these conditions, you can counteract the hair loss side effect. If you’re thinking “well I don’t have any conditions but I still struggle with hair growth” then acupuncture should still be something to consider. Due to its ability to nurture blood flow, needles may also be placed directly in the scalp to increase blood flow and stimulate follicles and thus, new growth. 

The idea of having someone insert needles all over your body can be incredibly intimidating. Trust me, I understand. But also trust me as someone who has taken part in multiple acupuncture sessions and experienced the benefits that this is practically painless and worthwhile. You may feel a little pinch here and there but nothing more. If it helps, check out this BuzzFeed video of their staffers receiving acupuncture for the first time to get a visual idea of the entire practice.

If you’re game to give acupuncture a go, be sure to first consult your doctor – especially if you have an existing medical condition- and then get ready to embody zen.

Tip: Acupuncture can get be a bit costly so take a look on Groupon to find discounts on acupuncturists in your area.

Have you tried acupuncture and want to share your experience or interested and have a few more questions? Leave a comment below!


Victoria Wilson


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