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How to get healthy hair according to Traditional Chinese Medicine

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver and kidney influences the healthy of our hair.  The strength of your kidneys manifest on the head and that the hair is also an extension or surplus of the liver blood.

“If the liver blood and kidney essence is plentiful, then the hair is thick, healthy, and retains its color. Symptoms of a deficiency in liver blood can include: pale complexion, dizziness, dry, dull skin and hair, and fatigue. Kidney essence can loosely be translated as our genetic material and our energy reservoir. The kidney system influences metabolism, growth, reproduction, hormonal and nervous systems. Some indications of weak kidney essence are: weak bones, poor teeth, deafness, impotence, infertility, exhaustion, and poor quality hair.”- http://www.fullbloomacupuncture.com/

As we get older our liver and kidney functions decline. This causes hair to become thinner, more brittle, lose its color, and recede or fall out. Some of us age faster due to nutritional, environmental or lifestyle differences. In this case, the blood, energy and substances we do have are going to be used to nourish our internal vital organs first, which means there is less left over to nourish our hair, skin, and nails. There are ways to help preserve and increase our energy, blood and essence with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and other lifestyle adjustments.

A very famous Chinese herb, Polygonum multiflorum, or He Shou Wu,

NOW Foods Fo-Ti,  Ho Shou Wu, 560mg, 100 CapsulesIt means, “Mr. He’s black hair” is used to keep hair from turning gray and can even reverse the graying of hair.  Chinese herbalists use he shou wu for longevity, hair loss, and premature graying is because the herb is classified in the Chinese pharmacopeia as a kidney, liver, and blood tonic.

You can buy some  Black sesame seeds and black beans. They are kidney and liver tonics, which can be used to help ‘blacken’ the hair.  Good nutrition is vital in nourishing your body and improve the quality of your hair. Pay attention to your health, along with the help of Chinese medicine, your hair can look great naturally when you start from the inside out! To get herbs specifically for you visit a Chinese Herbalist or Lac. Acupuncturist and express your concerns.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is focused primarily on creating balance and harmony through a variety of approaches, including acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes. Your best bet is to seek a qualified practitioner of oriental medicine to assist you in your quest for beautiful hair.

Reference:

 http://www.fullbloomacupuncture.com/

https://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Can+Acupuncture+and+traditional+Chinese+medicine+help+with+unhealthy+hair+and+hair+loss+

Our emotions and the correlation to our organs- A Traditional Chinese Medicine, Biblical and Western perspective

Our emotions and the correlation to our organs-  
A Traditional Chinese Medicine, Biblical and Western perspective 


 

Many people are familiar with the saying, “you are what you eat”, but what

about “you are what you think”. What goes on in our mind has a great effect

on the body. Thoughts and emotions affect all  organs and systems of the

human body: nervous, immune, hormonal, circulatory, and reproductive. In

my report I want to explore briefly TCM perspective, western view and

knowledge from the bible that mentions the connection between emotions

and organ health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

“The seven basic emotional related to organ function anger, joy, worry,

pensiveness, sadness, fear, and shock (fright)”. Imbalance of these emotions

can affect organ function. Example: prolonged anger lead to imbalance liver

and liver imbalance symptoms of anger. Anger causes imbalance to the liver.

Joy to Heart, Worry to Spleen, Pensiveness to Spleen, Sadness to Lungs,

Fear to Kidneys, Shock to Heart & Kidneys.

Emotional well being is vital part of health. Having these emotions are part of

the normal human experience, but the Problem is when our emotions

become excessive or repressed. Sometimes our organ may be out of

balance and produce emotional imbalance, which gives us the emotions

mentioned above.

Our happiness is important for our health. Uncontrolled emotions can disrupt

vital energy qi and weaken the immune system. Zhang zi he (1156 -1228)

discovered that when emotions come suddenly, or you hang on to them too

long, it upsets the energy flow threw your meridians, make you sick.

The chart below shows what each emotion can do to the body internally.

“Total Chinese Health” page 45

Emotion      Internal climate
Joy Heat
AngerWind, fire, heat
Fear        Cold
Worry        Dampness
Sadness.  Dryness

Biblical 

The Heart

The important organ of the body whose chief function is to pump the blood to

nourish the body cells.

Leviticus 17:14 “For the life* of every sort of flesh is its blood, because the life* is in it. “

The Heart is prominent in the scriptures, its mentioned 1,000 times.

Safeguard your heart the whole inner person for out of it are the sources of

life. In the bible when the heart is mentioned with mind it refers to the

emotions, desires, feelings of the inner person.

Proverbs 14:30- “A calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism.”

Proverbs 17:22-“A heart that is joyful does as a curer” (king Solomon 3000 years ago).

Journal of the American college of cardiology stated “current findings suggest

harmful association between anger and hostility and coronary heart disease.”

The Journal notes “successful prevention and treatments of CHD might

involve not only conventional,  physical and pharmaceutical therapies, but

also psychological management focusing on anger and hostility”. Simply put,

a calm heart fosters good health just like the bible and TCM say. Dr. Derek

Cox a health official in Scotland said in a BBC report “If you are happy you

are likely in the future to have less in the way of physical illness than those

who are unhappy.

Worry

Anxiety can be damaging to one’s well-being. It can lead to depression,

robbing one of strength and the initiative to act. Says the inspired proverb:

“Anxious care in the heart of a man is what will cause it to bow down.”

Proverbs 12:25- “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word cheers it up.”

There can be serious physical manifestations from worry. Observes the book

How to Master Your Nerves: “Doctors know how anxiety can affect the body’s

functions. It can raise (or lower) blood pressure; it can elevate the white blood

cell count; it can suddenly affect the blood sugar by the action of adrenalin on

the liver. It can even change your electrocardiogram. Dr. Charles Mayo said:

‘Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous

system.’”

Western 

Traditional western medicine believe that emotions affect our health. Doctors

have pondered the connection between our mental and physical health for

centuries. In early Western medicine they believed that emotions were linked

to disease and prescribe that people relax and visit a spa when they were

sick. Eventually emotions were no longer the causes of illness, but  bacteria

or toxins. So new treatments like  antibiotics cured illness.

They have been revisiting the links between stress and health. Today,

Western medicine accepts that there is a powerful mind-body connection

through which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can

directly affect our health.

Fear

Living with fear is highly stressful. It often leads to depression and can ruin a

person’s health. “Stress suppresses the immune system and is a contributing

factor in most diseases,” explains a Western health magazine. “The body will

develop symptoms of wear and tear, especially on the organs involved.

Hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders,

ulcers, headaches, insomnia, depression, and anxiety can develop.”

 
Conclusion

Traditional Chinese Medicine  is spot on with the emotion and organ

connection. My mom has kidney failure and prior to getting the official

diagnosis she would seem to have extreme panic attacks and fear of almost

everything. TCM is ahead of time regarding diagnosing the body and

identifying issues to help prevent or improving the body.


Western Medicine also has identified an important factor when it comes to

illness. They have discovered how to treat bacteria and toxins. Its good that

recently they are revisiting the idea of Mind-body connection. Personally I

have noticed a change in visiting my primary care doctor. My doctor asks me

what’s going on in my life and how I am feeling. Also they are encouraging

me to exercise and purchase food from the farmers market they have on

location.

Biblical is fact. I believe that the bible was written by our Creator. Our creator

knows us best. When we experience problems or have questions we can

always find facts, truths or principles to live by. I have noticed that TCM and

Western medicine advocates many things that the bible mentions.

We all want to be happy and have a balanced emotional health. I love these

scriptures that tell us how we can achieve TRUE happiness in our life, which

in turn can help us have a healthier mind, body and soul.

Matthew 5:3 – “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual needs,”

Matthew 5:7– “Happy are the merciful,”

Matthew 5:8-” Happy are the pure in heart,”

Matthew 5:9– “Happy are the peacemakers.”

Psalms 144:15 – “Happy are the people whose God is Jehovah”

References/Pictures:
preapism.com
tcm.chinese.cn
http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/anxietydepression/a/EmotionsTCM.htm
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/chinese/traditional-chinese-medicine-causes-of-illness6.htm
http://Jw.org
http://www.livestrong.com/article/193234-what-emotions-affect-different-organs-in-the-human-body/
How to Master Your Nerves (Book)
Total Chinese Health (Book)