October 29, 2019
How to manage postpartum hair loss
Every mother will experience postpartum hair loss. As estrogen level increase during pregnancy and the hair remains in the growing period. This results in many pregnant women having thicker and brighter hair, and the amount of hair loss is significantly reduced. The hair loss starts to increase after 3 to 6 months after giving birth as the estrogen levels return to normal. A lot of hair are no longer in the growth cycle, leading to thinning and hair loss. From Chinese medicine perspective, women consume qi and blood during childbirth. If you do not rest enough after giving birth, there is not enough nutrients to nourish the hair. The hair then becomes dry and loses shine, they will break and come off.
To get through the hair loss period easily, you should nourish the spleen and stomach after giving birth. As the spleen and stomach circulate fluids normally bringing nutrients to the body and nourishes qi and blood. Remember to take more time to rest, keep a happy mood, eat more dishes made with fresh ingredients, and avoid cold-natured ingredients. If accompanied by pale complexion, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, it is qi and blood deficiency. You can appropriately consume herbs that can replenish qi and blood and improve hair quality, such as black sesame, red dates, wolfberries, polygonum multiflorum. If the problem of hair loss persists for longer than 6 months after giving birth, it is recommended to seek a practitioner advice to properly manage it.
Tea remedy to improve hair quality
Effects: nourishes yin and replenishes blood, improves hair quality. Suitable for increased grey hairs or hair loss due to child birth or excessive stress
Ingredients: 1g mints, 4 jujube dates, 6g mulberries
Preparation: Combine all ingredients with 800ml of water and boil for 30 minutes. Pour all contents into a thermos and tea can re-brewed until flavor weakens.
Note: Not suitable for those recovering from a cold/flu.