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Acupuncture can turn the hair of an 80-year-old from gray to black

      Ms. Wang, 84 years old and gray-haired since more than a decade ago, went to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) department in the Zhongxing branch of Taipei City Hospital due to a stroke. After one year of scalp point acupuncture treatment, hemiplegia symptoms caused by the stroke had improved. What's more, her daughter was surprised to find a great deal of black strains growing on her mother’s gray-haired head.

      Lin Zaiyu, attending doctor of the TCM department at the Zhongxing branch of Taipei City Hospital, points out that in traditional Chinese medicine, white hair is considered as being closely related to the weakness of the qi (energy flow) in the kidneys and deficiency of qi and blood. For the elderly, graying is a physiological sign of aging. As one grows older, kidney qi declines rapidly, plus the slower circulation of qi and blood, causing the activity of the melanophores to decline and the secretion of the melanin to decrease, and thus making the newly grown hair strains turn whitish-gray. Premature graying is more related to genetic factors, tension, pressure, mal-nutrition and endocrine disorders, making it possible to for melanin to synthesize and consequently causing the graying of the hair.

      Lin Zaiyu says in TCM, it is believed that "hair is the surplus of the blood". In other words, the nutrients required for hair growth can only be provided by sufficient blood from the scalp. A head full of aging gray-hairs, like that of Ms. Wang, can be cured as follows: acupuncture of the scalp points to keep the meridians clear, improve blood circulation around the head, enhance the metabolism and the activity of the melanophores and consequently restore gray hair to its natural color.