Some people consider gray hair as a usual distinguished appearance that’s a sign of character while other people see this as unwanted, everyday reminder of advancing age. Dyes and other synthetic processes are some examples of the conventional and mainstream approaches to cover up the graying of hair. However, traditional Chinese medicine has its own alternative to these methods, which doesn’t only cover up the signs of graying but also turn back the time by getting to the “root” cause of the problem.
He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu (or Fo-Ti root) is a plant that’s known for its medicinal qualities of anti-aging. This plant is a native of China but it is also available in countries like Taiwan and Japan. It is revered by people who are used to traditional Chinese medicine because of its longevity-promoting and anti-aging effects. Literally translated as “the black hair of Mr. He”, its name was derived from an old Chinese man who restored his vitality, youthfulness and black hair after taking the herb. This is what Fo-ti root is known for – its ability to restore the black hair color of a person.
Melanocytes are hair-pigmenting cells within the hair follicles capable of producing hair color. The pigment manufactured by melanocytes is called melanin. If more melanin is produced, hair will have a darker color. If there’s a decline in melanocytes’ activity, the production of pigment will stop, which results to graying of hair. Another factor that contributes to the graying of hair is the excessive hydrogen peroxide in the body.
Enzymes that are excellent at preventing the occurrence of gray hair are: the catalase and the Superoxide Dismutase or SOD. How can the levels of these enzymes be raised? It is by taking Fo-Ti root because it has an indirect effect on kidneys and liver.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
For Chinese traditional medicine, it is believed that the color of the hair reflects the kidney strength of a person. It says that weak liver blood and kidneys cause the hair to turn to gray, which is a sign of early aging. Taking He Shou Wu helps in working out the kidneys and liver to reduce the liver fat buildup and to improve red blood cells’ quality. In return, this stimulates the scalp’s blood circulation, which results to a normal melanin production as well as nourished and improved hair follicles.
He Shou Wu: Benefits, Side Effects and Uses written by nick eberle, published on Urbol.com