Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

Hi! :) My acupuncturist told me of a Chinese herbal supplement, Fo-Ti or He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorium), that's known to slow down or even REVERSE gray hair. It's also a detoxifier for the kidneys and liver, and even has some claims of slightly lowering cholesterol.

I happen to have elevated cholesterol (not dangerously high, just higher than it should be for someone of my age, activity level and healthy eating habits). I also have a LOT of gray hair for someone who's only 35. Both of my parents went gray prematurely, so I always accepted this as genetics.

But now that I did a lot of research on He Shou Wu, I'm thinking that perhaps if I could lessen my "toxicness", I could lessen my gray hair. This seems to be among the most COMMON of all Chinese herbs. Some folks have had miraculous hair color changes from it, tho I know no remedy works for everyone. But I'm thinking of trying it. My acupuncturist takes it, and says it's even safe for children.

Any thoughts? :)

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

Yes, He Shou Wu is a very famous Chinese herb and has been used for centuries in all of Asia.

Of course not everyone benefits from it, but many do, so give it a try and give it some time to kick in. Maybe even a few months.

Like the other person said, I would not go for the ones in the box (low strength in those) Go for a good quality such as these

or through your acupuncturist.

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

If there's no harm going to be done, why not just give it a go!! You might get a lot of "it's quackery" answers, but seriously the only reason for NOT trying it would be if it was harmful. I also saw this on the web - even less capacity for harm and certainly seems to have some amazing success stories, including one frankly incredible (but encouraging!) one about grey hair reduction;

Good luck! And let me know (25 years old and busily pulling out white hairs, yikes!)

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

No idea about Chinese Herbs. I have a cure for Gray hair through Natural means, if in case you are interested through with just diet and oiling your hair. It is an Indian Research Study of which I was a part of it (never published because of financial reasons).

The hair has a tendency to lose its natural colour with advancing age. It is therefore natural for the hair to turn gray with age. But premature graying is a morbid condition and it makes even the young look older. This causes a great deal of concern to affected persons, especially women. The hair is an appendage of the skin. t is composed of the same kind of cells as are found in the outer layer of the skin, known as epidermis. It grows from a hair follicle which is a deep recess in the epidermis. The sebaceous glands of the scalp secrete an oily substance called sebum, which is the source of nutrition, luster, and blackness of the hair. The hair cannot be fed externally, for such nourishment as the scalp requires must come to it from the bloodstream.

Causes of Graying: A faulty diet and mental worries are the two primary causes of premature graying of hair. It is mainly due to the lack of some of the B vitamins, of iron, copper, and iodine in the daily diet that this hair disorder is caused at a young age these days. Mental worries produce an extraordinary tension in the skin of the scalp which interferes with the supply of vital nutrition necessary for the health of the hair. Similarly, anxieties, fear, jealousy and failures have adverse effects on the hair. They dry out the scapular marrow, the vital sap at the root of the hair.

Other causes of premature graying of hair are unclean condition of the scalp which weakens the roots of the hair as the pores are blocked by the collected dirt; washing the hair with hot water and drying them with electric dryers which emit a blast of hot air; the use of hair dyes in the earlier stages when the hair have just started greying ; diseases like chronic cold, sinusitis, anaemia, chronic constipation ; and the use of factory-made hair oils, which are generally cleaned with acids and some of the acids have a tendency to remain in the oil. Heredity is another predisposing factor which gives rise to this ailment.

Treatment: Diet is of utmost importance in the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair and persons suffering from this disorder should take a diet rich in all essential nutrients. The vitamins considered useful in premature graying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA, and inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg. Of pantothenic acid, 100 g of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2000 mg of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins, belonging to B group, should be supplied at one time preferably in a form which gives all B vitamins, such as yeast, wheat germ, and liver. The three anti-gray hair vitamins can be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus drinking a litre of yogurt daily with a tablespoon of yeast before each meal will be an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and PABA, they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yogurt and not as a substitute for them.

Gayelord Hauser, one of the best known world nutritionists, in his book 閳ユゾhe New Diet Does it閳? claims that this treatment will restore the gray hair back to its natural colour. He also advises addition of iron and iodine in the form of sea food, to an otherwise adequate diet for obtaining better results. Besides fish, which is the main source of iodine, the requirement of this mineral can be met by adequate intake of carrots, bananas, and similar other vegetables and fruits. Carrots are especially useful in furnishing fresh blood and maintaining the health of the hair.

Home remedies: Certain home remedies have been found useful in the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair. The foremost among these is the use of Indian gooseberry or amla which is a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation. The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in the shade. These pieces should be boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter become little charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful in preventing graying. The water in which dried amla pieces are soaked overnight is Indian gooseberry (amla) is considered highly beneficial in the treatment of premature graying of hair, also nourishing to the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Massaging the scalp with a teaspoonful of amla juice mixed with a teaspoonful of almond oil or few drops of limejuice, every night has proved beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair.

Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature graying of hair. These have the property to give vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier with normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney or these may be squeezed in buttermilk or lassi. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.

The butter made from cow閳ユ獨 milk has the property to prevent premature graying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair root twice a week. Ribbed gourd, known as torai in the vernacular, boiled in coconut oil is another effective remedy for premature graying of hair. Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade. These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for 3-4 days. The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair.

Hair Dye: The paste of henna leaves, boiled in coconut oil to get a darkish oil, can be used as a hair dye to blacken grey hair. The paste itself can be applied to the hair and washed away after a few hours to dye the gray hair. Washing the hair with concentrated tea extract twice a week is also considered useful in colouring grey hair to brown or black.

Hope this helps, Good Luck.

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

I tried some 'chinese herbs' to keep hair from graying with no success. Plus, I had to take a LOT of those little pills!

Sorry, I don't remember the name brand, but after doing it for 30 days, threw away the box and decided not to re-order.

That was just my experience, if you decide to try it and it works, please let us know!

:) Good luck!

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

Hi..Im Sam 33years old and have the same problem and its bother me A LOT unfortunately. I have read some about the Chinese cure called 'He Shou We' also,.I have almost ordered this until Ive jumped to yr question..... Can you please tell me if you already tried this...does it work, do you know something else???? Thank you so much...byeeee ;)))

Chinese herbs to reverse gray/grey hair? He Shou Wu?

No, there is nothing herbal out there that will get rid of or reverse hair that is turning Grey, that is a natural process of life and the only thing you can do to cover up Grey hairs is dye it or let nature take it's course.

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