22. September 2014 · Comments Off on With acupuncture, dandruff sufferers can be treated of their dandruff problem in an effective and exceptional way. · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Dandruff is not merely a dryness of the skin it also means excessive oil and an excessive output of small scales made up of skin cells “glued together with skin oil.” Dandruff is also referred to as common dandruff, seborrhea dermatitis or just seborrhea. This oil manifest as a number of issues such as red, raw patches below the breasts, redness in the armpits or on the face, thick scales on the scalp and, of course, dandruff. Some of these problems may feel dry and in some instances, the skin can seem dry or dry and oily at the same time. Seborrhea (dandruff) is a condition of the skin that causes the body to produce either too much oil or too little moisture. It also a kind of inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) whose exact cause is unknown or it may due to an overproduction of skin cells on the scalp. Dandruff can manifest anytime and there can be extreme episodes that may be related to psychological or physical stress. The aim of treatment is to remove the inflammation of the skin. Treatment approaches may include cortisone lotion and creams or the reduction of yeast accumulating on scaly areas. One important thing to note, however, is that dandruff is not a yeast infection. Another way to treat dandruff is to moisturize the skin although this doesn’t do much other than making the patches look redder or smoothing out the scales.

There are certain fallacies held by some people when it concerns dandruff. It is not true that dandruff is caused by long hair, hidden illness or a faulty diet. It is also not a contagious condition. Dandruff usually occurs when the scalp shows any signs of weeping, tenderness or inflammation or is very itchy. This scalp problem occasionally is the result of extreme cold and heat. Skin cells normally die and flake off to make way for newer and healthier skin cells.

With acupuncture, dandruff sufferers can be treated of their dandruff problem in an effective and exceptional way. People may seek treatment due to psychological or physiological reasons or both. The concept of treatment usually involves the palm. The great thing about acupuncture is that every treatment done is customized according the needs of the patient. Acupuncture energy concept on palm can be selected to boost the overall well-being of the patient with the aim of boosting flow of both Qi and blood throughout the body. Acupuncture can also help cleanse the body of toxins and calm the nervous system. Some of the patients may see results in just four to five acupuncture sessions.


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25. November 2013 · Comments Off on Dandruff Definition · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A skin condition that causes the scalp to produce flakes of skin is termed dandruff.  The word dandruff is highly likely to come from two words: “dand” (origin unknown) and “huff” of “hurf” which is an East Anglian word that means “scab” which is related to the Old Norse word “hrufa” that also means “scab”. This word is known as “hruf” in Old High German which means “scurf”.

Practically everyone develop dandruff in different degrees. It is commonly accompanied by an itching sensation in the scalp. Some people are embarrassed by their dandruff and some have dandruff that is hard to treat.

Dandruff is quite easy to treat and control. Dandruff that is mild may only require the person with this condition to use the right shampoo that is added with a gentle cleanser. For severe cases of dandruff, a medical shampoo is often required.

The body often renews the human skin cells. The constant renewal of the skin cells in the scalp causes the dead or old skin cells to go to the top of the skin and out of the scalp that are then expelled through taking a bath.

Individuals with dandruff usually produce new cells at a faster rate causing more skin shedding and making the dandruff more obvious.

The chance of developing dandruff increases when the skin is subjected to extreme temperatures.

A dry scalp does not cause dandruff – Contrary to popular belief that is often propagated by shampoo commercials, dandruff is not the result of the scalp being too dry. People who believe in the myth that dry scalp causes dandruff often erroneously treat their dandruff by washing the scalp less often or not wash their hair with shampoo because they believe doing so only worsens the dandruff problem.  Dry scalp differs from dandruff by the fact that dandruff often improves when you use the right type of shampoo frequently.

Most people suffering from dandruff observe that this condition gets better as they get older.

About half of people in North America and Western Europe suffer from dandruff.

Women more than men suffer from dandruff; people with oily skin are also more prone to developing dandruff.

Certain studies have revealed that spicy, sugary or salty diets that are combined with excessive alcohol aggravate dandruff.

Dandruff does not cause hair loss.


Linda Meyer is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Healthy by Nature Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Center in Lake in the Hills, IL.

27. October 2013 · Comments Off on Causes of Dandruff · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

The skin’s natural cycle that becomes speeded up eventually leads to the development of dandruff. The acceleration causes the accumulation of dead skin of the scalp that appears as patches on the scalp coming away into the hair. This results in skin flaking on the scalp that we know as dandruff.

The cause of why the skin cycle starts to accelerate is still a medical mystery; however, some suspected factors may be:

Malassezia – Malassezia is a fungus that typically resides itself on skin. This type of fungus is harmless to the body but if it develops into substantial quantities on the skin, it can speed up the development of new skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis – This skin problem is quite a common condition that is still even now not clearly understood.  Seborrheic dermatitis causes the skin condition to become oily. It can also cause skin flaking on various parts of the body including the side of the nose, the eyebrows and parts where skin folds together like the armpits.

Malassezia and seborrheic dermatitis are thought to be interlinked. The fungus residing on the skin can trigger an irregular reaction from the immune system that in turn can tend to make the skin oily.  Furthermore, the skin’s oiliness may spur the growth of the fungus that can then lead to the appearance of dandruff symptoms.

Some other suspected factors that can lead to dandruff include:

A weak immune system that can be due to a side effect of a drug or “treatment” such as chemotherapy or the result of a disease like HIV

Other problems of the skin like eczema or psoriasis – These two are very commonly occurring skin conditions that can cause the skin to become flaky, red and dry

Availing of hair products like hair mousse, hair gel and hairspray

Seldom washing of your hair and also too much washing of your hair – There are people who suffer from scalp irritation due to frequent shampooing of their hair.

Emotional stress

Individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease strangely usually develop both seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.


Nelya de Brun, DAOM
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