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3 Easy Steps to Reverse Grey Hair Naturally

Want to reverse your grey hair? Skip the boxed hair dye and try these lifestyle changes.

by All Things Health Malaysia

This article is a content collaboration between Homage Malaysia and All Things Health Malaysia.

A young man checking out his hair in the mirror.

Premature grey hair is common in men before the age of 30.

The salt and pepper look can make a man look dapper, but that’s not always the case. Premature grey hair may not be your ideal hairstyle, especially if you’re still in your 20s or early 30s.

Science says that genetics plays a part in the loss of hair colour. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes premature greying signifies poor health. But worry not, TCM has solutions to reverse grey hair for good.

TCM physician Lim Sock Ling – a featured expert at All Things Health Malaysia – has experience in helping her patients regain their polished black locks. The key is finding the root cause of greying hair, which can be either a weakened liver or depleted kidney essence. The latter is an effect of prolonged stress, anxiety, anger, and emotional trauma.

Sounds like you? Keep scrolling to learn how you can reverse grey hair without needing to dye your hair monthly.

Steps to Reverse Grey Hair Naturally

Healthy food, enough rest, and being physically active is the trifecta to achieving healthy hair. “Aside from the herbs and treatments we provide to patients, creating a general sense of well-being through a healthy lifestyle is very important to restoring balance to the body, which also helps maintain hair health and colour,” adds Physician Lim.

It sounds simple enough, but doing this without knowing the hows and whys may lead to disappointment. Here’s what you need to do.

Eat more berries, plant proteins, and herbs

Blueberries, raspberries and blueberries

Including berries in our diet helps nourish the body and repel toxins to prevent premature grey hair.

Plan a diet that can strengthen your Liver and Kidney functions. Blackberries, mulberries, walnuts, black beans, and sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants that nourish the body and repel toxins.

TCM recommends fleece flower root (he shou wu) to improve Deficiencies in the Liver and Kidneys. This herb is scientifically proven to stimulate hair regrowth and prevent further hair loss – a nice bonus if you’re also dealing with male pattern baldness.

In addition to these ingredients, Physician Lim suggests consuming a herbal beverage that contains ingredients like red dates and longan. These popular TCM healing fruits can promote healthy blood and qi (vital energy) flow whilst inducing a calming effect.

Sleep between 10 PM to 6 AM

Women sleeping at night

Getting an adequate 8 hours of sleep at night slows down premature grey hair

The general rule is to get eight hours of sleep every night. If your routine doesn’t allow the 10 pm to 6 am sleep schedule, customise it to your ability. But try not to sleep after midnight since it can worsen body disharmonies, resulting in premature grey hair and baldness.

Reduced blood flow to the hair follicles directly results from insufficient sleep and will cause hair strands to become weak or prevent them from growing optimally.

“Adequate rest will help support a healthy production of blood and qi, which is the foundation of healthy hair. Combining an essential oil blend can help promote good sleep,” advises Physician Lim.

Work your body

Woman after having an at-home exercise session

Regular exercise improves blood circulation and the production of melanin pigments, which are directly associated with a person’s hair colour.

You know the gist of this; exercise improves physical and mental health. It’s a fact that TCM heavily supports. So how can that reverse grey hair?

Regular exercise improves blood circulation and the production of melanin pigments, which are directly associated with a person’s hair colour. It’s safe to say that being physically active allows you to have healthy black locks for much longer.

Yoga, for example, can help strengthen your physique and increase flexibility while helping to keep your hair black. Physician Lim speaks highly of Qigong, an ancient Chinese exercise, as a beginner-friendly exercise. It specifically promotes the movement of qi, which is a key aspect in maintaining overall health.

Reversing Grey Hair is Possible, But Not Instant

These steps are not the same as dyeing your hair black. The latter only disguises white hair rather than dealing with the root of the problem. Treat your body kindly, and it will return the favour.

Most importantly, don’t stress your tresses. Focus on your health instead. If you have more health-related questions on topics like insomnia, coffee addiction, or even bedroom woes, visit All Things Health Malaysia for TCM-approved solutions.

This article is an adaptation of How to Reverse Grey Hair Black Crowning Glory Naturally from AllThingsHealth .com

References

Health in Flow Chinese Medicine. 2016. What to Eat to so we can Nourish our Jing, our Life Essence. [online] Available at <https://healthinflow.com.au/nourish-jing-essence-diet/> [Accessed 28 July 2021]

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All Things Health Malaysia
All Things Health is Malaysia's first English-language website providing trusted, medically reviewed content on natural health and wellness based on Chinese medicine wisdom. The articles are written by health editors, physicians, and wellness experts and cover key health and wellness categories such as nutrition, mental health, balance, and parenthood.
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