We all know by now that the main culprit in Male Pattern Baldness is genetics, which in turn produces a chemical in our bodies called DHT. DHT resides in the bloodstream. In the scalp, this has a devastating effect on the hair follicles. This chemical suffocates the hair shafts from attaining nutrients and oxygen and as a result the hair follicle shrinks and falls out.
FDA registered medications such as Propecia have been scientifically proven to inhibit the production of this chemical. These DHT inhibitors manipulate the function of hormones so there is a reduction of DHT being produced. As a result, hair loss reduces. However, there has been a lot of speculation in terms of how safe these products are and the numerous side effects that come along with it. Over the course of time there have been reports of patients experiencing sexual health problems and the only source of the issue seems to be Propecia.
Consequently, many people are now turning towards safer, natural and alternative methods in removing DHT from the scalp. One such approach is called Cupping. Cupping is a holistic approach which involves using plastic cups on the head and with small, light incisions removes congestion, stagnation and toxins such as DHT from the scalp. This brings about normalisation and removes excess DHT and toxins in the scalp which allows the hair follicles to “breathe” and attain the nutrients and oxygen that they have been deprived of. No chemicals, pills or lotions are involved in the treatment. Thereupon, hair loss reduces and thicker, stronger hair is produced.
By performing dry cupping on the scalp, the suction can help open the follicles and promote blood circulation to help maintain the hair. This theory only applies to follicles that are still alive. Wet cupping on the head can also be effective as it will get rid of many harmful toxins and pathogens that build up underneath the scalp. Individuals who wish to perform dry or wet cupping on their head must shave of their hair for easy suction.