What is Dandruff?
When most people think of dandruff, they probably think of people fretting over their inability to wear a black shirt for fear of flakes snowing all over their shoulders. In fact, everyone has dandruff, for dandruff is simply the dead skin that sheds from the scalp. There are some people, however, whose scalps undergo especially severe flaking. Severe cases of dandruff are typically the result of dry skin or a deficiency in certain nutrients. Dandruff tends to be at its worst when the air is dry, which is typically during the fall and winter.

How can I treat Dandruff?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers excessive dandruff to be a result of insufficient blood being available to moisten the skin, an unhealthy condition of the lungs, and excessive heat in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine therefore seeks to address the underlying causes of why some or all of these factors have created imbalances in the body, and it is typically revealed that the dandruff sufferer has consumed too much alcohol, coffee, and spicy, deep-fried, and greasy foods. The diet that nourishes the blood consists of fresh green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. Topical remedies for dandruff include massaging aloe gel directly from the leaf onto the scalp once a day for a month, as well as soaking one’s head and scalp in a mild green tea. Regular exercise helps to maintain circulation of blood in the scalp.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Dandruff?
As noted above, it is important for a dandruff sufferer to refrain from consuming greasy and fatty foods, alcohol, coffee, chemicals and food additives. It is also best to avoid stress and overwork.

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