Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Is there a natural way to treat dandruff?
A: Seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as dandruff, has many causes, including hormonal imbalances and a fungal organism known as malassezia. I suggest you rule out the fungal infection first, because that is the easiest to deal with. Otherwise, I suggest a hypoallergenic shampoo and wash that does not overly dry the scalp. Herba Artemisiae Annuae can be found in preparations for using on the scalp and has shown effectiveness in treating dandruff and related symptoms. I recommend contacting a licensed practitioner to determine the most suitable course of action.