According to traditional Chinese medicine, the head is one area where all your ill health originates. It is the converging point of all your energy, and is known as the point where all the meridians of your body have a direct or indirect connection. So combing therapy is not only good for your body, it is also great for your hair!
Location of acupoints
Traditional Chinese medicine regards the head as the place where the energy channels intersect and connect with those of the entire body, and it is where many acupoints are located. Proper stimulation of these acupoints by combing can improve the function of your brain and that of your whole body.
Combing your hair has the ability to energize your body and to help your mind relax. This is one of the reasons why it is recommended that you comb your hair before you go to bed. Choose a wooden comb or stiff brush, and stroke your hair from the forehead through the crown to the hindbrain. Start with gentle movements and gradually increase the force. Repeat this for 10-15 minutes until the scalp feels warm.
Nourishes the hair
A majority of the blood vessels that supply your scalp are present at the back of your head. This is also the point that supplies your scalp with a fresh blood supply and nutrients. Combing in this area stimulates the capillaries, increases blood circulation in the scalp, and transports oxygen and nutrients to the hair stem.
Combing also helps in the proper distribution of oils present on your scalp. This helps your hair get the natural nourishment it requires to grow. This oil adds a beautiful shine to your hair and is your body’s natural mechanism to fight off infections.
In addition to combing the hair in the morning and evening, you can make it part of your daily routine during downtime. The rhythmic motion and sensation on your scalp can help to calm you down during the day and reduce your chances of a tension headache.
Things to remember
Move your body forward and backward when combing your hair; do not be rigid. It is enough for the teeth of the comb to gently touch the scalp. Use the force evenly, but not too much when combing oily hair, as it will stimulate the production of more oil. Also, remember to clean your comb every couple of days.
Translation by Mona Soong