Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ayurvedic Remedies for Hair Loss

People around the world have realised that conventional medicine with its chemical formulations does not have a comprehensive cure for hair loss. On the contrary, alternate therapy in the form of Ayurveda has come forth as an effective and safer medium for treating hair fall among women.

Ayurveda approach to treating hair loss, Ayurveda seeks to cure hair loss in a more holistic manner. Metabolic disturbances among various biochemicals in the body, including hormones, which lead to hair loss, are corrected.

Reasons of hair fall:

Ayurveda believes that the bodily constitution of an individual and genetic traits tend to affect the quality of hair and initiation of hair loss. The most common of hair fall causes found among women are nutritional deficiencies and hormonal problems. Sometimes, hair loss occurs due to a chronic illness or taking strong medications like steroids.

The concept of Pitta:

Ayurveda preaches that the Pitta (a type of bodily constitution) in an individual is often increased by the dietary choices. For instance, excessive consumption of hot, soury, salty and spicy food along with excessive intake of beverages like tea and coffee contribute towards hair loss by fueling the Pitta,  according to Ayurvedic principles. A Pitta constitution means a robust digestive system and a lot of bodily heat that should be controlled.

Ayurveda blames consuming meat and alcohol for inducing hair loss among some people. It emphasises on avoiding the intake of greasy, oily and fried foods that are heat-generating, acidic and tend to aggravate the Pitta. Thus, Ayurveda healers recommend use of cooling and balancing herbs like Asparagus and foods like Karela, for the Pitta problem.

Ayurvedic tonics and dietary recommendations:

Some general Ayurvedic tonics are usually recommended for impairing the progression of hair loss. This includes Chyavana prasam and Narasimha rasayanam. Ayurveda recommends a diet rich in iron and protein for women suffering from hair loss. This should be supported with daily intake of green leafy veggies, fresh fruits and some raw vegetables.

Ayurvedic cleaning, massaging of scalp and hair:

Hair should not be cleaned with chemical formulations usually found in popular shampoos. Ayurveda recommends using natural compounds like Amla and Shikakai for washing the hair. This should be supported with regular massaging of the head with natural oils. This includes coconut oil and Amla hair oil.
Sometimes, medicated oils are recommended that are usually mixed with coconut oil. This includes oils like Kunthala and Neelibhringadi oil. Such oils help to strengthen the roots of the scalp hair, preventing further loss of hair. Massaging with warm ayurvedic oils helps to raise the blood circulation which is useful for stimulating hair growth among the dead or dormant hair follicles.

Body cleansing to arrest hair fall:

Ayurveda recommends that bowel movement should be regular to ensure that toxins are not retained within the body. Hormonal leftovers within the toxins are often responsible for inducing hair loss. Thus, bowel cleansers are commonly recommended. Among these, Triphala is among the most recommended of ayurvedic herbs.

Some easy Ayurvedic solutions:
  • Apply a paste of coriander leaves for alleviating itchiness and dryness of the scalp.
  • Use a paste of methi and cooked, green grams on the scalp—two times a week.
  • Methi or fenugreek seeds should be soaked in coconut oil and kept in a glass container, in a sun lit area. Allow the concoction to gain potency over a period of about five days and then apply it directly to the scalp.
  • Exercise regularly for balancing the bodily constitution.
  • For stimulating hair growth, drink a combination of spinach, carrot and lettuce juice.

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