Hair Loss and Ayurveda
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Hair loss can affect your scalp as well as your entire body. Hair loss is the result of hormonal changes, hereditary and due to use of medications. Anyone can experience hair loss, but it is commonly observed in men.
Excessive hair loss from the scalp is referred to as baldness. Hereditary hair loss as one age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer not treating hair loss and run its course unhidden. Others often hide by different hairstyles, makeup, scarves and hats.
People with hair-fall considering treatment should talk to their doctor regarding the cause of hair loss and possible treatment options.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
Hair loss can affect a person suddenly or gradually and can just affect your scalp or your whole body. It occurs because of different reasons, some types of hair loss are permanent others are temporary.
Signs and symptoms include:
Gradual thinning on top of the head: the most common type of hair loss affecting both men and women as they age. In men, the hairline often recedes from the forehead in a way that the letter M is visible. Women usually retain the hairline but show a broadening of part of their hair.
Circular bald spots: some people observe coin-sized bald spots. This is usually seen on the scalp but sometimes also affects eyebrows and beard followed by irritation or painful before the hair falls out.
Sudden loss of hair: an emotional or physical shock can result in hair loss. A handful of hair may fall down while combing or hair wash this causes hair thinning rather than bald spots.
Full-body hair loss: chemotherapy is the leading cause of full-body hair loss. The hair grows back, usually.
Patches of scaling that spreads over the scalp: its a sign os ringworm infection. This is accompanied by broken hair, swelling and oozing at times.
Causes of Hair Loss
An average person loses about 100 hair per day, scalp thinning goes unnoticeable because new hair grows at the same time. Hair cycle occurs when there’s a disruption this cycle of shredding and growing.
Causes of hair loss include:
Family history (heredity)
Medication and supplements
Radiation therapy on the head
A very stressful event
Certain hairstyles such as pigtails.
Risk factors of Hair Loss
Risk factors of hair loss include:
Significant weight loss
Medical conditions like lupus and diabetes.
Family history of balding
Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Fall
In Ayurveda, the texture of one’s hair decides the imbalance that one has in their constitution. therefore, for treating a hair fall you should know the imbalances in your constitution.
If a person displays an imbalance in Vata, hair becomes excessively dry, frizzy and brittle.
If you display an imbalance in Pitta, you are likely to have receding hairline and hair becomes thin. The heat causes a change in hair colour. For instance, your hair might show a brownish shade, if it’s not normally brown. This can lead to grey hair and balding. Normally a person with pitta dosha has brown hair.
If you display an imbalance in Kapha, you are likely to have oily and sticky hair. This leads to blocking in the follicles of your scalp. This leads to hair fall. Normal a person with Kapha dosha has hair is thick.
Treatment of Hair Loss
There are different remedies present for treating hair loss, thorough cleansing of the head with the use of oils is also one of the treatments
‘Shiro’ refers to head and ‘Dhara’ to flow. This treatment involves pouring warm oil and massaging simultaneously. This increases blood circulation and promotes hair growth. This is considered as the most effective way.
2. Shiro Abhyanga
Here, Bringamalakadi Taila, coconut oil and til oil (sesame seed) are used to massage the head. This nourishes the roots and scalp. This prevents your scalp from getting hot and avoids grey hair and soothes your scalp.
It also nourishes your sensory organs. It supports hair follicles and nourishes nerve endings, the hormones which are released to keep you happy. This remedy works by increasing your blood circulation at the site of growth.
3. Brahmi Bringaraj Taila
This oil is made up of herbs and considered to be the most effective remedy it nourishes the root and promotes hair growth by avoiding the scalp getting dry. It helps reduce your stress and also avoids premature greying of hair.
4. Bringamalakadi Taila
This oil is made of Ayurvedic herbs that completely avoids premature greying. It not only promotes hair growth but also is considered useful in treating arthritis and back pain.
5. Shirolepa Hair Pack
Here, a paste is applied on the scalp which also helps keeps the scalp cool. This remedy for hair growth helps eliminate dandruff, repairs split ends, reduces hair fall controls frizzy hair. It is also considered to be useful in the treatment of multiple ailments like migraines, insomnia and headaches, improving blood circulation, it helps to eliminate the toxins from your body, and, also, helps improve your skin texture.
Hair packs can be very effective in Ayurvedic remedies for hair loss.
Soak methi or fenugreek seeds overnight in the rice water. Grind the seeds. Then, apply it to the entire scalp and wash your hair. You can, also, mix this with curd.
Make a paste of besan, lemon and add tender coconut water to make a paste.
Mix besan with amla, reetha and shikakai thoroughly.
Mix walnut and amla with curd or water to get a paste of desired consistency.
Soak amla in curd and grind it. Add reetha, shikakai, neem and fenugreek to it.
The oil known for treating various ailments is instilled through the nose. Desi ghee and Anu Tailam are usually instilled into the nose.
7. Ayursoundarya Program
This workshop was designed to help women follow healthy tips in one’s pursuit of beauty and happiness. Healthy and beautiful skin is a result of eating right and using ayurvedic products.
One may use herbs such as Aloe Vera, curry leaves, hibiscus, amla (gooseberry leaves), methi (fenugreek leaves), coconut oil and til (sesame seeds) oil for nourishing hair. They may be either applied on the head or ingested.
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