Alopecia – the scientific term for hair loss – may be a result of several different factors and understanding the cause is important from ayurveda point of view to know how to handle it.
Treating Alopecia, Hair loss with Ayurveda Herbs In Melbourne
Hair loss is mainly due to some type of damage of the hair follicles or the hair shaft. This damage may occur because the multiple reasons and body’s immune system for some unknown reason begins to attack the hair follicles.
Besides people with a genetic tendency alopecia is commonly also seen with growing age. Person on various medication such as anabolic steroids, oral contraceptives, testosterone, progesterone or chemotherapy, those suffering from thyroid problems and other conditions such as tumour of the adrenal or pituitary gland are also likely to suffer from alopecia.
If a woman shows male pattern baldness, it could be an indication that she has an excess of androgens may be because of an underlying condition such as ovarian tumour or polycystic ovarian syndrome. In some people, psychological stress, following an inadequate diet or persistent high fever due to conditions such as typhoid may also trigger hair loss.
Subjecting hair to excessive strain by very tight braiding or using hot rollers can also cause hair fall and then alopecia.
Hair loss in ayurveda is known as khalitya. Alopecia areata is considered as Indralupata in ayurvedic texts.
In Indralupta there is usual a quick hair fall in shorter duration with patch formation but in Khalitya the hair loss is gradual and generalized over the head scalp.
Ayurveda says hair is formed from the bone tissue. Thus any sort of disturbance metabolism in bone tissue can affect hair health. So ayurvedic treatment approach is to strengthen the bone tissues as well as to balance the imbalanced doshas involved in the hair loss.
Out of the three doshas present in the body, an excess of Pitta dosha is believed to be responsible for hair loss. Hair follicles have sub-type of pitta called Brajaka pitta, when it gets imbalanced with the further associations of Vata dosha, it cause excessive hair fall.
Further increased Kapha dosha mixes with blood tissue to block the hair follicle channels. Hair follicles start to degenerate and when its nutrients flow completely gets blocked to the extend that there is no new growth of hair follicle and thus leads to baldness.(1)
Therefore, anything that increases this pitta dosha in the body is said to affect hair health. Hot weather, intake of excessive sour, salty, fried, acidic and excessively spicy food; too much consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol, a non-vegetarian diet rich in red meat and smoking are some of the factors that lead to increased pitta and hence alopecia as per ayurveda.
Since Ayurveda believes hair problems to arise from deficiency in the “Asthi” or bone tissue, the traditional remedies in this system of medicine are targeted at strengthening this tissue. Several ayurvedic methods of hair loss treatment are available depending on the specific type of hair loss that is seen, and these act to bring about immunomodulation, reduce stress and promote hair growth.
This helps to reduce or balance the level of pitta. Ayurvedic practitioner generally advises the use of bitter vegetables and herbs to improve digestion. After a thorough examination of your symptoms of hair loss, an Ayurvedic doctor may also advise you to take an ayurvedic tonic such as Narasimha Rasayanam or more specific metabolism-correcting medicine such as Thikthakam kashayam, Anu Thailam, Chandanadi Oil, Neelibhringadi Oil, Triphaladi Oil etc. It will be bsed on your individual ayurvedic assessment.
Ayurveda offers few traditional tools for treating hari loss. One may be advised of one or more of these tools depending on the severeity of the condition.
Some of the important ayurvedic traditional therapy used for hair loss treatments are listed below. These localized therapies help to improve blood circulation to hair follicles and enhance the function of sebaceous glands to stimulate the growth of new hair.
Massaging your scalp and hair with coconut oil or ayurvedic medicated oils such as neelibringrajadi oil or Bringamalakadi Oil on a regular basis can help prevent this disease. Your ayurvedic doctor may also recommend that you wash your hair using herbal powders or naturally derived shampoos that that less toxic for hair.
Regular massage with ayurvedic oil may provide proper nutrition and help strengthen the hair follicles.
Sirolepa is a specialized form of Ayurvedic therapy where a herbal mask/pack is applied to the scalp for around half an hour; later, this herbal mixture is washed off. The herbs are specially chosen depending on the body constitution of the affected individual and therefore, As per traditional reference, when this treatment is continued for 21 consecutive days, there might be marked reduction in the symptoms of hair loss. (3)
This is another localised treatment in which the scalp is washed and then given an energetic massage. As a result of the massage, blood circulation to the hair follicles is stimulated, providing greater nutrition to the area and this may result in a reduction in hair loss and improve hair growth.
Nasya therapy is one of the panchakarma treatments in which herb is given through the nostrils. In ayurvedic texts nose is considered as gateway to the head, so the herbal oil used, cleanses the head channels to offer better blood circulation and oxygenation.
More over these herbs traditionally been used to balance the pitta and vata doshas in hair follicles, and nourish hair roots to prevent hair damage. Regular use of anu taila in nasya is considered beneficial in grey hair and hair fall conditions.
Dhoompana is the ancient procedure in which herbal blends are rolled into sticks, and those medicated sticks fumes are inhaled through the nostrils. This can be done as daily regime or during the Nasya therapy. It is useful in baldness, greying of hair, excessive dandruff and hair fall. .
There are some other ayurvedic therapies such as Abhyangam, Dhara or Thala pothichil, shirodhara. These therapies include some form of massage with certain herbal oils and help to improve circulation to the scalp and also reduce stress with the net effect of improving hair health.
Bhringraj (Eclipta Alba):
Bringraj has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hepato-protective properties which help in hair growth in alopecia. (4)
It is primarily meant for enhancing hair growth. It can be directly applied to the scalp as it helps in rejuvenating hair and promotes hair growth. Even those who have lost hair owing to stress and other medical reason can regain lost hair. When amla is added to bhringraj, it can help in making the perfect ayurvedic solution, which will help in getting thicker and lustrous hair.
While those who have hair issues mainly use it, it is apt for use even for those who have perfect hair growth. Using this powder will help in adding the right shine to your hair and make it look heather and prettier. It also adds shine to your hair.
Amla (Emblica officinalis):
Amla finds its place in ayurvedic herbs as one of the topmost choices because of the endless benefits, which it may offer. It contains a rich source of vitamin C and comes in handy in purifying blood and even improving your digestive capabilities. This is the reason amla helps in improving the rate of hair growth, even making them soft and thicker.
Amla’s antioxidant effects reduce the incident of premature greying or hair break. You need to take dried amla and mix it with warm water. The paste needs to be put on the scalp such that you can get thicker hair, which should emit black shine.
Regular head massage with Amla oil, which contains many essential fatty acids help to promote growth of hair by increasing the scalp blood circulation. It contributes in conditioning and strengthens the hair follicle. (5)
Amla also improve the iron metabolism. Iron is essential for red blood cell’s oxygenation. Iron deficiency leads to hair loss because of oxygen deficiency. So Amla plays an important role for normal hair growth. (6)
Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra):
Also known as liquorice, it is an important herb in the field of hairfall. It helps in increasing the rate of hair growth and can curtail the amount of hairfall that you are experiencing. It improves your overall quality of hair and is thus commonly found in a lot of herbal pills as well.
During the studies comparison between liquorice extract and Minoxidil 2% (basic western medication used for hair growth), showed that, 2% strength of liquorice extract exhibited better hair growth stimulatory action than 2% Minoxidil. (7)
In hair loss conditions that are a result of stress and anxiety, certain yoga postures can prove to be helpful in controlling this disease. Some of the generally advised postures include Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) and Vajrasana (Thunderbolt or Adamantine pose). Breathing techniques such as “Anuloma viloma” and “Kapalabhati” are also useful to refresh and energize the mind and body, taking stress away.
A person’s lifestyle can make a big difference to the quality of his or her hair health. Some tips for a healthy lifestyle to promote hair growth include:
If you wish to enquire more information on Hair fall Alopecia Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Dr Gurnam Saini (Ayurvedic Doctor)
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