Ayurveda identifies every condition in terms of dosha prakriti and hair fall is due to the vitiation of pitta and vata. Pitta vitiation is caused by stress consumption of yeast, meats, sugar, fast foods, alcohol, medicines, smoking and excess intake of tea and coffee. Vata vitiates due to dry food, insufficient quantity of food, excessive exercise, a cold climate and lack of sleep.
Women are naturally more worried about hair loss. Ayurveda offers effective ways to curb hair fall and hair loss by delving into basic dysfunction of the individual body.
Poor eating habits that contribute to the increase of pitta and vata in the body should be identified first. Such foods have to be replaced with healthy alternatives especially foods that increase kapha and are rich in fibre and protein.
HERBAL REMEDIES: The goal of Ayurveda is to help you adopt a balanced lifestyle. It is an effective way of hair loss management. Hair loss in women can be very trying and Ayurvedic remedies offer the best solutions.
Use chemical-free products and shampoos and conditioners because they contribute to the rise of pitta. Use water warmed to body temperature for washing your hair. If you wash your hair in very hot water, your hair loss will be accentuated. If you use any herbal products to wash your hair, make sure that the product is free of harsh chemicals like SLS(Sodium Laureate Sulfate) and is purely herbal without any additives.
Pre-treatment- Hair wash formulations:
- Take sesame seeds in the morning and drink lots of water to flush out the toxins that have accumulated in the body.
- Mix Triphala(the three myrlobarns- Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellerica and Phyllantus emblica, Ritha(Sapindus trifoliatus) and Neem(Azadhirachta indica)leaves. Boil the herbs in water. Wash your hair with this mixture.
- Boil 30gms of dried pomegranate rind in water. Use as a hair wash.
- Boil 50 gms of Kachora(Hedychium spicatum) roots in water. This too is an effective hair wash.
Treatment- Use of oils and massage:
- There are different types of medicated oils useful in treating hair fall like amla oil, brahmi oil, neelibhringadi oil etc.
– 30 gms of dried pomegranate rind boiled in water is an excellent hair wash.
- 50 gms of Kachora(Hedychium spicatum) roots boiled in water aids hair growth.
- Burn a hard shell of coconut till it reduces to ash. Filter it through a fine cloth and store in a glass bottle. Mix some amount of this ash every day with coconut oil and apply on scalp. Wash after a few hours. Regular use of this mix prevents hair fall and helps treat alopecia(hair fall in patches)
- Collect 20gms of hibiscus flowers(white), 20 gms of jasmine flowers, 20 gms of tuberose flowers and 20gms of brahmi leaves. Extract juice of all four. Add an equal quantity of gooseberry juice(Amla- Phyllantus emblica). Mix this with an equal quantity of virgin coconut oil and boil over a low flame till the succulent evaporates and only oil remains. Filter and store in a clean glass bottle. Massage your scalp with this oil and retain overnight. Do not your hair next day. Wash your hair on third day with any herbal home made shampoo as detailed below:
- Soak 20gms of fenugreek seeds and 30gm of curry leaves in water overnight. Next morning grind the mixture to a fine paste. Apply the paste to the roots of your hair. Wash your hair after 30 minutes. Regular application prevents hair loss.
- Boil 50gms of curry leaves and 50gms of drumstick leaves in 60ml of coconut oil till it reduces to a black residue. Regular application of this grease helps prevent hair loss and promotes growth.
Other Ayurveda therapies that require medical counseling and supervision:
- Nasya and nasal errhines is a panchakarma treatment that helps to treat alopecia and assists hair growth.
- A full purification in terms of Vamana, Virechana and Basti as part of Panchakarma also keeps the metabolism fire good and promotes youthfulness.
- Certain Ayurveda preparations like Lohasava, Kasis Bhasma, Ashwagandharishta, Bhringrajasava help.
- After washing, rinse hair in water in which neem leaves have been boiled. Such neem water helps to clean the scalp and promotes growth of follicles.
- Avoid excessive intake of green chillies, brinjal, curd, peas, peanuts and bakery products.
- Use salt sparingly
- Eat more pulpy vegetables(gourds etc) than leafy vegetables.
- Use fresh spices for seasoning.
- Stay away from ready made garam masalas or other spices or other spices. Do not use processed spices that are more than three months old.
Written By: Dr. G G Gangadharan