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Jul 24, 2011

Prevent Hair Loss and Balding

Hair loss, alopecia, thinning of hair and balding are some of the common hair problems. Many of us suffer from these ailments due to our modern lifestyle and diet. Ayurveda can be very beneficial in treating these conditions as it investigates the root cause of the problem. First understand the ayurveda body types and then the causes for these hair conditions:

• Excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the chief cause of hair problems. Pitta is increased by excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. Pitta is also aggravated by eating too much fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods.

• Intake of too many chemical medicines, low blood circulation, anemia, general weakness after disease, stress, anxiety, and mental tension are also prime causes of hair loss.

• Chronic diseases like typhoid fever, presence of dandruff or lice and hormonal imbalance also cause hair loss.


So watch out carefully for these reasons! You may be overdoing one of them, and thus losing your beautiful hair.

Hair Loss Causes
There are many things that aggravate the problem of hair loss. The major ones are:

• Stress is the root cause of any problem and the hair loss problem is also associated with stress.
• Severe or prolonged illness of about 2 to 3 months. Any major surgery also leads to hair loss.
• Hair loss also occurs because of disbalance in harmones. Like overactive or underactive thyroid glands leads to hair fall. If any male or female harmones such as androgens or estrogens are out of balance the the hair fall occurs.
• Baby's delivery in mother also leads to hair loss.
• Intake of strong medicines causes hair loss.
• Major hair loss occurs because of some fungal infection and diabetes.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Loss
As per ayurvedic hair loss treatment, hair are considered as a byproduct for bone formation. So the tissues from which the bones are formed causes the growth of your hair. People who have straight and blonde hair will face the hair loss problem more than others. Also graying of hair in these people will be sooner than the people having thick and coarse hair.

In ayurvedic hair loss treatment different things like herbs, yoga, meditation, yoga, balanced diet, and oil massage are combined to give the positive result.
• The first step is to locate the root cause in your diet or lifestyle that may be increasing the Pitta dosha. Once you locate it, try to give up or at least reduce the diet, habit, or activity responsible for increasing Pitta.

• The person should maintain a regular bowel movement everyday. In case of constipation, a mild natural laxative can be taken. Triphala, an Ayurvedic herbal powder, is also useful.

• Regular physical exercise is very beneficial as it helps in balancing the aggravated doshas.

Massage for Ayurveda Hair Loss Treatment
• Always use a natural shampoo or soap to clean the hair. As most soaps and shampoos have chemicals, they might be the cause of your problem. Usually the chemicals have a heating effect, and increase Pitta locally. Amala (embilica officinalis), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) are very commonly used in India for washing the hair.

• Oiling and massaging of scalp is very beneficial for stopping the hair loss. Use coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times in a week. Certain medicated oils like 'Mahabhringraj oil', 'Amala oil', and 'Arnica oil' are very useful. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently in the roots of the hair.
• Rub your scalp vigorously after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands. Take the oil that contains vitamin E. Vitamin E prevents the hair fall and reduces the brittleness of hair and also cure the dry and flaky skin.
• Daily application of coconut oil mixed with lime juice on the hair is also beneficial. Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good.
• Washing the hair with a paste of cooked Urad dal (black beans) and fenugreek (methi) 2-3 times a week, is also good.
• A paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk can be applied in the bald patches. It induces hair growth. A paste of seeds of lemon and black pepper may also be applied on the bald patches.
Food and Home Remedies for Ayurveda Hair Loss Treatment
• The diet should contain more green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soybean and vitamin A.
• Every morning eat white sesame seeds as these have plenty of magnesium and calcium that are essential for the growth of hair.
• Daily eat curd.
• A special Ayurvedic preparation made from Bhringraj (Eclipta elba), Amala, corals, iron and black sesame seeds is very useful, and even stops the graying of hair.
• A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of alfalfa mixed with that of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take.
• Drink 1/3rd cup of aloe vera juice daily. You can also take 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel with a pinch of cumin. Take it thrice a day for 2-3 months to control hair loss.
Herbs for Ayurveda Hair Loss Treatment
• Take apple cider vinegar and sage tea to rinse your hair. This induces the growth of hair.
• If your hair are dry then consume burdock and marshmallow tea.
• Massage your scalp regularly with horsetail.
These remedies are worth trying and will solve your hair problems.

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