Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Treatment for Hair Loss

Most people including you and me normally shed 50 to 100 strands of hair in a day. This is completely normal for us and doesn’t cause thinning of scalp hair. This is for the simple reason that new hair is always growing up there to take the place of the fallen. Cool isn’t it?

But this is not true or cool for a lot of us. There are many people around us who currently suffer from hair loss. This occurs when our cycle of hair growth and shedding gets disrupted. One might also suffer from hair loss when the hair follicle gets destroyed and then gets replaced with scar tissue.

Causes of Hair Loss

Family History or Heredity

This is the most common cause of hair loss. The condition is called male-pattern baldness in case of men or female-pattern baldness in case of women. It occurs gradually and mostly in predictable patterns. Main symptoms are a receding hairline and visible bald spots in men and unusually thinning hair in women.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes and imbalances in the body may cause temporary hair loss. After pregnancy hair loss is common. It may also occur on or after childbirth or during or at the onset of menopause. Our hormone levels are also majorly affected by the thyroid gland.

Patchy Hair Loss

This is called alopecia areata and is a type of non-scarring hair loss which occurs when our immune system attacks hair follicles. This results in sudden hair loss leaving behind smooth, round bald patches on your skin.

Scalp Infections

Ringworm infection can invade your hair and scalp skin which leads to scaly patches and hair loss.

Hair-Pulling Disorder

This condition is called trichotillomania in medical terms and causes people to pull out their hair.

Medications

Hair loss may also be a result of drugs or medications used for:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Birth control
  • Intake of too much vitamin A causes hair loss too

Other Causes of Hair Loss

  • Radiation therapy to the head
  • A trigger event such as a physical or emotional shock results in temporary hair loss
  • Certain hairstyles and treatments. Excessive hairstyling or exposure to chemicals, hair colours and cosmetic products also damage your hair. This can also cause inflammation and scarring which may result in permanent hair loss.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Loss

Ayurveda is a very safe and effective way to cure hair loss. As per Ayurveda, hair loss occurs due to excess of Pitta dosha in our body.

Herbs for Hair Loss

There are a number of Ayurvedic herbs whose oils and extracts treat hair fall completely:-

  • Aloe Vera
  • Bhringaraaja oil (Eclipta prostrata)
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
  • Brahmi (Centella asiatica)
  • Ritha (Sapindus mukorossi)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Methi (Fenugreek seeds)
  • Margosa (Neem)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Banyan tree

Ayurvedic Medicines for Hair Loss

  • Thikthakam Kashayam
  • Narasimha rasayanam
  • Thikthakam ghritham
  • Chyavana prasam

Ayurvedic Oils for Hair Loss

  • Coconut oil
  • Neelibhringadi oil
  • Amla oil
  • Arnica
  • Kunthala Kanthi
  • Bhringraj
  • Rosemary Essential
  • Mustard
  • Kanjunnyadi

Panchakarma Treatment for Hair Loss

Prachanna Therapy

This therapy is used for patients where the above mentioned have failed to deliver favourable results. Ayurveda explains hair fall as one among the Kapalagata Rogas. Some people experience less hair loss while some many suffer from drastic hair loss making this essentially cosmetic disorder a psychological one.

Thus, enter Prachana karma. This is one of the types of rakta mokshana procedures carried on in Ayurveda. In this treatment surgical instruments are used to make multiple punctures or cuts on the scalp so that the vitiated blood oozes out and the dosha can be balanced. This procedure is performed and recommended only for those patients who are strong enough to bear the treatment. As the diseased blood oozes out from the affected area, the doshas are expelled out of the body and the disease is cured.

All diseases in our body that are due to vitiated blood, such as localized skin diseases, glandular enlargement, itching, skin inflammation and redness of skin disorders and edema also get cured.

Although you would say that various other treatments are available to treat hair fall such as topical hair and scalp preparation, also hair transplant surgeries which are very common these days. There is one major drawback to these surgeries that they cause permanent tissue atrophy and denaturing of cellular elements. Prachanna Karma on the other hand is counted as one among the Shastrakrita Raktamokshanas which is free of such side effects and post surgery traumas. The multiple small incisions made here work to detoxify the impure blood and facilitate re-growth and treatment of hair fall. It further helps strengthen the weakened hair roots, rescues damaged hairs, prevents hairline from receding, and stimulates and nourishes the hair follicles. This initiates hair growth with absolutely no risk of irritation and allergies.

Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma center in Chandigarh is the leading and only Ayurvedic destination in North India offering Prachana treatment to its patients. You can check the success stories of Chandigarh Ayurveda at their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/chandigarhayurved

Herbal Remedies for Ayurvedic Treatment of Baldness, Hair Loss

Baldness or hair loss is a condition in which no new growth of the hair are seen on the scalp or there is excessive hair loss. These problems are mostly related to ageing and can be seen in men, women and children at any point of the age.

CAUSES

Some of the reasons for hair loss and greying of hair are:

  • Consumption of Unhealthy food
  • Living in unhygienic conditions
  • Consumption of alcohol and caffeine
  • Due to physical or emotional stress
  • Burns
  • Fever
  • Depression
  • Hormonal changes
  • Exposure to certain medications such as antidepressants, blood thinning medicines etc
  • Fungal infection
  • Due to deficiency of iron, copper, iodine and vitamin B
  • Not cleaning the scalp regularly or using very hot water while washing hair
  • Regular usage of hair dyes
  • Hereditary factors also play a major role in the hair loss and premature hair greying

SYMPTOMS

  • Loss of hair or hair fall
  • Graying of hair
  • Brittle hair
  • Headache
  • Thinning of hair
  • Appearing of large amounts of hair in combs

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

According to Ayurveda, hair fall and premature graying of hair can be compared with khalitya and palitya. These are mainly caused due to vitiation of the pitta dosha. Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty and fermented foods aggravate the pitta dosha in the body. The aggravated pitta then accumulates in the skin of the scalp leading to hair fall and premature graying. However vata and kapha dosha are also responsible for causing this condition, but this is mainly caused due to the vitiated pitta dosha.

Ayurveda also believes that rasa dhatu is responsible for healthy hair. When the rasa dhatu is not formed properly, it leads to white hair.

Panchkarma therapies that can be done in this case are:

  • Nasya
  • Shirodhara
  • Shiroabhyanga
  • Virechan
  • Prachanna, where in lepa is applied over the scalp after piercing the area with the needle. This promotes the hair growth.

Single herbs beneficial in hair loss and premature graying of hair are:

  • Reetha
  • Shikakai
  • Amla
  • Bhringraj
  • Yashtimadhu
  • Aloe vera
  • Guduchi
  • Manjishtha
  • Neem

Ayurvedic formulations for this condition are:

  • Bhringamalaki tailam
  • Bhringraj tailam
  • Neeli bhringadi oil
  • Kesharanjani oil
  • Yakrit Vati
  • Aarogyavardhini Vati
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Amla juice
  • Royal look Shampoo

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Increase the intake of green leafy vegetables, milk, fruits and sprouts in your diet.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol.
  • Vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum and alfalfa is good for the growth of hair.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, meat and fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour and acidic foods.
  • Practice Kapalbhati to arrest the graying of hair
  • Use organic and herbal products to keep your hair healthy and natural.
  • Avoid refined foods, junk food and carbonated beverages.
  • Practice Prasanna Mudra(keep hand near the chest. Rub the nails of the eight fingers against each other for 5 to 10 minutes every day. The thumbs should be straight. This slows down the hair loss and reduces gray hair.
  • Practice Mandukasana. This is highly beneficial for preventing premature graying of hair.
  • Massage your head on a regular basis to prevent hair loss and premature graying.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Cut, deseed and crush 4-5 Indian gooseberries to a paste. Apply this paste on the scalp and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Then wash hair with normal water.
  • Take 7-8 crushed curry leaves and add three tablespoons of coconut oil to it. Heat this mixture for 5-7 minutes. Strain the mixture and massage on scalp when lukewarm.
  • Take one teaspoon of lemon juice and add two teaspoon of almond oil. Mix well and massage with this on the scalp.
  • Eat a handful of white sesame with jaggery as they contain sufficient amount of magnesium and calcium that are highly essential for the growth of your hair.
  • Apply a paste made from two teaspoons of henna powder, one teaspoon curd, one teaspoon fenugreek seed powder, one tablespoon coffee, two tablespoons mint and tulsi juice. Apply this paste over the scalp for atleast two hours. Then wash off the hair with the herbal shampoo.

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