10 Ayurveda Ways to Prevent Hair Fall

10 Ayurveda Ways to Prevent Hair Fall

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 16 Feb 2016 - 09:59


Hair loss is one of the most stressful problems faced by both men and women in the present day. Baldness and thinning of hair are the most commonly discussed topics these days. According to Ayurveda Medicine, the cause of hair fall is attributed to many reasons including poor diet, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance, clogging of pores on the scalp, heredity, stress, dandruff, alcohol and also health disorders such as diabetes, thyroid, viral and fungal infections.

Though there are several hair loss treatments ranging from expensive hair transplant treatments, therapies, drugs and shampoos, the skepticism about bringing back those tresses back on your pate, still prevails among many individuals.

However, Ayurveda’s modern research and its natural hair fall therapies show promise and are safer, gentler and effective without side effects, say experts. Ayurveda treatment takes a holistic approach to dealing with hair loss through diet, medicated herbal massage, yoga and meditation.

Ayurvedic philosophy explains excessive pitta dosha in the body, as the cause for hair loss. Things like smoking, alcohol, coffee, tea, fried, spicy and acidic food and a warm climate are the culprits for increased pitta dosha.

Some of the best herbal remedies based on tradition and modern research are:

  • Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel not only works as a hair conditioner but also prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. Regular use of aloe vera gel helps in maintaining the ph balance of the hair. It helps open up the blocked pores of the scalp and promotes the growth of hair follicles. However, this herb seems to be more effective when mixed with coconut milk.  Aloe vera gel contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which is known for its ability to calm irritated skin.
    Other contents of aloe vera include anthraquinones, anthrones, mannans and lectins. You just have to extract aloe vera gel from the plant and directly apply on the scalp and leave it for at least 2 hrs before rinsing. Apart from applying the gel on the scalp, one can also use aloe vera shampoos that are available on the market.
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Oil: Indian gooseberry or amla has good amount of vitamin C and fatty acids and is used extensively in Ayurvedic therapeutic medicine. It helps keep hair follicles strong and nourishes the hair.
    Ayurveda hair fall treatment with gooseberries: To 200 gms of the fresh fruit (with seeds removed) mixed with 500 ml of coconut oil, stored in an airtight glass jar and kept in the sun for about 2 weeks, or until the oil turns black in color – this oil when used for hair is known to give good results . However, if fresh fruit is not available, Amla powder can also be used to mix with coconut oil. Both ways this is a good remedy for hair fall problem.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary is another excellent herb that has been used as an effective remedy for centuries to prevent hair fall. It is widely suggested by natural health-practitioners for stimulating hair growth. This herb not only prevents hair loss but also detoxifies the scalp, stimulates hair growth and rejuvenates hair pigmentation. Rosemary works best when combined with olive oil. 
    According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, rosemary applied to the scalp can boost new cell growth due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound called rosmarinic acid. This major constituent diminishes the production of leukotriene B4, an inflammatory chemical produced in the body which may lead to hair loss. Moreover, rosmarinic acid is antiviral and antibiotic, and helps disinfect the scalp and replenish bald patches.
  • Bhringaraaja: Bhringaraaja, known as the king of herbs and hair, is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs to control hair fall. It is called the king because of its power to reverse baldness and also prevent graying of hair. It can be taken both internally and applied to the scalp externally too. The Bhringaraaja leaf paste prepared by mixing, dried leaf powder with warm water can be applied to the scalp to promote hair growth and strengthening hair follicles. The paste may be left on the scalp for about 30-40 minutes and washed off with clean water.
  • Methi: Methi also known as the miracle herb is one of the perfect ayurvedic remedy for hair loss. This herb is available in almost all households. Roasted methi seeds made into a fine paste with water, applied to your hair and scalp and left for about 20 minutes, later washed with cold water helps strengthen the hair roots. Alternatively you can infuse methi seeds with coconut oil, which will give you double benefits of both methi and coconut oil. One tablespoon of coconut oil with 2 teaspoons of methi seeds boiled and cooled (brownish red colored) can be applied at night to massage your scalp, helps hair roots become stronger and stops hair fall. It also helps cure dandruff and itchy scalp.
  • Olive oil: Oleic acid is an active component present in olive oil that helps in treating with hair issues such as split ends, dandruff and weak scalp. It contains good amount of antioxidants and vitamin E that provides adequate nourishment to the scalp. DTH (Dihydrotestosterone) is a hormone that is responsible for acute hair loss. This hormone directly affects the health of hair follicles. However, regular use of olive oil forbids this damaging effect of the DTH hormone and thereby controls hair fall. It acts as natural disinfectant, improves blood circulation of the scalp and adds volume to the hair. Olive oil mixed with tea tree oil and blended well can be heated and applied three times a week for best results.
  • Lavender: Lavender is another powerful herb that helps in boosting hair growth and alleviating baldness. It helps in soothing as well as healing the skin irritations and infections on the scalp due to its antibacterial effect. Regular use of lavender hair oil will help in preventing hair loss and will also help in hair re-growth. This oil will keep you free from stress, tensions, depression and insomnia, all which are the key culprits for hair loss.However, if you are seeking quick results for baldness, then you will have to use a mixture of other herbs as well; 10 drops of rosemary oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of basil oil as well as 4 drops of jojoba oil on your scalp regularly.
  • Green Tea:Green tea includes major constituents like polyphenols, carotenoids, tocopherol, Vitamin C, zinc, selenium, manganese, chromium, vitamin C, tocopherol (Vitamin E), carotenoids (Vitamin A), zinc and selenium are which are known to forbid, stop and reverse hair loss. Green tea is thought to be a powerhouse when it comes to block DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which leads to hair loss. Green tea can be consumed as tea or in the form of pills that contain this ingredient.  

For hair growth, Ayurveda encourages following a diet rich in vegetables and fruits and restricts excess consumption of meat, fried and spicy food and alcohol or other packaged beverages.





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