Hair loss is a very common problem seen in today’s world. It can affect just the scalp or the entire body which can be temporary or permanent. Knowing the cause of hair loss is more important than its treatment. There are many causes of hair loss such as hormonal changes, heredity, some medical conditions or hair loss can occur as a normal part of ageing.
Another terminology used for hair loss is baldness which typically refers to the excessive hair loss from the scalp. Generally, hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness.
Hair loss can appear in many different ways. These are:
- Sometimes there is a gradual thinning of top of head which is the most common type of hair loss and affects people of all age groups.
- Some people lose their hair in circular or patchy bald spots on the scalp, eyebrows or beard. The skin also becomes itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
- Due to sudden physical or emotional shock, there is a sudden loosening of hair. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss is usually temporary.
- Some medical conditions and treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer can result in the loss of hair all over the body.
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What are the causes of Hair Loss?
Losing 50-100 hairs a day is normal which is usually not noticeable because new hair is growing at the same time. Hair loss occurs when new hair doesn’t replace the hair.
Hair loss is typically related to the following causes:
- Heredity (Family History): This is the most common cause of hair loss. This condition is known androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness.
- Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause or child birth in females can cause permanent or temporary hair loss. Medical conditions such as thyroid, alopecia areata also cause patchy hair loss, infections in the scalp such as ringworm etc.
- Certain Medications: Certain drugs such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout, blood pressure etc. cause hair loss.
- Certain use of chemicals: Some people use dyes, hair oils or shampoos that contain chemicals also cause hair loss.
- Stressful Events: Many people experience thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock.
How Ayurveda can help in Hair Loss?
Hair loss in Ayurveda is termed as Khalitya and it is classified under shiroroga. Hair is the sub-tissue (upa-dhatu) of Asthi (bone tissue). In some Ayurvedic texts, it is mentioned that hair is considered as mala (by product or waste derivative) of shukra dhatu (reproductive system).
According to Ayurveda, vitiation of Pitta dosha (mainly bhrajak pitta) along with the vitiation of Vata dosha leads to dislodgement or withering of hair from the hair roots. Along with this, vitiated shleshma kapha along with rakta causes the obstruction to the hair root, which results in no further hair growth.
Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss focuses on the root cause. It comprises of administration of rasayanas (rejuvenating medicines), medications that detoxifies the system, prescription of keshvardhak dravyas internally and application of natural oils, pack or powders externally. The Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss not only helps in preventing hair fall but also helps in re-growing lost hair in a natural way.
Apart from providing medical treatment for hair loss, Ayurveda also helps in controlling stress, focuses on eating a well balanced and healthy diet rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.
In this regard, food and beverages which are Madhur (sweet), lavan (salt), and Kashaya (astringent) are very essential. For the origin of hair, much nutrition is essential. Some foods that are good for hair loss are almonds, cashew nut, coconut pulp or milk, sprouted wheat or wheat germ oil.
Some herbs useful for hair fall and growth are:
- Kumari (Aloe vera)
- Narikela (Coconut pulp or milk)
- Amalaki (Indian gooseberry)
- Bhumyamalaki (Phyllanthus indica)
- Bhringraj (Eclipta alba)
- Haritaki (Emblica myrobalan)
- Sharapunkha (Tephrosia purpuria)
Some of the Home Remedies for Hair Loss are:
- Chywanprash: Chywanprash is known as Rasayana (rejuvenator) in Ayurveda. It is known for improving immunity as well as for respiratory disorders. But the primary use of Chywanprash is for Rasayana effect for the overall nourishment of body tissues. So, Chywanprash is good for hair growth especially when there is a need of Rasayana effect.
- Oiling: Oiling is very important for giving proper nourishment to the hair. One of the best oils for oiling hair is coconut oil.
- It is one of the most popular hair oils for growth as it is an excellent source for nourishing the skin. Being rich in fatty acids, it deeply penetrates the hair follicles. It also protects the hair against heat damage, and also repairs the weak and brittle hair strands.
- Coconut oil is suitable for all hair types and it is best suited for the people having dry, dull and damaged hair and for people having slow hair growth.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is famous for its soothing and healing properties. It is alkaline in nature.
- Fresh pulp of aloe vera can be applied over the scalp and hair at least twice a week for hair loss.
- It calms down the inflamed scalp and reduces dandruff as well.
- Aloe vera is also good for oily scalp.
- Onion Juice: Onion juice is known for the treatment of Alopecia areata by promoting hair growth and improving circulation.
- For applying onion juice, blend a few onions and squeeze out its juice.
- Apply the juice to the scalp and hair and leave it for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it off.
- Amla (Emblica officinalis): Amla is the most preferred ingredient for maintaining hair health.
- It contains essential fatty acids that helps in strengthening the hair follicles and provides luster to hair.
- Being the richest source of Vitamin C, potent iron and anti-oxidants, it can halt hair fall and greying of hair.
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