Hair Loss Prevention Through Ayurveda

Hair Loss Prevention Through Ayurveda

Hair loss is​ experienced by all of​ us at​ one or​ the​ other time. to​ know the​ causes of​ hair fall,​ it​ is​ very essential to​ know the​ structure of​ hair and its normal growth cycle.

Structure of​ hair

The hair on​ our scalp can be divided into two parts,​ the​ root and shaft. the​ root part of​ hair is​ in​ the​ skin (epidermis) of​ scalp. the​ hair root is​ surrounded by a​ pouch like structure called follicle. the​ base of​ hair root is​ in​ the​ shape of​ a​ bulb. This bulb is​ indented by capillaries and nerve fibers. the​ cells in​ the​ center of​ bulb divide. the​ newly divided hair cells push the​ previous cells up. the​ cells which move upwards die slowly forming hard hair shaft.

the​ hair shaft has three layers the​ cuticle,​ medulla and cortex.

Cuticle is​ the​ outer layers and protects the​ inner layers. it​ is​ transparent. Healthy cuticle gives a​ shiny appearance for​ hair and unhealthy cuticle gives lifeless look

Medulla is​ the​ innermost layer composed of​ large cells.

Cortex is​ the​ layer between cuticle and medulla. This contains pigment and keratin. Cortex determines the​ bulk and strength of​ hair.

the​ hair follicle contains oil secreting glands which make the​ hair shiny .Stress and illness diminish secretion of​ oil and pigments causing graying of​ hair.

According to​ Ayurveda the​ hair is​ considered as​ a​ tissue which uses the​ same nutrients of​ bone and considered as​ a​ tissue which is​ formed as​ bi-product of​ bone tissue.

Normal cycle of​ hair growth.

About 10 % of​ the​ hair on​ the​ scalp is​ in​ a​ resting phase at​ any given time. the​ resting hair falls after 2 to​ 3 months and new hair starts growing in​ its place. the​ growing phase continues for​ 2.25 to​ 6 yrs. During this phase each hair grows approximately 1 cm per month. at​ any given time about 90% of​ the​ hair on​ scalp will be in​ growing phase.

Few strands of​ hair fall as​ the​ part of​ normal hair growth cycle. But some people may experience excessive hair fall which is​ more than normal cycle. Excessive hair loss can affect men,​ women and children.

Causes of​ hair loss

1. Hormonal imbalance in​ men and women: in​ men high concentration of​ dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in​ hair follicles causes hair fall. in​ women hormonal imbalances during pregnancy and after delivery cause hair fall.

2. High amount of​ sebum in​ scalp clogs pores of​ scalp and prevent nutrition to​ hair follicle.

3. Inadequate nutrition causes hair fall.

4. Stress,​ worry,​ lack of​ sleep,​ worry and anxiety cause hair fall

5. Long standing diseases like typhoid,​ viral infections,​ anemia,​ surgery etc cause general debility which lead to​ hair fall

6. Some medicines used for​ gout,​ chemo therapy of​ cancer ,​ birth control pills ,​ antidepressants etc cause hair fall

7. Diseases like lupus,​ diabetes cause hair fall.

8. Tying hair tightly pulls the​ hair from follicles and cause traction alopecia.

9. Heredity also causes hair fall.

10. Dandruff or​ Fungal infection of​ scalp.

11. Accumulation of​ dirt on​ scalp causes blocking of​ pores and weakens hair roots. This leads to​ hair fall.

According to​ ayurveda the​ causes of​ hair loss are described as​ follows

1. Too much exposure to​ dust,​ sunlight,​ water and other pollutants.

2. Too much of​ sweating.

3. Irregular sleeping pattern.

4. Anxiety,​ depression,​ insomnia.

5. Unhygienic way of​ living

6. Diseases

7. Alcohol consumption.

Hair loss Remedies

1. Liberal intake of​ vitamins.

2. High protein and iron rich diet.

3. Consumption of​ raw vegetables,​ fresh fruits,​ salads,​ green leafy vegetables regularly.

4. Washing hair regularly ( twice weekly ) with suitable shampoo.

5. Using relaxing techniques to​ overcome stress,​ anxiety and sleeplessness.

6. Preventing fungal infections of​ scalp.

7. Preventing hairstyles which pull hair.

Due to​ these causes the​ tridoshas get vitiated and cause hair loss. the​ vitiated doshas affect the​ scalp skin and cause hair fall occurs. Medicated oil with the​ herbs Bhringaraja ( Eclipta Alba ),​ Amalaki ( Embelica officinalis ),​ Haritaki ( Terminalia chebula ) and Vibhitaki ( Terminalia bellirica ) is​ a​ best remedy for​ hair fall.

This article is​ copy righted. the​ author Dr.SavithaSuri is​ an​ Ayurvedic Physician and web master of​ Read more about hair care at​

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