When it comes to hair loss, many people turn to medication or simply think hair fall is something they have to accept in life.
Ayurveda offers all-natural solutions to help regrow hair naturally, while seeking to find or maintain balance between a person’s physical, mental and spiritual aspects. Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to healing. When the body’s delicate balance is upset, disease and other health problems arise, including hair loss.
Unexplained or excessive hair fall is considered a problem of excess pitta dosha, linked to fire. Think inflammation in the body. So creating an optimal environment for the body to regrow hair naturally is first and foremost linked to diet and the stability of your physical-mental state, including balancing pitta dosha.
Try the following Ayurvedic hair loss treatments to effectively regrow hair and prevent additional hair fall:
Diet: Ayurveda encourages a healthy diet to combat diseases and ailments and the same applies to hair loss. Reducing heat, or inflammation, is the first step to bringing pitta dosha back into balance. You need to identify and correct the bad eating habits causing excess pitta in your body. Common inflammatory foods include tea, coffee, alcohol and meats. Opt for raw vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, and green leafy vegetables instead to regularly to calm the pitta fire and promote good bowel movement. It’s also best to limit or avoid fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour and acidic foods and excess indulgence in alcohol, cigarettes and other intoxicants.
Detox drinks: Drink plenty of water. It flushes out the toxins that have accumulated in your body. Or make a nutrient-rich drink of carrot, alfalfa, lettuce and spinach for promoting hair growth.
Hair care: Use a natural shampoo and limit products with harsh chemicals. Rub your scalp vigorously to increase circulation and activate the sebaceous glands. Avoid hairstyles which pull the hair and cause breakage and damage. To induce hair growth, try a paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk, or a paste of the seeds of lemon and black pepper, and apply on the bald patches.
Nutritional support: Aloe vera juice, sesame seeds, yogurt and green, leafy vegetables and fruit, both rich in fiber, are trusted remedies. Vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, zinc, sulphur and some fatty acids help make the roots and hair shaft strong. You can up your intake of these nutrients through supplements or foods such as sprouts, yeast, buttermilk, nuts, milk, soy beans and whole grains.
Herbal remedies: There are many Ayurvedic herbs recommended for hair loss, including Bhringaraaja, Brahmi, Amla, Neem, Ritha and Ashwagandha. They are available at Indian grocery stores, some health food stores and online retailers. ELANVEDA’s Healthy Hair combines Amalaki, Brahmi, Vishnukratha, Jatamansi, and Bhringraj to support your body’s natural ability to grow vibrant, thicker hair.
Medicated massage: Applying hair packs made of natural ingredients and rubbing oils on the scalp help regrow hair, according to Ayurvedic principles. A hot oil massage using coconut, almond or Brahmi oil helps improve circulation and rejuvenates hair follicles, allowing for better blood circulation to the roots. Medicated Ayurvedic oils such as Mahabhringraj oil, Amla oil and Arnica oil are recommended for hair growth. Honey and apple cider vinegar, more affordable and common household products, are other effective home remedies to stimulate hair restoration. They can be applied directly to hair or ingested with water and lemon to help alkalize the body and reduce acidity.
Yoga and meditation: Keeping the body in balance is a key principle of Ayurveda and part of the prescription for natural hair restoration. This includes sleeping at least eight hours, a plan for stress management and regular exercise. Inverted yoga asanas such as Sarvangasana and headstands reverse the gravity on the body and stimulate blood flow to the head. A regular meditation practice, along with deep breathing and gentle exercises, will help control stress, anxiety and keep your mind balanced.