Losing your hair can take its toll emotionally. It’s distressing and embarrassing, for both men and women, affecting your self-esteem
Once it starts, it seems as though there’s no outcome but eventual baldness. However, Ayurveda can significantly reduce and even stop hair loss if treatment is started during the early stages of the condition.
Ayurveda focuses on the idea that hair loss can be triggered by instability in your mind-body structure, along with a problem with your pitta dosha (the governing force of metabolism and transformation).
Treatment includes a combination of diet, herbs, massage, yoga and meditation.
Ayurveda suggests that bad eating habits cause pitta to increase in your body, causing hair loss. Too much alcohol, greasy foods, tea and coffee, meat and smoking all contribute to a poor diet.
Try incorporating foods that promote hair growth and reduce hair fall, such as spinach, carrot, lettuce and alfalfa juices, aloe vera, sesame seeds, yoghurt, green leafy vegetables, and fruits. Increasing your daily water intake will do wonders, as will eating sprouts, nuts, milk and whole grains, which are examples of foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, sulphur and zinc.
Yoga and meditation
Yoga is well-practiced by Ayurvedics, and inverted asanas like Sarvangasana are ideal for treating hair loss. Since this type of yoga reverses gravity on the body, blood flow to the head is stimulated. Asanas such as this should not be practiced without expert guidance, so only do under instruction from a qualified and experienced yoga professional.
Deep breathing is also essential for keeping stress under control and balancing your mind.
Head massage is fantastic for stimulating hair growth. This action, combined with the effectiveness of a number of beneficial oils, can promote new hair to grow. Coconut, amla, brahmi, arnica and mustard oils are all great treatments. If you don’t have or are unable to get these, honey and apple cider vinegar are also very good.
There are a number of natural ingredients that can be very beneficial in treating hair loss, with most readily available.
Amla is an Indian variety of gooseberry, loaded with vitamin C and packing a vast number of antioxidants. You can produce a treatment to apply to your hair by mixing powdered Amla with curd, henna and brahmi powder.
Bhringaraaja is widely reputed for its hair growth promoting properties, as well as being said to put a stop to premature greying. It can be taken both internally and externally in oil form and also helps you to sleep.
Ritha is ideal for washing hair with. These natural soap nuts won’t strip hair of its natural oils. Massage the powdered form into your scalp then rinse thoroughly.
Aveda have developed a system based on Ayurvedic principles that is designed to combat thinning hair.
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