Author: Dr Ranjeet Singh
Loss of hair at a very tender age has become a common disorder these days. It causes a great deal of concern to persons affected by loss of hair, especially Indian woman who regard good hair growth, with thick, long hair as a sign of beauty. A certain amount of hair loss is considered normal, as old stands are replaced by new. When hair loss is excessive, a special care must be taken.
Growing of hair?
Hair is formed in minute pockets in the skin, called follicles. An up growth at the base of the follicle, called the papilla, actually produces hair, when a special group of cells turn amino acids into keratin, a type of protein of which hair is made. The rate of production of these protein “building block” determines hair growth. The average growth rate is about 1.2 cm per month, growing faster on women between ages 15 to 30.
What Ayurveda Says?
According to Ayurveda, early hair loss is after related to body type and the balance of doshas. Pitta individuals, and those who have excess pitta in their system are more likely than the other body types to lose their hair early in life,or find that their hair becomes prematurely early thin or grey. Excess pitta in the sebaceous gland, at the root of the hair, or folliculitis can make the person start losing hair.
What factors causes hair loss?
The most important cause of hair loss is inadequate nutrition. Even a partial lack of almost any nutrients may cause hair to fall. Persons lacking vitamins- B6, lose their hair and those deficiency in folic acid after becomes completely baldness. But the hair grows normally after the liberal intake of these vitamins.
Besides, above mentioned causes, some of the Other factors of the hair fall includes:
- Stress and tension that lightens the scalp and reduces circulation
- Hormonal changes in the pregnancy and menopause
- Thyroid imbalance, diabetes or lupus
- Medications especially diet pills
- Shock processing with perms and dyes
- Genetic tendencies
- Chemotherapy for cancer
- Illness and or allergies
Management of falling of hair
The healthy condition of the hair depends, to a very large extent, on the intake of sufficient amounts of essential nutrients in the daily diet. Hair is made of protein and adequate protein is necessary for luxuriant hair. Women require 60 grams, men 80-90, adolescence boys and girls 80-100 grams of protein. It is supplied by milk, buttermilk, yogurt, soyabean, eggs, cheese, meat and fish. Lack of vitamin A may cause the hair to be coarse and ugly. A deficiency of some of the vitamins, of iron, Copper and Iodine may cause hair disorders like falling of hair and premature greying.
Persons with the tendency to lose hair should thus take a well balanced and correct diet, made up of food which in combination should supplied all the essential nutrients. It has been found that a diet which contains liberal quantities of (1) seeds, nuts, and grains,(2) vegetables and(3) fruits would provide adequate amounts of all the essential nutrients. Each food group should roughly form the bulk of one of the three principal meals. These foods should however, be supplemented with certain special foods such as milk, vegetable oils , honey ,wheat germ,yeast and liver.
1. Several home remedies have been found useful in the prevention and treatment of the loss of hair, the most effective among these remedy is a vigorous rubbing of the scalp with fingers after washing the hair with cold water. Scalp should be rubbed vigorously till it is start to tingle with the heat. It will activate the sebaceous glands and energize the circulation of blood in the affected area, making the hair grow healthy.
2. Amla oil prepared by boiling dry pieces of Amla in coconut oil is considered a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth. A mixture of equal quantity of fresh Amla juice and lime juice as a shampoo is stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
3. To pacify pitta- Rub some coconut oil on your scalp and on the soles of your feet at bedtime. Wear some old socks and to preserve the health of your pillow, wear a loose woolen cap or cover the pillow with a towel so it won’t get damaged by the oil.
4. Another useful remedy for patchy loss of hair is the paste of liquorice (mulethi) made by grinding the pieces in milk with a pinch of saffron. This paste should be applied over the bald patches in the night before going to bed.
5. In new Mexico a plant called Yerba de la Negrita is used. Its action is to soften the sebum that is often dry, binding the hair roots. Once the roots are clear and healthy, the hair is free to grow. This is new Mexico Aryurveda.