What is alopecia or hair loss?
loss is a major problem these days. Any age group is affected with
this and is a problem for which people visit doctors frequently. As
hair is a major factor of your appearance and is a part of physical
attraction, definitely you don’t want to lose hair. There are
many causes for hair loss and the proper treatment depends upon the
root cause of hair loss, which varies from person to person. Inherited
characteristics and sex hormones play a significant role in hair loss
in both men and women. It is a mistake to simply assume the onset
of hair loss is inevitable and cannot be cured. Some forms of baldness
are even temporary.
What is hair loss according to Ayurved?
Ayurvedic texts three terms are used to describe the symptom of hair
loss, such as - indralupta, khalitya and ruhya. According to Aacharya
Vagabhata, when hair falls suddenly it is known as indralupta while
khalitya is a long running process of hair fall. One more opinion
is that indralupta affects beard, khalitya affects scalp and ruhya
affects the entire body. The major reason for hair loss is over consumption
of lavana rasa (salt).
else can I know about your hair ?
hair sprouts from a single hair follicle. The follicle is the socket
where the hair shaft develops in. Cells in the follicle multiply and
form the hair shaft. The shaft of the hair itself is not a living
substance only the follicles are alive. As more cells are formed at
the base of the follicles they get keratinized and die, they push
the shaft out of it’s socket and the new hair shaft grows longer
and longer. When the hair is long enough, it stops growing. In the
average uncut hair, the shaft is usually from 10 to 45 inches (24
to 100 cms) long. The hair may grow for four to six years. There are
strong genetic influences, which decides the factors, such as - how
long, how prominent and where the hair grows. Your entire scalp may
have from 100,000 to 150,000 hairs.
You should not necessarily be alarmed when you notice some hair coming
out while combing your hair. Every one looses some hairs every day.
An approximate estimate is 100 hairs per day. That hardly makes a
difference in the count of 100,000 to 150,000 hairs, normally present
on your scalp.
The variation in melanin pigment content, gives variations to the
colour shades of the hair. It is the same pigment, which gives colour
to your skin. Since the pigment is added to the hair shaft at its
root, it is natural for the hair closest to the scalp to be more darkly
pigmented than the rest of the hair shaft. The pigment may also be
bleached out of the dead hair shaft by sun and wind.
As you get older, there is less and less pigment added to the hair
shaft, causing it to become lighter in colour. Eventually, pigment
cells at the base of the follicle stop adding pigment to the shaft
and the hair looses its pigment to become grey or white.
When hair is lost characteristically from an area, it is known as
alopecia areata. Occasionally, the entire scalp loses its hair (alopecia
total) or even all the body may loose hair (alopecia universalis).
What causes hair loss and premature greying of hair according
(hair follicle) contains bhrajak pitta. Pitta present at the root
of the hair increases, in association with vata, and this appears
as the falling of hairs. Then kapha and rakta together block the follicles
of the hair by not allowing fresh ones to grow.
According to modern medicine the most common cause of hair loss, in
both men and women, is related to hormones, specifically to testosterone.
This relationship explains, the reason, why it is called androgenic
alopecia or male pattern baldness.
In certain hair follicles, the cells within the follicles are able
to convert testosterone to dihydrotestesterone through the action
of an enzyme produced by that particular hair follicle. In males,
these hairs are present characteristically along the front of the
scalp, resulting in the typical ‘M’-shaped receding hairline.
The apex of the scalp at the back and top of the skull is the other
location where such hair follicles are typically located. Usually
the hair around the sides of the head is spared, leaving a halo of
hair. The cells in this area are genetically different and do not
convert testesterone to dihydrotestesterone. In women, the susceptible
cells are located more diffusely, resulting in a general thinning
area that is in the front half of the scalp.
are some other abnormalities that can cause hair loss, e.g.,
Low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) can cause a thick oily scalp,
with coarse sparse hair, or actual baldness. Over active thyroid
function (hyperthyroidism) results in sparse fine hairs.
of pituitary gland that stimulates the thyroid gland, sex glands
and adrenal cortex also result in hair loss.
formation of male hormones due to any of the disorders can be a
cause of hair fall.
may also play an important role. Sushruta stated that romkoop (hair
follicles) never increase, they remains constant, since birth.
popular theory of alopecia areata states it as an autoimmune disease
where the immune system of the body attacks the hair follicles.
calories and insufficient protein intake will affect your hair,
if you are on a crash diet to loose your extra weight. Hair loss
anorexia nervosa, a psychosomatic problem associated with refusal
to eat an adequate amount of food may also affect hair.
psychic stress results in sudden loss of hair. Biological stress
is a more common cause of sudden hair loss. Any number of surgical
operations, haemorrhage or shock associated with an accident can
are number of mechanical stresses on the scalp and hair that can
cause hair loss.
partum alopecia - About two to five months after having a baby,
women may suddenly start loosing hair. The hair loss may continue
for several months, but eventually there is a complete restoration
of normal hair. The cause is not clear.
alopecia may occur in a baby if the head rests continuously on one
area. The same can happen in adults confined to bed who rest most
of the time with pressure on the back of the head or persistently
on one area of the head.
fever or any illness associated with prolonged fever may result
in a subsequent loss of hair.
particularly those associated with weight loss, which usually means
poor nutrition as well, may also cause alopecia. This includes cancer
of lymphoma group.
and syphilis may rarely cause alopecia.
patients have autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus.
Alolpecia is a useful diagnostic pointer for that and is seen in
more than 50% of patients.
capitis, which is a fungal infection of the scalp, may cause a localized
loss of a patch of hair that resembles alopecia areata, but that
spot usually has scales and other changes by which doctor can identify
beauty practices can lead you to hair loss. Hair styles that cause
pulling on the hair providing constant traction cause traction alopecia,
when the hair is pulled back from the frontal hairline, as in a
ponytail, top knot etc. You can see the stretched hair contributing
to a receding hairline. Alopecia may occur in those who straighten
their hair with a hot comb and use hot petrolatum with iron e.g.,
crimping or hot water bath etc. This causes thermal damage to the
hair follicle and may eventually lead to irreversible destruction
of hair follies.
techniques can damage the hair shaft, but it won’t affect
the hair growth. You can regard the hair shaft as a piece of dead
wood. It can become dry and cracked or broken if not properly cared
for, or if subjected to harsh chemicals e.g., hair bleaching and
medicines may cause hair loss. The most common are those, which
are used for chemotherapy, in the treatment of cancer, particularly
doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide. If such drugs are prescribed,
physicians warn the patients in advance.
used to treat high blood pressure, angina pectoris and hypercholestrolemia;
medicines used to treat arthritis (penicillamine, indocin, naprosyn
and methotrexate), parkinson’s disease (levodopa); any other
medication which has an androgenic (male) hormone action, such as
- anabolic steroids, often used by athletes and bodybuilders or
danocrine used for treating endometriosis in women causes hair loss.
Oral contraceptives may sometimes causes loss of hair.
medicaments do not always have this side effect as many patients
use these without hair loss, still one should keep this in mind
that thinning or fall of hair could occurs.
What is dandruff (darunaka) and does it cause hair loss?
detected cause for hair loss is dandruff; let us know something
more about it.
Dandruff is skin flakes that sheds from your hair and ends upon
your shoulders, which can be mild or severe.
Like the rest of your skin, your scalp also sheds old cells. Normally
the cells are so fine that no one can notice it, but the cells are
clumped together to produce the dandruff flakes. In reality, it
is a mild form of seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is a disorder of
the scalp. Dandruff is very common. When you think it, think of
It’s a disorder caused by the excess formation of sebum, secretion
of oil glands in the skin. The irritation due to this causes dandruff,
producing dry or greasy scales. It may produce red patches of the
scalp with large scales and sometimes a thick crest. The condition
becomes worse by sweating. The sebum does contain compounds that
are powerful hair removers in experiments.
In ayurved dandruff is known as darunaka.
The skin on the scalp gets cracked, becomes rough, dry and itchy,
due to increase of kapha vata together. The word 'daruna' denotes
Arunshika is small ulcer with many openings manifested on the skin
of the scalp due to kapha rakta. Symptoms of seborrhoeic dermatitis
resemble with the symptoms of arunshika.
Can hair loss be cured?
Hair loss i.e., khalitya can be cured with proper medications, if
it is temporary in origin.
can I prevent hair loss?
loss may be prevented by proper diet and conduct. Following tips
will help you.
and vegetables should be taken in abundance to facilitate the supply
of essential vitamins and minerals.
abnormalities like hyperthyroidism, disorders that result in an
excess formation of male hormones, an autoimmune disease like SLE
etc., should be properly managed by treatment.
Don’t go for a crash diet to loose your weight as it causes
damage to your health and will affect your hairs also. Return to
proper nutrition that provides you sufficient protein and required
calories, to recover normal hair growth.
tension, stress, worries, anger, etc., as far as possible.
Avoid inflicting mechanical tension to the hair by pulling, crimping
etc. Certain beauty practices like trimming, using strong hair colour
etc., impart sufficient damage to the hair.
such hairstyles, which pull back hairs from frontal hairline.
use hot combs or hot water bath for hairs.
care of hair shafts also by proper oiling etc., to avoid dryness
or cracking of it.
use harsh chemicals (certain shampoos) over scalp.
If dandruff is there take proper treatment. A high fat intake including
whole milk, butter, cream, cheese chocolates etc., often worsens
the dandruff condition, better avoid it.
medications that are likely to cause hair fall (which are mentioned
above) try to replace it, only after consulting your Doctor.
Medication for your hair fall has to be taken in the earlier stages
because if all the hair has fallen out and the follicles have closed,
nothing much can be done.
the Ayurvedic Treatment of Alopecia.
treatments contains oral pills, powder and oil base application which
are made from following main herbs...
ECLIPTA ALBA (BRINGRAJ) EMBLICA OFFICINALIS (AMLA) INDIGOFERA TINCTORIA
(BRAHMI) CYPRUS ROTUNDUS (GUNJA) GLYCERRHIZA GLABRA (YASTIMADHU)
ALOEVERRA JATAMANSI SATAVATI TULSI
Ayurveda cure Alopecia 100% ?
is always a very difficult subject to treat as there are so many factors
The Ayurveda herbal treatment has proved very effective in over 80%
of above cases of Alopecia.
The results are obtained reasonably fast & long lasting.
The Treatment is based on individual study and evaluation of the case.
The course of medicines varies patients of patients depending on the
prakruti(Basic Nature) of the patients.
Ayurveda treatment is 100% safe, Absolutely harmless, very effective
and free from toxic effects.
there any side effect of this therapy? Are these herbs 100% safe ?
Herbal Treatment are known for SAFEST Remedy.
is the duration of Treatment ?
Areata 3 to 6 months
Alopecia Areata (Patchy) 12 to 18 months
Alopecia Areata (Highly Active Phase) 12 to 24 months
Androgentic Alopecia 9 to 12 months
Diffuse Alopecia 9 to 12 months
Tellogen Effluvium 6 to 12 months
Eyebrow Loss 9 to 12 months
Poor Hair growth in children 9 to 12 months
Hair Loss due to Chemo Therapy 6 months
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