Ayurveda point of view regarding hair loss
It is a fact that more and more patients come with severe hair loss concerns, especially women. It is not weird that the cases of osteoporosis are also increasing and are usually both pathologies are interrelated in most of the cases. When I try to explain this to them, they get scared or do not want to hear it, but it is important to understand how Ayurveda address the hair.
Hair loss is a subtle metabolic disorder due to a fungal infection on the scalp, hormonal imbalance, hereditary factors or nourishment deficiency. Pitta types out of balance are more likely to lose their hair than other body types, experiencing premature thin or grey hair as well. Excess of pitta in the sebaceous gland at the root of the hair creates an inflammation of the hair follicles which can activate the hair loss.
From the Ayurvedic Point of view hair and nails are considered a by-product of bone formation. The tissue (dhatu) in control of creating and maintaining the bones (asthi) also produces and promote the hair. That is why proper nourishment of the bones is essential for the growth and health of your hair. The digestion and correct metabolization of the nutrients is the key. So your nails and hair reflect the health of your bones.
Steps to bring your hair´s strength and luster back
1. Proper diet:
In order to regulate your digestive capacity is good to start to add spices to your meals, not necessarily hot ones, like coriander, ginger, cumin, fennel, etc. Reduce animal intake foods until you are able to see changes in your stools, and the possible coating in your tongue will disappear and your energy levels will increase. After that, you will be able to digest some dairy products which are good for the health of your bones and hair. Making sure that the quality of the source comes from cows A1 which is hard to find in Europe. Otherwise below options are also great!
Cereals, green leafy vegetables, fruit likes figs, avocados, cooked apples, banana, and raspberries. Nuts and seeds (coconut, almonds, and sunflower seeds). Legumes like black beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans. Vegetables like peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, white radish, daikon, artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts and if you like fish, salmon, mackerel, and tuna from a good source are good options as well.
2. Pacify your excess of Pitta:
- Aloe Vera: To reduce pitta it is advised to drink a half cup of aloe vera juice for 3 months, especially during summer.
- Coconut oil: Rub some coconut oil in the soles of your feet before going to sleep
3. Mineral supplement:
When your digestion is working at optimum, your body can absorb all the nourishment. If you are not absorbing certain minerals like Calcium and magnesium, your hair will feel its consequences along with your bones. Some signs are brittle hair, split ends, weak – breaks easily and start falling out. Supplements of Zinc, Calcium, magnesium and other minerals really help.
- Sesame seeds: A great source of these minerals are sesame seeds, eating them on empty stomach a handful since contains 1200 mg of calcium and magnesium. Make sure you chew them well and that you do not have any Pitta imbalances since they can very warming.
- Coconut water: Half cup per day of coconut water is a great source of calcium excellent for hair growth. The coconut milk made from the meat mixed with water can be also a good source, do not do it on excess since it can increase the cholesterol levels, or in case you already have issues with bad cholesterol.
4. Stimulate your scalp:
Massage gently with your fingers or with a comb, in the opposite directions of the hair to increase the circulation from the root of the hair. A great tip is to turn your head downwards to extra activities during the massage. Strong and vigorous brushing is not indicated.
- Oil massage: The use of Amla, Coconut, Brahmi or Bringaraj oils help to maintain the health, expand the growth of new hair and improve the luster. These are cooling and fine for all the body types. Warm the oil and apply it before going to sleep on the scalp, massage it in circles with your fingers. Massage as slowly as possible. Vitamin E oil can also help in slowing down and preventing hair loss.
5. Asanas for your hair:
Postures that relieve pressure and tension of the neck will increase the circulation to the scalp. Camel pose, Cobra pose, cow pose, spinal twist and shoulder stand. Simple neck exercises are very beneficial, you can do them along the day, just by turning the neck to the sides, up and down and by doing circular movements.
6. Reduce your stress levels:
Warm water by itself is soothing your nerve system, but you can also consume some Brahmi or anti-stress reducing herbs. Meditation can really help along hair loss relieving stress and tension. Just start focusing on your breath. Listen to nice and relaxing music. Massage your shoulders and neck before taking a shower. If our cortisol levels have been high for long periods of time our hormones can suffer as well, try to relax, do more of what you like, spend time with your loved ones, take it easy!
Wishing you a healthy and beautiful hair! enjoy these easy tips!
Sayoni Care Team