Ayurveda Q&A: Amla powder is best hair rejuvenator

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Hello Dr. Gowthaman,
I read your article regarding Bael in sify health ( http://health.sify.com/the-magical-benefits-of-wood-apple/ )
Can you please guide .
1 ) Which part of Bael is used for thyroid problems
2 ) Is it used for Hypo or Hyper Thyroid ?
Praveen Pillay

Hi Praveen Pillay,

Bael leaves are good for Thyroid problems, More than Bael leaves Drumstick leaves soup 100 ml a day for 90 days can normalize the thyroid functions. Herbal remedies usually improves and normalizes the functions of Thyroid. More than this herbs, Remythro capsules 2 tablets – twice daily two times a day also helps.

Hello Doctor,
My father has been diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis since 2005. He has developed Ascites and is getting unconscious at times. We recently got fluid removed from his body. According to the doctor 10% of his liver his working.He also has Portal Hypertension. Besides that his health is pretty good.
Please suggest some remedy. He is only 66 years old.

Hi Julie,

Herbs, effective for protecting the Liver

a. Andrographis paniculata (kalmegh) – Andrographolide, the active constituent isolated from the plant Andrographis paniculata, showed significantly increased the percent viability of the hepatocytes. For centuries Andrographis has been an important herb in the Asian healing systems of Ayurveda, Unani and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditionally this herb has been used to potentiate immune system response to inflammation and infections, and as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (lowers fevers) and a hepato-protective.

b. Phyllanthus Amaris (Bhuiamala) – Phyllanthus Amaris has been researched for its effects on hepatitis. Clinically reported that 22 of 37 cases of Hepatitis B lost their “carrier” status after using the herb for a month.

c. Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava) – An alcoholic extract of whole plant Boerhavia diffusa given orally exhibited hepatoprotective activity. The extract also produced an increase in normal bile flow suggesting a strong choleretic activity.

d. Eclipta alba (Bhringaraj)- Was significantly restored by Ea. The study shows that hepatoprotective activity of Ea is by regulating the levels of hepatic microsomal drug metabolising enzymes.

e. Swertia Chirata(Chirayata) – Simultaneous treatments with S. Chirata caused improvement at both biochemical and histo-pathological parameters.

f. Terminalia belerica (Baheda) – Induced physiological and biochemical alterations in the liver. Administration of compound I led to significant reversal of majority of the altered parameters. Our results confirm the presence of hepato protective activity in altered parameters.

g. Tenospora cordifolia(Guduchi) – Outstanding results in people suffering from jaundice have been obtained using a herb called Tenospora Cordifolia used the herb in malignant obstructive jaundice.

h. Picrorhiza kuroa (Katuki) – Picrorrhiza Kurroa is one of the herbs they recommend to support the liver not on

Home remedies

Although simple, if regularly practiced can prove effective in treating liver cirrhosis
a. Drink Giloy (Tenospora cordifolia) juice mixed with honey.
b. Add black salt to tomato juice and consume it once a day.
c. Soak a tender bark of Acacia tree in water overnight and consume it in the morning.
d. Obtain a tablespoon of juice by grinding the black seeds of papaya and mix with 10 drops of fresh limejuice. Take this concoction twice a day for a month.
Ayurveda Panchakarma for Cirrhosis

Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. To achieve this balanced state of body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma Therapy for the cleansing of body toxins. Panchakarma means five purification process or therapies. Ayurvedic treatments give more emphasis on prevention than cure. That’s why prevention is always better than cure. Panchakarma is of purification type of treatment. There are so many subtypes of this therapy and different types of herbal massages, fomentation’s such as steam, external oil treatments, Basti (medicated enemas), Virechana (purgation through herbs), Vamana (emesis through herbs), Nasya (nasal administration of oils) etc. are also incorporated. These practices are extremely helpful in relieving deep seated diseases as well as being beneficial for maintaining and improving physical and mental health.

Dear Doctor,
I am Aejaz Ahmed, 27 years male. My hair started to grey while I was in the college days at the age of 20 itself. In the early I didn’t cared but literally it started to increase. Since most of the strands are above the forehead and ears, I was applying “Garnier – Color Naturals” and I stopped to check the condition of grey hair, which is almost doubled… may be due to its chemical content. Presently I am using Mehandi powder with the lemon Juice once in a week and also having 2 pieces of fresh Amla.
Since my hair strands are greayed particalurly in three places and are more in number, reddish effect of Mehandi is clearly visible. I request you to please inform whether any home remedies/ treatment are available since I am affected since long period of time.
Further there are numerous remedies to rid – off grey hair and I am confused which one to follow. I wish to request you to please inform any Home remedies since I am placed in Saudi Arabia at present and I also have plans to go for treatment once I come back Chennai shortly.
Also please inform whether applying Almound Oil or Dabur Amla Hair Oil will help to overcome the above issues.
Thanking you in advance.
Best Regards
aejaz ahmed

Hi Aejaz Ahmed,

Common home remedies for prevention of Hair White hairs

a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gentle massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall, dandruff and improves hair growth, hair thickness and improves the black hair growth. After application wash it with lukewarm water.

b. Amla powder is considered and used as one of the best hair rejuvenator across the world. Apply paste of fresh Amla powder mixed with curd and fresh lemon juice as pack. Leave it for 45 minutes and followed by warm water wash. This process is very effective to reduce hair fall and improve hair growth. This process is repeated every alternative day for 90 days for better results.

c. Amla soaked in water for overnight, and the water is a very good hair conditioner. After the regular hair wash, just rinse the hair with this water. One of the primary reasons for premature graying is using excessive conditioners and high chemical shampoo. Avoiding cause may help in bringing back the normalcy swiftly.

d. One of the effective remedy for colder seasons is application of Almond oil with Amla juice. Warm both taken in equal amounts and gentle massage on scalp for 15 minutes. It is one of the fastest ways to arrest the premature graying and improving the general hair health.

e. Many villages in Kerala follow a simple hair remedy. Everyone including men and women does it as cultural practice. Application of equal amounts of buttermilk and curry leaves juice equal amounts and boiled for 5 minutes in mild fire then applied in the scalp in lukewarm condition followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes. This is known preventive remedy for white hairs and hair fall.

f. Ayurveda recommends the following combination as the effective remedy for prevention and improving hair growth, reducing dandruff, for healthy hair. Equal amounts of Amla powder, Thriphala powder, Methi powder, Karisalai powder, Mehanthi Powder, Japa flower and leaves powder, Indian Asparagus powder mixed with fresh curd and fresh lemon juice. This mixture applied as a pack on the scalp followed by warm water wash.

g. Simple home remedy to maintain health hair the following remedy is advised. Equal amounts of fresh Amla juice and lemon juice applied on the scalp and hair followed by warm water wash after 10 minutes. This should be done every day for healthy hair.

h. Traditional healers in South India recommend the following remedy for premature hair growth. Equal amounts of sesame oil and Carrot juice mixed with half the amount of Methi seed powder kept under sun for 21 days. Then this oil is applied on the scalp for hair, face for white hairs in mustache and beard areas and body for the white body hairs. Follow this for 90 days for complete color change.

i. Eclipta Alba is the other important herb used in Ayurveda for prevention and reversing the premature hair graying. Most of the Herbal hair oils contain the extract of this herb. Ayurveda recommend the application fresh leave juice or paste as a thick scalp pack followed by warm water wash.

j. Many Ayurveda experts recommend Black pepper ¼ parts mixed with 1 parts of fresh curd and 10 ml of fresh lemon juice as everyday application on scalp helps to improve the premature hair growth condition.

I am suffering from pcod from last two years and on the Ayurveda medicines to cure… My age is 32 years and height is five feet four inches with 75 weight. I want to reduce my weight upto ten kg but by following a good diet also it doesn’t reduce.. Kindly mention any Ayurveda medicine or diet chart… My HB is 11.9 and TH, TSH is normal.. Liver is fatty. Waiting for your reply.
manisha sethi

Hi Manisha Sethi,
PCOD can lead to weight gain, i would suggest you check your Vitamin D levels. Correcting the Vitamin D may help you to loose weight. We have invented something called ‘Simple Apple Diet’ – 1 appple before breakfast, lunch and dinner followed by your regular diet helps to loose weight with out disturbing the nutritional factor.

In PCOS is a condition caused by abnormalities of hypothalamic – pituitary axis and ovarian or adrenal steroidogenic pathway. Ayurveda names this condition as ‘Arthava Dushti’ – means abnormalities in the functions elements of the menstrual cycle. This condition is termed under easily treatable disorders section. Ayurveda combine best of the ancient Indian systems like Ayurveda and Yoga with diet and nutrition plans with a unique personalization based on the bio energy or Prakriti analysis. This helps the person to attain the self healing in due course of time and the disease is cured permanently.

Thiktakam Kashayam tablets 3 – 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner with warm water, Amenorrin 1 capsule thrice daily with Satavari gulam – 1 tablespoon at bed time with warm milk helps in complete healing.

I am a senior citizen (62) and wish that I could undertake morning walk as suggested by several doctors and fitness experts. I have more BMI than normal. But the nature of my work entails lot of walking, climbing stairs and normally I walk more than 5 Kms. a day. Is this beneficial in the absence of morning walk, or is it compulsory to go for morning walk to get the real benefit of walking. If morning walk is not possible, can evening walk be taken up
Yours faithfully,
Sathyanathan Tiruchy

Hi T.V. Sathyananthan,

Walking is essential other than regular physical works. Please plan 30 minutes walk twice daily or more than walking cycling would be the best remedy.

I have oily scalp & wash my hair daily & start falling everyday .. please help me. I have proper diet & juice & fruits.
sandeep gemawath

Hi Sandeep,

Ayurvedic treatment involves attacking the root cause of the disorder. It is believed that excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the main cause of hair disorders. Pitta is increased by excessive consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol, and excessive smoking. Oily, spicy, and acidic foods also tend to increase Pitta. So the first step is to change the diet or lifestyle conditions responsible for increasing Pitta dosha. Regular physical exercise and inclusion of fresh fruits and green vegetables in the diet is useful in correcting hair disorder.

Irregular bowel movement and constipation can indirectly affect hair health. A mild laxative or Triphala (Ayurvedic preparation) can be useful in such cases.

We are born with 5 million hair follicles of which only one million hair (shafts) show up on the head. Five million hair follicles is the maximum we can have because we do not generate new hair follicles during our lives. Drinking a mixture of lettuce juice and spinach juice regularly helps induce hair growth by stimulating the dormant hair follicles. Alfalfa juice, carrot juice, and lettuce juice mixed in equal proportion also serves the same purpose.

Grind licorice in milk and apply the paste on the bald patches of the scalp. This helps induce hair growth.

There is a special Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss and it is called ‘Thala podichil’. The treatment involves application of an herbal pack for 21 days. The herbal pack consists of just one herb or a mixture of herbs depending upon the constitution of the patient.

An Ayurvedic remedy prepared from Bhringaraj herb (Eclipta alba), Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), corals, iron, and black sesame seeds is very beneficial for treating hair loss as well as graying of hair.

Oil massage helps stop hair loss. Gently massage the scalp with coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times a week. Herbal massage oils such as Mahabhringaraj oil, Amla oil, or Arnica oil are also very useful in controlling hair fall.

Since chemicals and certain drugs are responsible for causing hair loss, it is best to use natural shampoos or soaps to clean the hair.

Here’s a home made recipe for shampoo – Soak dried fruits of Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), Reetha (Sapindus detergens), and Shikakai (Acacia concinna) overnight and boil the mixture in the morning. Allow it to cool before using it as natural shampoo.

Yoga and meditation also help control hair fall by reducing stress and other hair loss causing conditions. Vajransana, Pawanmuktasana, the camel pose, are some of the important yogasanas that help tackle hair problems.

Although there is no dearth of hair loss treatments available in the market, natural remedies for hair loss can be a feasible option if we consider the fact that it has no side effects, it is easily available, and it is relatively inexpensive.

Dear Sir,
I am 25yrs female. I have severe itching sensation inside my nose during late night and early morning immediately followed by continuous sneezing and running nose, headache . Sometimes sneezing continues during day time also making it difficult to concentrate on anything.At these times, when i rub my eyes i can hear some sort of sound as if there is some kind of water retention in air filled space.I had consulted allopathy doctor who suggested me to take Montek-LC tab, whenever I dont take tablet, again i face same problem at present from 3 months, I am taking ayurvedic medicine Patolakaturuyindayi and take the above mentioned tab only when sneezing is uncontrollable. My blood report states ESR of 35mm/Hr, AEC 560/cumm and RBC mild degree of anisocytosis and pokilocytosis and mild eosinophilia. Kind;y suggest me some remedies. Regards Priyanka

Hi Priyanka,

Looks like you are entering in to the phase of sinusitis. Please take the following medications

1. Vyagrayadi Kashayam – 15 ml + 60 ml of warm water – 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner

2. Dhanvantharam gutika – 1-1 with above Kashayam

3. Vasa Arishtam – 30 ml – Twice daily after food with warm water

4. Subra Vati – 2 tablets three times a day after food

These medicines improves the immunity and reduces the allergic reactions and dryness with in short time.

I am 46 years old. I have 1 fibroid of 2.3 x 1.3 cm size in the anterior myometrium. Doctor says surgery is required. I don’t think so & not ready for it. Can it be dissolved by Ayurvedic treatment?
Manasa S

Hi Manasa,

Ayurveda can help you dealing with it with out surgery. More than just calling it as Ayurveda i would strongly recommend a holistic approach with Ayurveda medicines & Therapies, Yoga and diet. But the treatment approach to person to person varies depends on the Prakriti.
Thiktakam Kashayam tablets Each 2 – Thrice daily 30 minutes before food with warm water + Kalyana Kshara (101) – 500 mg helps. With this take the following home made recipe.

Milk – 50 ml + Water -100 ml + Indian Asparagus Powder – 5 gm – Boiled and reduced until the mixture becomes 50 ml – Filter and take it Once a day in empty stomach for 90 days.

Dear Dr Gowthaman,
I am staying in North India and have vitiligo for many years. I am over 40 yrs now. Earlier the spots were located to specific areas but in last two years due to various stress factors at home have spread out to large areas. Can you please suggest something.
Warm regards
A S Kumar

Hi A S Kumar,

Vitiligo is the specialty of Ayurveda. Ayurveda adopts three kinds of therapy for Vitiligo depends on the condition, age etc

a. Pacification therapy – with Herbal, Mineral or herbo- mineral medications.
b. Detoxification therapies – Since this disease itself is because of vitiated Pitta dosha, Ayurveda recommends the two fold purification therapies like purgation and bloodletting therapy (Leech therapy)
c. External Application: Smaller and Non / slow spreading patches is usually treated with herbal powder or oil applications. Ayurveda also recommends this type of treatment for Children below 7 years.

Ayurveda texts mentions about many single and compound herbal combinations for Vitiligo. Interestingly, these medicational formulae are very well validated by the modern scientific researches. For example liquid extract of Acacia catechu bark is advised 60 ml every morning by Ayurveda texts for Leucoderma and Vitiligo. This particular practice is very well documented by modern scientific research.

One herb is praised for Leucoderma and Vitiligo in almost all Ayurveda and traditional medicinal texts is Bakuchi / Vakuchi (Psorolia corolifolia) as internal medication, external application etc. This is been used to prepared soaps, external applications, internal medications by both Ayurveda and Modern pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The modern scientific research does agree that this herbal application acts on melanoblastic cells and successfully stimulates it.

Ayurveda Pancha Karma for Vitiligo

Ayurveda recommends its fivefold detoxification therapies for the complete cure for Vitiligo.

a. Therapeutic Vomiting: Vamana is a medicated emesis therapy which removes Kapha toxins collected in the body and the respiratory tract. This is given to people with high Kapha imbalance. Daily treatment involves loosening and mobilizing the toxins in an effort to finally eliminate them.
b. Therapeutic purgation: Virechana is medicated purgation therapy which removes Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder; it completely cleanses the gastro-intestinal tract. It is a safe procedure without side effects.
c. Therapeutic enema Therapy: Basti (Enema) is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments since it cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment. Medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction is given as enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone. This procedure is usually applied for 8 to 30 days, based on the medical condition of a person
d. Therapeutic Nasal Drops: Nasya involves administration of medicated oil through the nose to cleanse accumulated Kapha toxins from the head and neck region. Based on the medical condition of a person, it can be given up to 30 days.
e. Therapeutic bloodletting therapy: Rakta mokshana is procedure to cleanse the blood and is advised only in very rare conditions. It is not advisable during general Panchakarma.

Home remedies for Vitiligo

1. Take 5 teaspoons of turmeric powder and mix in 250 ml of mustard oil and apply on the white patches of skin, twice a day, usually advised for a period of 12-15 months.

2. Application of Sweet Basil leaves extracts with lemon juice, advised for 5-6 months.

3. Most of the Indian traditional practitioners advise water kept in a copper vessel for overnight as diet

4. Eastern India where there is less sun this is widely advised, Tamarind seeds and Psorolia seeds (Bakuchi Seeds) soaked in rice wash water for 7 days. Then grinded into paste and applied on spots gives immediate results. I have a personal experience in this preparation. Very effective how ever for some people it resulted in burning sensation and boils.

5. Fresh Ginger Juice with Bakuchi powder mix – Obese persons and with spots on high muscular areas (Widely advised in India)

6. Application of Raddish (white) seeds with Vinegour is widely practiced in Calcutta. 50 gms of seeds with 15 ml of Vinegour

7. Many parts of Kerala advises Bakuchi Seed powder with Coconut oil as external application

8. some specialised practitioners in Kerala advises the following as diet for 40 days with external applications – 600 gm raw cucumber and 3 betel leaves three times a day and food made from bitter gourd.

9. Ginger Juice with red Clay as external application in karnataka (some parts)


Vitiligo is like cold, cough it can affect any one in any part of life. The western medicine helps in reduction of symptoms and most of the times it ends up with complications. Ayurveda medicines and therapies, diet helps to resolve the condition swiftly and permanently.

namaste …
please … i saw your email in internet .. please i need some help ..
5 years i have reumatism, back pain and sinus .. head pain also … what can i do for treatment acording to ayurveda …. i dont like western drugs … like natural … koti danyavad ..
baladev (brazil)

Hi Baladev,

I need more information before i comment anything on the treatment, looks like all are inter connected. Can you write to me in detail about your health history. Thanks

I am a chronic sufferer of Acne since age 13.
Now I am 33 years old.I have already had the medicine Accutane for acne, which has serious effects on the liver.
More importantly, i had viral Hepatitis/jaundice in 2009, and now, after 2-3 years, I still have LOW APPETITE, I am UNDERWEIGHT (48 kilos), tired, recurring acne on forehead and back mostly.
Currently, I am taking Swamala Chyawanprash, Rasayan Vati and Siddha Makardhwaj Special, since 2 weeks.
Every morning i take fresh juice of carrots, beetroot, turmeric, since 2 years. I have stopped Maida, reduced sugar consumption, no fast food, no packaged food, and only eat roti, daal, rice, vegetables, and fresh ginger.
Please suggest some remedy.

Hi Om,

Regular detoxification therapies and stress relieving therapies have proved to be effective against acne. Ayurveda recommends a healthy diet that includes coriander, dry ginger, and turmeric. These condiments remove toxins from the body and prevent acne.

The following medicines are widely recommended by the Ayurveda and other CAM practitioners in India as pacification therapy:

1. Maha Thiktakam kashayam
2. Thiktakam Kashayam
3. Patoladi kashayam
4. Patola Mooladi kashayam
5. Maha Thiktaka Gritam
6. Guggulu Thiktaka kashayam / Gritam
7. Saptasaram kashayam
8. Satavari Gulam
9. Khadira Arishtam
10. Loha Asavam
11. Kumari Asavam
12. Sarivadi Asavam / Arishtam
13. Khadira Arishtam
14. Avipathy Choornam
15. Haridra Kandam
16. Kumkumadi Lehyam
17. Chandanadi Lepam
18. Eladi Thailam / Coconut oil/ Keram
19. Multani Mitti
20. Manibadram Gulam

Yogic management

Yoga primarily targets this condition by removing stress and toxins known to be the primary causes of acne.

Home remedies

1. Regular intake as well as external application of fresh juice of carrot and cucumber.

2. Regular application of paste made from tea leaves and sweet basil leaves.

3. Regular application of paste made from cucumber, sandal wood powder, and neem powder.

4. External application of crushed garlic cloves with honey.

5. Internal Medication with Guggulu (Commiphora mukul): Boil 50 gm of Guggulu gum in 500 ml of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 15 ml of this extract thrice daily for a week.

6. Internal medications with Jackal berry (Diospyros mespiliformis): Boil 50 gm of finely pulverized Jackal berry root in 500 ml of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 15 ml of this extract thrice daily for a week.

7. Internal medications Achyranthes Root: Boil 50 gm of finely pulverized Achyranthes Root in 500 ml of water for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 15 ml of this extract thrice daily for a week.

8. Internal medications using Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris): Boil 1 tsp of dried leaf powder of Mugwort in a cup of water for about 10 min. Then strain and cool it. Drink this tea thrice daily for a week.

9. Using Aloe vera: Cut open a small piece from a large aloe leaf and squeeze out the gel. You can also keep an aloe plant in your home for easy and immediate access. Use the gel twice a day – morning and night, for one week.

Dear Dr. Gowthaman
Your article in Sify with respect to the reproductive system is very informative. I would like to seek your advise with respect to the yoga exericises that help to avoid Premature ovarian failure or postpone the menopause.
Can you suggest the yoga exercise and also the teacher for that
I am from Chennai and your advise will help me a lot
Thanks in advance
karthika kumaresan

Hi Karthika,

At my clinic we offer a personalized Yoga therapy for all disorders. Please try reaching rVita we have branches in Adyar (42187226), Velachery (22449933), Ambatur (42183451), Kodambakkam (45584488), Anna Nagar (43588817) and soon going to be at Porur, Perungudi, Tambaram (East) and Thiruvotiyur. All these Centers we do offer one to one Personalized health and wellness related Yoga classes.

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