Ayurveda Q&A: How to treat hair fall and dry scalp

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:

I am 33 yrs old and underwent ayurvedic detox 2 months back. When I started detox I weighed 95 kgs but after completion of 60 days program, my weight reduced to 85 kgs and since then it is steady on this. I now do yoga everyday, eat home cooked food which is a mix of fruits, cereals, rice, rotis, sabzi, dal and in non-veg – eggs, fish, chicken. I am hypothyrodic and have PCOD as well. I was told that my liver is weak and so I now feel that inspite of following a healthy regime, I do not seem to be loosing weight. I need your guidance to make my lifestyle further healthier and how can I get my liver to work effectively and how can I effectively loose cholestrol.

Hi Taruna,
Including the ‘Apple Diet’ would accelerate the weight loss process. Please take 1 apple before breakfast, 2 before lunch and 2 before dinner followed by your regular meals. I have seen people loosing considerable amount of weight with this. In turn, it also helps improving your thyroid functions. Improve water intake, exercise and Yoga for better and encouraging results.
Please take DNA Noni 15 ml + 100 ml of warm water – Twice daily 45 minutes before breakfast and dinner. This tonic is one of the most effective Liver tonic. It improves the Liver functions, regulates the digestion and metabolism, avoids fat accumulation in the body.

I bought Agastya rasayanam some time ago and I am 80 years old and in very good health except for Arthritis in my right knee I lead an active life and do my own gardening etc. What is the best way to take this medicine I have loose motions if I take it in the morning. I had a gall bladder operation where my gall bladder was removed due to stones in the gall bladder. This could be the cause for the loose motion as it happens if I take any thing oily first thing in the morning.So I take a bannana in the morning and have porridge later. to avoid this problem, it is only one loose motion others are normal. This causes irritation of the anal area which si quite uncomfortable.Please advice about taking the Agastya RAsayanam as I have bought 3 bottles.

Hi Jeevac,

Agasthya Rasayanam wont suits you or rather you are not supposed to take any lehyam of that kind. Simple reason being since the Gall blader holds the key function of digesting the Fatty foods and Fat acids. Please consult the physician before you take any medicines let it be Modern medicine or natural medicines as both may cause serious health problems if not taken properly. Please stop taking Agasthya Rasayanam. The loose motion is basically because it is not fatty, But it contains something called ‘Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula’ – Which is one of the commonly used laxative across India. Hence, It may cause loose motions.

3. I am 41 yr old woman.For the past 1yr l’am suffering from hair fall,thinning and dry scalp.I am quite worried.Further l had gone through various test like thyroid,but it is negative,haemoglobin-11.6.Please suggest some remedies to cure this. Thanks – Savita

Hi Savitha,
Hair fall is the specialty of Ayurveda. Before addressing the hair fall we have to analyze and understand the causes. Good to know that you have done your Thyroid profile. But have you ever checked your Vitamin D levels. In India and Indians living abroad I am seeing Vitamin D is the primary cause. I would suggest you to check your Vitamin D levels. If deficient try taking Vitamin D shots and improve spending time in Sun light. This will improve the hair growth and reduce the hair fall swiftly.
Remedies for hair loss

Most of the remedies for hair loss are applied to the hair, whereas others are for regular internal consumption that helps prevent hair loss. Certain precautions and lifestyle changes can also help prevent hair fall. Some of the natural remedies are listed here.

Massages and application

• Massage the head with hot olive oil for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with shampoo. This can effectively reduce hair fall.
• Apply a mixture of lemon juice and amla (Phyllanthus emblica) and wash it off after half an hour. This helps control dandruff.
• Mix neem (Azadirachta indica) oil with coconut oil and massage the head for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with shampoo. Alternatively, boil neem leaves in water for an hour and let it cool. Wash the hair with this water. This helps reduce hair fall.
• Massage juice of fresh coriander onto the scalp to reduce hair loss.
• Apply a well blended paste made from pigeon pea and red gram on the hair and scalp and leave it on for about half an hour. Wash it off. This remedy helps treat hair loss and baldness.
• Add 1 gm of ground black pepper in 100 gm of curd/yogurt and apply to the scalp. Wash hair with warm water. Applying it once a week will stop further hair loss.

Lifestyle changes

• Stress and tension is known to cause hair loss. So, learn to relax. Try to reduce stress and tension in your life through yoga and meditation.
• Diet and nutrition also plays an important role in hair growth and maintenance. Include plenty of fresh fruits and leafy vegetables in your diet. Pay special attention to your breakfast.
• Conditioners can damage hair roots. Take care to apply conditioner (after shampooing) only on the hair and not to the scalp or hair roots.

Herbal and Ayurvedic remedies for hair loss

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.

Recently i had a open surgery for a cyst on my left ovary. now their is another problem which dr. told me that i have adenomyosis of uterus. my age is 36 and i m unmarried so please suggest ayurvedic medicine. also i want to ask is aloe vera pulp i m taking it in morning is useful for my problem so that i dont have to face again a open surgery for removal of uterus. please suggest

Hi Ujwala,
Please send me the medical reports and discharge summary. I need more medical history before i comment on your question.

I got your mail id from internet. Actually my papa is suffering with Kidney and Liver dieses he is having this problem from last 1 year. As per attached test reports everything is under control but still he feel lots of weakness and he is also not active at toll. I have attached all test reports and on going medicine detail. Please check and suggest us beneficial diet for him and which products we should not to give him. – Sunny

Hi Sunny,

He requires nutritional supplement to get better. Please give him 15 ml of DNA Noni + 100 ml of warm water – Twice daily 30 minutes before food. It is a detoxificant and same time it helps to improve the nutritional assimilation in to the system. It will improve both his health and wellness.

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