Ayurveda Q&A: Natural tips to control hair fall

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:

1. Sir I have a problem of duedonal ulcer in 1st Part with Gastritis and Reflux Oesophagitis(Endoscopy done), which was treated with Allopathic medicine. Even though it got cured and inspite of following a strict diet which includes avoiding spicy food and i do not consume alcohol, i do get pain in upper part of the stomach were the ulcer. Kindly suggest what ayurvedic treatment need to be followed which can stop the recurrence of treated ulcer.Your reply will be highly appreciated.
Warm Regards

Srinivasan V Sastri
According to Ayurveda, ulcer is termed as Parinama Shula. Ayurveda further segregates the problem into different types, according to the predominant dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) affected, and hence the treatment is specific and varies according to the doshas.

In case of Vata dosha, medicated enema or precisely certain classical Ayurveda medicines consisting of compound herbal formula of herbs like asparagus root and country mallow processed in oil are used. Mild purgation is suggested in the Pitta dosha using grapes, golden shower tree pods, Indian gooseberry and turpeth. In the Kapha dosha, induced therapeutic vomiting using sugarcane juice or saline water is recommended.

It is important to note that the above bio-purifications and detoxifications (Panchakarma) procedures are carried out only under the supervision of Ayurveda experts and are to be more appropriate in conditions of hyperacidity, where definite improvement is mostly observed. These are best avoided in patients confirmed with, or having a medical history highly suggestive of peptic ulcers, due to a small but definite risk of perforation and other complications.

Ayurveda offers explicit and highly effective treatment for peptic ulcer. Some very beneficial herbal medicines known to be effective in this condition are: Indian gooseberry, Indian pennywort (Tenospora cordifolia), licorice, Indian sarsaparilla, turmeric, dried unripe banana, king of bitters, pointed gourd, etc.

Complete relief is usually obtained after a period of 1-2 months. In order to prevent recurrence of symptoms, further treated with asparagus root, cow’s milk fat (ghee), long pepper, etc. For patients not responding to usual medication courses, the total regimen of treatment may need to be repeated in cycles till complete recovery.

Ayurvedic diet regimen for Ulcer

It is best to avoid the known aggravating causes of peptic ulcers. A diet of whole wheat, rice, beans, sugar, honey, ash gourd, pointed gourd, ladyfinger, bottle gourd, coconut, pomegranate and milk is recommended. Sesame, black gram, horse gram, garlic, wet ginger, black pepper, yogurt/curd, spicy, fried and fermented food products are best avoided.

Indukantam gritam – 1/2 tablespoon 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner followed by warm water, Kamadudha Rasa + Shanka Bhasma – Each 500 mg thrice daily after food with warm water and Avipattikara Choornam tablets 3 numbers at bed time with warm water helps.

2. Dear Sir, I am 27 years old man, sir how to avoid acomia and remedies for hair growth.
Acomia otherwise known as baldness has become common among the youngsters. Reduced Vitamin D, Iron and folic acid levels, reduced intake of fresh vegetables, fruits and greens which in turn leads to reduced anti oxidants.

1. Bringaraj (Eclipta alba) is good for hair and skin, Strenghtens liver etc, it is available with all other major pharmaceutical companies. Take two tablets after food with milk / warm water for better results.

2. Sudarshanam Choornam tablets – 2 tablets thrice daily after food with warm water helps

3. External application of Scalp pack with Amla powder + fresh curd + fresh lemon juice – Helps improve the proteins, amino acid and folic acid levels in the hair and scalp which in turn helps the hair growth and stops the hair fall.

4. Take Chyavanaprasam – 1 tsp thrice daily after food.

5. Head massage with Neelibringathi oil improves the hair growth.

6. Food items rich in protein iron, zinc, and vitamin A is good for hair growth

7. As a complete hair solution, Please follow the course for 6 months

a. DNA NONI – 15 ml 100 ml of warm water twice daily 1 hour before food + Keshmani Capsules – 2 twice daily with this tonic

b. 100 gm of Amla Powder mixed with fresh curd and 10 ml of lemon juice applied as pack on the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it with warm water. Repeat this process on every day / Alternative day for 40 days.

c. Keshmani Shampoo – For Scalp wash

Principal nutrients that are involved include vitamin A, certain B vitamins, the vitamin biotin, vitamin C, copper, iron, zinc, protein, and water.

Here are some tips to control hair fall:

Every morning eat a handful of white sesame seeds because they contain sufficient amounts of magnesium and calcium that are essential for hair growth.

Increase the intake of dark green vegetables and colored fruits like papaya, carrot, beet root, mango, orange, all berries etc that are rich in antioxidants.

An all fruit diet and drinking warm water will help to neutralize body and cleanse it from toxins.

It’s important to add protein rich foods like milk, soy, pulses, egg white, nuts etc.

Avoid: Cold foods and drinks, Sugary foods and drinks, Excessive raw foods, use medium salt and avoid salted snacks and foods.

3. I live on the east coast USA, and have 4 seasons. Do you have recommendations for treatment of plaque psoriasis. I would like to start natural therapy if you can make recommendations.
Do you know of a medical practioner near me that I can visit.

Thank you.
Yes, Ayurveda can help you better. I would suggest you to bring required life style changes to heal this condition. Kerala Ayurveda Academy is running workshops and training program etc to heal the body with Ayurveda. Please contact Dr. Jayarajan, Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda Academy USA, the contact details are as follows Toll Free: (888) 353-7252 / Fax: (206) 729-0164; Administration: (206) 729-9999×1, Toll Free: (888) 275-9103, Fax: (206) 729-0164.

4. Respected vaidya ji, I am a person with pit dosha since last 10 years. I suffer from high bp, nasal polyps and eczema in left leg.For my bp i am taking allopathic medicine. I will be obliged if you suggest ayurvedic cure..My age is 60 and weight around 65kg.
Thanks and regards

nitin kumar

The best and most effective remedy would be fresh juice / fresh water extract of Adathoda vasica (Vasaka, Adulsa, Malabar Nut, Adusoge) – If fresh juice take 30 ml once a day in empty stomach, If water extract take 50 ml twice daily 15 minutes before food. This will helps you control the all the ailments.

Medicines like Maha Thiktakam Kashayam tablets 3 numbers twice daily before food with warm water, Avipattikara Choornam tablets 3 numbers at bed time with warm water and Arogya Vardini gutika 2 numbers thrice daily after food with warm water does help.

Avoid: Cold foods and drinks, Sugary foods and drinks, Excessive raw foods, use medium salt and avoid salted snacks and foods.

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