Ayurveda Q&A: Remedies to prevent hair greying

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, my name is tanvi. I was living in India and now i am living in Canada. In india i was suffering from hair fall but in less amount and dandruff also and after coming to Canada hairfall is extreme and i am suffering from extreme dandruff. I am 13 years old. Please help me and guide me what to do as a remedy.
I was told by my friend to ask you.Reply as early as possible on this address only.
kamal pandya

Hi Kamal Pandya,

Dandruff could be due to the extreme weather conditions. Take 50 gm of Amla powder + 5 ml of fresh lemon juice + 1 egg white + 25 gm of fresh curd – Apply as pack followed by warm water wash after 15 – 30 minutes. This head pack is very effective in removing the dandruff and strengthens the hair roots and nourishes the hairs.

Drink good amount of water, add greens, vegetables and fruits especially curry leaves, coriander leaves soup helps to improve the calcium and vitamin assimilation in the body.

Avoid foods and drinks with vinegour, fast foods and drinks and increase the protein and milk intake for long and sustaining results.

Dear Dr. Gowthaman,

I am a married 30 years old woman. I got married in June 2010 and since January 2011 my menstrual cycle started showing irregularities. In Nov 2011 I was diagnosed with POF.

I am undergoing Ayurvedic treatment since Jan 2012. I completed one session of Virechan in March 2012 and ayurvedic medication is in progress. There is no specific diet that I follow. I have been told by the doctor not to consume dairy products except milk and avoid high protein diet.

In Jan 2013 I got my menstruation back after a delay of 1.5 years and I hoped that it would get regularized now. But it’s being 2 months now but there are no signs of menstruation. I am really frustrated and not sure what to do. I am worried if my menstrual cycle will return back or not and will I be able to ever conceive or not.

I need your expert views and guidance to know whether my menstrual cycle will return back or not and would you advice any ayurvedic treatment for it.

Below are my hormonal test results conducted in last one year. Hoping for a response from your end. Thanks in advance.

Jan-12 Mar-12 Jul-12 Oct-12 Jan-13
E2 29 26 11 12 173
FSH 45.96 109.35 93.02 91.79 41.93
LH 22.6 78.18 60.24 27.13 52.78
Prolactin 10.02 5.96 8.72 7.58 Did Not Test
Testosterone Did Not Test 22.83 32.47 20.07 18.24
Progesterone Did Not Test 0.23 0.26 0.2 0.51

Saie Rahul

Hi Saie,

Please check your AMH – Anti-Mullerian Hormone and HB and Vitamin D levels. All these three even though looks directly not connected with the Mc, but plays significant role in Ovam formation and cycle. In my practice i always recommend my patients check these levels before advising any medicines. Unless the deficiency of these corrected the problems may not be solved. Some women especially perfectionist in nature experience this due to mounted psychological stress. Stress do play a vital role in irregular menstruation.

Take a holistic approach with diet, yoga and Ayurveda medicines and therapies. Surely it will help. Please write back with the above test results.

I am Sanjot(age=35). My hairs getting white to much fast from last three months. Is there is any ayurveda home medice for the same.Waiting for your favorable reply.


Hi Sanjyot,

Check your Vitamin D, Thyroid levels. Take 2-3 liters of water, curry leaves, drum stick leaves soup and more proteins in the diet. Apply Karkunthal oil – external application. I have listed some of the home remedies for better help.

Common home remedies for prevention of  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.

Am 55. Have thinning hair and receding hairline.
There are so many advts promising hair plant, regrowth, stem cell therapy, etc. Pl advise which method is trust worthy.
Shrinagesh M

Hi Shrinagesh M,

In this age i would recommend any of the artificial methods like hair plant therapy. The results are immediate and its the directly replanting the hairs.

Sir,wood is good for pregnant women or not.Is there any side effect or drinking juice of wood apple.
Snehal Harsh

Hi Snehal,

Wood apple is not good at pregnant times, please avoid wood apple or wood apple juices. Eating too much wood apple can result in constipation, flatulence, and other digestive problems. Patients with thyroid problems should also avoid eating wood apple as should pregnant and nursing women.

Dear sir,
I m 32year old male ..i m suffering from genital herpes,fungal infection on penis andface ,hyperacidity,inflation in passing urine,irritable bowel syndrome and premature ejaculation .
I hv took alopathy medicine from long time but didnt get any relief .
Plz advice me the ayurvedic cure .

Hi Sumit,

Please take the following medications – Guggulu Thiktakam Gritam – 1 tablespoon twice daily 30 minutes before food + Gandhaka (101) – 250 mg – Mixed with the ghee followed by warm water intake. External application of Gunja + Datura + Kutaja beeja Thailam heals the fungal infection in no time. 30 ml of Abhaya Arishtam + Kutaja Arishtam (Each 15 ml) three times a day after food helps. Prematue ejaculation cannot be treated with herpes infection and fungal infection. Avoid Non veg, spicy, salty foods and drinks, spend time for sleeping.

Hello Sir,
I have been diagnosed with Vitamini D deficiency. I have pain in chest which comes and goes away. I also had panic attack two times. Also, faced sweating and heart palpitation
Please suggest what should be done to increase Vitamin D intake and cure myself completely.

Hi Kanika,
Ayurveda medicines and therapies plays a vital role. The best remedy is sun light. Dont stand in hot sun light for Vitamin D. Early morning and late evening sun light and Cod Liver capsules helps in Vitamin D assimilation. Drumstick leaves soup too helps. Non vegetarian soups, less salt in diet, Ayurveda therapies like pizchil, Navara kizhi etc can improve the condition in swift time. Vitamin D shots are the easiest ways to assimilate Vitamin D.

Dear Dr.,
I am a forty year old male. I have lipoma’s in most parts of my body since last 10 years.
Is there any Ayurvedic cure for it?
Kindly advice!
Tanveer M

Hi Tanveer,
Lipoma has only surgical option, medicines cannot help much.

Respected Doctor Sahib,

Good Day!
I m 38 yrs old male. My height is 5’10” and wt. is 90kgs. Im having hypertension and regularly taking allopathic medicine. I m having slightly high cholestrol also. The reports are not with me right now. I m reluctant to take allopathic medicines. Please guide.
( D. Proothi )

Hi Rohtak,

Reduce your weight. Add physical exercise in your life style. These are only things can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Improving your lifestyle by adoption of ethical elements mentioned in ‘Achara Rasayana’ is must if you really want to stay away from mental and physical stress and from eventual hypertension. It is certain that stress can cause hypertension. Anxiety, secondary to acute stage can cause rise in your blood pressure. Relaxation and removal of stress will help to lower mildly elevated levels of blood pressure.

Yoga and Breath Therapy:

Research has shown that regular practice of Yoga and Breath Therapy controls high blood pressure. Panchakarma: (Ayurveda detoxification therapy) Niruha basti Chikitsa: (non unctuous enema) will be beneficial in hypertension and should be given by experienced physician. Dhara therapy is also helpful in treating obstinate cases of hypertension. Oil processed with bala (sida cordifolia) and milk is allowed to drop in small droplets on the forehead of the patient.

Dear Sir,
I came across your discussion in Sify.com.

My Name is Divyaprakash working as HR. I am 29 years old, height 6.2 but weigh very less of 60. Tried lot of nutrients & protien food to gain weight but all in vain. I eat healthy & have proper food but still not able to put on.

Kindly suggest me to gain weight at least about 70 for my height. Any effective food available which will make me reach that mark.

Awaiting your response at the earliest.

Hi Divya Prakash,

Aswagandadi Lehyam 1 tablespoon in empty stomach and bed time followed by warm milk. Ayurveda recommends therapies like Pizchil and Navara kizhi. Add vegetable proteins, and plan a balanced diet. Drink 3 liters of water and planned exercises can improve weight and muscle masses in no time. I would recommend you to consult a near by ayurveda physician and get a personalized plan with Ayurveda medicines and therapies, Yoga and diet. With out an holistic approach the treatments may not be that effective.

My mother recently had Angioplasty done in Surat, Gujarat for three blocked arteries. And, she is feeling ok now. But, i would like her to adopt some ayurvedic routine through which she will not have blockage in future and she can have healthy lifestyle.
Can you please advice me on this….
Attachment file: a picture of her angiograph done before angioplasty..
thank you

Hi Jitesh,

Please take Wrudved tablets 1-1-1 after food with warm water. It is one of the best herbal combinations for heart blocks CAD / CHD etc. Especially it is effective after post surgery or Angioplasty to prevent any future blocks. Oil free, high vegetable and natural diet can improve her condition. Mild exercise, yoga can benefit.

Dear Sir
I am 30 yrs old and height is 185 cms and weight 65 kgs . I want to gain weight quickly. can you suggest some medicines or supplements.

Hi Sreejith,

Medicines cannot help in adding weight. Plan your life style and diet for good results. Ayurveda therapies, Yoga and Life style changes can improve your health in no time. Ayurveda recommends pizichil, navara kizhi for weight gain. Visit the near by Gym for the exercises which can improve your muscle mass. Improve the protein intake, add 3 liters of water and sleep at least for 7-8 hours a day for better weight gain.

Dear Doctor,

I am 42 years of age. I am trying to conceive from past three years. I have uterine fibroids anterior 3cm and 2 cm on left lateral posterior myoma and many more less than 2 cm size. They are not subserousal fibroids. Will it be a problem to conceive? Is there any Ayurvedic treatment to get pregnant or infertility and also get rid of these
fibroids and ovarian cysts.


Hi Anushka,

Primarily i would suggest you to go for AMH test, this will tell you about your reproductive system. For fibroids please take 3 gm of Indian asparagus powder mixed with 100 ml warm milk three times a day 60 minutes before food. This will help in fibroids and cysts.

Dear Sir
I am Chokkalingam L from Chennai, i has been suffering from “Lichen Plano Pilaris” for the past 5 years and i undergone english treatment and i have took some tablets and body lotions. disease spread is stopped but it was not cured completely. Now i discontinued the treatment. still i am having some itching problem.
so kindly suggest me some Ayurvedic treatment to cure myself.
Chokkalingam L

Hi Chokkalingam,

External application of Maha Thiktakam gritam may help you. Apply it all over the affected areas followed by warm water wash after 15-30 minutes. Try this for 30 days and let me know the results.


Is there any treatment in ayurveda for ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) damage ?. I went to doctor for my left knee pain. He suggested me for surgery after referring the MRI


Hi Ashok,
Yes, its the specialty of Ayurveda and I am myself a sports medicines specialist. Please send me the reports i will advise you accordingly.

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