What is the Ayurvedic Remedy for Hair Fall ?
In Ayurveda, hair fall has been addressed by various names like Khalitya or Indralupta. This disease is classified under Shiro-roga. This disease is caused by the biological fire, pitta. In common language, it is known as baldness. In medical science, it is addressed by term known as alopecia.
Ayurvedic texts describe another disease, known as Palitya. It is addressed as Grey-hair.
Khalitya or Indralupta (baldness or alopecia)
Like other skin diseases, emotional disturbances are linked with the incidence of Alopecia. It is also associated with skin diseases like ringworm, dandruff, and liver diseases. Male type baldness is known as androgenic alopecia.
Signs and symptoms: In Alopecia, there is one or more patch on the scalp region. It can be seen in beard region also. The spots are pale and shining.
Hair fall and loss is common both in males and females as they tend to lose hair-thickness with passage of age. Inherited (also known as pattern baldness) strikes men more as compared to women.
About 25% of men develop baldness around the age of 30, and about 2/3 develop by the age of 60.
Male-pattern baldness is among most common reason for hair loss in men. Male-pattern baldness is an inherited trait.
Men who show baldness at an early age tend to develop alopecia more extensively. In male-pattern baldness, hair-loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head.
Women are prone to develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair becomes thin over the entire scalp.
The pitta (bhrajaka pitta) situated in the scalp region gets vitiated.
Pitta in the company of vitiated vata, leads to withering or dislodgement of the hair from the roots.
Further to this, vitiated sleshma / kapha along with rakta will cover and causes obstruction in root-hairs, resulting in baldness in that place.
Types of Hair Fall as per modern science
- Hereditary thinning or baldness: This is also known as androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss. It strikes men and women. It is estimated that 80 million people in America have androgenetic alopecia. When men develop androgenetic alopecia, they develop a receding hairline. Sometimes it is seen in patches, particularly on the top of the head. In comparison, women keep their hairline. Thinning of the hairs is the noticeable feature. The first sign of hair loss for many women is a widening parting. In exceptional cases, men may notice thinning of hair. Similarly, in some cases, women can develop bald-patches. The reasons largely remain unknown.
- Alopecia areata: It is believed to be auto-immune disease. In this case, the body attacks its own hair. This results in smooth, round patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. Majority of people with this type have robust health. Most people see their hair re-grow.
- Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia: Cicatricial alopecia is a rare disease. Cicatricial alopecia destroys the hair-follicles. Scarred tissue formation occurs where the follicles once were present; as a result there is no hair re-growth.
Types of Hair Fall as per Ayurveda
Khalitya is considered to a Pitta predominant tridoshaja vyadhi (all three humours are vitiated in this disease). Depending on the predominance of the humour, khalitya is divided into three types.
- Vata Khalitya: In Vata Khalitya, scalp appears as if it has developed burns and it becomes black and red.
- Pitta Khalitya: In Vata Khalitya the colour of scalp appears as yellow, blue and green. The scalp is surrounded by network of veins. Profuse sweat all over the scalp is the characteristic feature.
- Kapha Khalitya: In Kapha Khalitya, the colour of the scalp is similar to the colour of the skin but they are thick and here it is Ghana and unctuous in appearance. The hair colour tends towards whitish.
- Sannipata or Tridoshaja Khalitya: In Sannipata or Tridoshaja Khalitya, characteristic of all the three humours are apparent.
Palitya (Grey hair)
Aetiology: The exact cause of the condition is not known. It is met in the age group of 35-60 years. Emotional disturbances, use of electric dyers and hair dyes are also linked with the incidence of grey hair. Grey hairs can be seen in patients having prolonged history of common cold or sinusitis.
Drugs that Can Cause Hair Fall
- Anabolic steroids, for example, decadurabolin.
- Birth control pills.
- Blood thinners like clopidogrel.
- High-doses of retinols or vitamin A.
- Antiarthritic, antidepressants, uricosuric agents and antihypertensive.
- Reduces hair fall
- Nourishes the scalp and root of the hair
- Prevents greying of hair
- Helps fight dandruff
Neelibhringadi coconut hair oil prevents hair loss, prevents dandruffs, and fights premature graying of hair. It is also good forsukanidra (good sleep). It has a soothing effect on brain and nervous system. The calm brain helps you organize your day in most effective manner, while avoiding instances of stress and tensions.