Ayurveda for Alopecia
Alopecia is a term used for hair loss. Loss of 50 to 100 strands a day is normal, but a loss of more than 100 strands and thinning of hair is abnormal. Most of the people experience hair loss in their thirties.
1. Male and female pattern baldness:
Baldness is the most common type of hair loss in males. Male pattern baldness is hereditary while the causes of female pattern baldness are less understood.
2. Alopecia areata:
It leads to coin sized patches of baldness. They can occur anywhere on our body, but usually occurs in the scalp. It mostly affects young adults, but can occur at any age. People with autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, Down's syndrome, hyperthyroidism are at higher risk of developing alopecia areata.
3. Scarring alopecia:
It is a condition in which the hair follicles are completely destroyed and the hair won't grow back. It is caused by complications of another health condition.
4. Anagen effluvium:
It is a type of hair loss that can affect face, body and scalp. Cancer treatment is one of the most common causes of this type of hair loss. In most of the cases, hair loss is temporary.
5. Telogen effluvium:
Telogen effluvium occurs when there is thinning of hair rather than bald patches and is the most common type of alopecia.
The common causes of hair loss are listed below:
- Heredity is the main cause of hair loss.
- In women, conditions like hormonal changes during pregnancy, childbirth and menopause are some of the reasons for hair loss.
- Hair loss can be caused by other health conditions such as scalp, thyroid and skin problems.
- Hair loss can occur due to medications that are used to treat various diseases like arthritis, depression, heart problems.
- Unhealthy diet is another reason for hair loss.
- Some hairstyles, emotional or physical shock can lead to hair loss.
The common symptoms of hair loss are listed below:
- Presence of Circular patches or bald spots
- Sudden loss of hair
- Thinning of hair
- Partial or full body hair loss.
Is alopecia a disease?
Alopecia is a condition of hair loss that usually affects the scalp. It causes one or more patches of hair loss. An autoimmune disorder is believed to cause this condition. Autoimmune disorder is a disorder in which our immune system attacks our hair follicles.
Is alopecia hereditary?
Yes, alopecia is hereditary. Those who develops alopecia after the age of 30 years may have less chance that other family member will have it.
Hair loss and Ayurveda
Ayurveda describes the tridoshas (Vata, pitta and kapha) as the three forces of our life. Any imbalance in any of these doshas results in one or other health condition.
According to Ayurveda, excess of Pitta dosha is the main cause of hair loss. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, meats, alcohol and excessive smoking are some of the reasons for increased Pitta in the body. Eating too much fried, acidic, oily and spicy foods aggravates the pitta dosha.
Planet Ayurveda's Hair care pack for Hair loss
Planet Ayurveda has an effective treatment plan for the Alopecia. The house offers hair care pack to manage all the symptoms of Alopecia.
1. Hair growth formula
This herbal product is made using the pure extracts of wonderful herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Licorice (Glycerhiza glabra), Bhoomiamla (Phyllanthus niruri), Amla (Indian gooseberry), and Bhringraj (Eclipta alba).
The herb Brahmi is frequently used in Ayurveda for a number of hair care products. Stress is also one of the major reasons behind this hair problem and this herb is the great one to manage the stress. Licorice herb is known to have a strong effect on the growth of hair. It prevents graying of hair and supports healthy growth of hair as well. Bhoomiamla herb is a strong antioxidant and hence a great way to remove toxins from the body and prevents the premature fall of hair. Amla is another strong anti-oxidant herb that also prevents premature fall of hair as well as graying of hair. While the bhringraj herb is the most important of all the ingredients in this product. This herb helps in the growth of hair by bringing new hair roots. The herb is also well known to improve the texture of hair as well.
Overall the product is the perfect one as this is enriched with all the essential herbs that are effective for hair loss.
Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.
Dosgae - 1-2 capsules, two times a day, after meals, with water.
2. Radiant Skin, Hair, Nail capsules
This product is another effective way to manage alopecia. The product is prepared using a special combination of herbs that are effective in keeping our hair healthy. The ingredients include sulphur (Pure gandhak), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis) and Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia).
The sulfur is known to have toxin removal properties. It helps to remove the dead surface of the skin of the scalp and then rejuvenate it and thereby promotes new hair roots. The herb Amalaki is also known to have strong anti-oxidant properties. It helps to remove free radicals from the body and promotes regeneration of cells. Amla is also known to promote immune system. Ghrit kumari herb is another wonderful one to promote hair growth. Manjishtha is also a useful herb in managing alopecia very well.