Hair loss and Yoga

Recently , I was reading about yoga and hair loss and that is what I was informed. There are 4 major culprits of this menace - stress, hormonal imbalance, digestive problems and inadequate nutrition.And there are 3 facets through which we can handle this problem.

  • Extra supplements with Diet.
  • Yoga
  • Diet itself

Extra supplements with Diet : Please note that using Amla, Reetha, Heena or any other home remedy for that matter will not drive away these culprits alone ( though helps).

Yoga : Yoga can help in making hair strong and can also help in stopping hair non-genetic loss.

Pranayam especially anulom vilom where we breathe in from one nostril and breathe out from the other is excellent for relaxation and stress reduction.

Sirsasana - balancing our entire body on our head

Sarvangasana - balancing your body on your head and shoulders by placing your hips on the palms of your hands

- wherein we bend backwards as
we kneel and clasp the heels of our feet with our hands.

Pawanmuktasana - helps cure constipation. Lie on the floor and breathe in and as we breathe out, hug our knees to our chest. This asana along with Ustrasana (mentioned above) is very good for digestion and metabolism.

These asanas boost circulation to our scalp, face and thyroid thereby promoting super healthy hair, youthful and glowing skin and also help cure any hormonal imbalances.

Diet : Practice these asanas over a period of time and hair should become strong. But not without some healthy food…Deficiency of certain vitamins and fat (that's right, dieting is bad for your hair) cause hairfall. If we are on a low-fat diet we risk losing hair because fats are necessary for absorbing Vitamin A and E which are a must for healthy hair. Other essential nutrients are - Vitamin B complex, B12, Vitamin C, proteins and carbohydrates.

Lists of foods which are rich in the above mentioned nutrients:

* " Vitamin A - pumpkin (richest in Vit A), dried apricot, carrot and spinach
* " Vitamin E - wheat germ, almond, avocado and coconut (therefore coconut oil is good for hair)
* " Healthy fats to absorb Vit A and E - Kachi ghani tel also known as cold-pressed oil like extra virgin olive oil, mustard oil, and coconut oil. Omega 3 fatty acids like flax seeds, walnuts and oily fish are also very good.
* " Vitamin B-complex - Available in most food items rich in carbohydrates like wheat and rice
* " Vitamin C - berries (like amla), lemon, oranges and guavas (these have four times more Vitamin C than any other fruits)
* And lastly, if we have been vigorously rubbing the tips of our fingernails against each other in the hope of having healthy hair, acupressure specialist Omar Farooque of Mumbai's Evolve Med Spa reveals, "There is no science that proves that doing so will promote healthy hair. Rather this practise is a belief, since the tips of our nails have reflex points that stimulate blood flow to the eyes, sinuses and head onwards....So what about Baba Ramdeve's Rule


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I found the following article about Ayurveda's way of handling hair loss.

According to Ayurveda, the hair is derived either as a by-product or produced as a breakdown product of Asthi (bone tissue). Any disturbance in this tissue metabolism, which very much depends on the digestive fire, can affect the health of the hair. To a certain extent, the quality of hair depends on the body constitution.

The major causes of hairfall are hormonal, nutritional deficiencies and complication to other diseases and medications. Hormone related hair fall may also result from an increased sensitivity of hair follicles to male hormones or due to greater number of male hormone receptors attached to hair follicles. This is the component that is inherited through the genes — termed as Pitta constitution.

According to Ayurveda, excess of Pitta dosha in the body is increased by hot climatic conditions, excessive intake of spicy, salty and sour food, hot and sharp food, tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. Eating too much fried, oily, greasy, and acidic foods also aggravates Pitta. Pitta balancing herbs (Eg: Shatavari —Asparagus) and vegetables which improves the quality of Asthi dhathu (Eg: bitter vegetables) are effective in treating hair fall.

There are a number of other causes for hair fall like acute illness, high stress, and thyroid imbalance, certain drugs, sudden weight loss and high fever.

The first step is to locate the root cause in your diet or lifestyle that may be increasing the Pitta dosha. Once you locate it, try to give up or at least reduce the diet, habit, or activity responsible for increasing Pitta. Internal use of Ayurvedic medicines like Thikthakam kashayam, Thikthakam ghritham as per medical advice are effective to correct the metabolism. Ayurvedic general tonics like Narasimha rasayanam, Chyavana prasam are effective for improving hair growth. In alopecia, due to systemic diseases, treatment of the same is also required.

General recommendations and tips to maintain the results are some of the following:
- A high protein and an iron rich diet is recommended for hair loss. An adequate intake of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables should be included in the diet on a regular basis. - Use a natural shampoo to clean the hair. Amla (embilica officinalis), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) are very good for washing the hair. - Oiling and massaging of scalp is very beneficial for stopping the hair loss. Use coconut oil at least three times in a week. Certain medicated oils like Neelibhringadi oil, Kunthala kanthi oil, Kanjunnyadi oil are very useful. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently in the roots of the hair.
- The person should maintain a regular bowel movement everyday. In case of constipation, a mild natural laxative can be taken. Triphala is very useful. - Regular physical exercise is very beneficial as it helps in balancing the aggravated doshas. - Rub your scalp after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands. - A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take. - Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good. - Washing the hair with a paste of cooked green gram and fenugreek (methi) two to three times a week, is also good. - A paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk can be applied in the bald patches. - The seeds of fenugreek is soaked in coconut oil and kept under direct sunrays for seven days and applied to the scalp, which prevents hair loss. - Traditional therapies like Dhara, Abhyangam, Thala pothichil, Nasya shows excellent effects.

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