As part of our natural hair remedies series, we’re looking into a number of different natural treatments that are believed to help cure hair loss and breaking them down to see if it’s actually possible. Today’s spotlight is on ayurvedic treatment and if it can work towards treating hair loss successfully.
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic treatment/medicine is a collection of traditional medicine native to India. The treatment options can vary and include yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy and dietary changes.
There can be several different reasons for hair loss, including; weight loss, low iron levels, bad diet, stress, medication and hormonal issues. It is thought that Ayurvedic treatments can help with hair loss by creating a ‘well-functioning’ body system.
As mentioned previously, Ayurveda isn’t just about taking medicine, it can also mean altering certain aspects of your lifestyle. It is believed that following Ayurvedic concepts such as Dinacharya (looking at the cycles of nature and basing daily activates around this) and Ritucharya (a diet routine that helps to cope with the bodily and mental impacts caused by seasonal change) can go a long way in ensuring a host of health benefits.
It is recommended getting up very early (as close to sunrise as possible) ensuring bodily hygiene and drinking water that is stored in a copper vessel should be the start to your routine. The next part of the routine involves exercise such as yoga and pranayama. It is then important to eat a balanced diet with meals full of seasonal vegetables.
As well as following the certain aspects of the Ayurveda lifestyle there is also a range of herbalist treatments thought to help with hair loss. These include;
It is thought that Amla is a natural immunity booster and as it contains fatty acids, is high in Iron and vitamin C it works towards keeping hair healthy, strengthening hair follicles and can slow premature greying.
A natural ingredient that is apparently essential for hair care regimens. It is believed that massaging the scalp with Bhringraj oil regularly can encourage faster hair growth.
Shikakai is seen to have great hair-cleansing properties and is often considered as a natural alternative to shampoo. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A,C,K and D which can keep hair nourished.
It is thought that the fatty acids such as lauric and capric acid found in coconuts offer a rich antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which work to prevent free radicals that act as a barrier against hair growth.
A change in lifestyle, such as ensuring you eat a balanced diet and reduce stress can help reduce the change of telogen effluvium. However, there is not enough research or evidence to show that Ayurveda treatments can completely stop hair loss. Male and female pattern baldness at current have no cure and using Ayurvedic treatments would not help reverse the hair loss caused.
As with most natural hair remedies, some of the treatments can help to improve the health of the hair you already have, however, they are not a miracle cure for hair loss. If you would like more information on hair loss treatments, please contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.