Natural Remedies for Hair Fall (Alopecia)
A luxuriant crown of hair markedly enhances a person’s appearance; more importantly, it is an indicator of good health. Unfortunately, many people suffer from loss of hair and this leads them to try several methods of restoring their crowning glory. Alopecia – the scientific term for hair loss – may be a result of several different factors and understanding the cause is important to know how to handle it.
Types of Alopecia
There are difference types of alopecia and the significant ones include:
A condition where hair is lost from the scalp as well as other places in the body because of an autoimmune condition that causes hair to fall out, leaving small, round patches of hairless skin.
Also called male pattern baldness, this is seen in males due to changes in the levels of androgen hormones.
A condition that arises due to permanent damage of hair follicles that is caused by bacterial infection, injury, burns or autoimmune disease.
Female pattern baldness
A condition that is commonly seen in women during menopause.
Hair loss is mainly due to some type of damage of the hair follicles or the hair shaft. This damage may occur because the body’s immune system for some unknown reason begins to attack the hair follicles. In this condition called alopecia areata, patches of hair fall out. The other type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia which is an inherited condition where the hair begins to thin and then falls out.
Besides people with a genetic tendency alopecia is also seen in people who are getting old. Persons on medication such as anabolic steroids, oral contraceptives, testosterone, progesterone or chemotherapy, those suffering from thyroid problems and other conditions such as tumor of the adrenal or pituitary gland are also likely to suffer from alopecia.
If a woman shows male pattern baldness, it could be an indication that she has an excess of androgens because of an underlying condition such as ovarian tumor or polycystic ovarian syndrome. In some people, psychological stress, following an inadequate diet or going on a crash diet and persistent high fever due to conditions such as typhoid may also trigger hair loss.
Subjecting hair to excessive strain by very tight braiding or using hot rollers that are tightly wound can also cause alopecia.
Herbal & Natural Remedies for Male and Female
Although some drugs are available to deal with baldness, they are not very effective; also, their effects last only as long as you continue to take the medication. Steroids may be used to stimulate hair growth but there are other side effects of such treatment.
Wigs are an option but many people don’t consider them aesthetic; hair transplant or hair implants can be quite expensive and not without risk. In other words, there is not much that modern systems of medicine can do to help you deal with alopecia. However, some of the traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda have a solution to this tricky problem.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Hair Loss
According to Ayurveda, hair is a product of bone tissue and any sort of disturbance in metabolism that disturbs this tissue affects hair health. Of the three doshas present in the body, an excess of Pitta dosha is believed to be responsible for hair loss.
Therefore, anything that increases this dosha in the body is said to affect hair health. Hot weather, intake of sour, salty, fried, acidic and excessively spicy food; too much consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol, a non-vegetarian diet rich in meat and smoking are some of the factors that lead to alopecia.