Alopecia treatment has been well documented in classical ayurveda texts. Alopecia can be treated with ayurveda. While no treatment regime can promise a guaranteed cure, at Ayurwoman we have got good success stories. Read through to know more about alopecia as a disease or to know how ayurveda approcahes alopecia treatment. Please do give us a call if you wish to know more. We are only happy to discuss with you about how we individually customise ayurvedic Alopecia treatment at our Melbourne clinic.
Hair is as much as part of the body as eyes, ears and skin. Often hair is associated more with beauty and less with health. Health problems related to hair or scalp need to be addressed in time or else may lead to excessive hair loss, pre-mature greying, baldness or even infection.
There are different patterns of hair loss in women and men. In men there is often a receding hair line which is due to the male hormone testosterone. Women may occasionally experience this pattern, but more usually have either generalised diffused hair loss or alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata involves discrete patches of hair loss. It is common in young adults and this condition often recovers spontaneously. Alopecia areata is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own hair follicles.
Diffused hair loss is exactly what it says it is. It is a generalised thinning and and is a loss of hair from the top of head. Generalised and mild scalp hair loss can also accompany disease of the scalp such as psoriasis and eczema.
Growth of hair follicle is classified into three phases. Anagen which is the growing phase which lasts for 2-6 yrs. Catogen the phase which lasts for 1-2 weeks and Telogen the resting phase which lasts for 3-4 months.
Hair loss causes
Multiple reasons can be associated with alopecia or hair loss of which major ones are:
- An underactive thyroid gland or any other hormonal disturbance such as PCOS and Diabetes
- A fever or any severe illness
- Side effect of drugs or treatment eg: chemotherapy
- Iron deficiency
- Hereditary reasons (alopecia areata is more likely to occur in people with a family history of autoimmune disease)
Alopecia and Ayurveda
Ayurveda uses three terms to describe the symptoms of hair loss which are Indraluptham, Khalithyam and ruhyam. Indraluptham can be correlated to alopecia areata (ring shaped hair loss). Khalithyam is the general hair fall as a long continuous process and Ruhya is a hair loss condition which affects the entire body.