Ayurvedic treatment for Stress and hair loss

Stress and hair loss

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Stress and hair loss Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS STRESS AND HAIR LOSS?

Stress is very common in today’s fast paced lifestyle and it is very bad for health. Stress impacts many organs of the body such as digestive systems disturbances, sleep disturbance, lethargy, and low mood. Stress is also associated with premature hair greying and hair loss.1

A significant amount of stress for a long period of time may change some physiological function in body leading to hair loss. This stress could be physiological (change in diet, lifestyle, disease). The hair loss due to this is usually temporary. After the stress is removed or gone, hair grows back.

Hair loss can affect both the scalp and/or the entire body. It can be caused due to heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone - men, women and children - can experience hair loss.1 Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. Since new hair is growing in at the same time it doesn't cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.2

Hair loss is known as Khalitya in Ayurveda. Hair is a byproduct of bone formation; the tissue which is responsible for bone formation is also responsible for the hair growth. Early hair loss is related to the imbalance of the doshas and body type. People with excess Pitta in the sebaceous gland or at the root of the hair, are likely to lose their hair early in life   According to Ayurveda, pacification of Pitta through a customized diet and lifestyle regime will be helpful in controlling hair loss.4 Excessive stress is also one of causes for hair loss, Ayurveda has various effective ways to manage or reduce stress which can help in improving hair health.

Causes

Stress and hair loss

STRESS AND HAIR LOSS CAUSES

Stresses that cause hair loss are as follows

  • Low calorie diet
  • Severe or chronic disease
  • High fever
  • Major surgery
  • Severe infections
  • Emotional stress (going through divorces, trauma, death of a loved one)

Symptoms

Stress and hair loss

STRESS AND HAIR LOSS SYMPTOMS

Hair loss can occur gradually or all of a sudden. It may affect just the scalp or whole body.

Diagnosis

Stress and hair loss

STRESS AND HAIR LOSS DIAGNOSIS

There are several tests to help confirm the diagnosis of hair loss:

  • Blood test – to detect medical conditions related to hair loss, such as thyroid disease.
  • Pull test – pulling several dozen hairs to check the amount of hair coming out.
  • Light microscopy – to uncover possible disorders of the hair shaft.

Management

Stress and hair loss

STRESS AND HAIR LOSS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda has various diet and lifestyle changes that can reduce stress along with some herbs to strengthen the hair health and immune.7-9

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Have healthy, nutritious balanced diet. Protein rich foods will help prevent hair fall and baldness. Include foods such as eggs, beans fish, low fat cheese, yeast, soybean, and yoghurt which will help in proper hair growth.
  • Increased intake of iron as it is essential for hemoglobin and blood formation. Increase the quantity of raisins, dates, green vegetables, etc.
  • Foods responsible for thinning of hair should be avoided like are excessive oily, spicy, sugary, junk food , caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc
  • A lettuce and spinach juice helps in encouraging hair growth.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Reduces stress/anxiety through pranayama and yoga exercises
  • Deep relaxation using shavasana is beneficial, yoganidra is also beneficial in reducing stress
  • Hair washing should be done with Amla and Shikakai
  • Hair loss can be prevented by oiling and massaging the scalp. Coconut oil should be used on the scalp at least three times in a week.
  • Regular bowel movement is necessary. For constipation, a mild natural laxative can be used.
  • Aggravated doshas can be managed by regular exercise.
  • Increase in blood circulation and activation of sebaceous glands can be obtained by rubbing scalp after a hair wash.
  • Juice of green coriander leaves applied on the head is beneficial.
  • Paste of cooked green gram and fenugreek should be applied on the hair for two to three times a week.

FAQS

Stress and hair loss
  1. My daughter is 8 months old. There are white patches on her scalp which are also flaky. Can you suggest any ayurvedic remedy for the same?

Your child may be at risk of cradle cap. Cradle cap are the oily or crusty scaly patches on a baby's scalp. It isn't itchy or painful; but leads to formation of thick white or yellow scales that difficult to remove. Cradle cap is a self-limiting disease and usually goes on its own. Ayurvedic management of the disease recommends balanced diet and lifestyle for mother and child along with use of herbs to strengthen the hair health. 

Aahar recommendations:

  • Breastfeeding mother should avoid consuming foods prepared out of maida, curds, and oily foods.
  • Eating healthy food during pregnancy helps prevent cradle cap. Include fennel seeds, cumins, garlic, turmeric, ginger and pepper in the diet.

Vihar recommendations:

  • To loosen the scales formed on the scalp, massage with baby oil, olive oil or petroleum jelly
  • Gently massage the affected area and brush off the loosened scales, later washing them away with a shampoo.
  • A paste of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on the scalp for ten minutes helps in removing the scales.
  1. How do I know if my hair is damaged?

You may be at risk of damaged hair if your hair appears Brittle, Dry, Lifeless or Shineless.

  1. What are the ayurvedic remedies for dandruff?

Aahar recommendations:

  • Eat fruits such as mango, pomegranate, lemon, coconut
  • Include vegetables such as drumstick
  • Use ghee in moderate amount
  • Have food rich in vitamin E (almond, pine nuts, peanuts, spinach, flaxseed oil, soyabean) and omega 3 fatty acids (flax seed, walnut, sardines, salmon, soyabean, tofu, shrimp) for good scalp health
  • Avoid wrong food combinations (for e.g. fish with milk)
  • Avoid drinking cold water

Vihar recommendations:

  • Massage scalp with sesame oil
  • Applying paste of neem leaves
  • Apply green gram powder
  • Massage aloe vera on your scalp may be beneficial.
  • Practice asanas like Shirshasana and suryanamaskara. It enhances blood circulation to head and brain nourishing the scalp with necessary nutrients
  • Practice meditation, as it helps in controlling stress and anxiety
  • Mix of lemon juice + coconut oil may be beneficial to control dandruff
  • Mixture of coconut oil + camphor may be beneficial to control dandruff
  • Fine paste of methi seeds can be applied on scalp for controlling dandruff
  1. Does oil massage really benefit dry hair?

Warm oil massage to scalp and hair is an effective way to nourish the scalp and hair.

  1. My hair is often frizzy and unmanageable, what could be the possible reason for it?

Frizzy hair may be due to:

  • Not eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water.
  • Not enough oil production on scalp.
  • Not choosing right type of hair product.
  • Certain medications.
  • Chemical hair treatments.
  1. I am suffering from hair thinning leading to low hair density. What are the foods that I should be consuming?
  • Increase intake of healthy nutritious balance diet
  • Protein rich foods will help prevent hair fall and baldness. Include foods such as eggs, beans fish, low fat cheese, yeast, soybean, and yoghurt which will help in proper hair growth.
  • Increased intake of iron as it is essential for hemoglobin and blood formation. Increase the quantity of raisins, dates, green vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid foods which may lead to thinning of hair like spicy, sugary foods, fried foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc.
  • A lettuce and spinach juice helps in encouraging hair growth.
  1. What are the ayurcedic remedies to treat head lice?
  • Lemon juice and almonds are effective home remedies for killing head lice.
  • Massaging hair with olive oil helps in head lice treatment.
  • Applying alcohol over the hair helps in eliminating lice.
  • Neem paste and tulsi leaves application on hair gets rid of head lice
  • Avoid using personal items of the person suffering from head lice.
  • Prevent the scalp from drying, it may lead to head lice and dandruff.
  • Always keep scalp clean and apply coconut hair oil.
  1. I have oily scalp and hair. Is it advisable to use conditioner after hair wash?

Leave shampoo on hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. Use conditioner only on the ends of the hair. Avoid putting it directly on the scalp.

  1. What are the causes for premature greying of hair?

The causes of premature greying of hair are:

  • Heredity
  • Medical Conditions like vitiligo, pernicious anemia and thyroid disorders
  • Medications like methotrexate, lithium
  • Smoking
  1. What practices for hair care are to be followed to prevent split ends?
  • Avoid brushing hair frequently
  • Use less heat on hair
  • Use conditioner regularly
  • Protect the hair from extreme hot or cold weather
  • Regularly get haircuts and trims.

 

 

 

 

 

References

Stress and hair loss
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  4. Hair loss and premature greying. Accessed on 22nd Sept 2016; downloaded from: https://jiva.com/diseases/hair-loss-and-premature-graying/
  5. Hair loss – symptoms. Mayo Clinic 2016. Accessed on 22nd Sept 2016; downloaded from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/symptoms/con-20027666
  6. Hair loss – tests and diagnosis. Mayo clinic 2016. Accessed on 22nd Sept 2016; downloaded from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20027666
  7. Hair loss Management, Treatment and Control through Yoga, Diet, Ayurveda, Homeopathy &Unani. Accessed on 22nd Sept 2016; downloaded from: http://welfarehab.org/dieses/Curd%20for%20Hair%20Loss%20and%20Hair%20Fall.pdf
  8. Try Ayurveda for hair loss. Accessed on 22nd Sept 2016; downloaded from:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/beauty/Try-Ayurveda-for-hair-loss/articleshow/10453366.cms
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