Alopecia refers to hair loss. It may affect either scalp only or the entire body. Loss of hair can be temporary or permanent. It may be due to heredity reasons, hormonal variations, other underlying medical conditions or aging. The condition is more commonly seen in men. Ayurveda explains this medical condition as Indralupta. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA has effective Ayurvedic treatment protocol for treating this embarrassing disease. IAFA is deeply concerned about the ultimate cure of its patients from all types of illness.
Causes of Alopecia
Normally people lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day. This is not commonly noticeable as new hairs are growing almost at the same rate. Hair loss is said to occur when new hair is not replacing the lost hair.
Following factors may contribute to hair lossv
- Hereditary Factors: It is the most common cause of hair loss andhappens usually with aging. It commonly occurs gradually and will be in predictable patterns. In men there will be a receding hairline and bald spots and in women thinning of hair along the crown of the scalp is observed.
- Hormonal changes and medical conditions: Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, thyroid problems etc. and medical conditions like scalp infection by ringworm, a hair-pulling disorder called trichotillomania etc. can lead to Alopecia
- Medicines and supplements: Hair loss can be caused as a side effect of certain drugs, used in the treatment of cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart problems, depression, gout etc.
- Radiation therapy: Hair lost due to radiation may not grow back easily
- Mental stress and anxiety: People may experience a temporary thinning of hair due tosome physical or emotional shock.
- Hair treatments: Unhealthy hairstyling and hair treatmentsinvolving application of hot oil, colouring, straightening etc. can lead to hair loss.
In Ayurveda, Indralupta is caused by vitiation of Vatadosha along with Pithadosha in hair follicles. Kaphadosha along with Raktadathu forms a covering in these follicles and prevent formation of new hairs.
Ayurvedic reference of Alopecia-Indralupta
Symptoms of Alopecia
Alopecia can appear in different ways, depending on the actual cause behind it.It may occurrapidly or progressively and can affect only the scalp or the whole body.
Signs and symptoms of hair loss include:
- Gradual thinning of hair on top of head
- Circular or patch like spots without hair
- Sudden loosening of hair
- Hair loss all over the body
- Scaly patches that spread over the scalp
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Diet Management in Alopecia
Do’s (Pathya) in Alopecia
- Consume old harvested grains and cereals
- Include more fruits and vegetables in diet
- Warm water for drinking
- Green gram
- Goose berry
- Mild to moderate exercise
- Use of separate personal items
- Maintain personal, social and environmental hygiene
- Change clothes, bed sheets etc. at regular intervals
- Expose to mild sunlight daily in morning and evening
- Positive and stress-free mind
Dont’s (Apathya) in Alopecia
- Excessive sweet, salty, spicy and sour food
- Fermented food
- Non-vegetarian diet
- Black gram
- Old and refrigerated food
- Reheated food
- Excess sweating
- Stress and mental tension
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Exchange of personal items
Yoga and Pranayama in Alopecia
Various yoga postures help to make mind and body relaxed. It helps to increase blood circulation. Following postures will be especially beneficial in hair loss:
Pranayama helps to attain relaxation to mind. It confirms oxygen supply and helps formation of new cells.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Alopecia
Ayurveda incorporates internal as well as external medicines in the management of Alopecia.
Internal Medicines for Alopecia
Following medicines can be advised based on type and site of infection.
- Kaisoraguggulu Tablet
External Medicines for Alopecia
External medicines as listed below can be provided based on stage and site of infection.
- Tuthadi Tablet
External Therapies in Alopecia
Following procedures help in easy healing of wounds and ulcers.
- Swedana (Sweating therapy)
- Udwarthana (medicinal powder massage)
- Lepa (Medicinal paste)
- Abhyanga (Oil massage)
- Kshalana (Washing)
Purification Therapies in Alopecia
- Virechana (Purgation)
- Vamana (Emesis)
- Raktamoksha (Blood-letting)
Single Herbs used in management of Alopecia
Use of following single herbs can be suggested in different forms as per condition of patient and infection.
- Nimba (Azadirachtaindica)
- Patola (Tricosanthesdioica)
- Tila (Sesamumindicum)
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Kushta (Saussurealappa)
- Chitraka (Plumbagozeylanica)
- Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist