Stress, worry, anxiety, and inadequate nutrition lead to hair loss and premature graying of hair. A certain amount of hair loss is considered normal, as old strands are replaced by new. When hair loss is excessive, care must be taken. Similarly the graying of hair after a certain age is a normal phenomenon, but when it starts in the early years of life, one should look into remedies.
Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty, and fermented foods, as well as tea and coffee, aggravate the pitta dosha (ayurvedic humor representing fire) in the body. This pitta accumulates in the skin of the scalp, leading to hair falling out and graying prematurely. Factors like excessive consumption of alcohol and meat also aggravate pitta.
Loss of hair
Ayurvedic view Hair loss is known as khalitya in Ayurveda. According to ayurveda, hair is a byproduct of bone formation and the tissue responsible for building bones is also responsible for the growth of hair. Early hair loss is related to body type and the balance of the mind body constitution (doshas). People who have excess pitta in their body are likely to loose their hair early in life, or have prematurely thin or gray hair. Excess pitta in the sebaceous gland, at the root of hair or follicles can lead to hair loss. Ayurvedic treatment of hair loss is aimed at pacification of pitta through a customized diet and lifestyle regime, along with medication, aromatherapy, breathing and yoga can be beneficial in addressing the problem of hair loss and premature graying of hair.
Ã¢?Â¢ Avoid pitta aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, oily foods as well as tea and coffee. Ã¢?Â¢ Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food and alchoholic and carbonated drinks. Ã¢?Â¢ Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot and capsicum. Ã¢?Â¢ Avoid using chemical products on hair, try herbal oils and shampoo instead.