Hair loss, also known as Alopecia or Baldness, refers to a loss of hair from part of the head or body. Typically, at least the head is involved. The severity of hair loss can vary from a small area to the entire body.
Types of Hair loss :
Hair loss or thinning of hair will affect most of us at sometime in our lives. Identifying your type of hair loss will help you understand it and find out the best way to treat it. Here are the most common types of hair loss.
- Alopecia Areata:
People with this type of alopecia experience the sudden or sometimes unrecognized falling out of hair in patches or spots. Patches can vary in size from 1/2 inch to 4 inches in diameter, the affected areas are usually lighter in colour due to poor blood supply to the area.
In approximately 1%-2% of cases, the condition can be identified as Alopecia Totalis, or Alopecia Universalis. Alopecia Total is is the name given to complete hair loss on the scalp. Alopecia Universalis causes complete absence of head and body hair, including eyelashes and eyebrows, along with underarm and genital hair.
The most common causes are:
- Dysfunction of Thyroid gland.
- Autoimmune disease.
- Androgenic Alopecia :
This type of alopecia affects more than 50% of all men and women, is the most common type of alopecia. It develops slowly over 15 to 30 years and increases with age. Hair are lost in a well defined pattern.
In male pattern Baldness, hair loss begins above both temples and thinning at the crown; often progresses to partial or complete baldness. In female pattern baldness, hair become thinner all over the head rather than receding, and the hair loss rarely leads to total baldness. The most common causes are :
- Diet and Lifestyle.
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- Age Related Alopecia
Hair grow in circles ranging from two to six years and when you get older, this cycle slows down and will eventually stop. So over the age of 60, hair loss slowly increases in most. The most common causes are:
- Traction Alopecia
In young women and girls baldness occurs when the hair is pulled too tight meaning the hair is pulled out of the follicle, taking out the hair root and the bulb. Destroying the hair shaft may cause white bumps and pus, or scaling may occur around the affected area. Commonly found on frontal and temporal regions. The most common causes are:
- Postpartum Alopecia: very little normal hair loss occurs during pregnancy, but the sudden and excessive shedding takes place from three to nine months after delivery.
- Telogen Effluvium: it is a form of hair loss that creates a thinning appearance of hair while the scalp will look relatively healthy; most commonly noticed when excess hair are found on the pillow or in the shower. The most common causes are:
- Diet and lifestyle.
- Post birth.
- Other forms of hair loss:
Tinea capitis : due to fungal infection on scalp, hair loss occurs on infected areas.
Trichotillomania : a psychological impulse control disorder causing the individual to pull out hair.
Ayurveda believe that hair loss is caused by too much" Pitta Dosha" in the body. They also believe that hair (called kasha in Ayurveda) is a by-product (mala) of bone formation (Asthi Dhatu),or is produced as a breakdown of bone tissue. The metabolism of this tissue is dependent on 'digestive fire', which must be balanced. Increase of pitta dosha causes an imbalance which triggers hair problems.
There are certain foods and habits that are believed to cause this imbalance and which may ultimately lead to hair loss, these include:
- Salty food.
- Spicy, sour, acidic food.
- Oily, greasy food.
- Fried food.
- Excessive meat.
- Excessive tea, coffee.
As Ayurveda says that hair (kesha) is the byproduct (mala) of bone tissue (Asthi Dhatu), so line of treatment in hair loss involves nourishment of bone tissue giving rise to good hair growth. For the purpose of good bone tissue nourishment, overall nourishment of other tissues in necessary. Overall nourishment of body tissues is achieved by Rasayana therapy. This is achieved by Panchakarma procedures (like shiro abhyanga and shirodhara) followed by administration of Rasayana medicines, especially when the cause of hair loss is hereditary.
Herbs and herbal formulations used are:
- Brahma Rasayana.
- Narasimha rasayanam.
- Panchakola choornam.
- Panchanimbadi gulika.
- Ksheerbala taila.
- Giloy satva.
- Ashwagandha rasayana.
- Brahmi ghrita.
- Chandraprabha vati.
- Kanchanara guggulu.
- Pravala bhasma.
- Bhringamalakadi oil.
- Neelibhringadi tailam.
So if you are suffering from hair loss, contact expert Ayurvedic Doctors at Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic to find out the cause of your disease and get cured by best Ayurvedic natural treatments in Australia.