Hair Care

The condition of the hair of a person is a reflection of the body constitution of the person. If the person is not healthy, then the condition of his hair will clearly reveal that the person is suffering from poor health.

Ayurveda considers hair loss to be a result of the vitiation of pita dosha in the body constitution.

This vitiation is mostly a result of poor diet, illness, too much sweating, over exposure to sunlight and pollutants, anxiety, tension, insomnia, excess intake of tea, coffee, alcohol and consumption of fried, oily, spicy, sour and acid foods. The common diseases affecting hair are dandruff, thinning hair, itchy scalp, balding, premature graying etc.

Diagnosis Ė The Ayurveda Way

All treatments in Ayurveda are prescribed only after a careful diagnosis of the patientís body constitution, family history, sex, age, stage of the disease etc.

The first consultation with an Ayurveda doctor, including the diagnosis will last for more than an hour. The basic step in the diagnosis will be to find the personís body humour (Dosha) ĖVata, Pita or Kapha, because it is the imbalance of these body humours that create every disease.

The dominance of dosha in a person is found by asking several questions on his behaviour, food habits, sleeping patterns, personal details like age, height & weight, place of life, profession, health problems and medical reports etc. Ayurveda diagnosis comprises of clinical and laboratory tests also. The doctor can decide if an Ayurveda treatment is helpful on providing these details.

Pulse, tongue, nail, and eye examinations are important diagnosis methods used to reveal a personís body humour and its imbalance. This will help the doctor in treating the disease.

Pulse diagnosis in Ayurveda is not just counting the beats. It also reveals the health status of the entire body constitution, including the dosha imbalance and the health of the various body organs.

In tongue diagnosis, the doctor checks the general appearance, colour and coating of the tongue. In Ayurveda, as different areas of the tongue correspond to different organs of the body, the Ayurvedic practitioner can determine which organs of the body are out of balance by having a detailed tongue examination.

Nail examination is done to check the type, colour and shape of the personís nail. Imbalances of doshas are easily detected on close examination.

In the eye diagnosis, the colour, size and even the shape of the eyes are important in determining the dosha dominance of a person. His mental status, nervousness, anxiety, confidence level etc can also be learned through eye diagnosis.

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Treatment Methods for Hair Care

After the diagnosis, the doctor sets out to treat the patient in a very systematic manner. This would include a set of appropriate Panchakarma treatments and Rasayana therapies .

The Panchakarma Treatments are meant to flush out the toxins, They are classified as pre-purification, main purification and post purification phases and include various types of therapies like oil massages, fermented liquid massages, medicinal enemas, herbal purification methods.

The Rasayana Therapies are meant to nourish the body, to bring the doshas back to balance and to regenerate the body.These comprise diet regulations, daily regimens, intake of oral medicines and ayurveda tonics, yoga and a stress free life. After the treatment the ayurveda doctors will advise you how to lead a healthy life. T he beneifts and results of the treatment are shown only after the Rasyana Treatment is over and docotrs advise is strictly followed. The results will manifest itself normally after 3 to 4 weeks as the body takes time to regenerate itself.

Panchakarma for Hair Care

Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind.

A few of the following pre-purification methods are usually adopted in the treatment of Hair Care. Abhyangam treatment ( whole body massage with special herbal oils ) is given to the patient It improves blood circulation, rejuvenates the whole body, delays aging, induces sound sleep, promotes vitality, reduces stress and removes toxins. Guuchi, Guggulu and Indian gooseberry are some of the medicinal herbs used in Abhyangam.

Ksheeradhara is continuous pouring of herbal milk in rhythmic ways over the fore head or over the entire body for about 30 to 40 minutes. Medicinal herbs and spices such as gooseberry, nut grass tuber, winter cherry, bala, sandalwood, etc are used in this

Sirodhara therapy refers to the pouring of warm medicated herbal oil on the personís forehead non stop for about 30 to 40 minutes from a suspended oil filled vessel hung 3 or 4 inches above. This medicated oil is made by boiling herbs and fruits such as gooseberry, bael, sandalwood, liquorice, nut grass tuber, winter cherry etc in coconut oil, ghee and milk.

Siropichu is done by placing cotton pad soaked in medicated oil on the head vertex for nearly an hour. Generally, sida and asparagus are the medicinal herbs is used for Haircare.

Main Purification Therapies

Main purification therapies This is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods and are usually overseen by doctors. The commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments for Hair Care are: Nasyam, Virechanam and Vasthi.

Nasyam involves the pouring of herbal oil into the nostrils. This opens up the head channels and enables the herb extracts to act directly on the central nervous system. Treatment lasts for twenty to thirty minutes. The commonly used herbal oil is a mixture of sesame oil and herbs such as sida plants, bael and vitex .

Virechanam is the purgation using oral intake of safe herbal medicines. This eliminates poisonous wastes through the anal route. Generally, the herbs used are turpith, embellia fruits, ginger , cardamom, long pepper, cinnamon etc.

Vasthi is enema therapy; the ace colon cleaning Panchakarma treatment. Special medicines are introduced through the anal route for the evacuation of accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes. Commonly used ingredients are dill seeds, honey, rock salt, herbal pastes, oils and decoctions.

Rasayana Therapies for Hair Care

These are body nourishing therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind after the Panchakarma treatments. They keep the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, restore and balance the body functions and maintain the overall health and well being of an individual for much longer periods after the Panchakarma course. Rasayana treatments for Hair Care consist of oral medicines and diet regulation.

Oral medicines for Hair Care

Herbal medicines form an important part of any ayurvedic treatment. Oral medicines for Hair Care will be extracts of pure medicinal herbs, leaves, spices etc. These are prepared specifically to restore the lost balance and to provide for Hair care. Kashayam and Arishtam - herbal decoctions and fermentations Lehyams Ė semi solid formulation are commonly prescribed.

Neem, ginger, amaltas, nutmeg, liquorices, gooseberry, bael etc are some of the medicinal herbs used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams and arishtams for use in Hair Care treatments.

The type and quantity of the medicines to be taken are decided by the doctor after a detailed consultation and examination. The patientís body type, age etc are also important factors to be considered.

Diet regulations for Hair Care

Diet regulation will be suggested at the time of Hair Care treatments. A Proper diet will assure a healthy and free flowing hair. Ayurveda diet provides adequate nutrition as well as rest for the needed organs.

One should consume whole grains, ghee, green leafy vegetables, fruits, dates and raisins, fresh yoghurt etc. One should consume herbs and spices like turmeric, black pepper, fenugreek cumin etc that aid digestion. This is due to the fact that a nutritious diet is needed for growth of healthy hair. One should also consume large amounts of water through out the day as this will help to flush out the waste matter through the urine.

A diet of natural foods and germinated wheat are recommended. Raw root vegetables, whole wheat bread and honey are recommended. Juice of fresh fruits and vegetables should also be consumed. You can find out your type of Prakruthi and decide a diet for yourself.

Yoga and Life Style for Hair Care

Yoga and Meditation are proven and effective way to develop and maintain perfect harmony and balance in our body systems. It provides us with immunity against all diseases. It alters brain wave activities reflecting in increased relaxation and a better focused mind.

Life style: One should make it a point to get sufficient sleep. It would be advisable to go to bed by 10 pm. One should regularly massage oneís hair and scalp and should use Luke warm water to wash the hair.

One should not, however, expose one self to too much sunís rays. A regular massage is recommended as also steam baths. It is also advised to take at least one or two weeks of rest after the Panchakarma experience. At this time the body is weak after a purification process and needs time to get back to normalcy. Avoid strenuous exercise, late nights, too much television, and other stimulating experiences.

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