Herbs for Hair loss

Herbs for Hair loss that are useful

By Veeena Deo

 

This article discusses herbs for hair loss that one can follow easily.

Hair is a part of beauty and one’s personality since ancient times. Hair means a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal or a human being. Virtually all hair follicles undergo cyclic activity. Ref. F.W.J. (Gement. 1926.16.287). Khigman. A.M. Arch Departmental, 1961-83-175

Anagen is in which a hair follicle is produced, and is the active phase of the hair growth cycle preceding telogen. Telogen is in which the fully formed club hairs remain anchored in the follicles by the expanded base, and the dermal papilla lies free of the epidermal matrix. It is a resting phase of hair cycle usually lasts about 3 months.

Catagen is between Anagen and Telogen which is a relatively short transition phase, in which newly formed club hair moves towards the skin surface. There are many experimental and clinical evidences which show that hormones and nutrition have an influence on hair growth.


Let us discuss about the some types of hair loss and ultimately causing baldness and Ayurveda herbs as solutions-

Male Pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss that is caused by hormones, genes and age.

Female Patter baldness is a progressive thinning of hair thought the entire head caused by genes, age and hormones.

Scarring Alopecia is Patchy hair loss with obvious sign of inflammation on the scalp.

Senescent  Alopecia, naturally occurs with Aging. During this process of aging hair growth and the diameter of hair follicle decreases.

Telogen Efficevium, is a condition that causes an increased number of hairs to enter  into resting phase. It usually occurs in response to various emotional conditions like trauma, illness etc.Telogen loss is loss of hair during resting phase.

Causes of hair loss include inadequate protein, (Protein is present on healthy scalps. It appears to inhibit the binding of dihydrotestrosteron to its receptor. This protein appears to be absent in androgenentic alopecia) Mal nutrition, high level of Vitamin A, deficiency of biotin, weak thyroid function, hormonal imbalance, insufficient estrogen, family history of hair loss, anemia, chronic fever etc. Hair loss occurs when hair follicle stops producing hair growth. Hair loss occurs due to having too much of chemical i.e., dihydrotestosterone (DTH) in the scalp . There are generally traditional solutions available and also herbs based Ayurveda remedies also to be looked at.

If a man experiences premature hair loss, then there must be a high level of DHT on his scalp. DHT occurs when the enzyme 5 alpha reductase converts male hormone testosterone into DHT. DHT then acts as hormone inhibitor and slows down the process of hair growth from the follicle. After some time, the hair follicle shrinks and becomes unable to produce hair.

Treatment of hair loss via traditional medicine, include using DHT inhibitors- 5 Alpha – Reductase.  Inhibitor prevents the body from converting testosterone to DHT by blocking the action of the enzyme 5- alpha – reductase, Growth stimulants, Anti androgens, Anti-inflammatory products. There are some US FDA products for hair loss and or baldness, Minoxidil and Finasteride (Pills), Corticosteroid.

Natural supplements and herbal solutions for hair loss are safe and they should have no side effects. These include-

Green Tea – Antioxidant called catechins present in it, inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha- reductase, which  is responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.

Saw Palmetto is a good herb – External application, blocks the formation of dihydrotestosterone. It helps to revive hair follicles, improves hair strength, makes scalp less sensitive to stress problems. It contains Betasitesterol. Betasitesterol, belongs to the group of plant extract known as Phytosterols. It is found in rice, wheat germ, avocado, pumpkin seed etc. One small study shows a positive effect on male hair loss in combination with Saw palmetto. Ref: Prager N.,Bickett K, French N, Marcovici G ( 2002) “A randomized double blind ,placebo controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of botanically derived inhibitors of 5-alpha-reductase in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine.’’ 8(2): 143-52 doi: 10.1089/107555302317371433 PMID 12006122

Aloe Vera herb - It has an enzyme called superoxide dismutase. (Superoxide dismutase : a metal containing antioxidant enzyme that reduces potentially harmful free radicals of  oxygen formed during  normal metabolic cell processes  to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide) Researcher proved that superoxide dismutase stimulates hair growth and decreases hair loss.

Coconut oil - Ayurveda recommends fresh oil, prepared by boiling the milk of coconut, is helpful for hair loss and  baldness. Ref.: (IMM) its local application is advisable in alopecia and in loss of hair after fever. Ref. : (Glossary, chopra RN et al, 1956, CSFR 73) Pterocarpus marsupium. Anti inflammatory promotes hair growth.

Neem – Ayurveda says this herb / fruit prevents hair loss and as an antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and helps with dandruff also.  It is also effective in fungal infections of scalp (Fungal infections on scalp, mostly occurs due to Tinea Capitis. When scalp get affected by this infection patches of hair loss occur in the scalp. Itching & inflammation occurs on the affected area. When this fungus gets into the hair fibers in the affected area the hair becomes brittle and breaks of easily).

Triphala (3 fruits) – is a Combination of Amla or Indian Gooseberry, Chebulic and Belleric. Use the decoction of Triphala (or also available as ingestible tablets) along with Shikakai and Jatamansi( Nardostachys Jatamansi) for cleansing of hair. Makes the hair soft and healthy and helps to promote hair growth. In the end Ayurveda, herbs offer hair loss remedies that have no side effects as compared to western medicines.

I hope the above herbs for hair loss help all to address this condition.

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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information  is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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