In honor of hair loss awareness month we wanted to take this opportunity to share insight on the causes of hair loss from the Ayurvedic perspective. Each of us experiences our own very unique hair journeys. Healthy hair starts at the root and the root begins from within the body. We need to go deeper than the surface as a reminder that many factors contribute to the biological changes of our hair and can be improved by addressing specific root causes, including: diet, lifestyle, anxiety, stress, dehydration, nutrient depletion, and environmental stressors.
One perspective on hairloss as a long term side effect from inflammation due to chronic stress. Chronic immune stress can cause hair loss as a result of an abnormal shift in follicular cycling with a prolonged telogen phase. During the telogen phase, the hair growth cycle is at rest. This delay in the growth of new hair is what triggers hair loss. Fortunately, this condition does not damage the hair follicle itself, allowing holistic, natural, and Ayurvedic intervention to nurture the non-damaged follicles to promote hair growth. Another perspective is due to under nourishment of the bone tissue. Our hair and nails are byproducts of our bone tissue. We have 7 tissues in the body and the bone tissue falls at #5, which means the food that you eat must pass through the gut which, if functioning properly will digest and assimilate the nutrients to the rest of the body and must pass through all previous tissues to get to the next. Also, our bones need vitamin D and our modern lifestyles on the computer have kept us indoors and out of the sun more than our ancestors. We naturally produce vitamin D from the sun that helps strengthen and nourish bones.
Our Hair Wellness Recommendations
1. One of the best prescriptions that doesn't cost anything is
N-a-t-u-r-e. We have been told sun exposure is bad but we believe that everything in moderation is always best. Plus, sun exposure is linked to releasing hormones that make us feel happy. Always use your best judgement.
2. Reduce Inflammation- Seek professional help. Get bloodwork to check your thyroid, if you are low in Vitamin D and iron etc. Eliminate inflammation causing foods from your diet. Become more aware of your stress triggers and how you react towards them. Sleep, rest, make your health and wellbeing priority #1.
3. Nourish the Nervous System- Working with plant medicines like Adaptogens, Ashwagandha, Medicinal Mushrooms, Reishi, Passionflower, Skullcap, Nettles, Burdock, Oatstraw. More rest, naps, digital detox, stay away from the news, yin yoga, self massage, meditation, breathwork exercises, aromatherapy, earthing, grounding and visualization exercises.
4. Check your blood work. Additional supplementation may be required if you are not getting the proper nutrients from your diet. To help promote hair growth prenatal vitamins, iron, calcium, biotin, vitamin D B12.
5. Head massage and dry brushing the scalp is not only a great addition to you haircare routine but it also stimulates the scalp follicles. Stimulating the scalp increases brings more blood flow throughout the head wherever there may be stagnation. Combine this ritual with a hair growth scalp oil for maximum benefits. We love formulas that include one of the best Ayurvedic botanicals for hair growth called Bhringaraj also known as the ‘king of hair’ plant in eastern herbology. As well as, Ayurvedic hair formulas with Amla, Brahmi, Shatavari, Ashwagandha and Hibiscus.
6. Try Ayurvedic treatment Shirodhara which involves a warm stream of medicinal herbal oil on your head. It is one of the best for calming the mind and body relieving stress. The oil formula contains a plant called Brahmi that targets the central nervous system promoting relaxation and hair growth.
7. Check your gut. If you feel that your body is not assimilating your food. It might be wise to check in with your primary physician an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Symptoms might include fatigue, brittle hair & nails, hair loss or digestive issues.
The information provided is purely for educational purposes and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider regarding a medical condition.