According to Ayurveda, pitta dosha is the primary cause of hair loss. Pitta dosha could be reversed through diet and lifestyle modifications. Ayurvedic medicine for hair loss contains herbs that can arrest hair fall and improve hair growth.
These herbal medicines are available largely in the form of hair oil.
For centuries, hair oil prepared with the leaves of the Eclipta alba plant has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for hair loss. Application of Eclipta alba or Bhringaraj oil on the scalp helps to support the normal hair growth cycle.
It significantly reduces the time needed to initiate hair growth. In the anagenic phase of the hair growth cycle, Eclipta alba helps to activate a greater number of hair follicles, which helps to thicken the crowning glory. Regular application of Bhrigraj oil might help to prevent alopecia.
Dandruff is an important cause of excess hair fall. Applying hair oil containing amla or Phyllanthus emblica fruit extract could help to reduce dandruff growth on the scalp.
This Ayurvedic preparation is toxic against fungi that live on the skin. It also possesses strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to prevent inflammatory conditions of the scalp.
Alopecia or male pattern baldness could be induced by hormonal imbalance. Excessive hair loss triggered by the abnormal activities of the male hormone androgen also occurs in women. Cuscuta reflexa is recommended in Ayurveda for reversing male pattern baldness.
It helps to arrest hair fall by improving the anagen/telogen ratio. In normal circumstances, almost 85% of the hair remains in the anagen phase. By activating the hair follicles, Cuscuta reflexa extract helps to increase the follicular density on the scalp.Conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone is the key cause of permanent hair loss in men. Experimental studies suggest that this Ayurvedic remedy could suppress activities of enzymes that induce conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
The fruits of Citrullus colocynthis are recommended in Ayurvedic texts for promoting hair growth and preventing alopecia. Topical application of Citrullus colocynthis fruit pulp on the scalp helps to sustain growth and development of hair in the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.
Excess hair loss is usually a sign of a shorter anagen and telogen phases. In addition, this herb helps to increase the number of active hair follicles on the scalp. Citrullus colocynthis is especially beneficial for people suffering from androgen-induced hair loss.
Tectona grandis is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines for hair loss. The plant compounds present in the seeds of Tectona grandis assists growth and development of hair follicles. Treatment with Tectonia grandis seed extracts significantly enhances the hair growth initiation time. In the anagenic phase of hair growth, it could activate a greater number of hair follicles, making the manes thicker.
Shikakai is the fruit for the hair. Owing to the foaming effect of the sapopins, Shikakai is used as a safer natural alternative to chemical shampoos. The pods of Acacia concinna are noted for their anti-dandruff activities.