Does Ayurveda Cure Hair Loss?

Ayurvedic treatment is one of the most debatable matters among the doctors. This holds true for the hair loss too. There is a difference of opinions on whether Ayurveda can cure hair loss. Some say that Ayurveda is the most natural way to cure hair loss. This is because it concentrates on supplementing the hair with the right nutrients. While others prefer technological tools and allopathic medicines as they are more effective and functional.

The best approach is to understand the cause of hair loss. Hair loss can be due to a wide variety of reasons. It may be hereditary or may be due to illness. Other causes may be medication side-effects, smoking, alcohol consumption, nutritional imbalance, and much more. Not all cases can be treated in the same way. For example, hair loss due to nutritional imbalance can be very effectively treated with the help of Ayurvedic medicines. On the other hand, ‘genetic hair loss’ may or may not be controlled with Ayurveda. Also, once the hormones are dead, it is not possible to grow back hair with the help of Ayurveda. At such times, the technological solution like implanting new hormones helps recover the lost hair.

It is important to understand the Ayurvedic approach of treating the hair fall. Ayurveda focuses on recovering the lost nutritional value of the hair. This it does in two stages. The first stage includes eliminating certain intake which causes hair fall. This involves spicy, oily and salty food, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc. And the second stage of the process comprises of including the right nutritional content. Aloe Vera, olive oil, almonds, Amalaki, etc in the form of medicine, diet or hair oil are introduced at this stage. However traditional this approach seems, it is very effective if a person’s hair fall is not genetic.

But some doctors are against this opinion. They claim that oil on the hair gets heated and transfers this heat inside the scalp. This damages the hair internally and thus cause even more hair loss. These doctors don’t preach ‘against the oiling of hair’. Instead, they recommend the use of water soluble oils that gets washed away with water and that too in less quantity. These doctors are of the view that modern medicine and technological solutions are more effective and long lasting. This is because it attacks the root of the hair loss problem rather than the trial and error approach of its Ayurvedic counterpart.

It is unfair to do the comparison of the Ayurvedic treatment with the modern treatment. This is because they are very different in their approach. The best possible course is to treat the hair fall with Ayurveda in its early stages. It is more cost effective and most of the times provide good results. And if it fails to provide satisfactory results within a year then a person can undergo medical diagnosis. Medical diagnosis will help a person identify the actual cause of hair loss (whether hormonal or something else). Having a first-hand knowledge of the cause helps a person in making better medical decisions. He/She can then opt for surgery or allopathic medicine, whichever is suitable.

On a concluding note, Ayurveda can cure hair loss. However, if it is not working for you, it is not advisable to rely on it until the very end.

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