Hair loss is a common condition that almost everyone we know complains about. But that turns into a concern when bald patches start to appear. Did you ignore hair loss for another seasonal effect? Have you recently noticed a bald patch whenever you brush your hair? While it is a condition that affects millions of people, it may hamper your confidence. If you have noticed a small patch, it is time for you to know how to deal with bald patches before it turns into severe hair loss that affects the entire scalp.
Health Shots asked Dr Ramakant Yadav, Associate Professor, Of the Kayachikitsa department at All India Institute of Ayurveda, to share some ways for people to deal with bald patches.
How to deal with bald patches?
Generally, bald spots develop due to several different health conditions that should be addressed in time. In medical terminology, bald spots develop due to a condition known as Alopecia areata, where hair loss occurs in patches. It either appears on the scalp, around the beard, or on the face. It is a condition that is mostly associated with autoimmunity, which is a condition where the system makes a mistake and attacks its own tissues and organs, explains Dr Yadav.
Some of the other reasons for bald patches include fungal infections, exposure to toxic products, and stress, he adds.
How to deal with bald patches with Ayurveda?
In Ayurveda, the bald patches are known as Indralupta. “The science of Ayurveda is based upon the Tri Dosh, which means Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. If the Vata and Pitta around the face area increase due to any reason it ultimately results in the falling of hair,” elucidates Dr Yadav.
Ayurveda is a holistic practice that has been used throughout history to treat all kinds of health conditions, and bald patch is no different. The expert says that Ayurveda is a holistic treatment that helps in the growth of hair. However, medicines are prescribed after a thorough examination of the patient.
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Ayurveda home remedies for bald patches
If your condition is not too serious and you have been noticing some hair thinning, then these home remedies may be of help, recommends the expert.
1. Amla for hair growth
We bet that you must have heard of using Amla or Indian Gooseberry for hair growth from your mother or grandmother. Eating or applying Amla oil to the scalp to keep your hair healthy and nourished may work. He says that intake of Amla acts as a hair tonic that helps in maintaining your hair and keeping them healthy.
Studies have also shown that Amla can be an effective remedy for hair loss. An Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine study found that a herbal mixture containing Amla powder can strengthen hair and induce hair growth.
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2. Bhringraj for healthy hair growth
Also known as false daisy, Bhringraj is another effective remedy that may help you deal with bald patches. It increases blood circulation in the scalp and activates the hair follicles, which help enhance hair growth. Bhringraj powder is easily available in Ayurveda stores and can be used to wash hair.
Did you know that Reetha is a widely used foaming agent used in shampoos? Yes, and for all the right reasons. This age-old remedy is extremely healthy for your hair. Dr Yadav calls it a natural shampoo that acts as a great cleanser for your hair. Soak it overnight and use it the next morning as a shampoo for hair growth.
Rasayana therapy for patchy bald spots
While these home remedies can help, there’s little you can do when your body is not supporting the process. Dr Yadav recommends that patchy bald spots that occur due to autoimmune reasons need expert attention. He advises that the patient can undergo Rasayana therapy, which is a rejuvenation therapy to maintain and promote overall health. Upon consultation, the Ayurveda expert will also recommend Ayurvedic drugs that should be used according to the patient’s condition, he adds.