Baldness (Alopecia) and Alopacia Areata

and its Ayurvedic Management


Hair loss or baldness is usually caused because of genetics (inherited tendency), disease, medications, stress, injury or damage to the hair. Generalized hair loss is termed Alopecia whereas small, circular bald patches are termed as Alopecia Areata. Alopecia barbae is also one of the types of alopecia, it causes some men to experience bald patches in the beard area. The two conditions have been clubbed here together because of similarity of symptoms, and the Ayurvedic principles of treatment for both are described here. It is noteworthy to mention here that treatment is usually effective for premature hair loss, and where the cause is amenable to treatment.

In Ayurveda, baldness is termed as "Khalitya" in Ayurveda. Alopecia areata is termed as "Indralupta". Ayurvedic herbal treatment is aimed at treating known causes, immuno-restoration, treating the local scalp condition and reducing stress.

Ayurveda Treatment:

1. Local Treatment

Medicated oils are used for local application. Some of the commonly used oils are: Vranashodhan oil, Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) oil, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) oil, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) oil, Jaswand (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) oil, Vatajatadi oil and Bhallatak (Semicarpus anacardium) oil. Some Ayurvedic physicians use leech therapy at the bald spots before using the above mentioned local medications. Some advise a course of enemas of medicated milk (called as "Tikta-Ksheer Basti") in conditions of extensive hair loss.

2. Immunomodulators

Some medicines which are used orally are: Arogya Vardhini, Gandhak Rasayan, Laxadi Guggulu, Rasayan [ a combination of Gokshur(Tribulus terrestris), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)].

Ayurveda believes hair to originate from the "Asthi" or bone tissue, and therefore, to treat hair loss, medicines to strengthen bone are given orally on a long-term basis. Some medicines used for this purpose are: Pancha Tikta Ghruta, Mahatikta Ghruta, Praval Panchamruta, Laxa and Asthishrunkhla (Cissus quadrangularis). Milk and black gram are advised for consumption in large quantities.

Medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and Vacha(Acorus calamus) are given orally to reduce stress.

3. Detoxification (Panchakarma) Treatment

It is believed that regular application of medicated oils in the nose (a procedure called "Pratimarsha Nasya") has an important role to play in preventing premature baldness and graying of hair. Anu oil and Panchendriya Vardhan oil are usually used for this procedure. 

Information provided in this article is for the sole purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician.  


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Views: 3546      Comments: 16

Comment 10 year old alopecia areata start small patch then gradually increase the size of patch now it cover the full head. take lot of treatment ayurveda also but not get satisfied result. is it curable what is the treatment

13-Dec-2019 07:38 AM

Comment Dear Doctor,
my my son has alopecia. can you please give some medication. please let me know how I can get this done.

shoba Ramachandran
02-Dec-2019 15:15 PM

Comment Dears,
I have an alopecia areata for 5 years.. Is it any cure for it..

Eli Drakulovska
08-Jan-2019 13:39 PM

Comment I am Male 28. From past 2 years.front side of My hairs becoming thin and dry.Before that i am having thick and full hairs.but know front side only i am losing my hairs. Please help me.

10-Sep-2014 06:28 AM

Comment my daughter,20 years, has bald spots,in childhood growth was good,unhealthy eating habits,sleeping patterns....plz help

19-May-2014 02:14 AM

Comment Alopecia or Hair loss affects many millions worldwide each year, and is just as likely to be experienced by women as well as men. Even children can lose their hair. Technically known as Alopecia, it can be the result of heredity, medical conditions, even medications and weakness of matrix cells in the roots of our hairs. Ayurvedic Keshking Hair oil reactivate the matrix cells of the roots and prevents the problems of long grow of hair, shining, maintain colour deep nourishment of hair roots & scalp, checks loss of hair, stops premature of hair, prevents from dandruff, whiteness, regrowth of hairs, sleeplessness & headache.

David Roades
07-Apr-2014 01:37 AM

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Under taker
22-Mar-2014 07:01 AM

Comment sir mai 24 saal ka hu mujhe do sal se bal jhdne ki bimari hai mere sir ki side khali ho chuki hai plz ap mujhe ilaj btae mai kafi pareshan hota hu is bimari ko lekar shukriya

05-Jan-2014 07:12 AM

Comment Sir my daughter now 14 has lost all her hair, few years ago her hair came back with steroid creams by doctor but now no more, can you help, she has alopecia ans she has gone completely bold, except a patch or two at back of head, pleas help

najib ullah
17-Oct-2013 20:08 PM

Comment sir my name is sruthi i am from khammam(andraprdesh) i am suffering from alopecia(penukorukudu) at mustache it is incresing from fromday by day a alot i prefered many medicines but its not working i am loosin my hair totally so please give me a fast recovery solution for penukorukudu plsss

07-Oct-2013 03:25 AM

Comment heloo dear sir .madam sir baat ye h ki mere hair faal bahut jayada hota h or side s bhi bladness ho gyaa h m sir aab amla ka powder leta hun .pls aap mujhe koi solution btaye taki mere hair fall na ho ho baal bhi aaa jaye pls sir help me .....sir first time m ye commnet fillup kar rha hun or aap badiya sa solution d...... Thanks,,,,,

28-Aug-2013 07:04 AM

Comment Sir phele mere bal bahut ghne the par dhire dhire ye kam hote ja rhe h..mere sir ki chamdi dikhne lgi h, koi upay btaiye..me rajastha jodhpur me rhta hu..dhanywad

Javed khan
18-Jul-2013 03:31 AM

Comment Sir,meri beti ki age-6.4 years hai,uske Sar me ek jagah pe round me bal nikal gaye hai,
dr. ke puchane ke bad alopecia bata raha hai.iska koi elag bataye. pl help me sir. thank you.

Neeraj vishwakarma
26-Jun-2013 14:16 PM

Comment sir my name is anil i am from anantapur andhrapradesh(state) if you give me a permanent solution for alopecia(penukorukudu)at mustache. i am suffering from last oneyear when i will take treatment it will cure when i stop treatment it will come.

05-Jun-2013 07:00 AM

Comment Sir, meri ladki jiski umar 14 saal hai, uske sar mai teen/char jagha se patches ben gaye hai, kya koi upchar hai... thanks

31-Jan-2013 01:58 AM

Comment sir mera ladka jiski age 7 saal hai ...uske sar mai do..teen jagha se gol..gol bal ud rahe hai ..sir koi upchar batae..danyvaad..

30-Oct-2012 22:23 PM

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