Hair Loss Prevention through Ayurveda

Man with hair loss surprizedHair loss is experienced by all of us at one or the other time. To know the causes of hair fall, it is very essential to know the structure of hair and its normal growth cycle.

Structure of Hair

The hair on our scalp can be divided into two parts, the root and shaft. The root part of hair is in the skin (epidermis) of scalp. The hair root is surrounded by a pouch like structure called follicle. The base of hair root is in the shape of a bulb. This bulb is indented by capillaries and nerve fibers. The cells in the center of bulb divide. The newly divided hair cells push the previous cells up. The cells which move upwards die slowly forming hard hair shaft.

Anatomy of human hairThe hair shaft has three layers the cuticle, medulla and cortex.  Cuticle is the outer layers and protects the inner layers.

It is transparent. Healthy cuticle gives a shiny appearance for hair and unhealthy cuticle gives lifeless look.
Medulla is the innermost layer composed of large cells.

Cortex is the layer between cuticle and medulla. This contains pigment and keratin. Cortex determines the bulk and strength of hair.

The hair follicle contains oil secreting glands which make the hair shiny. Stress and illness diminish secretion of oil and pigments causing graying of hair. According to Ayurveda the hair is considered as a tissue which uses the same nutrients of bone and considered as a tissue which is formed as bi-product of bone tissue.

Normal Cycle of Hair Growth

Normal Hair GrowthAbout 10 % of the hair on the scalp is in a resting phase at any given time. The resting hair falls after 2 to 3 months and new hair starts growing in its place. The growing phase continues for 2.25 to 6 yrs. During this phase each hair grows approximately 1 cm per month. At any given time about 90% of the hair on scalp will be in growing phase.

Few strands of hair fall as the part of normal hair growth cycle. But some people may experience excessive hair fall which is more than normal cycle. Excessive hair loss can affect men, women and children.

Causes of Hair Loss

  1. Hormonal imbalance in men and women: In men high concentration of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in hair follicles causes hair fall. In women hormonal imbalances during pregnancy and after delivery cause hair fall.
  2. High amount of sebum in scalp clogs pores of scalp and prevent nutrition to hair follicle.
  3. Inadequate nutrition causes hair fall.
  4. Stress, worry, lack of sleep, worry and anxiety cause hair fall
  5. Long standing diseases like typhoid, viral infections, anemia, surgery etc cause general debility which lead to hair fall
  6. Some medicines used for gout, chemo therapy of cancer, birth control pills, antidepressants etc cause hair fall
  7. Diseases like lupus, diabetes cause hair fall.
  8. Tying hair tightly pulls the hair from follicles and cause traction alopecia.
  9. Heredity also causes hair fall.
  10. Dandruff or Fungal infection of scalp.
  11. Accumulation of dirt on scalp causes blocking of pores and weakens hair roots. This leads to hair fall.

According to Ayurveda the causes of hair loss are described as follows

  1. Too much exposure to dust, sunlight, water and other pollutants.
  2. Too much of sweating.
  3. Irregular sleeping pattern.
  4. Anxiety, depression, insomnia.
  5. Unhygienic way of living
  6. Diseases
  7. Alcohol consumption.

Hair Loss Remedies

  1. Liberal intake of vitamins.
  2. High protein and iron rich diet.
  3. Consumption of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables regularly.
  4. Washing hair regularly (twice weekly) with suitable shampoo.
  5. Using relaxing techniques to overcome stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.
  6. Preventing fungal infections of scalp.
  7. Preventing hairstyles which pull hair.

Due to these causes the tridoshas get vitiated and cause hair loss. The vitiated doshas affect the scalp skin and cause hair fall occurs. Medicated oil with the herbs Bhringaraja (Eclipta Alba), Amalaki (Embelica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) is a best remedy for hair fall. 

Dr. Savitha Suri B.A.M.S is Chief Consultant physician at Chaitanya Integrated Medical Center, Udayagiri, Mysore, Karnataka, India. She is practicing Indian Systems of Medicines since 12 years. By arrangement with http://www.ayurhelp.com


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: 3482      Comments: 27

Comment Hi,

I am suffering from hair loss and dandruff.
Please advise on hair regrowth and getting rid off dandruff.

Thank you!

03-Aug-2016 05:40 AM

Comment i am surendra vaishnav. I am 27 years old, I am facing severe hair los from past 5 years. Currently i am using coconut oil and but the hair loss has become more after using these. Please suggest me any good treatment for hair loss.
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surendra vaishnav
17-Jan-2016 23:43 PM

Comment I am suffering from sever hair fall problem please provide me the solution.

thank u

07-Jul-2015 04:36 AM

Comment Dear mam ,

my hair is day by day falling & full thinning hair what should i do madam pls must



Lal mahamad
24-Mar-2015 05:37 AM

Comment Hello Dr.
I am Kalpana suffering for past 2years from dandruff,hairfall,dry scalp and itchying prblm can you please suggest me

10-Mar-2015 01:43 AM

Comment Hello,
I’m kajol and i am 19years old . I have been suffering from the problem of hair fall for the last one year. Now I’ve very little hair on my head. currently i am using Nutrich oil and vitamin capsule. but this product are not effectable for my hair fall . How can I find a proper treatment for hair loss and to retain my hair? I’m very worried about it. Please suggest a way out.

23-Nov-2014 08:02 AM

Comment dear sir/madam am facing thinning of my hair in center part of head region ,i had first doctor gvn me vb hair tablet and applied tricosilk hair oil to my scalp and now dr has given me harvest tablet and hairbless oil to apply does these medicines thicken my hair or not this has become worrying pl tl me my mobile number is 9986676063

26-Sep-2014 01:06 AM

Comment This is Guru. I am 27 years old, I am facing severe hair los from past 3 month. Currently i am using Nutrich oil and capsule for hair loss, but the hair loss has become more after using these. Please suggest me any good treatment for hair loss.

A guru
20-Sep-2014 07:34 AM

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18-Mar-2014 03:47 AM

Comment Hello Dr
I am 20 yr old I am lossing my hair so vastly and thinning my hair and more breakout before 9 month used accutane tablets for my acne treatment after that only it happened becoming thinner and more hair fall and I have pimples like in my head one or two its more pain some times ....and in forehead it more ...if I apply oil more hair will stick in my hand and lots of hair fall......plz Dr give me or suggestions and any treatment to prevent...
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17-Jan-2014 03:23 AM

Comment Hello mem..
my hair loss daily.& I m 21 year old..
plz mem suggest & prevent my hair loss

11-Oct-2013 01:17 AM

Comment Hello doc sahab
I m 22yr old n i m facing excessive hair fall probably due to stress n anxiety
nothing iz helping i m really going in depressionseeing so much hairs
falling.please help me out

03-Jul-2013 09:13 AM

Comment I am 29 years old.i am facing several hair falls problem.hair falls suddenly ,and it continues from 3 months and makes some round patches,i am trying all the treatment .pls suggest some good treatment for for hair loss

rakesh sharma
04-Jun-2013 12:39 PM

Comment hell mem
i am 20 yeAr old student .i am facing so much hair fall .
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25-May-2013 01:00 AM

Comment Hello Dr.,

This is Aarthi, i am 30yrs old, i am facing hair fall suddenly this winter(from december ).
currently i am using ayurvedic oil for hair massage but not any pills, on every hair wash i have heavy hair fall. is this because of climate or should i check my harmones imbalance if any .Please suggest.


18-Jan-2013 01:09 AM

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05-Jan-2013 10:13 AM

Comment hello mam

I am 21 years old,I am facing hair fall & white hair problem from past 1 year.I used many medicines,But there was no effect to prevent hair fall.currently i am using basic ayurvedas product amla juice & amla capcual for hair fall but this product are not effectable for my hair fall.Please help me.


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Sandeep sharma.

27-Nov-2012 12:09 PM

Comment hi

this is shivendra, I am 22 years old , I am facing severe hair fall from last 2 years.
at this time i am using ayurvedic oil and shampoo but still on effect , please help me out

my no is 9319169301

12-Sep-2012 10:23 AM

Comment Hai i'm 27 years old married women. i am rhematoid arthirits patient. on medication. for pass few months i'm facing severe hair loss. i already tried himalaya syampoo but its still there. pls suggest me any good way to reduca my problem
thanks alot

04-Jul-2012 06:47 AM

Comment to control frontal & central hair loss as well as regrowth...

gopal bhawsar
10-May-2012 10:38 AM

Comment Hello Ma'am

I am 26 yers old. I am facing Male pattern baldness problem . Is there any chance of regrowth,

Please let me know/


19-Feb-2012 04:12 AM

Comment hai, docter... Im naazim... Im at d age of 17... Nd suddenly ma hair started to fall one day... Nd its increasing day by day... Im afraid of being bald... Heriditarily ma father is not bald...
Im realy tensed... Nw... Wot du i du...

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Ph: 04902330021

15-Feb-2012 22:14 PM

Comment Hi my brother is facing hair fall problem. He is at his age of 20. He is afraid of being bald like my father. can u tell a solution for me?

29-Oct-2011 02:43 AM

Comment Hi,
This is Tejas. I am 19 years old,I am facing severe hair fall from last 3 months.
Before this i was taking alophatic treatment my hairs have thinned out all over the body and even got a receding hairline on the scalp....it has become worse now ,,,so please help me....

08-Sep-2011 06:22 AM

Comment I am 21 year old, I am facing hair fall from last 3 years,I used many medicines,But there was no effect to prevent hair fall,please please please suggest me what I do,
my hairs fall upto 60%,please help me

Nanaso Bansode
01-Jul-2011 19:10 PM

Comment Some times dandruff, nutrition deficiency and hereditary also play a role in hair loss. Let me know

28-Nov-2010 12:23 PM

Comment Hi,

This is Mohan. I am 28 years old, I am facing severe hair los from past 2 years. Currently i am using Nutrich oil and capsule for hair loss, but the hair loss has become more after using these. Please suggest me any good treatment for hair loss.

My mail id - pmc.mohan@gmail.com


28-Nov-2010 06:06 AM

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