Yoga - A Hair Tonic (Preventing Hair Loss)

For any medicine go to the doctor and for a natural cure, come to the yoga!
Like in every sphere, yoga has also been proved effective in decreasing and curing the hair fall. There’s never a NO when it comes to the magnificent role of yoga relating to the treatment of any ailment.
Alopecia is an abnormal baldness or thinning of hair which brings a very annoying and low esteemed feeling in a person. Hair loss can result from surgery, radiation, severe illness, drugs, endocrine disorders, vitamin or mineral deficiency (especially iron), poor form of diet, stress, wrong lifestyle, certain form of dermatitis, pregnancy. These are some of the most common hair loss causing factors. Beware though, it is normal to lose about forty to eighty hair strands per day.

There are certain yoga asanas which have been proved very potent in dealing with the hair loss:

  1. Sarvangasana (Raised Feet Pose) (please note that at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre we practice only Hanging Sirsasana):  Being upside down for 10 minutes or preferably more is the best pose for encouraging the blood circulation to the scalp and hence, stimulates the hair follicles, allowing them to grow again.
  2. Vajrasana: (Diamond pose): sitting on the mat and putting the buttocks on your heels  and both the palms on your knees. It’s a very relaxing posture for the mind, beneficial for the hair growth and cures the digestive fire as well.
  3. Apanasana: This asana is one of the best for detoxifying the digestive tract. Hence, relieves constipation. Also purifies the blood, thereby, improving blood circulation to the hair follicles and promotes hair regrowth.
  4. Balayam Yoga (Prasanna Mudra): Balayam Yoga acts as a hair tonic for the hair, thus, curing almost every hair related problem. Be it the dandruff, male pattern baldness or premature greying of the hair, this yoga practice helps creating a pressure that boosts the hair follicles with a stimulating effect whenever the nails are rubbed hard against each other. This is because the root of the hair follicles of the scalp are connected to the fingernails. It is also known as Prasanna Mudra.

Other General Recommendations:

  • A rinse of scalp with apple cider vinegar or sage tea can help hair grow.
  • Another beneficial method is to massage the scalp with ginger root juice tonic.
  • Lying on a slant board with the head lower for 15- 20 minutes per day will cause the blood to flow to the scalp.
  • Use only natural hair products; avoid using harsh chemical products on hair.

Stimulating hair growth from within by the foods you eat is even more important than what you put on the scalp and hair. One may need to make certain dietary modifications to encourage the hair growth:

  • Include plenty of foods rich in sulphur containing amino acids, L-Cysteine and Z-methionine, which are found in eggs are especially rich source, legumes and cabbage.
  • Cut down on sweets as too much sugar especially (fructose) can cause balding on the sides of forehead.
  • Include foods rich in D vitamins with special emphasis on choline. Choline is plentiful in eggs, wheat germ, legumes (beans, split peas and lentils), oatmeal and brown rice.
  • Essential amino acids.
  • For brittle hair, supplementing the diet with flaxseed oil is beneficial.

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Dr. Shruti Bhardwaj

Yoga Therapy
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