Premature graying of hair
Graying of hair is a common physical change for your hair to change colour and texture as you grow older as a sign of ageing but premature graying of hair is certainly a big problem.
Your body has hair follicles, which are small sacs that line skin cells. Hair follicles have pigment cells known as melanin. This melanin pigment is the reason of your hair colour ,but as you grow older your hair follicles lose this pigment, resulting in graying of hair.
As white hair is characteristic of ageing ,still whitening of hair can appear at any age – even at the age when you are in high school or college.
There could be many ways to stop early graying of hair ,but it depends on the cause .Here are some common causes of early graying of hair –
• Genetics –
If you notice early graying of your hair ,it may be due to your family history of early whitening of hair of your parents or grandparents. Graying of hair due to this cause can’t be reversed.
• Stress –
Stress plays an important role in premature graying of hair.
• Autoimmune diseases –
In autoimmune diseases such as alopecia , vitiligo , immune system attacks on hair and cause loss of hair colour pigment.
• Thyroid Disorder –
Hormonal changes due to thyroid disorder whether it is hyperthyroid or hypothyroid – may be responsible for premature hair graying .
• Vitamin B12 Deficiency –
This vitamin plays an important role in your body .It gives you energy and also it contributes to healthy hair growth and hair colour.
• Smoking –
Smoking constricts blood vessels , which can reduce blood flow to hair follicles and can cause hair loss and graying of hair.
• ENT Disorders –
e.g.Frequent cough and cold also results in premature graying of hair.
• Chemical hair dyes and hair products –
These also contribute to premature graying of hair. Many of these products including shampoos have harmful ingredients that decrease melanin and causes early graying of hair.
Ayurveda Perspective –
In Ayurveda premature graying of hair is termed as palitya .It is considered as pure paitaik disorder .It means when you continuously disturb pitta with your aahar – vihar ,then it can gray your hairs prematurely. Bhrajaka pitta is a subtype of pitta , responsible for the colour and complexion of your skin and hair . Imbalance in Bhrajaka pitta causes insufficient melanin production which results graying of hair.
Line of treatment –
• Panchkarma procedures –
* Shirodhara – especially takradhra ,also shirotaila dhara with amla taila ,Tila taila
* Shirovasti –
* Shirolepa –
* Nasya karma-
• Some effective herbs –
1) Amla –
Eating an amla a day is the best practice not only to treat premature graying of hair ,but it can correct metabolism ,eliminates toxins and is one of the best rejuvenation medicines . You can use amla to prevent premature graying of hair by drinking 30 ml of fresh amla juice daily.
2) Brahmi –
Brahmi boosts brain and is a good nervine tonic. It is used in Ayurveda as a tranquilizer . As stress is the major cause of graying hair ,that’s why Brahmi helps to restore natural hair colour by relieving stress .It can be used in the form of oil to massage and use powder for cooling hair mask.
3) Bhringraj –
It is also called as King of hair. Also it is famous by name Keshranjan.Its powder can be added in hair packs to retain colour of hair.
4) Henna –
It is one of best treatment because of its coloring and conditioning properties.
5) Curry leaves –
Curry leaves works soo effectively when boiled with coconut oil . Regular head massage of that oil work miraculously.
6) Sesame oil and seeds –
Massaging the scalp and hair roots with sesame oil is an effective way to reduce gray hair naturally. You can also consume dry roasted black sesame seeds in morning with a glass of water.
• Yoga –
* Ustrasan –
* Balayam ( Rubbing nails )
* Bhramri pranayam
• Some Ayurvedic Medications –
* Amalaki rasayan
* Saptamrit lauh
* Tapyadi lauh
* Praval panchamrit
• Eat more antioxidants rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables , green tea , olive oil and also maintain healthy and balanced diet.
• Anyone who has white hair resulting from a vitamin deficiency should consume more foods loaded with those vitamins like seafood,eggs for vitamin B12 and milk ,cheese are excellent source of vitamin D.
• Protect your hair from harsh sun rays by wearing a cap.
• Quit smoking and alcohol.
• Cleanse your hair with lukewarm water not hot water.
• Avoid usage of chemical agents for dyeing and stylish your hair.
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