Hair loss – Herbal Remedies

Hair loss is not a disease, but a sign of insufficient nutrition. However hair loss causes a lot of mental agony which may result in a very stressful life. There is no permanent cure for Male pattern baldness at this point of time (other than slowing the process),  however every other hair fall issue can be tackled by proper nutrition and through certain herbs.

Home Remedies to Control Hair Loss:

Home Remedy for Hair LossCut Down on Meat: Ayurveda advises Sattvik Diet (A diet devoid of meat) for reducing hair fall. It was considered just as a religious belief until recently, however recent research proves that cutting down on meat can prevent hair loss. Hormonal imbalances are the primary cause of hair loss. Excessive production of sebum in the scalp might result in 5-alpha reductase and hence result in hair loss. Animal fat intake is the single major reason for increased sebum production. This study conducted by the Japanese scientists proves beyond doubt that meat consumption is linked to hair fall. So cut down on meat.

Use Herbal Oils for Scalp Massage: Certain medicated oils like Mahabhringraj oil, Amla oil, and Arnica oil are extremely good for stimulating the follicle cells and thereby increases the hair density. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) has numerous health benefits and when it is mixed with extra virgin coconut oil, it nourishes the hair follicles.

Herb Saw Palmetto: In a recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine says that saw palmetto (serenoa repens) may increase hair growth in men. For centuries people used saw palmetto to control hair loss in both men and women.

Iodine: Hypothyroidism is one of the reasons for hair loss. It is more pronounced among people who drink tap water (Chlorine and Florine in water prevents iodine absorption by the body), cut down on drinking tap water. Adding sea vegetables to the diet may improve this condition. (Know more about Iodine and its supplements).

Essential Fatty Acids: Walnuts and Flax seeds are excellent source of the essential fatty acids that improve hair growth. Make sure to add walnuts and flax seeds to your daily diet.

Vitamin B complex: B Complex vitamins especially Biotin (Vitamin B7) and Vitamin B 6 improve hair and scalp health. Avoid refined foods and instead use brown rice, oats and nutritional yeast for better hair health.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C has no direct role to play in controlling hair fall, but it improves collagen production. Collagen surrounds the hair follicle and as we age the collagen production decreases, so hair fall increases. Vitamin C improves collagen production. Adding foods rich in vitamin C aids in controlling hair fall. Indian Gooseberry is an excellent source of Vitamin C, in addition to Vitamin C it also posses several agents that control hair fall.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent breakage. [know more about Vitamin E and its sources]

Iron and Zinc: Iron and Zinc are two minerals that is very important for hair growth. [Know more about Iron and Zinc, and the sources]


Right Diet to Control hair loss
According to Ayurveda Pitta imbalance is responsible for hair loss and Ayurveda advises these following diet changes to control hair loss.
Do’s: Dont’s:
  • A diet rich in protein like Indian buttermilk (low fat), legumes and pulses.
  • Seeds, nuts and whole grains that provides the essential fatty acids and wholesome nutrition.
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  • Sprouts made from Moong or Chana dal (Chickpea).
  • Raw diet that brings down pitta. 
  • Avoid fried, spicy and sour foods, as they increase pitta.
  • Avoid high fat dairy and pickles
  • Avoid Caffinated drinks like tea and coffee
  • Avoid Meat, alcohol and smoking.
  • Completely avoid refined foods, chemicals and refined sugar.

About the author


Ajithkumar, an Engineer and a management professional is the founder of AlternativeMedicineWiz.com. He’s practiced Yoga and Pranayama for more than a decade, after learning it from his renowned guru Gireeshan. He has a keen interest in Ayurveda and Siddha medicine.

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