Alopecia

alopecia

Alopecia is also known as spot baldness and is an autoimmune disorder in which hair is lost from some or all parts of the body,usually from scalp due to the body’s failure to recognize its own body cells and destroys its own tissues as if it were an invader.

 

Pitha pacification is the primary ayurvedic hair loss treatment via necessary pitha pacification diet and pitha reducing ayurvedic medication. Iron deficiency if exists also has to be corrected. Food and medicines with bitter and sweet in potency are very good for pacifying pitha dosha.

 

Ayurvedic medicated hair oil which contains Malti(Jasminum grandifolium )is highly effective for alopecia.

 

Ayurvedic tonics and powders for liver strengthening and blood purification also provide benefit in this condition.

 

Ayurvedic rasayana preparations for boosting iron level, increasing the bodily immune function and to nourish body tissues including bone tissues is a well-regarded method in ayurvedic therapy because ayurveda believes hair and nail as the bi-products of bone tissue formation.

 

Panchakarma as an alopecia treatment

 

Panchakarma essentially means five (pancha) remedial measures (karma) in which body is cleansed from an ayurvedic perspective. Panchakarma cleanse is usually seen as a supplement to the rest of the therapy for alopecia.

 

Specific areas of panchakarma suggested are Nasya, Ksheera vasthi (medicated enema particularly for severe pitha imbalance) and shirodhara (ayurvedic head massage) for balancing hormone and stress level.

 

Nasya is a nasal therapy or administration of ayurvedic medication through the nasal cavity. Nasya helps in elimination of toxins through the nose. Nasya is a very useful ayurvedic therapy for indications such as alopecia, premature greying, acne and sinusitis.

Virechana is a medical purgation therapy and is helpful in reducing excess pitha dosha which is excellent in management of alopecia.

 

Ksheeravasthi is a type of vasthi therapy with milk. This is helpful in reducing pitha dosha. Vasthi is a soothing treatment for vata dosha and it also promotes bone tissue formation.

 

Shirodhara: Your practitioner gently pours a continuous stream of warm medicated oil over forehead for about 30 to 60 minutes. In some other special situations, oil is replaced with medicated herbal liquids. Shirodhara is indicated for baldness, hair loss and greying of hair.

 

Hypertension

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure or arterial hyper tension is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistentently elevated.

 

According to Ayurveda, high blood pressure involves all the doshas, the heart, and the blood vessels. We can see signs and symptoms of derangement of vata dosha mainly that of ‘Vyana vayu’ in high blood pressure. The treatment is to correct the balance of vata dosha.Pitta vitiation is also seen often and should be treated.

People with Pitta and Vata predominant constitution and Pitta and Vata imbalance, are more prone to hypertension than any other. Unprocessed anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and fear leads to mal-adaptation of the endocrine system, which then leads to conditions like hypertension. Treatment is based on bringing these imbalances back to normal. In the treatment of hypertension; nutrition, exercise, breathing exercises (Pranayama), yoga, meditation, behavioral modification along with various herbs and minerals are prescribed.

 

Pancha karma

Shiro dhara, Shiro lepam, Shiro pichu, Takra dhara.

 

Ayurvedic Diet for Hypertension:

 

Reduce meat, eggs and salt

Reduce protein intake

Follow the following vegetarian diet:

Vegetables: Garlic, lemon,parsley,

Fruits: Indian Gooseberry,Grapefruit, watermelon,

Dairy: Milk,Cottage cheese,clarified butter.

Limit sodium in the diet.

Cigarette smokers tend to have high blood pressure. Nicotine increases the resting heart rate and increases the release of the adrenaline so quit smoking.

Correct your diet and control your weight. One important thing to do is lose any excess amount of body fat you have

 

Regular Exercise is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure. Exercise has to be of right kind. A good exercise programme, particularly endurance exercises such as jogging or athletics, will cause the peripheral resistance to decrease. Exercise helps to eliminate body fat, lower total cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol that prevents fatty – cholesterol deposits. According to Ayurveda exercise improves the body, depletes excess fats, brings lightness of the body.

Improving your lifestyle by adoption of ethical elements mentioned in ‘Achara Rasayana’ is must if you really want to stay away from mental and physical stress and from eventual hypertension. It is certain that stress can cause hypertension. Anxiety, secondary to acute stage can cause rise in your blood pressure. Relaxation and removal of stress will help to lower mildly elevated levels of blood pressure.

Nurture love and affection. Love and affection and affectionate touch can significantly drop, your blood pressure.

Speak truth. Lying has been found to boost blood pressure, because it require a lot of mental exercise. The more you lie, more you add tension, hence you are likely to get more stress, speak gently; don’t get annoyed, speaking loudly and rapidly can significantly raise your blood pressure during conversation. Sudden risk can shoot up your blood pressure higher. Chronic anger produces elevation in blood pressure and it can be a serious risk factor for coronary – heart – disease. So be cool, speak softly and even if it is event of extreme displeasure.

Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter is as good as relaxation therapy, exercise or other methods used to overcome stress. Study shows that laughter decreases adrenaline and cortisol production. Laughter can help you if you are having high blood pressure. If you are frustrated, unhappy, angry, just laugh and find yourself away from rage. It is of the effective medicine you always have with your, without spending a penny for it.

 

Yoga and Breath Therapy for Hypertension:

For complete tranquillity of mind, meditate in Corpse Pose. First, concentrate on the incoming and outgoing breath, focusing on the temperature of the breath as it flows in and out. You may notice the exhaled air is slightly warmer than the inhaled air. If you focus the mind on the breath for 10 minutes, mental disturbance gets diminished and blood pressure normalizes. Then you can meditate.

Research has now shown that regular practice of Corpse Pose controls high blood pressure. Meditating and practicing breathing exercises regularly are essential to establishing a new relaxation response in place of the hypertensive reflex to stress. Chanting the mantra ‘OM’ or listening to a recording of it in the early morning and evening is also beneficial.