Stress, hormonal imbalance, and aging can cause hair loss. The cause of hair loss and graying can be internal and external. Ashwagandha combats all of these negative conditions that cause unhealthy hair. It also helps strengthen the hair roots and fight premature graying. Know what affects your hair and how to deal with it using Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is a rasayana or elixir in the Ayurvedic arsenal that helps to preserve youth and reverse aging.1 So how does this herb work its magic on your tresses?
A rule of thumb – a healthy head of hair can be traced back to a healthy body! Ashwagandha can reduce stress, inflammation, and even cortisol levels in the body, working as a general health tonic especially as you age.2
By hitting straight at the roots (pun unintended!) of aging, it can help reduce hair loss and prevent graying – the natural signs of aging. Ashwagandha also has a role to play in improving the overall health, consequently promoting healthy hair growth.3
In Ayurveda, depending on the body’s constitution, people are classified into three doshas or body types – vata, pitta, and kapha. Those with a pitta constitution (a fiery nature in both body and mind) often report premature graying of hair and hair loss and are prescribed ashwagandha as a remedy.4
Stop The Fall
Several conditions such as stress, hormonal imbalance, and just simple aging can cause hair loss. Ashwagandha’s role in treating systemic illnesses comes into play here.
- Ashwagandha promotes restorative sleep and works to reduce the negative effects of anxiety, a sure trigger for hair fall.5
- It is also said to strengthen the hair roots. A hair tonic made with a few twigs of the herb and a neutral hair oil such as coconut can be used daily to reduce hair fall.
- When combined with the herb guduchi (tinospora cordifolia) in a tonic, ashwagandha can provide support to the bones and increase the ability of the scalp to hold the hair.6
Keep The Grays Away
The ashwagandha root is known to slow down age-related graying of hair and also prevent premature graying.
In a study conducted on elderly men, ashwagandha was found to help increase the melanin content of hair, among other benefits, with minimal toxicity.7
The Final Hairline
Though ashwagandha can be used to treat a variety of conditions, it is important NOT to self-administer it. Always consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before starting an ashwagandha regimen.
In some cases, adverse effects such as overgrowth of facial hair have been observed in patients, owing to ashwagandha’s action on the hormonal system.8
It’s important to take stock of your hormonal health, among other factors, before starting a course of ashwagandha – an Ayurvedic doctor will help you take these steps.
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|2.||↑||Dwivedi, K. K., and R. H. Singh. “A study on geriatric patients and response of Ashwagandha as anti-aging agent.” PhD diss., Ph. D. Thesis, Kayachikitsa, Banaras Hindu University, 1997.|
|3.||↑||Rathi, Vaishali, Jagdish Chandra Rathi, S. Tamizharasia, and Anupam Kumar Pathakb. “Phcog Rev.: Short Review Plants used for hair growth promotion: A review.” Pharmacognosy Reviews 2, no. 3 (2008).|
|4.||↑||Verret, D. J. Patient Guide to Hair Loss & Hair Restoration. WJ Sonnier Publishing. 2009.|
|5.||↑||Kalani, Amir, Gul Bahtiyar, and Alan Sacerdote. “Ashwagandha root in the treatment of non-classical adrenal hyperplasia.” BMJ case reports 2012 (2012): bcr2012006989.|
|6.||↑||Pathak, Sandhya, Ashwini Patil, S. G. Girbide, and K. N. Kadam. “Management Of Khalitya WSR To Androgenetic Alopecia Through Jalaukavcharana By Ayurveda: A Case Study.” Interntional Ayurvedic Medical Journal.|
|7.||↑||Mishra, Lakshmi-Chandra, Betsy B. Singh, and Simon Dagenais. “Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Withania somnifera (ashwagandha): a review.” Alternative medicine review 5, no. 4 (2000): 334-346.|
|8.||↑||Nguyen, Diep Dinh, Cheryl Lyda Dabon Almirante, Shilpa Swamy, Lauren A. Willard, Danielle Castillo, and Romesh Khardori. “SUN-4: Effect of ashwagandha on adrenal hormones.” (2013).|