PALITYA – PRE MATURE GREYING OF HAIR – HERBAL REMEDIES

Grey hair is a familiar sign of ageing but at times graying starts at young age. The age when greying starts depends on your genetic inheritance. Loss of hair color before the age of 35 is termed premature greying. In Ayurveda this is called Palitya. Persons with pitta type of constitution are prone to be affected by this ailment. A white hair is produced by the formation of numerous air spaces throughout the cells composing it.

Loss of hair color is due to a gradual decline in the production of a pigment- melanin the Bhrajaka Pitta in Ayurveda terminology , in the hair bulb. White hair has no pigment, and gray hair has some but not as much as a red, black or brown hair. Not all hairs respond in the same way or at the same time. So the graying process usually is gradual. The first grey hair usually appears near the temples the region of Shankha marma . Then the greyness spreads to the crown, and later to the back of the head.

# Rapid Graying : A black colour or the natural darkness of the hair cannot of itself suddenly turn white. Hairs grow for years with pigment inside them, and since they are ‘dead’ there is no process by which the melanin throughout a hair can be naturally destroyed rapidly (although it may be bleached by sunlight over many years). Apparent rapid greying may be due to a selective shedding of pigmented hair in a person who has some gray hairs, which are retained. Shedding of this kind usually takes several months, but can happen within a few days.

# CAUSES OF GREYING :

1. Stress and tension, Excessive passion, anger and psychic strain.which tightens the scalp and reduces circulation-Pitta aggravating life style. 2. Poor diet and imbalanced diet like – Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, and fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods – Pitta aggravating diet. 3. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause. 4. Strong Medication for acute disease prolonged medication for chronic disease. 5. Illness and/or allergies sinusitis (peenas) and allergic rhinitis 6. Over-use of dyes 7. Genetic tendencies

Ayurveda further explains that in order to get thick glossy hair, one must ensure the roots are firm and the scalp healthy. Just as drought and blazing heat destroys a lawn, heat is detrimental to hair. Too much sun can dry the hair and weaken the scalp and hair roots.

Sometimes hair loss results from “high heat” within the body, which can also damage hair roots. Excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meat, and fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods disturbs Pitta in the body and can reduce the moisture and nutrients reaching the hair follicles and may lead to premature greying.Thus it is better to keep the brain and scalp cool, so even when washing hair, use cold or lukewarm water. Cold water is more efficient in removing soap, and helps to tone the scalp and refresh the nervous system.

# TREATMENT :

  • A balanced diet rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, especially iron, sulphur, zinc, B-complex and Vitamin C, as well as essential fatty acid, is essential for healthy hair.
  • Nutrients are key to healthy hair, but to be effective, they must reach the roots. Often tension in the scalp or fatty deposits block circulation, drying the oil glands of hair and literally starving the hair roots. Ayurveda recommends a simple oil application to the hair and head massage to relieve tension and improve circulation. A variety of herbal oils is used to nourish hair. The base oil in Ayurveda preparations is usually sesame or coconut oil. When oil is applied to the head, it nourishes, lubricates and strengthens the root and the skin of the scalp, and prevents hair loss and premature greying. It also improves circulation to the head, relaxing the muscles and nerve fibers.
  • Panchkarma Therapies like Shirodhara, Takradhara, and Nasayam is used to treat chronic conditions of hair problems.
  • # Aromatherapy : The simplest method is to massage essential oils into your scalp every night. For dark hair, try rosemary, thyme or sage. For lighter hair, try german chamomile or lavender. Put 2-3 drops of the oil on your palms and rub into your scalp every night. This will help condition the skin of the scalp.

    # Herbal Rinse : Herbal rinses are another way to reverse gray hair. ~ For dark hair, choose one or more:Rosemary ,Sage, Raspberry leaves,Parsley Ivy Berries,Catnip,Black Tea, Black coffee

    ~ For blond or light hair:Rsehips, red hibiscus,calendula,saffron,marigold,tumeric mullei, privet, yellow broom Choose some herbs from the lists above and put about 1/2 cup of dried herbs/flower/berries in 2 cups of water. Simmer for 30 minutes and then let it sit for another 2-3 hours. You will have a very strong “tea” for your hair. Strain out the vegetable matter and pour it on your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for several minutes and rinse out. Gradually you will notice your hair color changing. ~ Potato : For dark hair, boil 1 unpeeled potato. Cool the water and massage the potato-water onto your scalp and into your hair with a cotton ball. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse out.

    ~ Grey hair tends to be coarse and wiry, owing to a lack of moisture.Apply a hair mask once a week. Olive oil, avocado or banana are excellent nourishing masks. Aloevera gel and Jaswand(Hibiscus gel) are also used for hair packs.

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    # YOGA :Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Halasana (Plough Pose) and Trikonasana (Triangle Pose).Sirshasana (Headstand), Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), Halasana (Plough Pose) and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand). Breathing exercises, such as pranayama !

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