Ayurvedic Treatment for Dandruff
Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional system of healing native to India, and practiced
in many other regions worldwide as part of an integrative approach to medical practice.
Ayurveda is itself an integrative approach to healing and health that focuses on
attaining a well-functioning metabolism through diet, exercise, yoga, meditation,
and massage. Botanical remedies prescribed in Ayurveda have been derived from centuries
of experience with herbs, spices, and plant extracts. Medicinal herbs are used in
cooking, foods, water, oils for consumption, liniments for massage, and drinks,
or as part of personal hygiene and self-care. Ayurveda heals through a holistic
approach and attitude toward life as much as through the specific medicinal qualities
of its remedies and treatments.
Medicated oils are prepared in Ayurveda and liberally used for a variety of conditions.
The oils themselves may possess medicinal properties, such as sesame oil, a common
oil medium from which other medicinal oils are formulated. A particular remedy may
contain as few as two herbs, added to an oil medium and heated according to a specific
recipe. As many as 73 herbs are used in other formulations, with each herb enhancing
the overall medicinal benefit.
Let's take a closer look at the plant species used in Ayurveda and Ayurvedic medicine's
Plant Species Used in Ayurvedic Hair Treatments
The leaf from the Neem tree, Azadirachta indica, is one such plant that
is used in oil formulations. Azadirachta indica contains compounds that
possess 379 distinct activities based on the biochemical composition of the plant,
including antibacterial, antidandruff, antieczemic, and antiseborrheic activities.
This broad range of biochemical activities suggests why Neem tree extracts and oil
are widely used in India's tradition of Ayurvedic medicine to promote health, and
found in many hair care products.
Other Ayurvedic medicinal plants used for hair treatments include Centella asiatica
(common names Gotu Kola, Asiatic pennyroyal), Phyllanthus emblica (Indian
gooseberry), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), and Cyperus rotundus
(coco-grass, purple nut sedge, red nut sedge). All of these species contain zinc,
a well-known ingredient in many scalp remedies, while all but C. rotundus
also contain selenium, another common dandruff treatment ingredient.
Neem is a natural remedy for skin inflammation. Apply Neem oil to the scalp and
gently massage for several minutes to help prevent dandruff. For irritation, steep
mashed Neem leaves in hot water. Let the softened leaves cool and then place on
the scalp for 30 minutes. You may gently apply the cooled water mixture
to your face to help reduce acne symptoms.
Indian gooseberry is a natural fruit with both antidandruff and healthy hair properties.
The extract is a natural hair shampoo cleanser and tonic. To help reduce dandruff,
prepare a gooseberry curd and let it ferment for several days at room temperature,
then combine the curd with a wee bit of lemon juice. Gently massage the mixture
into the scalp for 30 minutes. Gooseberry is also said to naturally darken the hair
and help cover gray hair. Mix dried ground gooseberries with a little lemon juice
and apply to hair regularly.
Toward Deeper Connection with the Plant World
An understanding of the synergy of beneficial effects from medicinal plants that
have co-evolved with humans over the millennia is integral to Ayurvedic medicine's
healing effect. A depth of knowledge about plants and the wise use of their broad
benefits when used in cooking, in extracts and tonics, and in medicinal oils speaks
to a broader synergy humans possess with their environment. A focus on individual
components as agents of healing is largely a result of the Western, reductionist
approach to proving a treatment's effect. When healing is viewed as an encompassing
approach to life, derived from what and how we eat, a care for our bodies, and a
care for our spirits we approach the ancient ways of health and healing.
Finding Your Severe Dandruff Solution
No matter how mild or severe your dandruff, there are steps you can take to optimize the health of your scalp and skin and to minimize your symptoms. These suggestions can all be used in conjunction with other topical treatments, therapeutic shampoos, nutritional supplements including probiotics, and dietary guidance to gain relief from dandruff symptoms. At DermaHarmony, we understand that each one of us responds a little differently to both the conditions associated with dandruff and to different treatments, and we can help you find a solution that works well for you. Learn more about our programs or call us toll-free at 1-800-827-3730. Our Support Desk is open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.
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Ayurvedic Treatment for Dandruff
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Principal Author: C. Lucida, DermaHarmony Science Editor
Date of Publication: 05/03/2010