Jun 27, 2007 at 14:03 o\clock

Graying of Hair

Graying of Hair




Graying of hair is generally considered as a sign of old age. At times, graying starts even at young age. This is considered as morbidity. In Ayurveda this is called palitya. According to Ayurveda excessive passion, anger and psychic strain results in graying of hair. Persons suffering from chronic cold and sinusitis and those who use warm water for washing there hair are more likely to be victims of this condition. 


Dietic errors

 Worries and tension

 Lack of certain vitamins iron, copper, iodine, etc

Genetic factors

Unhygienic habits like unclean scalp, washing the hair with hot water, drying it with an electric dryer, and use of hair dyes.


Gray Hair as a Sign of Illness:

Due to graying of the hair at a particularly young age. Several illnesses may be heralded, including:

Vitamin B12 deficiency


Thyroid disease


Alopecia areata

In addition, there is research linking premature graying of hair to other health conditions such as heart disease and low bone mass called osteopenia, Cigarette smoking also has been linked to premature graying. 

Dos and don’ts:

Avoid contaminated food.
 Avoid foods such as white flour, refined sugar and all products made from them. Avoid soft drinks, pastries, jams and jellies.

Avoid greasy and spicy food.

Avoid salty food.

Don’t use chemical based shampoos, gels and colors.

Regularly wash your hairs.

Give a gentle massage to your scalp once a week.

Oil your hairs twice a week.

Give stream bath to your hairs once in every 15 days.

Avoid extreme cold and hot environmental exposure to your hairs.

Keep your separate comb and do not use comb of other people.

Take at least eight hours continues sleep.

Drink lots water.

 Protect your hairs from direct exposure to sunlight.

Ayurvedic treatment:

Bhringraja and amalaki are popularly used for the treatment of this condition. Medicated oil prepared by boiling these two drugs, viz ,Mahabhringraj taila is used extremely for massaging the head, The powder of these two drugs is also used internally in a dose of one teaspoonful three times daily with milk. The oil prepared from the seeds of the Neem tree is used for inhalation twice a day for about a month. Along with this, the patient should be advised to take only milk as his diet.

Home Remedies:    

The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies. The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful against premature graying. The water in which dried amla pieces have been soaked overnight is also nourishing for the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of amla juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair.

 Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black color and prevents it from premature graying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.

 Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature graying of hair. These leaves have the property of providing vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier and contain a normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney, or may be squeezed in buttermilk. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.  

Ribbed gourd boiled in coconut oil is also an effective remedy for premature graying of hair. Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade. These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for three or four days. The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair. 

The butter made from cow's milk has the property of preventing premature graying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair roots twice a week. 

 Apply a paste made from 2-Tsp. henna powder, 1-tsp. curd, 1-tsp. fenugreek seed powder, 1 tbsp. coffee, 2-tbsp. mint juice and 2-tbsp. basil juice. Apply this paste to the hair for two hours. For a darker color, leave this paste in for 3 to 4 hours. Wash hair with any natural shampoo.  Grate some fresh ginger. Mix with honey and place it in a jar. Eat 1-teaspoon everyday.

 Other Treatments:

The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature graying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid, and inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-graying-hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus, taking a sufficient quantity of yoghurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature graying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para-aminobenzoic acid, they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yoghurt, and not as a substitute for them.  


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