By Dr. Shashank Agrawal, Ayurveda
Dandruff is a skin disorder of the scalp that occurs very commonly. An acute or chronic condition, it involves the formation of dry white flakes of dead skin scattered mostly on the scalp and through the length of the hair. In some cases, it is caused by internal factors while in others, by external triggers.
Many people seek an effective remedy for the problem of dandruff which is a widespread health and hygiene concern. This problem can be easily dealt with through the use of Ayurvedic therapy. Ayurveda recognizes that the root cause of dandruff lies much deeper than the scalp and seeks to treat the condition in a manner that is holistic and free of side effects. Ayurvedic herbs and medicines also prevent the problem from recurring in the future.
Some of the ways Ayurvedic medicine can be used to treat dandruff are as follows:
- Scalp Treatment – The first step to treating dandruff is to improve and maintain scalp health. This can be achieved by regularly massaging the scalp with Ayurvedic oils that have medicinal properties. Not only do these oils boost scalp health and treat dandruff, but also make the hair grow thicker, stronger and more luscious. Examples of these Ayurvedic oils are ‘bhringraj oil’ and ‘tea tree oil’.
- Panchakarma Therapy – Panchakarma aims to treat the condition by cleansing the body of impurities and healing it by bringing harmony between the vital organs. This treatment is an elaborate five step process that purges the body of all toxins and harmful elements, including those that lead to the formation of dandruff.
- Ayurvedic Diet – This involves the consumption of Ayurvedic foods with medicinal properties that can heal the scalp from the inside and treat the condition of dandruff. Some of the foods that should be included in the diet are citruses (matulunga), summer fruits such as ‘amra’ and ‘dadima’, coconuts (narikela), ghee, etc. On the other hand, certain food items should be avoided as they lead to poor scalp health, which includes dairy products, fatty foods and excessive sugar.