Friday, April 13, 2012

Role of Unani medicine in Hair fall

According to Tibb-e-Unani, hair fall is classified into two groups:
  • Primary hair fall
  • Secondary hair fall
 The primary being getting bald due to certain hereditary factors whereas, secondary baldness arises due to some fungal infection of the scalp (e.g. Tinea cruris)...

Nature has provided us with the excellent gift of hair, and certain simple formulations from Unani medicine are well equipped in preventing hair fall to some extent. But, before that, let us first get acquainted with some basic hair facts:
Dandruff, the most common hair menace seen today is affecting people across all age groups. It is a normal process to shed off dead skin cells as very small aggregates, which are normally too small to be seen. But, in the case of dandruff, however, the shedding of the dead cells from the scalp is in larger visible aggregates and also there is an excessive production of dead cells.
The color of the hair depends on the presence of pigment granules termed as ‘Sauda’ in Tibb-e-Unani. With age, there is a gradual dilution of pigment in the hair that causes graying. Nowadays, environmental factors and excessive stress also leads to a decrease of hair pigment, causing premature graying.
Graying of hair and rapid hair loss could be because of an improper diet, worry, stress or anxiety. Nourishment for hair doesn't come from the outside. It is provided by the bloodstream. So, if your intake of nutrients is insufficient, especially proteins and vitamins, it causes hair fall and graying.
 Did you know that stress and worry produce tension in the skin of your scalp, which also hampers the supply of nutrients to the hair? So always have a balanced diet to get the needed nourishment and try to be as relaxed as possible. Include lots of green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetables and their juices in your diet. You can try meditation and aromatherapy to relax. Just mix a few drops of essential oils like tea tree, lavender, or sandalwood in the bath tub and soak in it for about 20 minutes.
There are many remedies you can try to control the graying of hair and also stop the hair loss. Curry leaves are very important in the treatment of both the problems. Consume lots of curry leaves in condiments or mix it in buttermilk. Adding fenugreek and yeast in buttermilk also helps a lot. Consuming one teaspoon of ginger and honey also delays graying.
 Exercising regularly also helps you stay younger in general. To prevent hair loss, mix warm coconut, castor and almond oil and massage into the hair for 20 minutes. Keep it overnight and wash off with a mild shampoo the next morning. 
Unani Tips for preventing Premature Graying of Hair
  • Crush a tablespoonful of pomegranate bark and mix it 250 ml of coconut oil and boil for 15 minutes. Massage the scalp with this oil about half an hour before bath, and then wash off. This oil prevents premature graying of the hair.
  • Crush a handful of Jamal gotta leaves (nutmeg or jaiphal, easily available at the raw drug stores), mix them in 250 ml of olive oil and boil for 20 minutes. Filter the oil and massage the scalp at night before going to bed with this Luke warm oil.
  • Mix a tablespoon of Brahmi leaves paste to a tablespoon of lemon juice and apply it to the scalp for half an hour before bath. This mixture provides good strength to the hair roots and also prevents premature graying.
  • A paste made of curd and sandalwood powder when applied to the scalp helps to cure any kind of fungal infection of the scalp. This paste should be kept applied on hair for 20 minutes.
There are certain oils (Roghaniyath) that can be used externally and certain semi solid preparations that can be used internally for improving hair growth and avoiding hair loss.
Other Unani formulations
  • Massage the scalp for 10 to 15 minutes after bathing with water. This stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles in the scalp.
  • Massage the scalp and hair with coconut milk or Aloe Vera gel. Leave it for ½ hour, and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 3 times a week.
  • Massage into the scalp and hair honey with egg yolk. Leave for a 1/2 hour, then rinse.
  • Massage almond oil on scalp 2-3 times a day, daily. This will stop further hair loss.
  • Rinse hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and sage tea to help hair grow
  • Make a shampoo by mixing 100 g each of amla (Indian goose berry), reetha, and shikakai and boil in two liters of water until the liquid reduces to half. Use this shampoo for your hair for at least one month. Your hair will become thick.
  • Mix equal amount of warm castor and almond oil and massage over scalp at least once a week.
  • Make a hair pack by mixing amla (Indian goose berry) powder with one egg. Apply it to your hair and leave for half an hour. Wash hair.
  • Grind lime seeds and black pepper in equal number in some water and apply on the scalp regularly.
  • Place raw mango pulp in some oil for a year. Massage this oil on the scalp frequently.
  • Apply a paste of hot olive oil, honey, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder before bath and keep for 15 minutes.
  • Apply a mixture of Aloe Vera with herbal powder triphala to the hair for a period of three to six months. It will result in growth of new hair.
  • Apply juice of coriander leaves on the head.
  • Mix soaked fenugreek seeds (Dana methi), shikakai powder, reetha powder, amla powder, dried lemon or lime peels, and two eggs, and grind to make a paste. Massage this paste onto hair and scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash with a mild shampoo. This is good for making hair thick. Boil 1-cup mustard oil with 4-tablespoon henna (mehandi) leaves. Filter and bottle. Massage on the scalp regularly.
  • Make a paste by mixing olive oil, honey and cinnamon (dal chini) powder. Massage on the scalp and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat it for 3-4 times a week.
  • Make a paste by grinding fenugreek seeds with water. Massage on the scalp after oiling the hair and leave it for one hour before washing. Repeat it every morning for a month.
  • Make a paste by mixing two eggs, two tablespoons each of amla, reetha and shikakai powder. Massage on the scalp and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat it for 3-4 times a week.
  • Drink 1 teaspoon cider vinegar mixed in 1 glass of water with meals for 2-3 weeks.
  • Drink a smoothie of banana, honey, yogurt, and skim milk.
  • Drink daily a juice of alfalfa + fresh spinach or fresh coriander. Your hair will grow fast.
  • To remove copper deficiency, drink juice of carrot, lettuce, capsicum and fresh alfalfa. This is good remedy for gray hair and hair loss.
  • A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of alfalfa mixed with that of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take.
  • Daily application of coconut oil mixed with limejuice on the hair is also beneficial. Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good.
  • Some Unani herbs help to improve the blood circulation, disinfect your scalp and stimulate the growth of hair.
  • Rinsing your hair in apple cider vinegar and sage tea stimulates the growth of the hair.
  • Tea made from burdock and marshmallow is good for dry hair.
The above article is for information only .Consult our Unani specialist to know more about the treatment options.


  1. Hello Sir,

    I thank the unani doctor for writing this very informative article.

    Syed, Dubai.

  2. Unhealthy diet, nicotine, stress and many more factors can cause the hair fall. But it can easily reduce by home remedies or by taking medical suggestions.

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  7. Respected doctor, i am affected by dandruff from last 15 yrs.i took more medicine in allopathy,homeopathy and siddha, but result is poor. now my entire hair is loss in my back side of head. flaky, itching and continuous hair falling. now i am at muscat. what is long last result for this type of problem. -farook from muscat

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