Premature 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 a morbidity. In Ayurveda this is called palitya.
According to Ayurveda excessive passion, anger and psychic strain or stress results in graying of hair. Persons with Paittika type of constitution are prone to be affected by this ailment. Persons suffering from chronic cold and sinusitis and those who use warm water for washing their hair are more likely to be victims of this condition.
Bl1ringaraja and amalaki are popularly used for the treatment of this condition. Medicated oil prepared by boiling these two drugs, viz., Mahabhringaraja taila is used externally 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 in their diet. Application of the paste of henna is also beneficial.
Another drug popularly used for this condition is bhallataka. This has a slightly poisonous effect. Therefore it has to be processed carefully before use. Normally this is given to the patient in the form of a linctus in a dose of one teaspoonful twice daily followed by milk.
There are many ayurvedic preparations and therapy available for this condition so consulting an ayurvedic doctor will help you to get the apt treatment.
These therapies will be effective only when the patient observes diet restrictions. As far as possible, he /she should take only milk and sugar. Salt should be avoided .. Sour things like curd are not useful. Pungent, hot and spicy food should be avoided.
The patient should not remain awake for a long time at night and should be kept free from worry, anxiety and passion.
If suffering from cold and sinusitis,. prompt and careful treatment should be given.
Hot water should never be used for washing the hair. Cold water should always be used for bathing.