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An Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is considered one of the world’s oldest healing sciences, originating in India at least 5,000 years ago. Its name is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as “the wisdom of life” or “the knowledge of longevity” (it is a compound of ãyus, meaning life or longevity, and Veda, meaning deep knowledge or wisdom). In accordance with this definition, Ayurveda views health as much more than the absence of disease.

Health, from an Ayurvedic perspective, is defined as a gracious, tranquil, content, joyous, bright, and clear state of the body, senses, mind, and spirit, including the balanced state of one’s natural constitution, all bodily tissues, the digestive capacities, and waste excretion. What a mouthful! Simply put, health is achieved when you are aligned with your own natural and unique state of balance.

How is Your Health Unique?

The key to Ayurvedic wellness and healing is the knowledge that health is not a “one size fits all” proposition. One must understand the unique nature of each person and situation, taking into account the individual, the season, the geography, and so on.

Each person has a constitution that is specific to him or her, and movement away from that constitution creates health imbalances; if such imbalances are not addressed, the disease may develop. So, the early signs of imbalance serve as a wakeup call to make gentle and natural shifts in behavior to return to balance—such as adjusting diet, modifying daily activities, and taking herbal remedies for a time.

To understand how imbalances occur, and what to do about them, we can look to the following fundamental concepts of Ayurveda.

The Five Elements That Transform Our Understanding of Health

Ayurveda arises from a tradition that describes the entire physical world—including man—in terms of five elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements can most accurately be thought of as energetic patterns rather than as purely physical substances, and each has particular qualities. To help make sense of this, consider how these elements manifest in the natural world:

Earth is cold, heavy, solid, stable, and dry. This element is exemplified by dirt.
Water is cold, mobile, heavy, soft, and liquid. Think of the ocean.
Fire is hot, subtle, mobile, dry, and sharp. Its clearest manifestation in nature is the sun, which provides warmth to the earth and sky.
Space, as in the sky, is vast, cold, light, and clear. It enables all other things to have a place to take form and exist.
Air is dry, cold, rough, and full of motion. To understand these qualities, think of what it’s like to be whipped by an aggressive wind.

These five elements clearly manifest individually in the natural world. But even more profoundly, they all exist at all times in all things—including in the body—and each has its particular role to play.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Dandruff

Ayurveda, being a holistic medicine, is a useful natural remedy for dandruff treatment, the grey of hair, baldness and hair fall. Lots of ayurvedic herbs are available that can be used as ayurvedic medicines for dandruff treatments and remedies.

  • Scalp massage with sesame oil helps in removing dandruff. It is a good herbal remedy for dandruff.
  • Fenugreek seeds help in improving the condition thus a natural cure agent for dandruff.
  • Use of ash gourds seeds regularly is effective for dandruff management.
  • Apply a paste of neem leaves and wash it after 30 minutes to cure of dandruff. It is an effective natural remedy for dandruff.
  • Rosemary rejuvenates the scalp thereby stop dandruff.
  • Green gram powder is also useful for dandruff.
  • Ayurvedic medicines like Dudurpatradi Tailam, Gandhaka Rasayana, Brihat Haridra, Khand, etc. may be used after consultation from the doctor to cure dandruff.
  • Massage your head with Aloe Vera and leave for 10 minutes to have a good result for Dandruff.
  • For good hair and dandruff treatment, Alfalfa shows good result.
  • Alfalfa + Carrots + Lettuce control dandruff.
  • Apply a paste of methi seeds for a good result.
  • Application of Indian hemp reduces dandruff problems.
  • A mixture of Coconut oil + Camphor helps to check dandruff.
  • A mix of lemon juice + coconut oil to check the problem.
  • Mix a spoon of Caster oil, Mustard oil, and Coconut oil and apply it on your scalp
  • Rub the scalp with the mix of lime juice + pure vinegar followed by egg wash.
  • Massage the scalp with the pest of Tulsi leaves + Amla powder + Water. Left for 30 minutes and wash it slowly to ward off dandruff.
  • Egg Shampoo of 2-3 eggs is also quite effective to put off dandruff.
  • For a good result, apply the oil of Neelibringadhi or triphaladhi or kayyunyathi after the bath.