Q: My daughter is 13 years old and is suffering from constipation since childhood. She was a chubby child but now she is overweight also. She is also losing a lot of hair.

For good health, regular bowel movement every day is important. In case of constipation, take a teaspoon of Triphala. This Ayurvedic herbal powder helps in improving your metabolism.

Your diet should contain more of green leafy vegetables, milk and fruits. Take easily digestible proteins such as milk, buttermilk and wheat germ.

In case you do not notice a difference, consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for a detailed diagnosis.

Now regarding hair fall: The life cycle of a single hair can be divided into a period of active growth, lasting several years, and a resting stage, which last 60 to 90 days. Of the normal scalp’s 100,000 hairs, around 15 per cent are in the resting mode, soon to be lost at the rate of about 75 hairs per day (hardly noticeable to people). The rate of hair loss does increase dramatically when the growing hair follicle is subjected to different types of internal stress, such as high fever, severe flu, crash diets, hormonal changes and certain medications.

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The first step is to locate the root cause in her diet or lifestyle that may be causing the increased hair fall.

In an Ayurveda perspective, being overweight and an imbalance of Vata and Pitta can result in abnormal hair fall. Also, it is important to take special care of our hair during these climatic conditions.

Oiling and massaging of scalp are very beneficial for nourishing the hairs. Use coconut oil at least three times in a week. Certain medicated oils like Neelibhringadi oil and Kanjunnyadi oil are very useful too. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently in the roots of the hair. Shampoo wash after 30 minutes.

Try finding natural and pH-balanced shampoos to clean the hair. You could try these:

– Paste of fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight.

– Paste of Amla (embilica officinalis) and Shikakai (Acacia concinna).

– Mix green gram powder and yoghurt as a hair wash.

– Paste of hibiscus leaves can be used as a natural shampoo.

– Paste of green gram (Phaseolus mungo) and fenugreek.

You may use Ayurvedic products which contain some of the above ingredients.

Excessive consumption of salt can also cause hairfa ll. Opt for rock salt.

Natural sweets, fruits, grains, raisins, almonds and carbohydrate vegetables, milk, ghee are best for nourishing hair and skin. Vegetables from the gourd family also help in balancing pitta and related hair fall. Regular physical exercise will be beneficial for your daughter; both for managing her overweight controlling hair fall. However, don’t overdo exercise in summertime.

Intake of a mixture of Glyzerhizza glabra, Amla and Tinospora cordifolia everyday with honey or ghee will benefit beautiful black hair. Ayurvedic tonics like Narasimha rasayanam, Chyavana prasam are effective for improving hair growth.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurvedic practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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