Ayurvedic Medicines, Diet For Hair Loss And Hair Growth

“Doctor, I tried the hair oil that you suggested, but still there is plenty of hair fall.” A common feedback that I hear everyday. There are many circumstances where, oral Ayurvedic medicines are needed along with hair oils for hair fall control and re-growth. 

Problem with hair-oil-alone-therapy:
If the cause for hair fall is, for example hypothyroidism, or scalp psoriasis, mere oil application might not help. In fact, in certain cases of seborrhic dermatitis, oil application can be counter productive. It can increase oiliness and make the scalp sticky and more prone for dandruff.
To treat the underlying cause, oral Ayurvedic medicines are very much necessary.

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Where just oil application is useful? (without oral medicines)
1. Lack of strength: 
When the hair fall is due to sheer lack of hair root strength. Here, oil application nourishes the hair and hair root, enabling hair growth.
2. Excess Vata Dosha increase: Rooksha – Dryness is a Vata quality. excess of increase of Vata dosha leads to highly dry skin, which further leads to hair fall. Opposite of dryness is oiliness. Hence, oil application is very useful in this condition.
3. Mild dandruff: If dandruff is not extensive, then just oil application is useful.

Ayurvedic concept of hair growth

As per Ayurveda, Kesha – hair is the byproduct (Mala) of bone tissue (Asthi dhatu).
Hence, nourishment of bone tissue gives rise to good hair growth.
For the purpose of good bone tissue nourishment, overall nourishment of other tissues is necessary.
Overall nourishment of body tissues is achieved by Rasayana therapy.
This is achieved by Panchakarma procedure followed by administration of Rasayana medicines such as Chyawanprash, Brahma Rasayana etc.
Rasayana therapy is especially useful when the cause for hair loss is hereditary.

Chyawanprash for hair growth

It is more known for promotion of immunity and prevention of respiratory disorders such as cough, cold, etc. But primary use of chyawanprash is for Rasayana effect – overall nourishment of all body tissues. This is achieved by nutritive herbs of chyawanprash such as
Amla – Indian gooseberry
Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
Draksha – raisin
Ghrita – ghee etc.
So, chyawanprash is good for hair growth, especially when there is need of Rasayana effect.
It is also a common practice to include chyawanprash as one among other medicines in an anti hair fall / hair regrowth prescription of an Ayurveda doctor.
Read more: Chyawanprash – one herbal medicine, many health benefits

Narasimha Rasayana

It is one of the highly effective rasayana herbal jam specifically targeted to hair growth and hair fall control. Also useful for the treatment of weakness, to weight gain, hair growth and rejuvenation. Because it is prepared in butter medium, people with high cholesterol or obesity need to take care.
Read related: Narasimha Rasayanam: Uses, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients

Kesha as Asthi mala 

As per Ayurveda, The bone tissue nourishment is through fat tissue. Hence, Many oil and ghee preparations are used for strengthening of bone tissue. These are co-prescribed along with Ayurvedic calcium supplements to strengthen bones.
Oil based medicines as oral medicine for bone growth and hair care:

Gandha taila – famous Ayurvedic medicine used in treatment of Arthritis, fractured bones and weak bones
Ksheerabala 101 taila – l used in the treatment of  Vata disorders causing neuro muscular pains, sciatica, spondylosis, paralysis etc. This oil is also available in capsule form.
Maharaja Prasarini taila – famous Ayurveda oil used for internal and external applications. It is used in neurological problems.  This oil is also available in capsule form.  

Natural calcium supplements

Shankha bhasma – used in Ayurvedic treatment of gastritis, abdominal pain, malabsorption syndrome etc.
Pravala Bhasma (Coral)-  used in Ayurvedic treatment of cough, asthma, bleeding disorders etc.

Agni improvement

Low Agni – low digestion strength is the primary cause for malnutrition as per Ayurveda. Good digestion and metabolism strength ensures proper nourishment of all body tissues.
Medicines to improve digestion strength:
Chitrakadi vati
Trikatu Churna – simple combination of black pepper, long pepper and ginger
Panchakola Choornam – combination of 5 spices
Dipyakadi Churnam

Iron supplements

Iron deficiency can also lead to hair fall. Medicines such as Saptamrit Lauh, Lohasavam etc are very useful.
Read related: Effective Ayurvedic Remedies For Anemia

Scalp diseases, thyroid dysfunction

For treating scalp infection and scalp skin diseases:
Medicines like
Khadirarishta, Mahamanjishtadi kada, Panchanimbadi gulika, etc are used based on disease.

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism –
Both the above can cause hair fall. It is usually treated with medicines such as ksheerabala taila, Giloy Satva, Kanchanara guggulu, Ashwagandha rasayana etc.
All these medicines are useful both for thyroid support and to treat hair fall. 

Stress, PCOD, hormonal imbalance

Stress, tension, leading to hair fall is treated with oral medicines such as
Manasamitra vatakam, Saraswatarishta, Brahmi Ghrita, Mahakalyanaka ghrita etc.

PCOD and hormonal imbalance in women
Is treated with medicines such as Kanchanara guggulu, Shatavari gulam, Mahakalyanaka ghrita, Phalasarpi, Kalyana Kshara, Chandraprabha vati  etc.

Single herbs

Single herbs useful for hair growth: Which herb to use where?
Ashwagandha –
Useful in thyroid imbalance,
where rasayana effect is needed,
in PCOS treatment,
where stress is involved
where immuno-supression, immuno-correction is required, in cases of auto-immune disorders

Amla – Indian gooseberry 
Where rasayana – rejuvenation is desired
In high Pitta conditions
where mal-nourishment is the cause

Bhringaraja – Eclipta alba
Where skin disorders are to be treated
Where nourishment of hair root is desired

Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
Where rejuvenation and skin disorders are targeted.

Guduci – Giloy – Tinospora cordifolia
Where immunity correction is required, in cases of auto-immune disorders
Where skin disorders and rasayana effect is targeted.

Proprietary Ayurvedic medicines for hair growth
They are like hit and miss, as per my experience. Work well in some, not so in others.
Trichup capsule – 
used for hair growth, hair fall and dandruff.
Nutrich Capsules – 
used in treatment of Premature greying, hair fall, etc.
Hairich Capsule – nourishes hair root and improves blood circulation to hair follicles.

Formulations From Sahasra Yoga Text Book
Triphaladi Taila
Narasimha Choorna


  • Lentils, nuts, or other legumes are good sources of proteins. Also, grilled tofu with the proper marinade can be absolutely delicious! Add some tofu chunks to your pasta or sandwich as well.
  • If you are not a vegetarian, increase your intake of fish, chicken, or lean red meats (sirloin).
  • Next time you are looking for a quick meal, put some salmon on the grill with an easy teriyaki marinade!
  • After a month or two of monitoring your protein intake, you will be surprised with the softer texture of your hair.

41 comments on “Ayurvedic Medicines, Diet For Hair Loss And Hair Growth

  • shiva

    25/03/2017 - 12:32 pm

    Sir ayaskriti is useful for hair growth?

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  • Pallavi

    15/06/2017 - 5:41 pm

    Hello Sir. My age is 23 (female). I m experiencing severe hair fall from past 7 months due to flu. My hair thickness is reduced to half. From past 1 month I m taking jeevamrutam and narasimha Rasayanam and neeli bringadhi taila . Hair fall is reduced to some extent. Is regrowth possible?. How much time it will take

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      16/06/2017 - 3:50 pm

      It is possible. Please continue the medicines and treatment.

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  • Smitha shetty

    18/06/2017 - 5:09 pm

    Hello. I m using neelibhringadhi hair oil from 2 weeks. I see plenty of hair fall while applying oil and after head bath. My age is 24. My blood reports are normal . Hb is 12. 6 . Should i discontinue using this oil. Will my hair grow back?

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  • Asha

    22/06/2017 - 12:15 am

    Hello sir. I had suffered from high fever last 4 months. Due to antibiotics , hair fall was too much. I lost around 70 % of my hair. Will my hair grow back. Frm past 2 weeks i m taking jeevamrutam and sapthamruta loha. How long it takes to grow my hair to original thickness

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  • Paby

    24/06/2017 - 1:48 pm

    Hi Sir,

    Can Balayam (rubbing nail) yoga improves the density of hair???

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  • arjun

    24/06/2017 - 7:50 pm

    Sir what is the medicine for hair regrowth? ?

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  • naval kishoer regar

    26/06/2017 - 12:48 pm

    sir my hair root vary week so my hair break with root on top center part head
    and i wash my hair than 5 to 10 hair fall down
    sir i take aollopethy medicin taken like minoxidil 5% foam
    and dutasteride 0.5
    and multivitami capsule
    no result so please give me advise and treat me
    age 24

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  • Asha

    26/06/2017 - 4:08 pm

    Ok sir. But i m nt seeing any signs of regrowth. My hair feels very thin

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  • Suprita

    02/07/2017 - 8:54 am

    Hello Sir. I have had hair fall since my puberty and it has increased ever since. I tried using various oils, although they were a temporary relief nothing stopped the cause. In the past one year my hair has fallen to 75% and it has thinned drastically. I thought it was due to stress. I take egg whites and milk twice daily. But nothing is working. Am worried. I got a thyroid test and all the results are normal. My hemoglobin is 13. I tried using triphala but the hair fall increased. I loose more than 100 strands a day. Please suggest a good ayurvedic remedy. Thank you!

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  • Preeti raikar

    11/07/2017 - 12:04 am

    Hello sir. My age is 25. I m experiencing severe hair fall from last 1 year. Hair fall is at great amount when i apply hair oil and have head bath. Other days , hairfall is pretty normal. Thickness is reduced to 50%. I get more stressed when i see my condition. I m taking narasimha Rasayanam from past 1 month. How long it will take to show regrowth?

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  • Appy Muff

    15/07/2017 - 1:51 am

    Hello sir from the past 1 month(June) I’m facing hairfall. I lose about 60 hairs per day and it increases to 80 when I have head bath. In the month of may I had ear infection due to which I was taking antibiotics it made my hair thin too. Is this much hairfall normal ? And how much time will it take for my hair to be normal ?

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  • Pallavi bhat

    15/07/2017 - 1:03 pm

    Why do we lose hair when we wash or apply oil to hair

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      16/07/2017 - 1:39 pm

      It may be because
      1. The scalp skin is naturally oily, probably less hair oil is sufficient and more oil is not good.
      2. Hard massaging leading to uprooting of weak hairs.
      3. Just normal hair loss which happens everyday, 15-20 strands, they do not come out during other time. They come out only when the oil is applied with some pressure.

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  • Poonam

    22/07/2017 - 5:27 pm

    Hi. My age is 25. In october 2016 i suffered from very high fever (7 days). I was on antibiotics for 8 days. After 1 nd half month i started to experience very heavy hair fall around 70- 80 strands per day and around 120 when i wash my hair. It slowly started to reduce after 4 months. I had my blood test done and everything was normal. Thickness has reduced drastically. Please suggest me good ayurvedic medicine . Is there any changes of regrowth?

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  • vikram

    25/07/2017 - 4:54 pm

    sir mera hair loss bahot jyada ho gya h kya mere baal fir se wapas aa sakte hai sir plz help me sir…

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  • Divya hegde

    25/07/2017 - 8:21 pm

    Hello. From past 8 months i m facing high hair fall. Tried different hair oils , bt no results. Thyroid functioning and vitamins are normal in range. Does balayam helps to reduce hairfall and increase thickness of the hair. Will hair grow back after falling?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      26/07/2017 - 3:30 pm

      Hi, what is Balayam?

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  • Rupali

    07/08/2017 - 6:57 pm

    Hello . I m taking narasimha rasayanam from 2 months. Hair fall has increased more than previous specially when i wash my hair. What is the reason?

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  • Shaik Kareem raza

    09/08/2017 - 1:41 pm

    Hello doctor
    I am 25 now . I have hair loss since my 11th class I.e., 16 years of age .
    At present I am at grade 4 or 5 from Norman’s baldness chart.
    For past 4 years I used many medicines like minoxidil 5,10 % and other homeo and Ayurvedic medicines – Amla churna, wheat grass powder .. all from Patanjali store and other hair oils . Now I am fed up with hair oils ..
    can u please suggest me some oral pills ?

    Both my uncles(chacha) were bald at this 25 .. I feel it’s hereditary
    And also some homemade remedies ?

    Thank you .. waiting for your reply

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  • shyamala

    12/08/2017 - 9:50 am

    I am 25 yrs old. Suddenly i had severe hair fall and had consulted an ayurveda doctor. Thyroid and haemoglobin are normal.Took agasthiya rasayanam and anu thailam for 5 months.Doctor told me to stop the medicines as the hair fall stopped. While taking the medicines hair fall had stopped but when i stopped it hair fall started again.How long should i continue the medicines? will taking medicines for a long time make it as an addiction? I am using sikakai for hair wash. pls give me a solution

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  • Mayuri

    16/08/2017 - 5:04 pm

    I have Thyroid problem.Please provide your suggestion to stop heavy hair fall and untimely graying of hair and regain my thick volume of hair. My age is 34.

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  • Shreenidhi

    10/09/2017 - 7:36 pm

    My hair is becoming dry after taking jeevamrutham. Should i discontinue ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      12/09/2017 - 5:22 pm

      Consider applying a hair oil, few drops to the hair, daily. If the problem persists, discontinue.

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  • Ramya sanu

    19/09/2017 - 3:46 pm

    I m losing about 15-20 hair daily. When i wash my hair i loose around 30-40 hair. Is it normal?

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  • gitika priyadarshani

    29/10/2017 - 11:42 am

    sir I am Gitika,age about 22 facing seviour hair loss from last 2 month.I was suffered from pcos problem and skin allergies.doctor prescribed me to take steroids.so plz guide me with proper instruction.

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  • Hema

    05/11/2017 - 9:16 pm

    Hello. I m 25. Female. Facing severe hair loss when i wash my hair. My hair used to b very thick. I loose around 100 hair when i wash my hair. I use ayurvedic shampoo and RO purified water for hair wash. Other days i loose around 20 hairs. Weight is 60kgs. Hemoglobin is 12.8 . Thyroid is normal. I have periods on time with heavy bleeding . Pls suggest me suitable solution

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    11/11/2017 - 10:38 pm

    You can take both together.

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  • Kuldeep

    05/12/2017 - 3:54 pm

    Sir i am having hair folliculities or lot of pimples on my head due to infection sir i am really concerned will it cause hair loss or hair will grow as usual i will be thankful for your answer

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  • Saranya

    13/03/2018 - 11:55 pm

    Hi Doctor,

    I am woman, age 28. From my childhood till schooling I had very dense, long and soft hair. After schooling I joined into hostel for higher studies and work there after. And from that onwards my hair starts to fall like anything. And got dandruff also. Hair becomes very thin, short and week. somehow I removed dandruff from my hair. I want to regrow my hair at least to some extent. Recently am done my blood test. It shows am having 11.1 hemoglobin count.

    Is this hemoglobin count fine…? If not kindly advice me how to increase the count.

    Please advice me to regrow my hair naturally without any side effects.

    Many thanks in advance.

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  • Saranya

    25/03/2018 - 9:10 am

    Sure Doctor. Thank you so much for your reply.

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  • Dr Arun

    17/04/2018 - 9:35 pm

    Doctor for androgenic alopecia which oil is effective malatyadi thailam or bhujagalathadi thailam .Is it advisable to mix equal amount and use or try individual

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      18/04/2018 - 11:40 am

      Both are useful. Both can be mixed and used.

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  • ASD

    27/04/2018 - 10:24 am

    Unfortunately, Not much can be done if the hair follicles are destroyed. I had the same Skin condition(Lichen planus pigmentosus). Hair transplant is the only option. The doctors try to restrict the infection by locally injecting steroids. I was given HCQs to tackle the condition, which as a side effect gave me psoriasis. Pls be careful not to take HCQs. Can take injections though.

    Wish your son a speedy recovery I.A.

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  • Karthick

    12/05/2018 - 3:32 pm

    Will hairrich capsules help to grow hair on bald area

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  • Shyam Sundhar

    14/06/2018 - 9:40 am

    Hi sir,
    For last few years i am loosing much hair, i tried many possibilities to control the hair fall, but no use.

    the hair gets thin and fall and most of the time i can see the loss of hair is with the roots with white substance at the end

    please request you to recommend some effective treatment.


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  • Aravind

    04/07/2018 - 11:06 am

    Hello doctor,

    Greetings. I would like to know whether hair will grow naturally without any allopathic intervention in my forehead where recently hairfall is happening and no hair is growing. Please guide me whether to approach a doctor for this issue or not.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/07/2018 - 10:52 am

      Hi, better to approach a doctor directly.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    15/08/2018 - 8:39 pm


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  • sam

    22/08/2018 - 4:17 pm

    How many days should I take Hairrich capsule?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      23/08/2018 - 6:55 pm

      For 2 – 3 months

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