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Shake off the Dandruff with Yoga
Dandruff is a condition that causes the formation of white flakes on the scalp. It can caused by a combination of factors including oily skin and scalp, extreme use of shampoo, sweating, mental stress and fatigue, pollution, hormonal imbalances, unhygienic atmosphere, and heredity etc. Excess dandruff can cause infection, redness and spreading of pus.
Clearly, we cannot control all the reasons that cause dandruff in the hair, but we can most certainly make an effort to reduce the formation of dandruff. It may be difficult to believe that yoga could help such problems, but it is, in fact, one of the most quickest and proficient techniques to cure hair ailments. Practicing yoga poses that nourish the hair and scalp are key.
Some of the yoga poses that are highly beneficial for the hair are:
Paschimottasana (Two-legged Forward bend):
In this asana, the posterior portion of the whole body from head to heels is fully stretched. This will control hair fall and slow down ageing as well.
Balayam Yoga (Rubbing nails):
By doing this, the roots of the hair follicles connected to the fingernails pump energy to the scalp needed for hair growth. This can cure dandruff and premature greying of hair.
Chakrasana (Lying-down Body twist):
This pose supplies more oxygen to the scalp and slows down dandruff.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog pose):
This pose allows more blood circulation to the brain, enhancing the condition of the scalp and reducing dandruff.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand):
This pose provides relief from certain conditions such as asthma, shortness of breath and heavy breathing. Shoulder stand is better done in the early hours of the morning, as it relieves fatigue associated with little or excess sleep. When practiced in the evening, standing on the shoulders results in good sleep.
Along with yoga, other methods like Ayurveda, one of the oldest, most qualified means of medicine with its numerous herbs and treatments, can be effective. Massaging the head with Aloe Vera or sesame oil, use of alfalfa, carrots and lettuce together, various concoctions like lemon juice and coconut oil, camphor and coconut oil, castor oil with mustard and coconut oils help in alleviating dandruff.
Dandruff and hair problems, while being inevitable, are easy to cure with uncomplicated means like yoga, ayurveda and even other simple habits like eating healthy and avoiding oily food, meditation to avoid stress, and simple yoga poses.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind with a lot of health benefits yet, be advised, it is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a qualified Yoga teacher.