Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical system has a promising remedy for dandruff, in which the dry skin flakes off the scalp resulting in itchiness. It believes that aggravation of Vata is its main causes and suggests the following modified diet and lifestyle to pacify doshic imbalance.
** Include plenty of green vegetables and fruits in the diet.
** Drink mineral water, herbal teas and unsweetened fruit juice.
** Spicy, greasy fermented foods and baked products must be avoided.
** Strong tea, coffee and processed foods should be avoided.
** Limit your intake of alcohol.
** Milk, dairy products, sea foods, animal proteins and fatty foods are also to be avoided.
** Foods that are high in vitamin C such as tomatoes, oranges, lemons, tamarind, etc. which contain acidic content, must be avoided.
** Exposure of the head to the rays of the sun is also a useful measure in the treatment of dandruff.
** Develop a regular exercise regimen as it stimulates the circulatory system.
** Take care while using some contraceptive pills – some products deplete the vitamin B-complex and zinc which could bring dandruff.
** Use any herbal shampoo for cleaning the hair. Create a herbal pack by mixing henna powder, curd and ritha powder together. This pack is very effective.
** Keep the hair and scalp clean so as to minimize the accumulation of dead cells. The hair should be brushed daily to improve the circulation and remove any flakiness. Keep hair well oiled.
** Have a regular mild shampoo then, dry your hair and brush it in order to remove the flaky dandruff from it.
** Stress affects your overall health and triggers dandruff or exacerbates existing symptoms. Take care to do meditation or yoga to bring down your stress level.