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A case study of managing male pattern baldness with a holistic treatment

A case study of managing male pattern baldness with a holistic treatment

Abstract

Hair loss has become a common concern in India over the past decade. Over 60% of the Indian adult population has pattern hair loss to some degree. The objective of this case study is to share insights of using a holistic treatment - Ayurveda, Dermatology and Nutrition for male pattern hair loss between the stages of 1-4 and in the age group of 20-40.

Modern science believes that hair loss is a result of poor follicle health due to the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Therefore, all dermatological solutions (minoxidil, fin, redensyl, procapil) are targeted towards stimulating follicles or reducing DHT levels in the body. 

Ayurvedic studies have shown that hair loss (Khalitya) is internal and is a result of pitta imbalance. Which is a result of poor dietary habits, sleep disturbances, high stress, poor internal health, health conditions and medication. Therefore, they recommend treatments that improve internal health such as rasayana herbs and nasya. 

Several studies have shown that nutritional deficiency may impact both hair structure and hair growth. Studies have also reported potential associations between nutritional deficiency and androgenetic alopecia (AGA) or male pattern hair loss (MPHL). It is established that there is enough scientific evidence to suggest that hair health is affected by multiple factors apart from just poor follicle health. And therefore, a holistic treatment plan will be most suitable for efficiently treating hair loss. 

Introduction

Hair loss treatments often fail to give long term results because they are one-dimensional. This means that a dermatological treatment will only focus on follicle health and hair cycle. An ayurvedic treatment will help control root causes such as digestion, metabolism, absorption and hormonal balance but not be able to drastically improve hair follicle health to synchronise hair cycles. And a healthy and nutritious diet is good to maintain hair health but cannot be a substitute for a hair loss treatment . Which is a complex medical condition that has various root causes and triggers. Therefore, a combined solution is the best and most sustainable way to manage hair loss for long term results and effective regrowth. 

hair loss root causes

Methodology 

Sample Size: 5 participants (all men) 

Age group: Between the age of 20-40 

Stage of hair loss: 1-4 

Type of hair loss: Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness

Location: Pan-India 

We at Traya only treat people between the stages of 1-4 of pattern hair loss. We choose these stages and the age group of 20-40, because here we can guarantee regrowth. Because people in these stages have active follicles, which can be revived. Whereas, stage 5 onwards hair follicles start dying and cannot be stimulated. They can only be treated successfully with a hair transplant. The treatment of these participants was followed over a span of 5 months. The progress of internal health issues such as digestion, sleep, stress, nutrition, scalp health and follicle health was observed. The progress was self-reported, however hair density and volume was observed by comparing scalp images from month 0 to month 5. 

Case Study 1 

Pavan - Genetic Male Pattern Hair Loss, stage 4

Main Triggers - Low metabolism and heavy dandruff

Treatment outcome

hair loss results

Health concerns and progress

Treatment components 

Health tatva

To boost absorption and metabolism, which helps improve energy levels

Hair ras

To nourish hair follicles naturally

Shatavari ghrita

To improve sleep quality and relieve stress

Herbal oil

To keep scalp healthy and has a relaxing effect

Anti-Dandruff shampoo and lotion

To get rid of heavy dandruff, soothe irritation and prevent recurrence

Minoxidil 5% with 0.1% Fin 

To stimulate hair follicles. It increase growth phases and makes hair thicker

Hair vitamins

For vitamin deficiency and naturally reducing damage from dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Customised diet plan

To put the body in a healing state to enhance the results

 

Case Study 2

Siddharth Seth - Genetic Male Pattern Hair Loss, stage 2 

Main Triggers - Severe gastric issues and vitamin D deficiency

Treatment outcome

hair loss before after

Health concerns and progress

Hair loss treatment improvements

Treatment components

Health tatva

To improve gastric issues, sonth in this formula reduces acidity and gas.

Hair ras

To nourish hair follicles naturally

Shatavari ghrita

To improve sleep quality and relieve stress

Herbal oil

To keep scalp healthy and has a relaxing effect

Traya Defence Shampoo

To gently cleanse scalp and add shine to your hair

Minoxidil 5% with 0.1% Fin

To stimulate hair follicles. It increase growth phases and makes hair thicker

Hair vitamins

For vitamin deficiency and naturally reducing damage from dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Customised diet plan

To put the body in a healing state to enhance the results

 

Case Study 3

Aniket - Genetic Male Pattern Hair Loss, stage 3

Main Triggers - High stress and poor sleep quality

Treatment outcome

hair loss before after

Health concerns and progress

Treatment components 

Health tatva

To boost absorption and metabolism, which helps improve energy levels

Hair ras

To nourish hair follicles naturally

Shatavari ghrita

With adaptogenic herbs to relieve stress and have a relaxing effect

Herbal oil

To keep scalp healthy and has a relaxing effect

Anti-Dandruff shampoo and lotion

To get rid of heavy dandruff, soothe irritation and prevent recurrence

Minoxidil 5% with 0.1% Fin

To stimulate hair follicles. It increase growth phases and makes hair thicker

Hair vitamins

For vitamin deficiency and naturally reducing damage from dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Customised diet plan

To put the body in a healing state to enhance the results

 

Case Study 4

C. Mayil - Genetic Male Pattern Hair Loss, stage 4 

Main Triggers - Hypertension and gut bacteria imbalance

Treatment outcome

hair loss before and after

Health concerns and progress

Treatment components

Gut shuddhi

To improve gut health and digestion. He was able to stop his antibiotics by using gut shuddhi

Hair ras

To nourish hair follicles naturally

Shatavari ghrita

He had severe sleep issues and headaches due to BP, which was resolved with Nasya therapy

Herbal oil

To keep scalp healthy and has a relaxing effect

Anti-Dandruff shampoo and lotion

To get rid of heavy dandruff, soothe irritation and prevent recurrence

Minoxidil 5% with 0.1% Fin

To stimulate hair follicles. It increase growth phases and makes hair thicker

Hair vitamins

For vitamin deficiency and naturally reducing damage from dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Customised diet plan

Was put on a special diet due to gut issues and hypertension. It helped improve his overall health

 

Case Study 5

Akash - Genetic Male Pattern Hair Loss, stage 2 

Main Triggers - Low metabolism and poor digestion

Treatment outcome

hair loss treatment

Health concerns and progress

Treatment components

Gut shuddhi

To help improve his gut motility and fix his bowel movements. To prevent any pain and discomfort

Hair ras

To nourish hair follicles naturally

Shatavari ghrita

He was under high stress and had severe sleep issues, these were resolved with the Nasya therapy

Herbal oil

To keep scalp healthy and has a relaxing effect

Anti-Dandruff shampoo and lotion

To improve his scalp health and get rid of dandruff

Minoxidil 5% with 0.1% Fin

To stimulate hair follicles. It increase growth phases and makes hair thicker

Hair vitamins

For vitamin deficiency and naturally reducing damage from dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Health tatva

To help improve his metabolism and absorption which got his energy levels up

 

Results:

As you can see all these individuals, although suffering from genetic male pattern hair loss, had different internal health triggers that were aggravating their condition. Therefore, it was important to treat them for those while working on stimulating their follicles. It is also necessary to note that these people saw successful results because they were between stage 1-4 of pattern hair loss where one has active follicles which can be revived using stimulators such as topical minoxidil 5% fortified with 0.01% fin. Not only that by changing their diet and fixing their internal health they now have minimal maintenance to ensure that their hair volume and density stays normal. And finally, using Ayurveda and nutrition has allowed them to be healthier individuals with their internal health issues resolved. 

Please note: These treatments were only successful because these customers followed the plan consistently for the recommended duration. 

Hair loss treatment

 

 

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Dr. Shailendra Chaubey, BAMS

Ayurveda Practioner

A modern-day Vaidya with 11 years of experience. He is the founder of Dr. Shailendra Healing School that helps patients recover from chronic conditions through the Ayurvedic way of life.

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