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 TO DYE OR NOT TO DYE

Ayurved & you

To dye or not to dye

By Dr R. Vatsyayan
The Tribune
Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Graying of hair is no longer a problem of the 40-plus
generation only. People much younger in age, including
school-going children, complain to have grey hair. A
large number of them use hair dyes much before they reach
30. Once used , these dyes fast turn the remaining black
hair into grey ones, and the person is left with no other
choice than to use them for the rest of ones life.

Though greying of hair is generally considered a sign of
old age, its early onset never makes a person to qualify
for it. Modern medicine believes that hair turning grey
is just one of those mysteries that we have yet to solve.
Ancient ayurvedic texts, while calling it "palitya",
mention a number of conditions which prompt its early
onset. Apart from the heredity factor, adoption of a diet
which is excessively salty, sour and pungent in taste
leading to the vitiation of "pitta" and "vata",
psychological upheavals and mental stress associated with
a wrong working schedule and certain chronic ailments
like sinusitis have been given as the reasons for the
early onset of greying.

The lure of looking young by changing the hair colour is
as old as the problem of greying of hair is. In the
present era when more and more dyes are in vogue, the
decision of changing the hair colour has become more
complicated because some studies have linked colouring
with an increased risk of contacting certain cancers. To
make matters more confusing, other studies do not support
those findings. Consumers are often on their own
consequently, when deciding whether hair dyes are safe or
not.

Several studies have broadly tried to pinpoint the risks
of various health problems among the users of chemical
hair dyes. These include short-term side-effects like
allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, and small
episodes of visual disturbances and headache associated
with nausea and vomiting. Researchers are busy finding
the long-term effects of hair dyes. The failure in
reaching any conclusion only supports the doubt that many
of these dyes are not only carcinogenic but can also
start degenerative diseases like cataract quite early.

Most of the hair dyes sold in the market carry a brochure
indicating certain precautions. Whereas old dye users are
advised to adopt moderation, new recruits should use good
judgment to delay to opt for it. One should never dye the
eyebrows and eyelashes as an allergic reaction to dye can
result in serious damage to the eyes. The less hair dye
used over a lifetime, the less likely it is for a person
getting exposed to its side-effects. Persons looking for
a herbal hair dye should be aware of fact that pure henna
is green in colour and the various preparations sold as
"kali mehandi" are nothing but chemical dyes.

Ayurved views that in the case of untimely greying of
hair, it is best to opt for an early treatment. Of many
medicines prescribed in ancient texts to arrest greying,
amla and bhringraj are considered the best. Ayurvedic
physicians put a lot of trust on "amlaki rasayan", a
fortified form of amla made by stirring its dried powder
in its fresh juice. Similarly, various oils prepared by
boiling other herbs, including these two, in sesame oil
are given to massage the scalp. "Saptamrit lauha" is
another classic medicine which shows good results in
younger patients complaining of greying of hair.

The treatment of grey hair is successful only if the
patient gives due attention to his diet and daily
schedule and avoids mental stress. If he is suffering
from chronic and recurrent cold and sinusitis, adequate
treatment should be given to cure it.

 - The writer is a Ludhiana-based ayurvedic consultant

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Wed, 22 Nov 2006 06:35:13 GMT
 TO DYE OR NOT TO DYE

Quote:

> Several studies have broadly tried to pinpoint the risks
> of various health problems among the users of chemical
> hair dyes. These include short-term side-effects like
> allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, and small
> episodes of visual disturbances and headache associated
> with nausea and vomiting. Researchers are busy finding
> the long-term effects of hair dyes. The failure in
> reaching any conclusion only supports the doubt that many
> of these dyes are not only carcinogenic but can also
> start degenerative diseases like cataract quite early.

You mean like this person?

http://www.geocities.com/naturopathicmafia/mafia.jpg

Does mental deterioration count as a degenerative disease?



Wed, 22 Nov 2006 08:16:18 GMT
 TO DYE OR NOT TO DYE
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Wed, 22 Nov 2006 08:50:04 GMT
 
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