You’re thinking “Wow, that’s a lot to take in.”
Trust me, I understand and this is just the summary of our dialogue.
However, it made a lot of sense. In fact, a lot of Rangai’s statements echoed with my firm beliefs about how we should live and how happiness and health intertwine.
I hope you feel as inspired to read as I was to hear what Rangai had to say about treating hair fall.
I shared many of The Hair Loss Black Book ideas with Rangai. As I expected (and hoped), he believed it was mostly inline with the lifestyle changes and physical remedies he uses for his patients.
Achieving the perfect form of health, the right kind of nourishment inside and out, and living with less of a stress burden is something Rangai and I both advocate.
But, what are the specifics? How does Rangai treat someone who is balding? What ancient Ayurvedic secret for hair loss can we use to make our hair grow!
Pitta: Wrath On Your Scalp
“I found it very interesting your focus, as well as writings of most science experts, embraces the belief of DHT causing most cases of hair loss. DHT, naturally, being super-concentrated male essence.
For thousands of years male traits have been linked to the element which best represents sex, power, anger, and dominance. Fire, Pitta, and not just in the Hindu culture.”
“I can examine 30 patients with premature hair loss and 29 will suffer from an over antagonized Pitta energy.
Some patients are not Pitta dominate naturally, but their environment and life force has defeated their natural energies and driven them to Pitta.
Most are Pitta dominate, but they over embraced their dominance with McDonald’s extra large hamburgers, hourly lattes, spicy chili French fries, and a pilsner to top it off.”
“Their insides are so bound up digesting this…junk. A body really can’t do anything else but digest, digest, and digest all the day through. The rest of it just sort of ferments, you might even say rots.”
“What makes it worse are the elements surrounding their life and their life force. Typically, they have a job in a big office where they thrive on the aggression of their Pitta.
They don’t have a lot of time or motivation to take in the air, wind, and water elements they need to take cool the fire. They get fat, they get mean, and they get sick.”
Essentially, Rangai explained the acid of Pitta boils up to the surface of the skin. It erupts in oily skin, deep acne, dingy skin, and thinning hair. Wow, that sounds really familiar, doesn’t it?
How many of us have those same exact problems in addition to our hair loss. It seems like he’s on to something. But, if Pitta is destroying our scalp, how do you put out the fire?
Restore The Scalp
Because Rangai believes symptoms stand in the way of realigning energy, he treats the symptoms of the Pitta decay first. This means a direct counterattack on the surface of the skin.
While he has a whole host of tonics and recipes for the skin, I was very interesting on what he had to say about the scalp.
I told him about my belief that scalp masques and scalp massage are essential to scalp health. He agreed with me. In fact, he said aloe, a key ingredient in my scalp masque recipe, is a cooling element. It is a “fire extinguisher” in laymen’s terms.
He advocates the use of Gooseberry in scalp massage and masques.
In Ayurveda, it is believed to calm all three body energies. In science, I discovered it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
As you know, scalp swelling traps DHT around the hair follicle. I believe it is fundamental part of The Hair Loss Black Book program to reduce this swelling. Something that cleanses and soothes inflamed or infected skin shows promise.
However, I should tell you that there is FDA evidence that ingested gooseberry can significantly increase blood sugar and kidney/pancreatic function. Rangai explained this is because it speeds up and “liberates” the digestive system.
Since topical application should give you very little internal exposure, it is probably okay. However, this could have negative consequences and therefore I advise you to carefully consider using Gooseberry and to start with very small doses.
As you read earlier, a principle healing technique is to increase harmony.
Rangai and his peers believe many conditions can be corrected if you can just reduce the toll of stress. This is why meditation is crucial to Ayurvedic healing.
You probably think meditation is sitting somewhere calmly in a yoga position. You are sure you’ve meditated before when you took a few moments break and closed your eyes. Rangai says this is a common misconception and meditation is not as easy as it sounds.
Meditation means many things to many people. In this case, consider meditation as a chance to achieve clarity.
Obtaining the ability to completely tune out the world around you, to concentrate on your long-term goals in life, to reflect (not obsess) on past mistakes and decide how to correct them and how to not repeat them, to embrace one’s spirituality or religion, and focus on touching your internal energies.
If that sounds difficult, Rangai (and I) say you’re right. Meditation is a learned skill, “just like learning to play the piano or building a boat.”
Some people may pick it up after only a few months of practice and others may take years to achieve a true meditative state.
The important thing, according to Rangai, is that you cannot do it alone. “There is no YouTube video or Pinterest site that will lead you to meditative clarity. Only someone trained in unlocking energy can teach you to truly meditate.”
In other words, you have to find an expert. But, don’t worry, if you don’t live near Rangai you are not out of luck. Rangai admits that he himself is not a meditative teacher, although he has the ability to meditate himself.
However, another consultant in his clinic who specializes in East Asian medicine, is an excellent teacher. “In fact, meditation is not unique to the Hindu culture, the knowledge has circled the Earth in the past few thousand years.”
What does this mean for you? If you want to learn meditation, chances are there is an expert who can lead you to this enlightenment somewhere near your home.
It may be a Yoga instructor, it may be an acupuncture clinic, it may be any number of experts with many forms of alternative medicine expertise. He said most local health stores and wellness clinics should be able to guide you to an expert teacher.
I haven’t done this yet. So, I can’t tell you how it affected my hair loss.
However, you know how I feel about stress and relaxation. DHT feeds on stress, relaxation helps lower DHT. Knowing this, I really cannot see any drawback to learning how to reach a meditative state.
The Pitta Diet And How To Eat
As you may assume, taming a “digestive fire” means taming your appetite for certain foods.
It was my understanding that Ayurvedic medicine typically fought “fire with fire” within the diet, but Rangai said this isn’t really the case. If Pitta creates acid, you must eat the opposite of acid. In science, we call that alkaline.
Alkaline foods are foods that specifically reduce acid. These foods are easy to spot because they are often consumed raw. Green leafy vegetables, cucumbers, coconut, whole oats, and seeds are good alkaline foods.
On the other hand, processed foods, meats, oily foods, refined grains, and alcohol quickly increase acids.
Of course, not all acids are bad and there are times when you should fight fire with fire. Certain foods contain acids but are considered to be made of the Kapha, water element. Mainly, this is sour fruits like grapes, tomatoes, and grapefruit.
These acids dissolve the food within your digestive system, “allowing the excess Pitta to be released.” Rangai recommends plenty of fruit, especially juicy sour fruit, in a diet.
Finally, foods which are known to bind up the digestive track should be avoided or limited. Mainly, this is dairy but it also fatty meats. Dairy spends an unusually long time in your stomach and moves just as slowly through your intestines.
As Rangai put it, “one cannot release the Pitta if you fill your intestines with cement.” Since I feel we regularly over consume hormone-filled dairy, I couldn’t agree more with his analogy.
I can’t really argue with any of that. His recommended foods are essentially my recommended foods. He says we should avoid the same foods I say we should avoid. That sounds like Ayurdevedic Hair Loss Black Book to me!
But it doesn’t stop at diet. You have to learn when to eat. “Even an extinguished fire will smolder for days. It is no different in your belly… you have to wait for your belly to tell you when it is ready to start digesting again.”
We are a nation of clock-eaters. Its lunch time, we eat. Its 6pm, time for dinner. But, what if our stomach wasn’t empty from the last meal?
What if we weren’t truly hungry, we’ve just been trained like Pavlov’s dog to eat at the ringing of the dinner bell?
Makes a lot of sense. I had a very good friend who lost 129 pounds simply by eating only when her stomach growled and stopping when the growling stopped.
I was always amazed at that, but I was also amazed that she’d eat breakfast at 10am and dinner at 3pm.
I’ll admit, it is not for everyone. Rangai told me it is one of the biggest hurdles his patients have to overcome. Family schedules, work schedules, and tradition often stand in the way.
Frankly, I don’t see any harm in trying it alongside your Hair Loss Black Book nutritional plan.
Do It Yourself Ayurveda
Since it was hard for me to find an Ayurveda expert, I would imagine it will be hard for you too.
We are a do it yourself society, so you may think you will pick up a book somewhere and embrace the Ayurvedic lifestyle. Rangai said this is one of the worst things you could do.
If you do any research online at official sources, you will find a lot of warnings about Ayurvedic remedies. Mainly, this is referring to the commercial, claiming to be natural, products you can buy in stores and online.
Put frankly, these are not safe and all the warnings are right.
They are not regulated by government safety agencies like the FDA. There is no one ensuring the safety of their ingredients or even the dosage. Many of these products contain unsafe levels of mercury and arsenic.
I do not recommend every buying a commercial Ayurvedic pill or tonic. Rangai agrees. When he does use an oral or topical remedy, he normally makes it himself from whole ingredients.
“I really recommend that they not try to self-medicate at all. If they must, then they need to use benign ingredients like spices, essential oils, and extracts. They need to be made from scratch.
Stay away from ancient recipes involving metals, you will never be able to mix it safely or know the right dosage.”
This seems like a slippery slope right into a dangerous pit. In my opinion, you should avoid Do-It-Yourself tonics and pills just as much as you should avoid the commercial products.
As always, you have the final say over your path to health, but you’ve trusted me this far so I hope you will trust me with this.
In the course of our discussions, Rangai told me something very important that I knew I had to share.
He told me all medicine, traditional or holistic, has its limits.
The greatest of those limits is time. In all conditions and in most people, a disease which has strengthened too long is rarely overcome.
“Unfortunately, there is still such a Western taboo on alternative medical systems. Especially Ayurveda because the West has only just begun to learn the name and it probably sounds a little scary.
This means a patient doesn’t seek my care until he figures he is at his ‘last resort’.” Rangai went on to explain how a last resort is frequently a failure.
In critical conditions such as cancer or heart disease, there is already too much widespread damage by the time a patient comes to his clinic and the results are devastating.
“Hair loss has the same constraints. When the Pitta has overwhelmed the body for too long, the scalp will begin to decay. Ayurvedic remedies for hair loss are very powerful, but they are not miracles.
Once a part of the scalp is dead, it cannot be resurrected. If you wait too long, there is nothing I nor anyone else can do for you.”
Absolutely true, I have never agreed with anything more. The longer you wait, the harder it is to stop your hair from thinning.
You don’t want to look in the mirror 2 or 5 years from now at a glassy spot of skin on your scalp and blame yourself for waiting too long.
I can’t tell you whether or not to incorporate Ayurveda into your hair loss program. I stand by The Hair Loss Black Book and I know it can heal your scalp by healing your body.
I also see a lot of similarities between my path to whole-body healing and Mr. Rangai’s.
You have the facts about Ayurveda and I believe they came from a trustworthy source. I’ve tried to teach you how to determine what will fit into your health plan and what won’t.
Just make sure you stay true to your Hair Loss Black Book path and I know you will have the same success I did.